Saturday, October 25, 2014

2k: A Fistfull of Capella: 1983 Mazda 626

When it comes to the clean car feature search, there are a few things we look for in a late model car.  Let's check the short list; manual transmission, original owner, low miles, nice condition, and stock -- if a car meets those requirements it really doesn't matter if it is a Yugo or a Saab -- like this next piece. Find this 1983 Mazda 626 5psd offered for $2,450 in Danville, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The GC generation Mazda Capella was released in 1982 and in a departure from previous rear-drive versions, it was front-engine, front-wheel-drive.  As much as this may make purists throw small tantrums,it was, arguably, a better car in every way from the previous version as it introduced a turbocharged engine and independent suspension at all four corners.

This Mazda 626 is really well preserved for a 31 year old car, especially for a budget workhorse like a Mazda sedan.  I'm no Nostradamus, but I can say with some certainty that a used Mazda 626 will never be collectible, and most have been treated poorly...but not this one.  It is spotless. 

See a better way to drive a time capsule from a time you might want to forget?


  1. There also was a four-door hatch version of the 626 in the 1980s. Rare, but worth finding back in the day. 626s were nice driving cars.

    Just a comment: I wonder about DT's definition of "late model". This car is over 30 years old!

  2. I don't need another car. I don't want another car. I especially don't need another 30+ y.o. car. So quit tempting me with low-mileage, one-owner creampuffs. Jeez, it even has the CA sunset plates.

  3. I owned the non-turbo LX version that had power windows and an adjustable "sport" suspension. I bought it in 93 and it had 120K on it. I actually drove this car to work in the 1996 blizzard in Cincinnati through 14.4 record breaking inches of single day snowfall.... It handled like a dream! I traded it in and received $1,000 for it in 1997 on a new Mazda B2300 pickup truck.

    Man I miss that car!!!!!


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