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.

General Comments:

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

19th Sep 2010, 01:29

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.

1993 Mazda 626 LX 2.0 from North America


The 93 Mazda 626 is a Great Car


There have been a few minor problems, like the CV joints being replaced at 160,000 miles; fairly cheap and quick to replace. I hear that's common in front wheel drive cars.

The front tires do wear down a little fast, but that could just be because I have a speeding problem.

The stiff suspension is great for corning, but makes the ride a bit rougher; doesn't bother me really.

I needed to change the A/C over from R-12 to R134a.

The exhaust gasket behind the catalyst converter is replaced about every 30000 miles. The part is like $2.

There have been fewer problems with this car then many of the others I have added to my garage since.

General Comments:

This car was a gift for my 16th birthday years ago.

It was my first car and I still drive it daily.

It really is a good car. I've driven it around the country many time and it still has the original engine and transmission at 200,000 miles. Surprising how much this one little car can take. I know the first few years I drove it hard trying to make it to school on time. But it is still a fun car to drive and good on gas. Paint is just as shiny as ever. The 93 Mazda 626 is a good buy.

As a fair warning...

I have also had a 95 Mazda 626. The 93 and 95 look the same, but very different in reliability. The automatic 93' 626 has a Mazda built, 5 speed ATX transmission. While the 94' through 97' share a Ford built, 4 speed automatic transmission with the Ford Probe. The Ford Transmission is more economical, but far less reliable. The transmission on my 95 went out at 124,000 miles. I believe Mazda offered a short recall for some of the transmissions, but it is now long expired.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2007

1st Apr 2007, 14:46

We've a '95 Mazda 626<stick, 6 cyl>, and it's pushing 215000 miles! Had a timing belt go bad, and a big bill for that repair due to engine damage, but aside from that and routine things, it's been a dream. Purrs like a kitten and runs smooth still. It'll be hard to give this car up when the time comes!