10th Oct 2005, 13:23
2001 Mazda 626
Car runs fine.. no problems yet.
Rattle in the rear occurs at slow speeds and may be caused by a torsion bar that needs tighten.
Other than that I do like the car and the engine has given me no problems after 75K.
18th Jul 2006, 17:26
For all Mazda 626 owners from 1993 or 1994 thru 2002:
If your transmission has not acted up yet and the O/D (overdrive) light has not begun to flash, I highly recommend that you buy the cooler made specifically for these transmissions. Mazda even sent out a bulletin to all of its dealerships about the problem and how to install the cooler, which is basically a mini radiator for the transmission. I knew the cars were not made well because of the Ford parts, but I never realized how bad it was. Also, the stereo stopped playing CD's and would get stuck on one station because the gauges went out. As well, the lights inside the gauge cluster went out too. If you look at other forums about these cars... everyone pretty much has the same problem.
18th Mar 2008, 16:54
I can tell that I am a victim too of Mazda 626 2001. I bought an used car from a private owner. I've been blinded when I bought the car by its large capacity, good gas consumption and very nice design.
Right after that I noticed the standard annoying noise in the back of the car. Also the radio freak out when I start the heating for the back window of the car. You hear all the noise from outside. It was my mistake because I haven't made more research for this car before buy it. Now I'm looking forward get rid of it.
2nd Apr 2009, 11:08
I just bought a 2001 Mazda 626 2.0 and there's rattling all under the car. I replaced the rear struts and nothing has changed. I am very disappointed with Mazda, and I am going to have to stick with Toyota and Honda.