14th Jun 2003, 09:56

Steven, I own a 96 626 with V6 and automatic transmission. The car has been wonderful until 100,000 miles. At that time my water pump started to leak, so it was replaced along with the timing belt. It is my understanding the belt should have been replaced at 60,000 miles, but it was not. Total bill 800.00 Approx 500 miles later, when making turns, I started hearing clunking noises and my car would vibrate above 60 MPH. I was told my CV joints were bad, remanufactured axles were installed, Total bill 600.00 My car now has 110,000 miles, the shift has become very hard into second and at times the "O/D OFF" and CHECK ENGINE light will illuminate. I have been informed that my trans is getting weak and about to self destruct. This is disappointing, as I planned to drive this car until the wheels fell off. (oh look, there about to!) I have mixed emotions as to a replacement vehicle as the 626 was problem free until 100,000 miles. However, I thought it would go a whole lot farther.

14th May 2004, 16:52

I have been reading all the comments on the 626's and I noticed that only automatics have serious problems.

I have a 1994 626 DX manual transmission, and the only problems I've encountered was that I had to replace the distributor and oil leaks around the spark plugs.

28th Jun 2005, 21:45

C'mon look at the mileage on that thing! You wouldn't get 100,000 miles out of a regular ford or chevy that isn't brand new..don't you think you were expecting a bit much? Mine has over 225000 and I didn't have to do any of those things. I did notice that the gripe seems to be with the automatic and mine is a manual, however I don't have all those issues, I guess I should feel lucky then!

15th Feb 2008, 11:06

I'm sorry to say guy, but that sucks. Everyone should know to look up the history on a car to make sure that its not a total pile. Even though a Mazda sounds like it would be a good car because its foreign and all, its always best to find out what you can on the car before you buy the damn thing.

9th Oct 2009, 07:11

Unfortunately, buying any 12 year old vehicle with HIGH mileage on it is just rolling the dice.