1986 Mazda 626 Reviews

1986 Mazda 626 GT Turbo 2000i 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carLancia Delta

Summary:

Avoid, or get one as a project to learn how to fix cars..

Faults:

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...

General Comments:

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

1986 Mazda 626 LX 5 door 'touring sedan' 2.0 litre SOHC injected from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre SOHC injected Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance304000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

This is my 20th year driving this 626... love the comfort and utility of hatchback

Faults:

New timing belt 220.

Gas tank (rust) gummed injectors and fuel filter 240K.

Fuel pump / sending unit failed 243 K.

New clutch / motor mounts 280 K.

Head gasket @ 180 K dealer R&R.

Head gasket @ 303K driveway R&R.

General Comments:

Weakest link on this car was OEM adjustable struts... switched to Monroe sensatracs for less than half price at 160K after going through 2 sets of OEMs.

This car is easy to work on... installed complete gasket kit on my own with Haynes manual (right down to head gasket)

Parts are expensive due to manufacture distribution system.

At 2008 most parts are recovered from bone yard or rebuilds.

Glad I didn't buy a turbo ... too many problems, too expensive to fix ... all turbo models of this car are long gone to car heaven

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2008

1986 Mazda 626 2.0 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired167000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

A lot of car for less than a grand

Faults:

Valve cover gasket leaking.

Front right tire wearing unevenly.

Wheel pulls slightly to the right.

Shifter bushing a little sloppy.

All of these were noted before I actually bought the car.

General Comments:

This is more of a first impression than a true review as I've only had the car four days.

The clutch is good, not too heavy and I can feel where it engages. Thumbs up.

The steering (aside from a slight right-hand pull) is good (no slop, responsive). Thumbs up.

The grey paint is faded on the roof and hood. If I was concerned about paint I would give it thumbs down.

Visibility is good. The mirrors are easy to adjust and the aft pillars are unobtrusive. Thumbs up.

Seats are pretty comfy. Not in bad shape for being 20 years old.

Performance. You won't win any races in this one. If I was 15 years younger I would give it thumbs down, but I just need it to putt to work.

Little touches. Big door pockets, locking glove box, fold down rear seats. Thumbs up.

I'll post more once I've put a few miles on her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd May, 2006

28th Aug 2006, 15:37

Update on the Mazda. Started overheating. Turns out it's more than the water pump. I don't plan on resurfacing the head on a $900 car. It wasn't overheating when I got it, this came on fast. I am less than pleased.

1986 Mazda 626 2.0 turbo Fuel Injected from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Fuel Injected Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance136125 miles
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

This is one of the best cars I have owned

Faults:

One of the fuel injectors went to crap.

Engine was missing badly when I got it it was misfiring, changed spark plugs cap and rotor. that fixed it.

Emergency brake cable snapped; $50 to replace.

General Comments:

This car is really fast for a 4 cylinder.

Especially when the turbo kicks in.

It starts in the cold just as easily as it starts in 100 degree weather.

This thing never fails to put me back in my seat.

The turning radius is unbelievable. I got her to turn around on a 1 lane without having to back up.

The bucket seats are really comfortable.

Overall I LOVE this car and would recommend it to anyone; although nothing is better than the 87 Nissan 200SX I had before it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 16 reviews