I am a 00 626v6 owner who is very satisfied with my car; this is not my first mazda or the only one in my family. This having being said, as a mazda fanatic, I am a bit concerned that upcoming mazda models will become nothing more than Ford cones (sharing the same engines, platforms etc). In so doing, I think Mazda may lose that distinctive 'quirkiness' that sets it apart from the me-too' hondas, toyotas etc. I've included some links describing the impending replacement of the 626 and the protege (I thought this model was doing very well) with newly-developed models, bearing new names. I believe this development is great and hope they get it right with the 626 this time around (in terms of hp, torque, looks, etc).
What do other 626ers think? It would be nice to get some discussion going via this forum. It's been very quiet here lately.