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Mazda 626, Sedan
Mar 02, 2001 (4:09 pm)
We took delivery of our fourth Mazda since 1979.
In December we bought a 2000 LX V6 from Gallo Mazda in Worcester, MA. We have been using 87 in it with no ill affects. Neither of us speeds and with 4,000 mile on the car we are getting 21mpg mixed city/highway. We still have a 1997 626 lX 4 cylinder with 96,000 miles (it is on its 3rd auto transmission, all under warranty. We bought the 2000 with some hesitation but since the engine/transmission are more robust and since we liked the car as much as a Passat we took a chance. In 1979 we bought our first 626, the 80hp sedan, which we kept until 1985 (95,000 miles) when we needed a wagon (A Colt Vista which did not measure up)And I bought a 1982 GLC Sport which we kept for 100,000 plus miles and sold to our baby sitter who used it for for more years.
For a time we switched to Toyota (Camry Wagon, Corolla Sedan and Geo Prizm GSI, my favorite).
Our Subaru Legacy with 146,000 miles is for our kids.But we have been satisfied with our Mazdas and in two years I'll get a Protege ES, the closed thing to my Geo now on the market
(or a used Miata). I've almost never used premium in any of these cars, perhaps one tankful a year if he station is out or regular.
#468 of 2044 626 lx lease purchase????
Mar 05, 2001 (7:43 pm)
Hi all. I have two days left on the lease of a 1998 626 lx 4 cyl. I have taken great care of the car,oil change every 3k,waxed twice a year,just had new tires and front brake pads put on. The gas mileage is great being that it is a 5 speed. I average 28 mpg city and 37 hi way. The residual is 10.9k on a car which wholesale is anywhere from 8.3k to 8.9k. My lease co.will not budge on the 10.9k price. Should I take a a gamble and extend the lease for up to 6 months banking that the lease co.will negotiate since the glut of lease turnins is growing and the auto auctions may become over saturated giving lease co.'s an incentive to negotiate. Or should I become a member of this 626 club asap and purchase it wednesday?
Mar 05, 2001 (8:21 pm)
I'm in a similar situation. I adore my leased '98 626 ES-V6. I just purchased a new, loaded Audi A6 4.2 but still enjoy my Mazda a great deal. That should let you know how incredible a car the 626 is!
I just extended for 6 months too. Keep in mind that your residual price for the car will decrease accordingly. You don't have too much to lose unless you got a bad deal on the lease...
#470 of 2044 Mazda 626 gt hatchback
Mar 06, 2001 (7:37 pm)
Has anyone heard of this car? It seems Mazda put out this 5-door hatch back in the late eighties and early nineties and then dropped it. Does anyone out there know anything about this model? Reliability? Sportiness? (I've searched around the net and have found little info available. Mazda seems to be making a nice looking new 626 hatch back for sale everywhere but in the US.)
#471 of 2044 RE: Mazda 626 gt hatchback
Mar 07, 2001 (7:10 am)
I know a little about it...Nice car and the 626 GT were always fun to drive. As far as a midsize hatchback in the US, the demand is just not there. Europe has always been a hot market for practical cars, but the US is too stuck on sedans. Maybe with the influx of small hatchbacks comming here we may see some midsize as well.
#472 of 2044 The old 626GT 5-door
Mar 07, 2001 (6:18 pm)
This was, indeed, a 5-door version of the 626 sedan, and generally it was fitted with Mazda's hottest four-banger of the time - a turbocharged 2.2-liter SOHC 12-valve four delivering 145 hp. When the fourth-generation 626 was launched for model year 1993 (and production for North America moved to Michigan), the GTs were left back home in Japan. As partial recompense, they gave us a new V6, but I still like the looks of the 5-door, and I wish they'd bring one here to supplement the new 5-door Protegé that's due out Real Soon Now.
#473 of 2044 Re: Protege5
Mar 07, 2001 (6:27 pm)
windowphobe6, how soon is "Real Soon"?
Mar 07, 2001 (7:46 pm)
Automobile magazine (4/01) says it's "an '02 model due later this spring".
Mar 08, 2001 (7:35 am)
The new Protoge is more of a wagon than a hatchback, though they won't call it either.
I don't care - I like wagons. Should be a fine vehicle.
#476 of 2044 Protege 5
Mar 08, 2001 (8:23 am)
The name of the vehicle is Protege Sport Wagon and it will be in dealers toward the end of Spring or early Summer.