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#712 of 2044 Worried...
Jul 12, 2001 (11:02 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 (11:40 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 (4:55 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 (9:39 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 (10:17 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!
Jul 16, 2001 (10:22 am)
That is a deal. I think prices have actually gone down since we bought ours, despite inflation. That's pretty extraordinary.
#718 of 2044 Mazda 626 (2001) Advice Quick
Jul 16, 2001 (12:30 pm)
I am in the final stages of purchasing a 2001 626 lx model with auto trans, luxuary pac, rear spoiler, cargo net. The sticker on the car is $21,080. At this point I am getting the car at $17,900 + tax/tags. Should I take it or hold out for a better deal?
#719 of 2044 brand new?
Jul 16, 2001 (1:14 pm)
If that is brand-spankin' new, then that's not a bad deal. Is that the V6?
#720 of 2044 Mazda 626 (2001) Advice Quick
Jul 16, 2001 (1:30 pm)
No, not a V-6 a 4 cyl. Is that something I should jump on?
Jul 16, 2001 (7:09 pm)
The 6 is a HUGE plus in the resale column (another $1,000 trade-in value on my '99). If that deal was on a V6, I'd be all over it. As it stands, I don't think its an incredible bargain. Its not a bad deal, but not worthy of "jumping on" methinks.
Sorry, I hope this advice isn't too late.