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Old 05-24-2003, 05:16   #1 (permalink)
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Question Telstar TX5/Mazda 626 (same car)

What do you knowledgeable people out ther ethink about fords telstar tx5/mazda 626 (6 and 4 cyl versions) from between 91 and 94? Do they run well? Are they reliable? Are they gutsy or gutless? Any inherant issues with them?...+any other info u got on them, incl performance wise etc.
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Good cars. Wish Ford could still sell them at a good price now...
The usuall things like C/V joints and general maintinance, deterioration..
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Yeah, beautiful cars. Honestly there's nothing about them that isn't above par - reliability, refinement, handling, performance.. you name it! The pick of the bunch would seemingly be the manual-only 4WS Telstar TX5 Ghia (121 kW from memory, with the 2.5 DOHC V6 that was also fitted to Ford Probe and Mazda MX-6)... though I imagine it would be frightfully expensive to fix the 4WS system if anything went wrong.

On the same topic, parts prices is generally a bit of a concern with these models, and an investigation by Wheels showed that sometimes the parts prices between Ford and Mazda varied to a ridiculous extent.

Worth a test drive to say the least.
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The 6cyl manual is the one to get, they haul for what they are. A few minor mods and you'll be scaring XR6s.
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Talk to your mechanic or others in the know.

I'd been warned off the V6 because of head gasket problems costing an arm and a leg to fix.
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great car if you find one thats been serviced and looked after
they love to rev i havnt driven one thats been modified but they are a sweet engine
i have in my workshop at the moment with the heads off it thats becoause they drove it with out any water in it
the water pump was leaking
the complete repair including water pump heads and head over haul is about $4000
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my mates mum used to have one, the 5 speed v6 version.
and f*ck it used to fly man! plus it all electrics inside... pretty nice i must admit.
although they had quite a few engine problems, so they got rid of it in the end.
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Re: Telstar TX5/Mazda 626 (same car)

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What do you knowledgeable people out ther ethink about fords telstar tx5/mazda 626 (6 and 4 cyl versions) from between 91 and 94? Do they run well? Are they reliable? Are they gutsy or gutless? Any inherant issues with them?...+any other info u got on them, incl performance wise etc.
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Mine is coming up for sale shortly. 1992 model 2.0L manual. Runs great, very reliable, pretty competitive for performance in it's segment, no inherent issues. Great little car.
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The V6 had a few issues, other than that they're good cars, same motor in the Probe. Here's a site for any owners/future owners of these models.

http://www.probeparts.com/info/
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great car if you find one thats been serviced and looked after
they love to rev i havnt driven one thats been modified but they are a sweet engine
i have in my workshop at the moment with the heads off it thats becoause they drove it with out any water in it
the water pump was leaking
the complete repair including water pump heads and head over haul is about $4000
For $Four grand I would be looking at an Import or front cut from a latter model !!!!!
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