1997 Mazda 626 es from North America
Prefer something better looking, but runs good
First things first--- the exhaust. Could be my fault, as it was my first winter driving---went into a field, and what not. Cost 80$ for them to weld the exhaust back together... a few months later, I replaced the entire exhaust system.
COOLANT LEAKS! This problem has been very consistent... She's in the shop for the third replaced water pump... Lucky for warranty, because the first go was pricey. (1st time leaks happened they told me it was the rad... 300$ later it was still leaking. They told me it was the water pump... another 500$ later it was still leaking. Then the exhaust went... and the battery. Another good 300-400$ there. Now this is the 3rd time I've brought her back to the shop... they finally realized that when you replace the water pump, they also need to replace the pulley, hence the many wasted water pumps.
Good little car, ABS system is sweet. Saved my butt a few times anyhow.
Nice extras with the leather seating, sunroof, etc.
Quick little bugger too. It looks like a granny car... until I get her going.
There are a few little problems with the car, for example, she makes some strange noises sometimes, for no real reason.
It has a hard time with the cold weather. (Ex: The doors refuse to shut as the little lever gets frozen in place and won't latch onto the door), runs a little rough when cold.
It has a difficult time getting moving from first gear to second gear... it just jumps a little and then she's off.
Overall, it's a good car. If you're not picky about stupid little things like a noise here and there, then for the price, it's a great deal. I paid 3000 for mine, and so far the only real problems have been the water pump.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th October, 2006