Below average performance and not reliable at all since I have owned it!
The first time that the "check engine" light came on, we took it to a mechanic to hook up to the computer. It was a spark plug and wire. The spark was shooting up the side of the plug instead of through it, therefore ruining the wire also. We replaced all of them (thinking no big deal). This has been an ongoing problem and when taken to the dealer, they said it was just a fluke and there is no reason it would continue to do this.
Transmission failed at 86,000 miles and had to pay over $1,500 to repair. Has not seemed to shift properly since.
About 6 months ago, it started to shake and shimmy whenever the air conditioner was on and it was idling. It would also sputter a lot when accelerating. Now though, it does it whether the air conditioner is on or not.
There has always been a ton of road noise and is only decent as far as gas mileage goes.
Definately has not proven to be the great car several websites said it was.
I am a VERY disappointed Mazda 626 owner!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st July, 2005