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Craigslist: 1990 Mazda 626 GT Hatchback Turbo

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?

 

Currently there are "22 comments" on this Article:

  1. needthatcar says:

    Back home, we call that 60-day white. That is, it'll be 60 days until you sell it.

  2. racer139 says:

    My first real roadworthy car was an 88 gt in champaigne but with an automatic. It was a great car with nice power comfortable seats and did I mention nice power. with just a manuel boost controller and a boost presure gauge it would slaughter a 5.0 mustang or 305 equipped camero.. If this thing wasnt on the other side of a different country it would be mine now. But if it where in this side of this country or the other it definatly would not be this clean (picture an compacted rusty white cube on top of many other compact cubes). wish I lived closer. How hard would it be to get an older car through the border into Canada?anyone know?

    • Kogashiwa says:

      It's easy. Check ivoac.ca, they should have the procedures. They're more about JDM imports but from US is even simpler.

      Edit: actually riv.ca should be your first stop.

    • MVEilenstein says:

      It's in Seattle. The guy posted it up here a few days ago. He probably moved up here with it.

      • racer139 says:

        Thanks I noticed it was in seatle. I live on the east coast of Canada. I lived in British Columbia for a while and have some friends I could visit if I decide to buy this car. The hard part is, health problems make me weary of travel(especially out of country,no matter how short a time). Though I am still looking into the process on those websites.

  3. Marc says:

    Aside from the color (she picked light metallic blue) my mom's last car was a twin of this one, I remember it being quite a blast to drive. Mom's first new car was a black MG Magnette. Mom was cool…

  4. salguod says:

    Wow, this is so tempting. The only things stopping me are the several thousand miles between us, the idea of commuting in this car through Ohio snow & salt and the lack of $3K in my bank account. Minor details.

    The Washington location combined with the VT sticker, the Florida (or is it Georgia?) plates, the condition and the price all give it a slight whiff of 'too good to be true', however.

    • MVEilenstein says:

      We see out of state plates a lot in the Seattle area. Between the naval base in Everett and the Ft. Lewis-McChord Air Force base in Ft. Lewis, there are lots of military people up here.

      In fact, my friend moved from Florida to Seattle with Boeing and didn't get new plates for quite a while.

      • theTokenGreek says:

        a lot of Navy types (particularly in aviation) hang on to Florida citizenship for a whole host of reasons: no state income tax, no emissions inspections, no safety inspections.

  5. julkinen says:

    My dad replaced our 1986 Corolla Liftback with a 626 HB back in 1988. I remember when he pulled up to the driveway in the brand new, Platinum Silver Mazda – I was heartbroken as I loved the red Corolla. Learned to like the Mazda quickly, though, and if a good-condition white 4WS still existed I'd be all over it.

  6. mnm4ever says:

    Those pictures look like they were taken in FL too, those do not look like northwestern homes. Possibly the dad retired here with the car and son inherited it, and is now selling, using old pictures of the car. It might not look quite that good anymore too. Or it could be a scam, I am finding many of them on Craigslist lately.

    • Kamil_K says:

      Possibly, but there is a phone number provided. I'm usually good at sniffing out the scams… they all seem to make some kind of an error in their postings.

      • MVEilenstein says:

        The fact that he provides a phone number and seems to know a lot about the car tells me it's not a scam. Plus, Monroe isn't exactly local – it's a good 30 miles from Seattle. If it was a scam, he'd post somewhere much closer.

  7. Alcology says:

    I can answer the sticker thing for you. Started with nantucket and ACK, the airport code. People that lived there had it on their cars to be cool. It spread and is now on everything!

  8. Devin says:

    The sticker reminds me of an elderly aunt who had one of the German D stickers on her massive Buick Roadmaster. I don't know if she actually took that thing to Germany though, but the image of that beast on the autobahn warms the cockles of my heart.

  9. Rust-MyEnemy says:

    626 Turbo? Cool! Never heard of that before. To my ears that name just sounds completely incongrous, like Nissan Laurel Extreme or Toyota Camry Stradale.

    I do love a Q-ship.

    *Must get some nitrous for the Rover*

  10. mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

    My aunt and uncle had this car in red in NORWAY! I suggest somebody nearby look at this for Hatchtopia!

  11. Mr. Smee says:

    Wow, that's a really elegant car. Most people think 80s Japanese cars were all LED-gauges, pop-up headlights and weird tail lights. This is very tasteful and restrained, looks more Audi than Supra.

  12. Tomsk says:

    I'm not sure which I'd like more: One of these, or a 323 GTX.

  13. JohnnyMo says:

    My father was basically hording every one of these cars he could find in the northeast up until about 6 years ago when they became impossible to come across.
    We went through at least 8 of them, all 4-door 5spds. Several went past 200k, at least one to 300k. If not for rust, there would likely be a fleet of them still sitting in my dads driveway (his current obsession is NX2000's).
    Our favorites where the 4dr hatchbacks. A few key pieces where always swapped to the cleanest of the bunch- particularly the more deeply bolstered seats from the mx-6, and some shockingly attractive three-spoke wheels from a Probe GT. I wish I had pics- everyone confused the navy blue hatch with the Probe wheels for a Saab. It was terrific.

    These cars are shockingly torquey, they have oscillating (!) vents, and the gauges are timelessly attractive- look very similar to the NSXs.
    From the drivers seat, it would be easy to think you where driving something very special. And you'd be correct.

  14. Aron says:

    I know this is an old post, but is it still available? I'm really interested!

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