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Mazda 626, Sedan
#707 of 2044 Re: bsanchez21
Jul 08, 2001 (1:16 pm)
I would tell the Mazda dealer that you can get a 2001 Camry for ony $150 more than he's offering you the 626 for , and see if he doesn't come down on the price. I'm looking at an ad in the Sunday paper here for a "new" 2000 ES 6cyl with leather, moonroof, Bose CD changer, alloy wheels, all power for $16,977, so the used ES you're being offered seems a little bit over priced.
Also, you need to consider how long you plan to keep the car. If you want to sell it in a few years, the Camry, even with more miles, will probably be worth more.
I'm really love my 626, but if the Mazda dealer doesn't come down in price, the Camry might be the better deal.
Jul 09, 2001 (6:35 am)
Hmm, I wonder if they tell that "little old lady" story to customers about all their cars. I wouldn't buy their story or the car.
#709 of 2044 1998 626 LX/ES V6 AUTO
Jul 11, 2001 (12:20 pm)
Hi... I'm looking purchasing either, approx 30,000 miles from a dealership. The cost...approx 10,400 for the LX and 11,000 for the ES. Any thoughts about these pricing levels, with both cars being lease returns. I've heard that certain older 626s have transmission problems and that there is a huge repair bill if the timing belt snaps in these cars. Can anyone profer some advise ? Thanks
#710 of 2044 ateixeira
Jul 11, 2001 (12:23 pm)
I love when they use those lines... what a joke. It reminds me of the ones they sell as manufacturer owned. Those probably see less maintenance and get more abuse than rental vehicles.
Jul 11, 2001 (1:19 pm)
Sam: V6 all the way. V6 has more power, is still fuel efficient, and the tranny is problem-free.
#712 of 2044 Worried...
Jul 12, 2001 (10:02 am)
I posted this on the 626 Troubles Board, and if you will indulge me, I would like to post it here as well to get information.
Our 1998 626, 4 cyl. auto is about to run out of warranty--end of August. It has been mainly driven by my wife.
It has about 36,000 miles. I have changed the oil every 5000, did the 30,000 mile service on schedule, and have had the transmission replaced under warranty. I believe the new tranny to be rebuilt.
I wonder whether to cut my losses now, and trade it in while I can get something for it. The car is nice, sunroof, alloy wheels, roomy, clean. We have garage kept it, polished the paint like new.
So why trade it in? BECAUSE OF THE STUPID FORD TRANSMISSION! (sorry) I think I can get $10,000 or so. I paid around $18,000, so I will lose money. I am afraid it will need more transmissions.
Has anyone had a positive experience with this car and transmision? What % fail? We thought it slipped again the other day, but no. We have had three Mazda's in the past twenty years, two have been good cars. Next time we'll get a Honda.
Jul 12, 2001 (10:40 am)
Just don't get a Ford, get a real, pure Mazda. Any V6 model will be fine, or any manual trans.
Trade yours for a same-year V6, and you won't regret it. I bet it would cost next to nothing to do that.
Jul 13, 2001 (3:55 pm)
I agree this is a pretty good car with the 6, I have a 2001, it does everything as well as my 1999 vw passat 1.8, better, that VW engine sucks, severe hesitation when bolting across intersections Really needed 91 or 93, this 626 is pretty good on 89 and even good on 87. As I keep saying other then the creaking windows no problems. I just don't like sitting this low, however this is such a reliable car at 5000 miles who cares.
Jul 14, 2001 (8:39 am)
I agree this a pretty good car with the clutch.
130 horses under the hood I'm enjoying 30mpgs.
I,ve yet to empty a tank in one cruise at highway
speed. We're zoom/zoomin' to the sunshine state
so we'll get some real life numbers.
Jul 16, 2001 (9:17 am)
This last Friday I almost traded in my 1999 Protege ES for a lease on a 2001 626 ES-V6 5-spd! However, it seems I have another year to go on my loan to catch up with depreciation. That's too bad because what a car that 626 is! The V6/5-spd combo is amazingly quick and smooth!! Plus, with the dealership selling it for $19.5k after discounts and rebates, it was a heck of a deal!