1984 Mazda 626 GLX 2.0 Magnum from Trinidad and Tobago
This is a well engineered car by Mazda. It has lasted my family for 24 years, and maybe a lot more
I have replaced and refitted most of the components of the engine in 2010, but not the engine itself; a lot of these parts lasted close to 20 years.
Serviced radiator; it was clogged.
Replaced radiator, A/C fan and relays.
Replaced A/C compressor.
Replaced A/C drier.
Serviced A/C blower and replaced thermostat.
Replaced power steering pump.
Replaced steering rack and joints.
Replaced wiper motor; it was moving slow.
Replaced alternator; it was charging low 11.56v.
Replaced check valve in carburetor.
Replaced all 4 shocks and cradle rubber on all 4 arms inner and outer.
All engine mounts.
Replaced water pump.
Brakes booster, junction box, seals in brakes cylinder on all 4 hubs, handbrake cables left and right not the center though.
Replaced seals on transmission, intake manifold gasket crank shaft lower and upper, distributor seal, speedometer seal, tappet pan gasket.
My dad was the first owner of this car; it wasn't his top priority. I got it from him in 2005, and since then these were some of the things I have changed. I'm not going to sell it or trade it. I love this machine; it amazes me more and more each day.
This 626 has never let me down, never shutting off anywhere, is always dependable and very fast; I can reach up to 100 km/h very fast, and steer it comfortably even after passing this speed.
The A/C is very cold and does not seem to bother the performance. This car is tough, and would withstand any bad treatment for long periods.
Some of these parts could have gone longer, but I wanted to have the car brought up to 1st grade, and it is something I'm very happy about.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2010