1993 Mazda 626 GLX hatchback 2.0 118bhp petrol from UK and Ireland
A BMW minus Chris Bangle
Surprisingly nothing. The big Mazda's been through a lot of punishment (and no servicing!) but remains intact. Condition wasn't good though.
My mum had told me before buying it that Mazda's are the easiest cars in the world to drive. She had a point. I had originally wanted an old BMW 3 Series (E30 or E36) or an old 5 Series (E34) due to their driving. I took a 626 2.0 Auto out for a drive and it was brilliant.
This one had power steering and anti lock brakes, so you can tell what it was like. So of course I bought it. It was a huge bargain. Only £800.
I would also like to add that whereas the S-Class is credited for being the first to bring new innovations like air-bags, seat-belts etc, but the original 1960s 626 was the first car to have folding rear seats. An innovation in it's own right.
The only problem that I had with it was the running costs and the economy as it was good everywhere else. But the 2.0 has a thirst for unleaded.
I sold it for an economy car, a 1.3 Toyota Corolla. I sold the best car that I had ever owned to save a few pounds in petrol, and now I regret it, because it was brilliant and this is abysmal.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2007
I agree entirely. My 1993 Mazda 626 Hatchback has been the best car I have ever owned. I purchased it when it was 10 years old with 50,000km on the clock. It has now (2010) traveled 180,000 and I have just replaced the radiator and had new brakes put on, but other than that, and changing the tyres from time to time, I have spent nothing on it in repairs.
I travel roughly 300 km a week and do an interstate trip every once in a while. It is a comfortable car to drive with heaps of space. I average 300km to the tank on average around town driving and usually get 350 to 380 for the interstate trips.
The design and engineering of the car were way ahead of its time. I believe it is still a very smart looking car on the road, and I have no intentions of trading my Mazda in on a later model at this time.