1997 Mazda 626 glxi 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Keep an eye on your brake pads and rear brake callipers though. Also, make sure that whoever replaces your brake pads knows what they are doing, as the quick fit morons of this world have been known to burst calliper seals.
Suspension link arms (esp. front passenger side) are prone to wear, but anyone driving on Irish roads shouldn't be too suprised.
Very accomplished car which is very underestimated in Ireland.
I got the last of the 92-97 shape, which in my opinion was the most striking looking car for years.
Very smooth comfortable cruiser, and unbelievably economical for a 1.8L which was driven enthusiastically.
Driving position is excellent, lots of goodies as standard, good fuel economy, and 100% reliability, - what more do you need.
OK, body roll is an issue on country roads, this is the price you pay for the level of comfort.
Parts are crazy money, why??? Thankfully, you won't need too many, but if and when you need a main dealer part, dig deep.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2005