1997 Mazda 626 LX 2.3 from North America
Reliable car with a bad transmission
Transmission failed @ 108000 miles.
I bought this car as cheap transportation to work and it has been a good companion. It is an old car and I had to get the transmission rebuilt for $1500. The suspension is soft, the 4 cylinder lacks power and the car vibrates when the engine is in idle, so I need to shift to neutral.
Rebuilding the transmission seems to be necessary, so be sure to factor it into the purchase price if you plan to buy any 626 with around 100k miles on it.
Other than that, I'd get 98 or newer model next time. They have more power and run better.
The engine is great, all the electrics are working, and other than CV axles, water pump, belts and brakes, nothing seems to be too bad. I don't have any emission issues like I have with my Ford all the time.
In all, a great little car. Get a 6 cylinder or manual transmission, or look put for a transmission repair shop.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2008