1994 Mazda 626 LX V6 2.5 V6 from North America


A piece of crap


Rear brakes.

Front brakes.

Emergency brake.


Plugs and wires.

Transmission troubles.

Cooling system.

Coolant leak.

General Comments:

I bought the car, and the second day I had it the emergency brake got stuck. While in the repair shop it needed 1500 dollars worth of repairs. After that it was a problem every time I drove it so I stopped driving it, and sold it.

Do not buy this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd November, 2001

1994 Mazda 626 LX 2.5L V6 from North America


Avoid the automatic


The biggest problem is the transmission. It is jerky, and will jolt *hard* when shifting gears. You have to play with the accelerator to minimize this (accelerate, then let off the pedal right before it shifts). From what I have read (and my own experience), avoid automatic transmissions on these cars at all costs. The problem is well known, but Mazda hasn't changed anything even in recent models. The latest Consumer Reports mentions this, and there are numerous websites with mazda owners with the same problems.

The head gasket begins to deteriorate at around 60,000 miles, and oil will pool into the overly deep sparkplug wells. Watch out for that.

My distributor had to be replaced at 67,000 miles.

General Comments:

Over all, this wasn't a horrible car, but I would suggest getting a manual transmission on it. They are less problematic.

The car handles good, and has a modestly powerful engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd August, 2001

3rd Aug 2002, 07:03

Your comments about the 94 Mazda 626 are completely on track with my own experiences. I have the manual transmission and have had everything you have mentioned go wrong with mine as well. Also, I had to have the Catalytic Converter Replaced in order to pass Emissions Testing. Overall, I can't really complain about the car though... for the most part it has been reliable.

1994 Mazda 626 LX 2.0 4 cylinder from North America


A dud


My driver side power window will not go down.

The paint on the hood and doors is bad.

The engine overheats when idle.

Door rubbers have deteriorated.

Trunk does not shut correctly.

Brakes pulsate violently.

Power antenna doesn't go down and up correctly.

Seat belt buckle has broken.

General Comments:

I have purchased the worst car in the world. I would trade it in, but I would be upside down in my trade-in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th July, 2001

1994 Mazda 626 LX Cronos 2.5L V6 from North America


Excellent buy if bought in good shape


Head gaskets leaking oil into the spark plugs causing major hesitation.

Cost $800 to replace intake manifold, head gaskets, spark plugs and all wiring.

General Comments:

The car is responsive and quick. Pulls well through all four gears and seems to want to push the 130mph barrier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2001

1994 Mazda 626 LX 1.8 from North America


Average family sedan


The transmission has been having troubles. Will not maintain 5th gear.

General Comments:

Decent car.

Reasonable to purchase and maintain.

The interior "storage compartments" have been annoying. The covers and springs etc.. have been breaking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2000

1994 Mazda 626 GLXI ABS H/B 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Good performance, poor body


It looks solid but it's a complete tin, the hatchback version is very light, it's like having a cart joined to the car.

Performance is OK, the bushes wear out quickly and the parts are not cheap. I would rather buy a Merc as part prices are not far off.

The wishbone bushes went, the link broke.

General Comments:

Overall a complete hollow tin. Don't buy if you ask me. It shakes on the motorway at 90mph, when even the tyres are OK, balanced and not any mechanical fault. The reason is that the body is a light tin, it does not carry any weight behind to even the balance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th September, 2000

25th Nov 2000, 19:22

I'm sorry but I can't agree with your comments, I have owned 4 Mazda 626's and 5 Mazda 323's and have had no real faults with any of them. As for build quality, I find it excellent.

8th Jan 2001, 15:56

I bought a used '94 626. I have had both front axles replaced, the tires replaced, balanced three times, and still cannot get rid of a vibration from about 65 to 75. Sometimes it's worse than others.

1994 Mazda 626 LX 2.3L from North America


Underpowered badly built tin can


Master brake cylinder and booster, rotors.

General Comments:

The 4 cyl. engine is not up to the job of moving this sluggish beast. Passing can be hazardous to your health. Gas consumption wasn't wonderful. Major brake system component failure at 36000km was simply unacceptable, especially when Mazda took 6 weeks to find replacement parts.

Headlights were inefficient, body sheet metal was so thin you dared not lean against it. Tires were biodegradable.

Considering the previous generation of 626s this car deserved Gregory Peck's advice to Chairman Mao (in the movie "The Candidate"). When asked about the little red books, Peck said "Buy back every copy and burn it". Mazda should just recall this piece of nonsense out of goodwill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th August, 2000

26th Mar 2001, 16:17

My '94 626 4cyl/5sp. bought at 90,000; 110,000 now burns no oil (Mobil 1), good at high speed commuting. Comfortable for 6ft+. Good fuel mileage... 35mpg. Only bad thing so far: ignition module failed... but Mazda only sells entire distributor & no after market offerings!! (Why?). Wrecking yards picked clean. Very expensive (for owners) design engineering or bean counter decision. How much did they save?... They are not concerned about long term servicing costs. Makes me wonder what other hidden policy surprises are in this car. Brakes & timing belt; well arranged for service. Factory Service manual is poorly written. Not very reader friendly. NJ owner.

1994 Mazda 626 GLX 4 door saloon 2.0i 16V from UK and Ireland


Handbrake rear caliber problems - failing to work.

Power-steering leak.

General Comments:

Overall another superb car from Mazda. No problems to worry about considering the high milege. A joy to drive and top speed of 124 mph isn't bad considering it's an automatic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2000