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2002 Mazda 626 consumer reviews

$18,785 starting MSRP
side view of 2002 626 Mazda
90% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 3.6
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.3
Explore the 2002 Mazda 626

I love My Mazda!

This has been a great car. It is very comfortable and easy to drive. And it has been dependable for the last 16 years. That’s why my new car is a Mazda too


Best car ever

Lasted many years and kept its value. Excellent 6 cyl engine. Good gas mileage. Comfortable and kept in perfectly clean condition. I would own another if it was still made.



I love my car, service was great, salesman Tony was awesome,good luck with the new beautiful baby! Overall the Mazda 626 is a great car period!


Good engine, but lacks horsepower

I bought this car used a few months ago and I like how the car handles and drives. It is reliable just like any other Japanese car. I only done an oil change, the tune up, change the tires, change brakes, and the change the timing belt. I heard that this car has transmission problems. I haven't had any problems with the transmission or anything else. The only thing that I don't like about this car is the horse power. I have a four cylinder and it takes a little time to get up to speed in the freeway. The fuel mileage for this four cylinder is decent. I am average about 24 in the city and 28 in the highway. I never owned a Mazda before but in the future when I get a stable job I am going to buy a new Mazda from the dealership.


Great Engine, Poor Transmission

I bought my 2002 Mazda 626 4cyl in 2006. It was originally a rental car in Florida before I owned it and was most probably abused. The best parts about this vehicle are it's reliable engine and it's comfort. I've been on many long drives between Ohio, North Carolina and New York and the driver's seat is excellent. Don't expect great mpg even with the 2.0L 4cyl. It has been averaging 22 city, 26 highway for me. The automatic transmission is sluggish and seems to be not geared for highway speeds. 2900 rpm at 65 mph is a bit high and it suffers mpg because of it. The 2002 model was the first year to include a transmission cooler because of overheating problems. There is no 2003 model, Mazda started making the Mazda6. Like many owners I've had my O/D light come on and it turned out to be a Transmission Pressure Control Solenoid. ~$550 fix But the engine with 102K miles sounds and runs great, but has a weak 130 hp.


Next best to a camrey or an accord

I have no had any trouble out of this car. it just turned over 100000k miles and it still runs great.


Great Car for the value

Had a mazda for 6 years now and it still runs great, it is a great car for the value especially if you have a family.


Good value and reliability for the price.

The overheating problem is caused by the plastic overflow tank melting. I had to replace mine twice. Mazda is aware of this defect and should have recalled the vehicle for correction.


Owned car from new, 2000 626 EX

To me it's been a 5 star car. I have owend this car from New 2000. It had to be towed one time in 6 years, gas pedal linkage. I also have a Mazda Miata.


Very Satisfied with my Mazda

I am very pleased with my Mazda 626. It is a 2002 LX. It gets great milege to the gallon. I have never had one problem with it. The only thing I have done over the years is to get regular oil changes and replace tires. Mazda's a very reliable, durable vehicles. I would recommend this car to anyone!