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#563 of 2044 1998 Mazda 626 ES Question
Apr 11, 2001 (1:58 pm)
I'm looking at this car after being out of the market for many years. I've driven Toyota for more years than I can remember, most recently a 1985 Celica GTS liftback. Its a beautiful, classic car in pretty good condition, but with close to 200 thousand miles with some rust developing and a clutch job looming in the not too distant future, I'm considering buying a newer sedan with automatic transmission. I've been reading all the horror stories about Mazda automatic transmissions and its not clear to me whether the more recent models such as the one above, are more dependable. Is this a car worth considering, or should I stick with Toyota and Honda? I'm imagining I could buy the car above, with 35,000 miles through a dealer for a bit under $15,000 in northern California. Any comments or suggestions? Appreciate it...
#564 of 2044 Go for it
Apr 11, 2001 (2:03 pm)
The concern on the auto trans only applies to the 4cyl engine. The '98 ES has a V-6 which I have never heard/seen a complaint about (other than it could have a little more power).
#565 of 2044 stereo, trans
Apr 12, 2001 (3:00 am)
My 2001 lx just has the regular stereo, trans is made in Japan along with the engine, rest of the car made in Michigan. Trans seems to be excellent
Apr 12, 2001 (6:51 am)
5 speed? I think the auto is still the Ford CD4E unit. At least they've made improvements to it.
#567 of 2044 Taurus vs 626
Apr 12, 2001 (7:40 am)
I'am looking at a 99 4 cylinder 626 or a 99 Taurus. Both have about 30k miles on them and are gong for about $11,000. Any advice?
Apr 15, 2001 (11:03 am)
I'm considering buying a '97 626 V6 in good condition and 44K. Unfortunately, it doesn't have ABS and I live where it snows. Other than that potential problem, what other mechanical problems can I expect from this car and what is a realistic life of the car? Thanks
Apr 15, 2001 (12:10 pm)
The Taurus will probably outrun the 626 in a straight line, and the back seat is perhaps less inhospitable - the person in the middle gets a truly raw deal - but I think the 626 is overall a better package, assuming you're near a competent Mazda service shop. (Judging by my mail, not everyone is.)
Apr 16, 2001 (8:03 am)
The 626 has taken the Contour's place as a Hertz rental staple. I see quite a few of them here in Chicago with rental company ID stickers in the windows.
I wonder how this will affect resale?
Apr 16, 2001 (8:11 am)
Probably not good. There would be too many available you'd have to compete with.
Apr 16, 2001 (7:25 pm)
I'm having problems with rear tire wear on my 1996 626.
The tread is heavily worn on the outside rear left tire.
The tire has been properly inflated so it must be alignment.
Does the 626 have a rear alignment adjustment ?