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My 1997 Mazda 626 LX V6 5-Speed

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 6/17/2015 greymeyer

This was my first real car. Bought it with only 45k miles on it. Owned by a sweet little old lady. Knowing about the partnership between Mazda and Ford, at first I was skeptical about the purchase. But at $3,500 the price was right and we purchased the car. I'm so glad we did as it's been the best we have ever owned. Never once did we have an issue with it. My commute to work was an hour round trip and we frequented the mountains often. As an auto-enthusiast, you can't find a more fun to drive four door sedan for the money. The 5-speed is quick and easy to shift and it mates well to Mazda's unique KL-DE V6 engine. Sadly it was totaled just yesterday when a woman ran a red and hit me.

Favorite Feature : Sweet KL-DE V6 engine, wonderful 5-speed, great drivers car, clean, simple interior, good leg room for all, great trunk space, super reliable, fun to drive!

Suggested Improvement : AC fan motor was always a bit weak. Went through tires fast, but that may just be due to my driving style. Distributor went out on us once (poorly designed Ford part). The automatic versions of this car seem to have problems (again, Ford part). Stick with the manual and you'll never have any problems.

Average Rating : 4.5

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