1994 Mazda 626 LX 4 cylinder from North America
A real money pit!
Since Jan/02, I've replaced the Axles (Both). Replaced (Both) Front shocks and housing assemblies.
Replaced the Timing Belt.
All (16) lifters at $46 a lifter.
(Both) Cam Shafts & Seals.
Replaced three rubber door seals.
Had to replace (Both) Headlight assemblies due to excessive sun fading.
Paint is fading to the primer.
Bought this car as a to/from work car. Previously owned a Miata in college and it was great! Bought another Mazda based on that reputation, Big Mistake!
This car has been the biggest pain in the pocket book I've ever owned. Way too many repairs for a car under 90K and now more invested in it than it's worth. Can't sell it, can't destroy it, and can't continue fixing everything. I just found out there's a recall on the Speedometer Cable and the transmission was replaced at 45K.
How can Mazda build such a bad car?
Buyer beware, this car is not worth the money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th November, 2002
29th May 2003, 10:23
'92 = Pre-Ford.
'94 = Post Ford, new model. Apples and oranges. I've had the '94 for almost ten years. I have a 2-inch stack of repair bills (I'm not kidding) for this car. I'm stuck with it because right now I can't finance a new car.
I'm happy with the handling and the mileage, that's about it. The engine power, the ignition sequence, and the reliability of the brakes and the transmission are all poor. I have replaced half the car at 155,000 miles. I'm glad to hear others have had the "lifter noise" - its annoying and has been pervasive since about 80,000 miles... another Ford-ism, or something.
Don't buy this model/year - you will regret it.