Talk about a rare bird: a hatchback, turbo, 5-speed Mazda 626 and for only $3000. To add fuel to the fire, it’s a one-owner car with only 100,000 miles on it. Seriously, if someone here does not jump on this than we might as well close the place down. It even comes in a non-offending white color and the tinted windows protect the interior.
[Source: Seattle Craigslist | Big thanks to Marcal for this and many other tips!]
From the ad (excuse the caps)
Immaculate 1 owner 1990 Mazda 626 GT HB Turbo 5speed – $3000 (Monroe)
RARE 1990 MAZDA 626 TURBO GT 4 DR HATCH BACK 5 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION. 100K ACTUAL MILES, ORIGINAL ALLOY GT WHEELS. OWNED BY OUR DAD WHO PASSED AWAY A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND MOM IS 94 & NOT ABLE TO DRIVE ANYMORE. THE CAR HAS BEEN GARAGED, VERY WELL MAINTAINED, OIL CHANGES @ EVERY 3000 MILES OR LESS, NEW TIRES RECENTLY PUT ON, NEW MUFFLER, BOTH FRONT AXLES RECENTLY REPLACED, NEW BRAKES & NEW BATTERY. ANY TIME THERE WAS ANY SERVICE THAT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE OWNERS MANUAL WHETHER NEEDED OR NOT DAD ALWAYS HAD IT DONE! OUR DAD WAS VERY MUCH A BELIEVER IN MAINTAINING EVERYTHING HE OWNED. HIS CARS , TRUCKS, MOTOR HOMES, RIGHT DOWN TO HIS TOOLS. THEY WERE ALWAYS KEPT CLEAN AND TIDY. THE REASON WE FEEL THIS CAR IS WORTH $3500.00 BECAUSE ITS A VERY RARE CAR. THEY DIDN’T MAKE VERY MANY 1990 Mazda 626 GT HATCH BACK 5 SPEED TURBOS! AND ALSO BECAUSE THE CARE THAT WAS TAKEN, AND SHAPE THIS CAR IS IN! WE WILL NEGOTIATE SUM BUT NOT A LOT…..
Call Steve @ 425-XXX-XXX
This is a Mazda MX-6/Ford Probe GT power-train in a more functional hatchback body. It’s a solid engine, generally reliable and capable of a lot more power than what it left the factory with. The body is handsome too; that generation of 626s was always my favorite; function over form design, non of the bubble-ness of modern cars. There have been very few of those hatchbacks imported and even fewer have survived.
Judging by the tints and the license plates, this car has spend some time in Florida, probably while its owner was on retirement. This minimizes the rust risk but I would check for possible flood damage from one of the many hurricanes that have visited Florida in those twenty-plus years. “VT” sticker means it traveled to Vermont for the summers… or at least Virginia Tech, I have no idea…
…Which brings me to be a non-sequitur question – why do people put those state stickers on their cars? Back in the day similar stickers were required in Europe when traveling outside the country of residence, but here, in U.S., why?