1996 626

Consumer Reviews

1996 Mazda 626

$1,815 - $2,267  MSRP Range

Review Score

3.2 out of 5 stars

3.2

5 Reviews
Score Breakdown
4 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.6 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.4 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.2 out of 5 stars Performance
3.4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

really great car to have

by DAS626 from lancaster, pa on Tue Nov 03 2009

I have the 626 with the 2.0L motor with the 5 speed trans its the best car I owned out of 3 other different cars. This car is fun to drive great power very comfortable handleing is amazing. Do not buy one with the automatic trans they dont last long because well its made by ford the manaul trans is all mazda. i had no problems at all with this car i drive it everywhere.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Great Reliable Car

by Auto enthusiast from on Sun Jun 30 2013

I got this car as a graduation present. It runs like a dream with routine maintenance. It's comfortable and the interior is roomy. The 4 cylinder engine helps to keep fuel costs low.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

Just a bad thing to own

by distressed 626 owner from Los Angeles, CA on Wed Jan 10 2007

The car is worthless. It will cause nothing but trouble. The biggest fault in the car is the transmission. For some odd idea, Ford sticks a Ford transmission with a Mazda engine. Outcome of this, transmission overheats!!. You'll end up driving the car for about 30 miles then the Overdrive light will start blinking, causing the car to change gears roughly. You'll soon find that this is a costly repair because Mazda can not fix this problem and only suggests to buy a new transmission at $2,700, just for the parts. AND THIS PROBLEM IS NOT CONSIDERED A DEFECT. If you like wasting money, then this car is for you. Search the internet regarding this problem and you will see many complaints.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

I got what i payed for

by "328i" from Mid-Kansas on Fri Jan 12 2007

I purchased this vehicle for less than $2500, it semmed like a fair idea. The car had one previous owner and I bought the car from that owner. Within six months of the purchase I replaced the battery twice, distributer and wires, alternater, and headlight relay switch. I have totalled more $3500 plus the price of the vehicle in just getting the thing to run well. So as for this car I would not ever recommend this to a friend or even foe for that matter.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Very Reliable Car for Its Age

by GinnyG63 from Huntsville, AL on Sun Apr 01 2018

This is the only car that I have owned for a long period of time, and for an older car it has more than lived up to my expectations. The car has almost 200000 miles on it, and up until now it has been running like a champ. There is a little bit of work to be done on it, ut all in all it is a fantastic vehicle.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1996 Mazda 626

Mazda, once so close to becoming a major player in the U.S. market, is in a serious funk.

Sales are in a tailspin - down 16 percent this year. And recently the Japanese automaker cut the slow-selling 323, 929, MX-3 and RX-7 from its lineup.

Ford, which just bought a controlling interest in Mazda, has dispatched a cadre of executives to Japan to try and sort out the mess.

Because Mazda builds so few cars in North America, it has been unable to shield itself against the plunging value of the dollar. Only Mazda's MX-6 and 626 are built in the United States. All other Mazdas come from Japan, or in the case of the B-series pickups, are built by Ford and re-badged as Mazdas.

Despite the company's having... Read More