1984 Mazda 626 2-door GLE 2.0L petrol from South Africa


Very good and reliable, and I would buy another one like that


Front wheel bearings.

Overheating. Radiator cooling fan started slowing down.

CV joints.

Digital cluster has stopped working.

Transmission box is getting sluggish.

General Comments:

The car is over twenty five years and still runs very well. Very comfortable and handles very good.

It's been so reliable that I have decided to restore it. I'm looking for the digital cluster to complete the restoration. Can anyone help?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2015

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 starter.

Replaced all 4 shocks and cradle rubber on all 4 arms inner and outer.

Stabilizer rubbers.

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.

General Comments:

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

1984 Mazda 626 GLX 2.0 from UK and Ireland




Starter ring gear replaced in 2001.

Rear suspension bush.

Consumables tyres, wiper lights and bulbs.

General Comments:

Mazda 626 GLX 2.0 Automatic metallic light green first owner 1984 purchased second owner 1987.

Good long distance car.

Reliability stored 5 years battery off, new battery started first time.

Minimal running cost.

Good lively performance from the 2.0lt engine, high level of comfort, good load puller when needed.

When they designed the 626 in 1984 the low body line gave it a feeling of being a wolf in sheep’s clothing family car or frustrated sports car.

Good road handling allows you to throw it into corners and know you will come out the other side.

Likes to be driven and cruses on motorways.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2009

1984 Mazda 626 Super Deluxe 2.0L Carby from Australia and New Zealand


Absolute piece of crap. More than a lemon... Much more


Needed a complete coolant flush.

Dizzy cap blew up.

Central locking sometimes dies.

Left passenger door lock doesn't go all the way down.

Clutch had to be replaced.

Needed stepped flywheel.

Needed new clutch cable.

Main Seal was leaking.

Fuel Pump leaking.

Coolant + Oil leaks.

Front & Rear Brakes needed rebuild.

Ignition barrel broke.

Wiring in dash short circuited on nearby metal.

Front right suspension rubber worn away.

Gearbox syncro's worn (gearbox is whining)

Sticky 1st + 2nd Gear

Diff is whining

Drivers power window doesn't automatically stop winding.

Have I forgotten anything???

General Comments:

Absolute piece of crap.

Do NOT buy an old Mazda, especially a fwd, manual 80's Mazda. Never purchasing a FWD again. Awful to drive (compared to RWD).

Most unreliable car I have ever owned.

Battery + Engine have never died on me, just every other component of the car has.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st February, 2007

22nd Feb 2007, 09:59

It's a 23 year old car! These items are expected to go and the previous owner probably unloaded it on you to avoid spending the money. When buying a used car, you should always have it inspected by a professional. If you had done this, you would not have bought this car.