2000 Mazda 626 GLX 2.0 petrol
A Japanese sedan is always a logical choice, not an emotional one!
Only regular service, including timing belt at 100000km.
Suspension comfort is average, gets much better as the speed increases.
Noise level average also. Heater/air conditioner fan extremely noisy on 3rd and 4th speed.
We don't have VW/Audi class dashboard plastics in here.
Engine is excellent. Good performance when needed, very economic when driven to be so. I can reached 1000 km. with one tank with an average speed of 85/105 km. That gives us an average consumption of something like 6.1-6.2 lt./100 km.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th May, 2009
The car reached 133000 kms. No issue. Changed left rear door central lock mechanism, two rear shock absorbers, brake pads etc. Also, the car had to endure 4 relatively small/average crashes during the last two years; 2 from behind, 2 from the front. Amazingly enough, it didn't need any part or repairs. The shock absorbing supports in the bumpers cracked, but no need to do anything about them. If it runs as problem free as it is now, I'll keep it till 2015/2016.
The car has now 150000 km. No issue other than oil changes. At one stage, I was about sell it, but I've now decided to keep it until it goes to junkyard as a second/spare car. The reason is very simple: it isn't worth any significant money, but is a perfect working car with everything working! If I get rid of it, I will never be able to get so much car in absolute perfect condition for so little money ever again. I'd say it's good to go for another 15 years and 150000 km!