The second of what would turn out to be several more Mazda products, I found this gem on Craigslist priced at only 700 bucks. It had only 120K, and was being sold by a college student whose wealthy parents had just purchased a new 350Z for him (some people have all the luck…). It felt really good to be back in a 626, with its lusty motor, slick gearbox and agile handling. The previous owner had modified it with a catback exhaust, front and rear strut tower bars, an intake and HID headlights. I loved the car as much as I had loved my first 626, but unfortunately I had been laid off (it’s always something, isn’t it?) and needed to sell it and buy something cheaper. I ended up selling it for over twice what I initially paid, so all in all it wasn’t a bad deal. Like my Cressida, it survives to this day, in Queens, NY.
– January 19, 2013