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#795 of 2044 Buying a 626
Aug 16, 2001 (2:08 pm)
I am in the market for a used car. This one is a 1998 Mazda 626 LE, with 54000 Miles. Dealer in Michigan is asking for $6,995. This is 4 cylinder with a stick shift. All standard options are present in the car.
Need advice on 2 things.
- Is this a good price.
- Any particular problem that I need to be aware of, especially with the stick / clutch.
Thanks in advance,
#796 of 2044 LX maybe?
Aug 16, 2001 (2:17 pm)
sounds like a fair deal...solid car
Aug 16, 2001 (2:58 pm)
That price sounds like a wonderful price, almost too low. Edmunds True Market Value (TMV) gives an average dealer retail selling price of $9,300. Is it an LX or DX? The LX has power windows/locks/mirrors and cruise control, where the DX does not. Also, give the body a good look to ensure that it hasn't had any major body work. If everything looks good, definitely go for it!! The only problem with the 626 is the 4-cyl with automatic. The stick shift, as maltb said, is a solid car and should give you years of trouble-free use. That price is absolutely outstanding!!
Aug 17, 2001 (6:50 am)
Bsaha: sounds like a deal. Dealers in most states offer a 30 day warranty, and if so that would offer piece of mind.
Aug 17, 2001 (8:17 pm)
We bought a Double-ought 4 with a clutch and
couldn't be happier. Being from a spread the salt
state, our car visits the car wash 3X a month in
the winter. You may want to take a closer look
underside. Mechanically these babes are tough and
with proper care and service 6 digits worth of mileage should'nt be unreasonable. Good Luck
#800 of 2044 The extended warranty kicks in after the factory warranty expires?..
Aug 20, 2001 (10:04 am)
Your factory warranty is still there. The extended warranty kicks in after the factory warranty expires. You may be able to return the warranty citing that it was misrepresented. Also, it's up to the dealer as Mazda has no say in what they sell or how they sell it.
I was tald at the dealership that the extended warranty kicks in immediately after you sign the contract, not at the end of your current warranty.
Now I am at 33k miles and still have 3 more years left from my original manuf. warranty.
If I buy additional 5 years, I'll have 5 years left not 3+5=8 years !
By the way, the quotes I've got are the following (with my 33k miles and Gold Mazda Protection Plan):
6 years or 75k = $2900.00
5 years or 60k = $2000.00
4 years or 48k = $1500.00
... I am still thinking..
#801 of 2044 Addition to my previous message <----------------------
Aug 20, 2001 (10:06 am)
In my previous message the
"Your factory warranty is still there. The extended warranty kicks in after the factory warranty expires. You may be able to return the warranty citing that it was misrepresented. Also, it's up to the dealer as Mazda has no say in what they sell or how they sell it. "
was a quote I was trying to respond to...
#802 of 2044 Mazda 626
Aug 20, 2001 (10:31 am)
Thanks, Everyone. Appreciate the feedback. I went to the dealer the same evening & found the car was already sold. Bad luck !!.
#803 of 2044 Buying a Used
Aug 21, 2001 (8:04 am)
Sorry, I am back again this time with a different issue. I found another 626 LX with stick, 45,000 miles. When I drove it, the Check Engine sign was on. Dealer tells me, he filled up gas & did not tighten the fuel cap. There is a sensor out there which triggers the sign. Seems like all Mazda's have this problem.
Please advice if any one's faced this problem.
Thanks in advance.
Aug 21, 2001 (8:23 am)
A loose fuel cap will trigger the Check Engine light on any vehicle outfitted with the OBD II or higher system (basically all vehicles sold in the US during the mid-to-late 90's). The Check Engine light will come on when the OBD computer has detected a malfunction or defect in the emissions system of the car. A loose fuel cap can allow fuel vapors to escape into the atmosphere, so it will trigger the system. Once the fuel cap has been properly tightened, the light should go off in a few days.
I don't know how it is where you live, but in California, it is illegal for anyone to sell a vehicle with problems in its emissions system. This even applies to private sellers, and the seller is solely responsible for all finances involved in repairing the vehicle or the vehicle must be bought back and a full refund made.