1995 Mazda 626 LX from North America


A major lemon. Mazda could do better


I own a Mazda 626. I purchased my 95' 626 LX in April of 1998. My transmission has went out twice once at 103,000 miles and again at 123,000 miles. The things that I am speaking of are my timing belt, my alignment is a joke I need tires more then I need brakes. Also, my CV joints and the list goes on. My car is in desperate need of a recall. I paid 2, 468.38 to have it fixed and as soon as my warranty was up 6 months later, my trans dropped again. I think that I may have paid more to have my car fixed then the cost of the car itself. I am very unhappy with Mazda's now. I think if they knew they have this many problems with the 626 that it should have been recalled a long time ago. Jesus Christ, I had kids in the car in the middle of no where. The 95' Mazda 626 in my opinion has been a lemon hiding right from assembly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

20th Jun 2003, 10:46

Before you go and buy cars research them. I have a manual 95 Mazda 626 LX. Mazda automatic transmissions suck. If you had researched that you wouldn't have bought the car. My manual is fine and I drive it really hard. Only thing wrong with it is that the clutch is going, but that's because I have been putting modifications on the engine. So my opinion is that 626's are fine as long as they are 5 speeds.

22nd Jul 2003, 19:54

Don't forget the distributor - mine went twice (1994 626 V6) in the last 14 months. Let's see how long this rebuilt lasts -

Tranny hasn't gone yet, but we don't drive it long distances so the heat doesn't get to it. The trannies apparently fry due to poor cooling of the torque converter. FORD engineering (Fix or repair daily)...

17th Nov 2004, 09:45

Well, I am a College student down south, and I just bought a 1995 Mazda 626, and I fought out that it was a very wonderful car. Right now it is in good shape and I am hoping it stay's that way. Some friends told me that it is not a good car to buy because of the tranmission. I hope that the trans. does not go. I spent a lot of money on getting things prepare to ride with it. Well that's all I got to say thus far about Mazda 626.

5th Sep 2010, 10:47

Stay away from this car if is a 4-cyl with automatic transmission!! The transmission WILL eventually fail. Save your money and buy something else.

1995 Mazda 626 DX 2.0L DOHC from North America


A fast, sporty car with room to do things


The clutch failed at 87,000 miles.

In defense of Mazda I was just learning how to drive a manual transmission.

Dome light always seems to burn out.

Since its foreign some parts are hard to get and cost money, but basic parts are the same price i.e. filters and such.

The automatic version of this car is terrible I have friend who has the same year only an automatic. He has had to replace the transmission 3 times.

General Comments:

This car is fast and nimble, I have no trouble peeling tire.

The rear seats fold down for an extended trunk for large items.

The seat goes very far back, I'm 6'1" 280lbs, and I have a lot of room to move around in.

Came with dual airbags, and a fully computerized alert system.

The car is sharp looking for a 1995 many people tell me that it looks like a 1998 and above.

For the people who install their own 3rd party sound system. Its like Mazda made it so easy to install. The radio is 1 DIN which is what most after market CD players are. So they slide right into place and look great in the car.

Has built in fog lights for that slick new car look.

The seats are very comfortable, and still look brand new, like they were never sat in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2002

16th May 2005, 09:26

I was just wondering how the clear coat looked on your car. Most people in my area with 626's have horrible chipping and cracking of the clear coat.