1990 Mazda 626 LX 2.2L 12 Valve from North America
This car is indestructible and resilient
Air chamber blew at 150k, still blows repeatedly ($110 part & labor).
Air conditioner failed at 220k, replaced for less than $200 ($75 part, $95 labor).
Broke rear light ($225 part, self installed).
Replaced timing belt twice ($250 each time).
Burned out clutch at 250k, and replaced cylinder at 255K.
Key is so worn that it can be removed while driving.
Sunroof no longer functional.
Factory cassette player did not work initially (replaced 2 aftermarket radios since).
This car seems to improve with age.
It outlasts stereos, tires, keys, you name it.
The only major complaint is the air chamber. When it first exploded, the car would not start. Once it started blowing, it took three new parts before I rebuilt an air chamber with a pressure relief valve. Once in a while, the valve pops while starting the car. Once the valve pops, it resets and the cars starts fine.
After 15 years it looks great and runs better than cars half as old.
It does have very good acceleration. Sometimes during fast starts, I can chirp the tires through second gear.
As others have said, if you are looking for an amazing used car, get this one. It is worth far more than the list prices! With a little care, it will run forever.
I am trying to see if it will get to 500k. 300k is not even a challenge!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th June, 2005
16th Oct 2005, 00:13
I'm having the same problem with the air (vacuum) chamber in my 1989 Mazda 626 (automatic), and I'm looking for information to help the mechanics who are trying to fix it.
The air chamber first blew 7 months ago (113K), then the new one blew a month after that. A problem was found with the mass air flow sensor and it was replaced. It seemed fine until the air chamber blew again this past week (119K).
Is anybody else having this problem, and does anybody know what could be causing it?
If the original poster sees this -- can you offer any information about the type of pressure relief valve you used?
Thank you to anyone who is able to provide helpful information.