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#52 of 2044 Purchasing A Used Mazda
Mar 02, 2000 (6:23 pm)
I was just wondering if anyone has any advice for me purchasing a used mazda. It is a 1991 Mazda with 40,000 miles. Its has a manual transmission and is loaded with a lot of options. I have a choice between that car and others that are similar but, with 80,000+ miles. I was wondering if anyone has had or knows someone that owns a 1990-1992 mazda 626, and if so, has there been any problems since you/they have had the car. I would greatly appreciate any advice from anyone about this.
Mar 02, 2000 (6:57 pm)
Ours is newer, but we purchased it largely based upon the great reputation of the model years that came before it.
That should be reliable, just make sure the mileage is accurate. Check the pedals to see if the rubber pads seem too worn for 40k miles.
Mar 02, 2000 (9:40 pm)
It should be reliable. The '89 that I had was in the same redesign (That one ran from '88 to '92). It went to 212k miles with NO PROBLEMS except for 2 major (about $1,000 each) automatic transmission rebuilds. If the one you are considering is an auto, make sure that the reverse gear works and the transmission doesn't slip in the forward gears. If you buy it, I have read that frequent A/T fluid changes (evey 10k miles or so) do wonders for the life of it. (It may last the life of the car with them) Great car.
#55 of 2044 Malibu brake and tail light problem
Mar 05, 2000 (3:32 am)
Anybody else have this problem, the tail lights tend to melt the plastic next to the conductor on the bulb itself. The bulb # is 3057LL "Sylvania"
I beleive the tail light fixture is the problem, not the bulb. I have a Lumina that has the same bulb and no problems and the Malibu has melted the plastic on both sides, left and right tail lights. I have noticed a few Malibu's on the highway with brake lights and turn signals not working. You can fix by scraping melted plastic off the bulb and cleaning the conductor but what a P.I.A. ANYONE ELSE HAVE SAME PROBLEM??
#56 of 2044 Doubleought 626 LX 5spd
Mar 05, 2000 (1:23 pm)
700 miles and what a babe.At 6ft I loose a sight
line from that rear-view mirror not being mounted
in the darkened portion of the windshield.It took
about an hour and 2 single-edge razor blades to
whittle away at that mirror button glue but it's
raised now and out of my sight line.That flippin'
black trim piece is another story!What the heck
is that made from?It's inpervious to blades,heat
and acetone!Help me! For a head-rest restraint to
be effective it needs to be elevated to at least
the top of one's ear.Mine is about 2.5" to low,
the head-rest not my ear,and should be modified.
Will get back later. Thumbs Up
Mar 06, 2000 (2:36 pm)
Never had trouble with the lights on our 626, but why ask about a Malibu in a 626 topic?
#58 of 2044 Doubleought 626 LX 5spd
Mar 06, 2000 (3:07 pm)
The head restraint thing goes back a while, IIRC it was only an issue on the ES model of previous years, and well documented in the Lemon Aid book. It was something I checked out on the '97 ES I bought last year. At 5'10" the head restraint is for me perhaps a tad too low at its fully extended position. For someone 6+ feet it could be downright dangerous in the event of a rear ender. I'm surprised that not only has mazda NOT done anything about it, but now it seems that more than just one model has the problem.
#59 of 2044 barich1
Mar 07, 2000 (12:33 am)
I also used to have 1989 Mazda 626, but with 5-spd, and it was a great car. I loved the 2.2L engine, it was so smooth and powerful. I didn't have many problems with that car, only minor ones, and have a lot of good words to say about it. By the way, Mazda I thoguht started making that disign in 1989, and not 1988, as you said in your posts. That engine, however, consumed oil, and I had to put half a quart in every 2 weeks or so, did you experience the same fenomena? Despite that, I never had problems with engine, and considered it to be the best part of the car even with that small oil consumption. Mazda has always been making great cars, especially with manual transmissions.
Mar 07, 2000 (2:40 am)
Yeah, it did use oil, but not that much. I know a few people with supposed '88s that look like mine, but when I bought it they had some '88s left over on the lot that were clearly an older body style. On MSN CarPoint it says '88-'92. I really am not quite sure. In retrospect I wish I had gotten the 5 spd.
#61 of 2044 95 Mazda 626
Mar 08, 2000 (3:43 am)
I purchased my used mazda 2 years ago with 30,000 miles on it. One month after the warranty went out my o/d light started to flash. Before I knew it the car was lurking and I barely made it home with the kids in the back. I had the car checked out beforehand and there was no sign of trouble. Had it towed to mazda where there diagnosis was I needed a new trans. They only made me pay $400 to do a 36,000 mile service to it. The trans was over $2,000. Fortunately it has 56,000 miles now but I dont trust it. I'm getting rid of it and buying a nissan van. Defintely get the v6 mine was a 4 and not enough power. Good luck.