1993 Mazda 626 LX 2.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Cheap to run, economical and quick


When I bought the car, the radiator was cracked (so I bought it cheap).

Rear brake calipers were leaky.

Air con compressor was leaky too.

I got them all fixed (under $500 total).

Alternator broke at 2600000km. Indicator broke at 280000km. Fixed 'em both for $500.

General Comments:

Quick car and not too bad on fuel economy.

Very comfortable to drive, handles well.

Considering it is an old car, I would say it is reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2011

1993 Mazda 626 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Sadly dying now. Time for the 1995 vintage


Water pipes corroded and developed leaks (en mass).

Oil leaks.

Temperature gauges needed replacing.

Belts stripped off while driving at 20k.

Overheating while going up hills on the freeway.

Coolant required every morning!

Minor transmission oil leak.

General Comments:

Well in the hall of fame of crap cars, this one is right up there. My previous crap car (a Peugeot 306 of a similar vintage) had the air conditioning unit fall out while driving, but thankfully it was held up by something under the car until it could be reinstalled, so I really shouldn't be complaining.

But this car has had one thing or another go wrong just about constantly since I bought it. Based on other reviews, I decided to buy the car, which on the face of it was ok-ish. I was hoping to get another 50,000 or 60,000 driving kilometres for a cheap price (I figure any decent car should get around 240,000k before it claps out), but within 8,000 kilometers, it has come to the point where sadly we have nothing in common, it has become far too demanding, and we have to part company.

I don't really blame the car - I think it is just a bit long in the tooth and it hasn't held its heath too well, and I am not sure simply that 1994 was just not a year for cars born with longevity.

The good news for the car is that apart from my high end (although I couldn't tell you the specs) 1994 Toyota Corolla, which was just superb to drive, nothing went wrong, and smelt great (I am not sure why, but that car always smelt fantastic - tragically murdered by a prang scammer who rolled back at me at an intersection for the whiplash claim), this car is the second most comfortable drive I have ever had. It is very smooth, holds the road well, and the external rear vision, while a little deceptive in terms of depth, gives a far better view than the Corolla, which had those wingy things that destroy the rear vision... I wouldn't buy another one though. I expect a bit more mileage from my cars.

I am off to consider romance with a 1994 Saab now... Although given my history, maybe I should just walk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2011

3rd Feb 2011, 04:18

1994 SAAB will be much worse than a 1994 Mazda 626, sorry. At least with the Mazda, you can get secondhand parts fairly easily from wreckers, not so easy with rare European cars. Mazda dropped the ball badly with this model, the previous one was so so much better (see my review 1993 626 Estate).

1993 Mazda 626 GV 2.0 turbo diesel comprex from Bulgaria


It does the job


Rust is everywhere. Mechanics refused to lift it up on a stand.

Changing tires every season caused hollows on the base.

Clutch refused to function. Some clutch pump replaced. Hey, I got to know now how to shift gears without a clutch.

The whole brake system for the rear wheels changed. The dealers wanted me 370 euros per one. It's the amount I paid for the car, so I got second hand one for 30 euros. It still works.

It has a great thirst for diesel. 16 liters per 100 km. in town. I pumped up the tires to 3.0 instead of 2.2 as suggested. The consumption went down to 8.6 liters per 100 km in town.

The ride is quite sturdy. Extra attention needed on wet roads. During cold days the fan could not clean the foggy windows well and fast.

The seat makes me tired on long roads.

General Comments:

This is a station wagon. It has a cubic shape. It is spacious car with great maneuverability besides its big length.

The electric system is very durable. My wipers got broken because some parts inside glued together. Note, the electric system didn't burn. It broke the bolts inside instead.

Squeaking noises come from the front wheels, but they go away by themselves in a week or two.

The moon roof works perfectly and doesn't leak.

I love the interior materials. Softer and stylish compared to the hard plastics they use these days.

It has child safety buttons for the rear doors. Block button for the rear power windows. Arm rests front and back. No cup holders.

It's a great car besides the sturdy ride. I am to add some stuff with metal dust into the oil to lower the fuel consumption. I would recommend it to anyone, but look everywhere for rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2010

13th May 2011, 22:36

I am back for an update. This year 2011 I've got to change the lower radiator hose and a head gasket of the cylinder block. This stopped the oil leakage. Deflated the tires to 2.5, and the ride got a bit smother. Fuel consumption is now 10L of diesel per 100 km. in town. 7/100 on the country roads.

If I spend up to 200 euros per year for mechanics, the car runs really well.