1998 Mazda 626 consumer reviews

$15,550 starting MSRP
side view of 1998 626 Mazda
90% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7
Explore the 1998 Mazda 626

Very reliable car, can be driven across country

I really love this vehicle. I will not be selling it as my family and I have not hit hard times. Many great trips have been taken in his van and even though the band is older as still runs like new.


Meet my needs

Was a good car for the 4 years I had it. No issues not the best car out there but the beast I've owned.


Best car ever

I wrote a review for this car in 2010 with the name of "Mazdas are cool" or something like that. Four years later it was still the best car that I could've ever owned. I crashed it into a tree going about 30-40 mph but still managed to walk away fine, the car was totaled but I was totally fine. I thank Mazda for making such a nice car that probably saved my life. After 16 years and 224,000 miles, I had only two problems with it: the fuel pump went out and the horn quit working (cost about $337 to fix). Ironically, the day after I repaired the car, I totaled it. Undoubtedly, the best car anyone could own. The seats were comfortable too, and it was a thrill to drive.


Love this car!!

I received this car as a gift from one of my father's friends about a year ago. The car had sat in his driveway for about 6 months and I was worried it wasn't going to be a good car and that I was going to get stuck with a piece of junk. A year later it is running just fine and I have had no major problems. It holds up to the Minnesota weather like A CHAMP! It starts up an the first try even in our -30 degree weather. This car runs so smooth I'm so happy to have such a reliable car.


Flawless car

My mom purchased this car from a rental company in 1998, and it became a hand-me-down for me. So far, even to 2010 it has only had one small problem. The brakes are a little noisy and thats about it. The only thing that I don't like about it thats its old and you can't hold that agaisnt the car. I would totally get another Mazda for my next car.


Very reliable

I have had this car for a year now. I bought it with 115K miles on it for 2,800 and now it has 128K miles. There have been no major mechanical issues and it runs great every time. I average about 30 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with the 2.0 5spd. It got me through this last year just fine, very reliable carm couldnt ask for better. Performance is even pretty good with the 5spd manual anyway and the handling is great. It has saved me from a couple possible accidents. Mazda knew what they were doing on this one.



I bought this car new off the lot with 5 miles on it. Right now it has 350000+. NO major problems at all, like the energizer bunny, it keeps going and going and going! Never left me stranded, always starts 1st time! Takes curves like a champ! EXCELLENT automobile!!!


Too bad I wrecked it!

I got my 1998 Mazda from the original owner in 2003. GREAT CAR! I never had any problems! It rides smooth and handles well. Mine, a manual, has nice pick up and is fun to drive. I'm not a fan of traction control, as when it's slippery, I feel that I have NO control. Other than that, I have no complaints. One interesting fact: it has oscillating vents in the center. Kind of a cool feature. I just wrecked it last week so I'm looking for a replacement. It's difficult to find something after being spoiled with my Mazda for 5 years.


Also best car I'VE ever had

We bought this in December, '05 for $3,000 at 141k miles. Now has 176k, no noteworthy problems (both CV axles and a some carboned fuel injection sensor issue, or something), runs strong, never left me stranded, 35-37mpg with the 2.0 manual transmission, even the AC still works like new! It is comfortable yet hugs the dips and turns on our country roads.


best car i have had.

"Most Reliable Car I've Owned". I bought it new in 1998 and now have over 144,000 miles and never had a single problem. V6 Still runs strong and trans. is great. Highly recommended!