1985 Mazda 626 4 door LX A 2 liter diesel 4 cylinder from North America


I wish they would make cars like this one now, but they don't


Replaced alternator once at around 185000.

Replaced head gasket at 212000.

General Comments:

I used this car for almost ten years, on the road while helping to upgrade our communications system in the US to fiber optic. From Eastern Indiana, to Western Montana and Idaho. Used this car during this time. It was always reliable, comfortable, and very dependable.

I would drive from 100 miles to sometimes 1500 miles, from my home to where I was working, mostly interstate travel. It has a 5 speed manual transmission, and would drive for hours on end, at 80 miles an hour on 38 miles to the gallon of diesel fuel. It has the Japanese version of the Perkins diesel 4 cylinder - 2 liter engine.

I drove in 100 degree heat, and -34 degrees of no heat (in Northern Minnesota), and it always performed the same. I used 1 gallon of gasoline, to a full tank (14 gallons) of diesel fuel, and have never ever had fuel problems in the coldest of weather.

Have never before or since had seats that were as comfortable as they are in that car.

I still use this vehicle on occasion, but we are both pretty much retired now. Everything still works well. Have never ever even had to do anything to the brakes or the clutch. I always used the engine for braking, as much as I could, being a former truck driver. Also, the owners manual suggests replacing the timing belt every 100,000 miles, ("whether it needs it or not"), but I have never gotten around to do that either.

Cannot say enough good about this vehicle, and will probably never sell it - and we are both getting well on in age.

Jack Miller

Northwest Iowa USA.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2009

7th Oct 2011, 08:53

I have one of these. It's a very good car, over 400,000 miles and still going strong. Looking for a backup head gasket that I cannot seem to find. I would sure like to find another one for parts..

16th Jun 2013, 05:02

Well, now they do. The Mazda 6 SkyActiv (I still think it's a bit of a silly name) D is the car that you can replace this one with. And the amenities as well as the mileage have gone up with the years. I can't wait to try one out.

9th May 2016, 16:36

Rock Auto has the gasket set.

11th Feb 2017, 22:21

Hey, is it a 85 Mazda 626? I have one.

1985 Mazda 626 Super Deluxe 2.0 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Cheap and very reliable


Gasket on radiator cap had to be replaced.

Right hand side rear wheel bearings had to be replaced.

Right hand rear shock absorber has worn extremely.

Plastic moulded mudflaps scrape on low surfaces.

General Comments:

Lacks power on acceleration, but powers along once you get going. The manual choke in this model has great deal to do with this problem!!!

Lots of room; very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2007

1985 Mazda 626 GLX 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Great cheap car would have another one


Brake lines rusted MOT failure.

Steering Boots cracked (both sides)

Front pads need replacing.

Trim looking old (its 20 years old!)

Rear exhaust box replaced.

Leaks oil (just keep topping it up)

Developed Radiator leak only when you switch the engine off! (just keep topping water up)

General Comments:

Amazing car starts every time first time in any weather (this is the most important feature of any car)

Handles very well for a big car, low driving position and little body roll compared to most newer modern cars.

Loads of warning lights like economy fuel light etc, full electrics which are reliable.

Good light power steering.

Will drink fuel around town, but very good on long runs.

Fuel gage lies so don't believe it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2005

1985 Mazda 626 LX 2.0L from North America


Fun to drive, but lots of problems when bought used or high mileage


Transmission was gone when I got it replaced with one out of an 84.

Ball joint and brakes replaced.

Had to rebuild the steering rack as it leaked, parts were quite expensive.

Bottom end of motor let go, but it was making noises when I bought it.

Cruise control reengaged by itself after I came off the highway. When I tried to switch it off (using the cruise switch and the brakes) the pedal went to the floor! Luckily there was no traffic around and I was able to shut it off with the key. This was to scary for me. Straight to the scrap yard. Anybody else have this problem?

General Comments:

Lots of quirky electrical problems that led to the cars demise. However it was fun to drive, good on gas, comfortable and some what reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2005

2nd Sep 2006, 11:12

I owned an '85 LX Mazda 626 and didn't like it at all - it was pleasant to drive, mind you, but I eventually nicknamed it the 'three week car' because it seemed to me that something went wrong every three weeks, and I got fed-up and sold it.