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Love Hate by dserge66 Syracuse, NY on 07/23/2009. Trim: 1999 Mazda 626 ES V6, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Bought with 70K...Great feel and comfort when driving on the highway / long curvy roads (so long as everything is good w suspension etc.), nice looks, great combination of luxury and economy in an attractive sporty package...when its in working condition this is a great car that's fun to drive, at least with the V6 2.5.
Cons: Be prepared to spend a lot of time at the garage...this car has something go wrong every month. The EGR passages need yearly cleaning past 80,000 if you want to pass inspection / get the light off-it comes on and off constantly for EGR and O2Sensor problems. Parts are not readily available at local garages and I've had to wait weeksfor parts from Mazda. Terrible in the snow-very light in the rear end. The biggest con is that this is a car that you WILL come to love and it will become a more and more costly relationship as the miles add up. Oh yeah...the coolant reservoir has cracked three times in 50,000 miles (3 yrs)...$250+ per shot.
Overall review: Take a chance but check vehicle history, records...pay special attention to condition of suspension components and engine (gaskets, seals, etc.)
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