1989 Mazda 626 ie Sedan 2.2L EFI, Straight 4, Non-turbo 125HP, No Engine M from Australia and New Zealand


I'm not sure if I ever want another car, I'll just fix mine up and keep it good


Electric window switches are a bit dodgy, but still work.

Fuel Hatch wouldn't open at 194000kms, pulled it off.

Clutch fluid system needed replacement at 178000kms.

Rear wheels go out of alignment sometimes when doing handbrake turns and getting sideways.

Ground Clearence About 1 inch to low to the ground.

General Comments:

Awesome Power package for a little 4-cylinder, faster than a lot of cars it's size, without redlining I can do 50kph in 1st, 90kph in 2nd, 130kph in 3rd, 170kph in 4th, and 210kph in 5th. Can keep up with a 202 WB Ute off the mark.

Very easy to drive and control at speed and on slippery surfaces.

Top of the mark suspension, I can run speed bumps at 80kph and barely feel them.

Gets about 600km on 40L of unleaded, although I once got 735km.

Easy to correct if your get sideways.

Real Comfy Bucket seats and good leg room.

Sporty gear shifting, smooth, quick and easy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2004

30th May 2015, 10:26

Try 240km/h in 5th gear.

1989 Mazda 626 GT 2.0i DOHC from Australia and New Zealand


Quick, comfortable and fully loaded at bargain price


First was the clutch, which needed a complete new kit.

Head Gasket was next to go, but was poorly fixed first time, so required a second go including a new head, radiator and hoses. Oil and water are still in need of a second flush to remove remains of each other, in each other's places.

Most recent problem was a dead alternator, probably a result of previous problems (starting without running, using hazard lights when being towed (it happened a lot) )

Driver's seat suffered from elderly first owner having trouble getting in and out of the car.

General Comments:

For a mid-sized family tourer it has acceptable performance. Its 110Kw is impressive for a 2.0L and will happily take on many modern cars of the same size engine, in terms of handling and straight-line performance.

The handling is very predictable and makes it a good performer point-to-point.

The cabin is cozy and options are plenty, although 15 years of existence has taken its toll with things quite prone to rattle and squeak.

A nice, inconspicuous car for an 18 year old, freshly licenced driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2004

1989 Mazda 626 LX 2.2 four banger from North America


One of the most well-built cars ever


What a wonderful car. I wouldn't have anything to put in this box if I had written this a week ago.

The transmission finally gave in at just over 300,000 miles requiring it to be rebuilt.

A new clutch at 285,000 miles.

General Comments:

If you find one in good condition, grab it!

The seats are nice and very durable.

My oscillating center vents still work!

This car is solid and stable, nothing fancy and nothing tricky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2004

1989 Mazda 626 LX 2.2 from North America


Mazda please make this car again


The common problems from 1988 to 1992 are the exhaust repairs. Also front struts and ball joints, rotors and pads, valve cover leaks and that annoying vibration caused from tired motor mounts. Also the rack and pinion gets a little sloppy however doesn't seem to worsen. I had 3 of these cars licensed on the road with 3 for parts so the repair costs were minimal. The one problem that kept me guessing for some time was the water leak on the passenger rear floor board, (rear shock tower decay.

General Comments:

This is the best car that I have had the privilege to own. the gas mileage is excellent the handling is superb and the car literally does not break down. I continue to search for these cars in good shape however due to the Canadian climate the under bodies take there share of weather. exterior body lasts quite well with annual oil sprays. The interior is durable and the LX trim is the best choice. The 2.2 delivers great power and the transmission continues to perform with constant filter changes

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003