Mazda 626 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda 626 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Value of old 626?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 May 2015

Not very much is the short answer. A car that has been sitting unused for 15 years or so is likely to need a lot of work, and money to get it back to decent roadworthy condition, despite the low mileage. It needs tyres and a battery, and the back seats are missing, it's worth maybe $250.

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Mazda 626 electric window issues

Answered by CarsGuide 5 May 2011

It's most likely the window winder motor that's the problem and you should be able to switch the motor from one of the other doors to the driver's door.

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Ask Smithy Xtra ABS in Mazda 626

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Jan 2011

Although the normal braking isn’t affected the ABS system is almost certainly disabled so you won’t have the antilock effect in an emergency. It could be as simple as a blown fuse, or it could be something deeper. Get it checked.

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Misfiring 2002 Mazda 626

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Dec 2010

The first place to start is to check all the engine tune items to make sure they are all in good shape, that's plugs and leads etc. After that I'd check the crank angle sensor and its connections.

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Ask Smithy Xtra leaky Mazda 626

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Aug 2010

It’s an old car and you have to expect some wear and tear over what is now coming up for 20 years. Smoke on a cold start isn’t necessarily oil related; it is often condensation and nothing of concern. The oil leak is probably just a gasket that has hardened or split and needs replacing. If it is burning oil it could be due to wear in the valve guides or it could be worn piston rings or wear in the bores. If it’s not leaking a lot, just leaving a spot on the driveway, and it’s not using much oil I wouldn’t be too worried about it. The worst-case scenario would be that engine might need reconditioning.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Changing steer from Mazda to Peugeot

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Jul 2010

There are a number of things you can do; it really depends on how much money you want to spend. You could start by increasing the tyre pressure by three or four psi above the recommended pressure and see if that is enough to do what you want. Beyond that you could fit sportier tyres, you could fit harder suspension bushes, lower the suspension, fit better shock absorbers, and heavier anti-roll bars. If you do want to modify the suspension I would suggest you consult a specialist such as Pedders or K-Mac.

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Toyota Corolla: A good used car?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Mar 2010

Your mechanic is correct, but so are you. The mechanic's suggestion of a Corolla is a safe bet, one that won't come back to bite him in the long run, but the other cars you mention are also worth considering. All are solid, generally reliable cars, although I would be cautious about recommending the Astra to you. Stick to the well-known Japanese brands and she won't go too far wrong.

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Imported headache

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Dec 2007

IT'S a ``grey'' import, so you're going to have trouble finding someone. The best bet is to contact Mazda specialists until you find one.

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Auto transmission puzzles

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Jan 2006

IT IS clearly unacceptable for an auto to fail at such low mileage, and I would be pressing Mazda for at least part of the cost of replacement. Servicing is important on an auto to keep the oil fresh because the most common reason for an auto to fail is overheating. But as you don't tow and aren't a lead foot, it is unlikely that your driving has caused the problem.

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