1990 Mazda 626 LX from North America
I love this reliable, economic car.
Radio display screen no longer works.
Air conditioning is gone and was when we bought it in 2003.
Recent, undiagnosed problem, even though two different mechanics have looked at it: during warmer weather or when car's been running for a while and is warmed up, once the engine is shut off, it won't restart. We're still working on this one and will update this web site when we get it fixed!
I paid $500 Canadian for this car and put about $1000 into it to get it on the road and haven't spent much since.
Great on gas and oil.
We've been told by mechanics that this car will last forever and that we got a really good deal.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st March, 2005
23rd Mar 2005, 07:48
I have the exact same problem with my 626. It will run great when started, but getting it started can be a problem. I've tried a number of things. New air flow meter, new starter, new plugs and wires. I think these added to the car's functioning when running, but never helped with the poor starting issue. Would be interested to know if you ever get it fixed. I've had this car for about 4 years now. It has over 185,000 miles and no end in sight.
25th May 2005, 06:42
Had a similar problem with my 2 liter 8V.
The engine shut off just after starting or went out at any temperature. Sometimes it started again immediately, sometimes it took up to 30 minutes. I had no idea what was wrong and tried different things from new ignition cables over the fuel pump relay to another control unit and airflow meter. In the end I took it to a Mazda garage and they discovered there were only 4 volts on the relay for ignition etc. They just bridged it over and it's running fine again.
24th Nov 2005, 12:07
The engine not starting when warm issue could be related to a faulty fuel relay of some sort. Probably cheap to replace, but hard to diagnose.
Hondas had plenty of such problems, just google for this.