Been lurking for a few months, thought it was about time I joined. I've had my 626, a '94 GE V6 auto hatch for about 8 months, but my story with 626s' goes back many more years.
Back in 1992 my grandfather traded in his Holden Commodore VL Executive for a new car, a shiny new Mazda 626 sedan in Ruby Mica. For 7 year old me, it was love at first sight...not just that it was "red" (7 year old car obsessed kids can only see in 16 colours), or that it was so quiet and comfortable to ride in....but it was pretty fancy, with its CD player, power windows, power antenna, cruise control, etc. I used to love riding in "the red car" when my grandparents would visit, and since we lived on a farm with a driveway that went for about a kilometre from the gate to the house, sometimes when going to the gate he would let me sit on his lap and steer. :) We bonded over that car, and he always said that one day it would be mine. Flash forward to 2006, it almost ended up becoming my first car...in fact I actually signed up here to learn a bit about 626's back then! But it was not to be...the drivetrain sadly had other ideas and it was sent to the great parking lot in the sky.
He passed away last year at 93 years. I've wanted a project for a while, and I decided to look for either a Holden Commodore VL or a GE 626 to do up in his memory. Fellow Aussies will know how hard it is to find a decent VL these days...so I ended up taking a closer look at 626s'. And I found one. She was in bad, bad shape when I first bought her...had a massive exhaust leak, and the ignition system was completely shot...was not at all fun driving from Gosford to Sydney on the M1 firing on 3 cylinders...I ended up slipstreaming behind a caravan for most of the way. When I was almost home I was at the lights next to some guys on Harleys, they heard me pull up and turned around and looked...I just smiled and nodded lol! I later found that the brakes needed work, and the steering column needed replacement, and there were a lot of vacuum leaks. Then there was the interior, which was full of rubbish and reeked of, well, "old car". The cup holder and the change compartment were busted, and the CD player didn't work, nor did the power antenna. The instrument cluster surround had also been painted blue, and was broken
8 months on, its a very, very different car. She is a pleasure to drive, and runs beautifully, and the interior is a very nice place to be. Some pics:
Plans are to get it repainted, preferably in Mazda Ruby Mica, and look at adding more power :)