1989 Mazda 626 Coupe 2.2 from Estonia


Fast rust bucket


Engine leaked oil.

Rusted away.

General Comments:

It was some tuning company vehicle when I bought it, did 6.7 seconds to 100 km/h, sat low on the ground and had awesome spoilers and alloys. But sadly the rust had its fun with the bodywork, while everything else was still working perfectly.

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

Review Date: 21st June, 2011

1989 Mazda 626 LX from North America


Great first car


The alternator belt is constantly squeaking.

Needed new suspension.

Some strange wiring that made the windshield wipers work on and off, until it was fixed.

General Comments:

I received this car for my 16th birthday, and I love it!

There hasn't been any major breakdowns, just new struts when I first got it.

It is very reliable and good on gas. Almost all of the features still work. The window on the passenger side doesn't always work, and the oscillating vent doesn't work either.

There is a lot of rust on the wheel wells of the car, but living in a climate where there is winter 7 months of the year, that is to be expected on a 21 year old car.

It is also comfortable and has lots of room. The seats fold down, so many times I have been able to fit multiple snowboards and bicycles.

I would recommend this car to anyone. It is reliable, even in -30!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2010

1989 Mazda 626 DX 2.2L from North America


Rock solid, reliable, sweet feel performer


The muffler was the most constant replacement on this vehicle, like clockwork for us about every two years.

There was a recall on the door latch which was replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

This has to have been my favourite car. Mileage was 35-38 mpg on the highway, and it was peppy enough, though not too noisy. Handling was sweet. The manual transmission was smooth. Other than mufflers, nothing ever seemed to go wrong with this car. It warmed up a little slow in really cold weather so cardboard in front of the rad was needed. The A/C was adequate for most summer conditions.

When buying new, I chose this over the Corsica and never looked back.

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Review Date: 19th February, 2007

13th Jul 2014, 01:40

My car needed mufflers often, but has over 309,000 miles, and runs perfect, with no transmission or engine overhaul yet!

1989 Mazda 626 DX 2.2 FI from North America


Not worth the price I paid


Battery cables corroded at 113995 miles Starter went out at 114950 Seats worn Rear defrost doesn't work Gas door sticks badly.

General Comments:

This car runs great, when it is running. It idles abit rough though. The ride is a bit rough, but handling is crisp. Front tires tend to lose traction on wet roads even with good quality tires. Good feel of the road, decent fuel economy.

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Review Date: 17th August, 2005

31st Aug 2005, 15:03

My 626 is 15 years old. I had bought it through my work a salvage yard with a title and started driving it back and forth to work racking up almost 70 miles a day. The only thing that has gone wrong was the cooling fan. It is a nice gold color, but does have some fading. My waxing it every week, although doesn't help it. I have managed to beat newer cars with it a few times I tried. Just from light to light. I love it and intend to get another car just to put her up and restore her to the way she looked brand new.

7th Oct 2005, 21:23

My 1989 Mazda 626 LX had the starter go at 75,000 miles.

It is now 17 years old as of September 2005.

No other problems with it.

Great car. What a deal.

Paid $1500 for it a year ago and the starter is the only thing that went.

1989 Mazda 626 LX 2.0 from Netherlands


One of the best cars in its class


Electronic ignition module that goes inside the distributor started to produce problems on 255.000 km on cold weather, so I replaced it.

Both CV joints were noisy since I bought the car (on full turns). I replaced both driveshafts recently because a CV boot went off. I used the parts from a junkjard and overhauled all 4 CV joints in my garage. No problems with the noise since then.

Apart from that, nothing ever went wrong with the car.

General Comments:

Extremely reliable and good car.

Excellent for long trips. Very good on gas - less than 8 liter/100 km on highway, with long-distance speeds in the range 140 - 170 km/h km/h.

Excellent seats.

No rust at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2004