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Mazda 626, Sedan
#295 of 2044 Is Mazda the right choice?
Aug 28, 2000 (12:58 pm)
I am curious to hear from anyone who has compared other models to the Mazda 626 and ended up buying the Mazda. I was drawn to Mazda after seeing an ad for a 4 cylinder 626 that is fully loaded (leather, alloy wheels, power everything, CD player, etc) for $14,500. After visiting the dealer I learned that I did not qualify for this price since I was not a college grad nor a previous Mazda owner. After some negotiating the price got down to $16k from $17.2 but I ended up walking away because I felt I was suckered in by the misleading ad.
I test drove the car and liked it, trying to compare it to my current 1991 Acura Integra and several other cars that I test drove. I'm a little hesitant though because of the postings about transmission problems. It also seems like the 6 cylinder is most popular. Any suggestions?????.....
Aug 28, 2000 (3:39 pm)
Get the V6, even if it's the LX model. Then compare prices even without the rebates. It's a great value.
#297 of 2044 Transmission timeline
Aug 29, 2000 (1:19 am)
- June 1986 - GA4-EL introduced in '87 626.
- 1988 - First revision of G4A-EL.
- August 1992 - F revision of G4A-EL; now 7 solenoids (instead of 4), rotor pump (instead of vane), no throttle cable. Fourth-generation 626 debuts for '93.
- 1994 - Four-cylinder 626 switched to Ford CD4E.
- November 1996 - Ford issues new pump plate and gasket for CD4E. New parts will work on old transmission.
- August 1997 - Fifth-generation 626 debuts for '98, same old powertrains.
- January 1998 - Ford issues new coast/forward clutch assembly for CD4E. New parts will not work on old transmission.
- May 2000 - Ford begins installing CD4E on 2001 Escape/Tribute SUV twins.
I am seeing fewer reports of failed CD4Es since the revisions. As they accumulate more miles, we shall see for sure, but right now, it looks like the worst may be over.
#298 of 2044 626 purchase.....Been reading about all these tranny problems,,,
Aug 30, 2000 (12:21 am)
Well, yet another TRANSMISSION post it seems. In a nutshell,I like Mazda,looking for a low mileage 626...i see a 97 ES, loaded, auto trans with 26K miles for $13,000. Should I be worried about possible tranny problems down the road? This car is for my sister, and like anyone else, she does'nt need the hassle. Her price limit is about 13k...and this is a great value... but im worried about all the tranny postings here....any advice?
Thanks in advance.
Aug 31, 2000 (2:41 am)
In this model year, the ES was V6 only, therefore it doesn't have the CD4E transmission that causes most of the gripes. $13k isn't bad, but you can probably come up with a leftover 2000 for not a whole lot more than that - how firm is that budget of hers?
Aug 31, 2000 (3:42 pm)
We just purchased this car 2 days ago. Mazda was a late entry into our decision making process. We looked at the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, and Olds Alero.
Before test-driving and settling on the 626, we had narrowed the choice down to the Accord and the Malibu. My wife (this is her car) leaning toward the Accord, and me leaning toward the Malibu (primarily because the dealer is a friend of mine).
Someone told my wife that we should consider the Mazda. We test drove the ES V6 that was loaded with a sunroof, 6 disc Bose CD changer, leather, etc. and were very impressed with the features/price and ride. We're not going to be turning any heads with the styling, but neither would any of the other cars we considered.
We bought the car the next day. Our dealer was offering double rebate ($4000 total) which made the purchase price right at $20,000. This was comparable to the best deal that I found on the Internet.
It's still early, but I think that we made a great choice. I have since talked to a couple of 626 owners, and have not heard any complaints.
#301 of 2044 Check Engine Light
Aug 31, 2000 (4:40 pm)
While bathing three weeks worth of bugs and rural road debris off of my 97 ES I managed to get a lot of water in the front end. I had a rough idle for a few moments after I started it up and now the CEL stays lit. I'm sure there isn't a problem, the V6 still purrs nicely, and there appears to be no drivability issues. Short of paying Mazda to diagnose a non-existent problem, is there a way to reset the CEL? (i.e. disconnect the battery + connection?) I know you need the diagnostic tool to retrieve the fault codes, and if there really is a problem the computer should flag it again, no?
BTW on the colour issue, I'm prejudiced but the timberline finish on my car is a real winner. Even when it's filthy, it looks good. When it's clean, I get nothing but compliments on it's colour. Depending on the light it appears to be any of grey, silver, or a very pale metallic green. Some might call it mundane, but that works to an advantage: the local constabulary rarely give it a second look when you happen to cruise by with your right foot being a little too heavy
#302 of 2044 AT on 2000 ES V6
Aug 31, 2000 (5:11 pm)
Bought one of these for my wife about 5 weeks ago. She loves it! Before purchasing it, we looked at an I30 - for about 8 grand more! For the $$$, you can't beat this car! This is our 2nd 626 (we also own a Protege') and have become a Mazda family. From my understanding, the AT's on the V6 have no history of the problems experienced on the 4 cylinder models. Good luck on your purchase!
Aug 31, 2000 (6:11 pm)
Richard: congrats on the purchase, your wife should enjoy it.
Rona: both the engine and the tranny on the V6 models are reliable Mazda units.
Yes, stealthy colors are nice!
Aug 31, 2000 (8:46 pm)
It won't hurt to pull the negative battery cable and see what happens - unless, of course, you've forgotten the antitheft code on the stereo.