1986 Mazda 626 GT Turbo 2000i 2.0 turbo from North America
Avoid, or get one as a project to learn how to fix cars..
Almost everything - master cylinder, starter, rear brake, hand brake cable, front axles and boots, and discs, radiator, gas tank and hoses, alignment issues, electrical issues with burning lights, contacts and switches all the time, power window motors, sunroof motor, fuel pump, gaskets, oil leaks, etc...
Besides it was GT turbo and performed well, it was a nightmare experience, and the only positive thing is that I learned how not to panic, and how to analyze and inspect the car, and fix many issues without having to go every time to the shop...
Great auto mechanics training alternative - buy one, and you will learn how to inspect and fix cars...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th October, 2010
26th Jun 2015, 05:34
I owned a 1986 626 Turbo GT, manual transmission, A/C, 2-door (no moon roof *thank heavens*) for 10 years. I bought it 1 year old, with 14,000 miles on it. I sold it with 186,000 miles on it. For 93,000 miles it was the soul of reliability. I loved it.
At 107,000 miles the wheels fell off (figuratively). I paid $10,500 for it 1 year old, and sold it for $1,500, ten years later. In the meantime, I spent approximately what I paid for it again on repairs just to keep it running. When I sold it, it went through emissions with "0" unburned hydrocarbons, and it still had the original turbo and the head had never been off.
During its tenure in my life, it was a fun car to drive, with good power, excellent handling, fine stopping power and well-thought-out sporty feel.
If it hadn't been for the period above 110,000 miles being punctuated with periods of cursing its Asian manufacturers, their families, and their ancestors, that little car would have rated a strong 9 on my scale. It was designed to fall apart at 100,000 miles, and those Japanese engineers were spot-on. Pity. Otherwise a great car.