1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - dodo
Have been offered a clean 50,000 mile Mazda 626 2.0 Lxi. It has climate control, sunroof etc and is a nice clean car with 45000 miles. Worth £3450 or is it a bad car? Thanks
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - flatfour
Although its not on my wish list, a couple of people I know have had these as company cars and thay have been excellent, covering 150k without much expense, thet seem to be easy to service as well.
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - Jonathan {p}
I've got one of these.

They are great cars, the only issues I have is it is slightly underpowered (for me anyway), there is no button on the boot, you either have to use a key or pull the tab next to the drivers seat and there is a dry connection behind the dash, which means I have to hit the dash to get the dash lights on sometimes.

Otherwise a great car.

I paid £1600 for mine at auction, but the retail price is about £3k for mine, so yours with half the miles sounds like a good buy. Get the cambelt changed asap, its an £80 job plus the belt (about £30).

1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - Sooty Tailpipes
I used to have one, and found it to be flimsy in the way that a caravan is, but the worst aspect was if anything went wrong and a simple part like an anti-roll bar link needed replacing, the cost was astronomical, (£48+VAT)
Another example was the electric aerial (£275) and it was just like a Halfords one (£40) but with fittings which made it impossible to use a universal one.
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - bafta
I agree with Sooty about Mazda 626 parts . They are astronomical but there are specialist breakers from whom you can get parts. Of course, not the anti-roll bar links which were an engineering design disaster and the subject of a recall in USA. I needed a rear light which comes as a whole section and costs circa £90 from my local dealer. £40 (including postage) from a scrapyard on the web at www.mazdaspares.com. I think that your car is slightly overpriced because there is not a big demand for these cars, but if it has been looked after it should not give you any trouble. Compare private sales on the autotrader site.
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - Vin {P}
Don't know about the cost of parts, as in four years we only replaced a rear bulb and an exhaust back box - normal price range iirc.

What I'm saying is that the parts may be expensive, but it doesn't matter if you never need any.

My wife left the interior light on once and flattened the battery. The AA bloke who turned up (not wet behind the ears by any means) said that he was glad it was a flat battery, as he'd NEVER worked on a 626 in his time with the AA. Reflected our experience anyway.

We got rid of the 626 to make way for another Mazda, a Xedos9, so you can tell how happy we were with the marque. Hope this helps.

V
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - dodo
Thanks, looking back I should have added service to 45,000 miles. Will offer £3k and see what happens. Thanks everyone!
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - Sooty Tailpipes
Mine never broke down, or had a terrible failure, it was just riddled with niggly imperfections and poorly engineered parts, such as the cupholder, the anti-roll bar links, the cambelt tensioner spring (a bent paperclip and a rubber is what it was like!)

The hatch also has a very flexible body.

I fail to see the attraction to be honest, the switches looked like they had all been made in different factories, (whoever made the item that it switched?) They were all roughly the same design, but varied in shade of black and illuminated symbol design.
The tail gate struts fail early making the boot sink onto your head (it weighs a ton!) and the gas struts that are about £15 on most cars were £80 each!! what a joke!!

A quirky car, which shares much of it's mechanicals with a Ford Probe.
It is basically an 11 year old design under the facelifts.

I also recall a lot of people complaining about autobox trouble on th Ford probe/MX6/626 forum I was on.
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - dodo
Well bought it and well pleased. £3k.
1999 Mazda 626 2.0 LXi - bafta
Well done Dodo. That is nearer the price and only 50000 on the clock. I hope you enjoy your 626. I think you will be pleased, especially with its reliability. What colour is it? You will be gratified by the complete absence of this model from the technical threads!
 

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