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Mazda 626 Overview
The Mazda 626 is a large family car that was produced by the Japanese car manufacturing company Mazda between 1979 and 2002. This car has since been replaced with the Mazda6 which is the current large family car for this motor company. This car was based on the Japanese marketed Mazda Capella, and was sold as the 626 worldwide. This car is a no frills dependable, reliable family car. It has a spacious interior and is a good choice if your after a car that will meet your needs as a family.
Mazda 626 History
The Mark 1 (1979-82) was available in 2-door sedan and 4-door hatchback and was a front mounted engine with rear wheel drive. In 1980 this vehicle received a bit of a makeover, mainly affecting the headlights and grille, with the rest of the vehicle staying the same.
The Mark II (1983-87) was designed on a new GC platform and changed this vehicle to front wheel drive. There were new engines made available across this range and the interior was changed greatly from its predecessor. A GT version became available in the mark II.
The Mark III (1988-92) was designed on the GD platform and became available in a sedan, estate as well as the original coupe and hatchback designs. The coupe version was remarketed as the MX6. A 4x4 become available in the turbo version. The Mark III received a makeover in 1990.
The Mark IV (1993-97) was designed on the GS platform which totally changed how the car looked, having a more rounded body and this new design platform also changed how the car performed. It was given all new gearboxes, trying to make the car 'sportier'. These new gearboxes were known to fail and were never recalled, but a new cooler could be purchased to aid this problem, but at the owners expense.
The Mark V (1998-2002) was the final 626 version to be produced, before changing to the Mazda6. This car was built on the GF platform, but was criticised as not being as good as its predecessor. Production ceased in 2002.
Across the different markets and generations of this car there were many different engines available. Some of these available engines were: 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.2 and 2.5 in petrol and a 2.0 diesel engine. The most economical of this range was obviously the 2.0 diesel. When thinking fuel economy remember to take these 3 factors into consideration: age, fuel type and engine size.
5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearboxes were available from the Mark II upwards, with a 3-speed automatic being available for the first two Marks. There is a page of our website dedicated to Mazda gearboxes, to locate the gearbox parts you need.
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