2000 Mazda 626
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Great Economical Car

by from Sacramento,California on February 18, 2017

I purchased a used 2000 626 at 180,000 miles, and plan to drive it for another 10-20,000 miles. It's a really pleasant car to drive, and needed only routine repairs in it's lengthy life so far: exhaus...
I purchased a used 2000 626 at 180,000 miles, and plan to drive it for another 10-20,000 miles. It's a really pleasant car to drive, and needed only routine repairs in it's lengthy life so far: exhaust and muffler work, oil and transmission fluid changes, and the occasional tune up left this car in decent running condition. I've never had another car with oscillating air vents, or that shifts into second and third gear with quite so much gusto. The fuel efficiency doesn't really compare to a more modern vehicle, but I can usually get a 280-300 miles to the 12 gallon tank, which is pretty decent. One item to note is that the headliner tends to fall down in this model of vehicle, and needs to be re-glued. I've seen this in two examples of the 626 so far. All in all it's a decent road runner, and these days should be available for well under 3000 dollars used.
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Does recommend this car!!

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I like this car

by from Slate College, PA on July 23, 2015

My first car was a 1998 Mazda 626. It made it to over 222,000 Miles Before the transmission failed. How I have the same car, but a little newer. No, it is not Very powerful necessarily. However, it ri...
My first car was a 1998 Mazda 626. It made it to over 222,000 Miles Before the transmission failed. How I have the same car, but a little newer. No, it is not Very powerful necessarily. However, it rides fairly smooth, is spacious enough for my liking, LOOKS nice and presentable, and overall is a great car.
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Does recommend this car!!

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NEVER PUT ME DOWN... TAKEN MANY LONG TRIPS

by from SARASOTA on August 24, 2011

HAVE THIS CAR AND IVE TAKEN MANY TRIPS FROM FLORIDA TO OHIO AND HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. VERY RELIABLE AND RUNS PERFECT.
HAVE THIS CAR AND IVE TAKEN MANY TRIPS FROM FLORIDA TO OHIO AND HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. VERY RELIABLE AND RUNS PERFECT.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Not so reliable.

by from Inveress, Florida on August 11, 2010

I have own this car for about three years now, and had really bad headaches with this car. When I brought the vehicle, it had around 68,000 miles on it and I'll drive 20,000 in the last three years. I...
I have own this car for about three years now, and had really bad headaches with this car. When I brought the vehicle, it had around 68,000 miles on it and I'll drive 20,000 in the last three years. In that timeframe, I had to replaces/repair the A/C compressor, engine oil leaks, alternator, and radiator. So the reliability is not so good in the high miles area. But it has its pros and cons. PROS -very comfortable -Price is reasonable -Boss system is very good -Good gas miles CONS -Not Reliability -Speed is not so great -Runs high on RPMs -Performance is low
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Does not recommend this car

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Amazing Vehicle for the Price

by from Chapel Hill, TN on March 21, 2010

This car is amazing for short. There is a little more road noise than expected. This is my first vehicle and I absolutely love it. I drive it to school, work, and home everday. I only have to fill it ...
This car is amazing for short. There is a little more road noise than expected. This is my first vehicle and I absolutely love it. I drive it to school, work, and home everday. I only have to fill it up about once a week. Overall, i would recommend this car to a first time driver.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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So Far So Good...

by from California, CA on February 7, 2010

I can say this car is a good car to have it for transporting stuff like to places within one or two hours. However, this car doesn't seems to have the great big power when you do the "kick-down"...All...
I can say this car is a good car to have it for transporting stuff like to places within one or two hours. However, this car doesn't seems to have the great big power when you do the "kick-down"...All it have is the sound but not the speed. Also the CD player is not that good because it comes from the manufacture and so the CD player cannot read MP3 files...so which i went to get a new player so it can read the disc. So if you are not a music person this car will suit you unless you want to pay more money for better quality things. Overall I will say this is a good car.
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Very good and cost-effective car!

by from Dallas on December 2, 2009

Very good and cost-effective car! Nice looking like Bentz, solid body, generally good performance, and better price than most similar cars!
Very good and cost-effective car! Nice looking like Bentz, solid body, generally good performance, and better price than most similar cars!
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Cost-effective, solid car!

by from Plano on November 28, 2009

A solid, cost-effective car! Rarely down in cold, hot weathers. The body looks more solid than most Japanese cars (better metal, alloys). Starting a little at green light, which may be better for safe...
A solid, cost-effective car! Rarely down in cold, hot weathers. The body looks more solid than most Japanese cars (better metal, alloys). Starting a little at green light, which may be better for safety. Better price than compared with equivalent-quality Toyota Camry.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Issue with Collant Reservoir

by from on November 21, 2009

There is a known issue with the coolant reservoir. You have to change it all the time. I just recently had to change it again and previously changed it three years ago. This is a known issue with the ...
There is a known issue with the coolant reservoir. You have to change it all the time. I just recently had to change it again and previously changed it three years ago. This is a known issue with the car but the Mazda people know this is a money maker for them so, they make the coolant reservoir as minimum as possible and with no warranty and you have to replace it often. They charge you around $150 for the part itself when it only costs around $40 for labor to replace. The dealer has told me time and time again that there is nothing they can do about it that this will happen often as long as I have this car. I previously had a Saturn SL1-1993 and lasted me for a while up to 190,000 miles and I sold it in great shape and it is still running today. I never had to change the coolant tank on that thing once and never had a major issue with that car until I hit around 165,000 miles. Currently I am only at 140,000 miles on the Mazda and I have had to change this thing twice!!
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Does not recommend this car

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Good all aroung city car.

by from Wichita Ks. on November 21, 2009

The 626 4cyd. auto is a good all around car for it's class. Avg.22-24 mpg city, and 26-30 hwy. Had the car for 8 years, if buying one again would get extended warranty for any thing over 70,000 miles....
The 626 4cyd. auto is a good all around car for it's class. Avg.22-24 mpg city, and 26-30 hwy. Had the car for 8 years, if buying one again would get extended warranty for any thing over 70,000 miles. Repairs can be expensive. These are basic transportation and should be veiwed as such. They can be unconfort- able on long trips. Power is good but at highspeeds iffy when passing. Makes good work or student car. Would buy another but only if the interior was up graded to better seats. The car should be maintained by dealer and have extended warranty, make sure when buying that all regular maintance has been done according to manufacture.
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Does recommend this car!!

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