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

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

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

Summary:

Quick, comfortable and fully loaded at bargain price

Faults:

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

Summary:

One of the most well-built cars ever

Faults:

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

Summary:

Mazda please make this car again

Faults:

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

1989 Mazda 626 DX 2.2L In-line 4 from North America

Summary:

A peppy and practical car

Faults:

Right now the alignment is off quite a bit, the right front tire is showing wear marks on the outside.

Sometimes the car has a tendency to burn oil, it's an off-and-on thing.

Starting to rust a bit around the trunk and underside.

Trunk leaked, I think I fixed it by taking off the weatherstrip, putting some silicone in it, and replacing it.

Another danger from this is that the mounting points for the rear shocks can rust out, if you get a trunk leak, fix it quick, I just caught it in time.

The white reverse lights went out, some kind of wiring problem.

Alternator belt popped.

LCD screen on factory radio went bad.

Left the car sit for about a year, the e-brake locked up, couldn't get it to budge, drove around the block with the rear wheels locked.

Transmission has about had it, I think its me.

Speedometer is 5mph high at around 70, 3mph at around 40, not sure if it was always this way.

Getting a noise that sounds like valve tappet's, but I'm not a mechanic. Not sure what it is.

General Comments:

An '89 626 doesn't look like much, but I have really been impressed with the car. It has been a great first car to me.

The car has a lot of room for cargo, some people say there isn't much room, but I am 5'9" and it feels roomy enough for me. The rear seats fold forward to add space to an already large trunk. The front seats fold back to be even with the rear seats when you take off the head rests. This makes the back right seat a nice recliner, procedure on how to do this in the manual.

The handling is good for its class, tends to spin the tires a bit on turns and fast starts. Gives a good feel for the road, though the brakes need to be replaced about every 30-40K miles.

The engine is powerful for the class of car, but the transmission doesn't always deliver that power well. That may be due to my driving though, sometimes I press it hard. The Hold button on the stick makes the tranny feel more like a manual, you can downshift and control when it up-shifts better. The timing of the shifts is slightly odd, and the switch to second can be a little rough.

The car can accelerate off the line, and it also can get up to a pretty good speed. I have taken the car up to 120mph, it was shaking pretty bad then. Could have gotten it higher if the alignment and balance weren't so off.

If you like to drift a lot when driving, you can do it fairly easily in this car.

And for those of you who aren't of college age, this car runs great at legal speeds. The pedal seems to have a sweet spot at 40mph, the car loves that speed. I take it out at night and cruise at 40 for a few hours.

Gas mileage is about 25mpg, both city and highway for mine. The Power-Economy button doesn't seem to do much. Just a frill.

Cruise control works great.

This car seemed to only come out in one color, the only ones I've seen around town of the same year are all tan, most with maroon interiors, some with light blue.

The stock stereo is no good, the speakers blew, so I put in an Alpine head unit, and replaced the speakers with Infinitys. Sounds real good now, though I would have liked them to put the front speakers in the door instead of under the dash. They are only 4" and the highs are shot down to your feet, so you don't get highs or lows from the front, it has to come from the back.

Love the car, worth a lot more than blue book to me. It's no sports car, but its simple "family car" looks are deceiving. Great first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2003

24th Sep 2004, 23:43

The 89 I have, has a tan interior, just like the outside...