Today is 626 Day, an occasion to commemorate a car that’s been largely forgotten though they were once everywhere. The Mazda sedan didn’t sell as well as rivals from Toyota and Honda, but it’s an interesting car nonetheless. It served as the bread-and-butter staple of the Mazda lineup for years, spawned sports versions like the MX-6, and even predates the Camry. First-generation models were rear-wheel-drive as well.
But as far as we know, Mazda does not own a 626 in either at its Hiroshima museum or its US headquarters. The European museum has a later front-drive 626, but we’re not sure if a rear-drive model exists. It’s not really the kind of car one would seek out and restore, either, unless you were some kind of Mazdafarian nut and already had all the rotary cars you could warehouse. History is littered with cars like this.
What JNC is not being preserved, but should be?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Do friends and family actually take your car advice?”.
Some of our dear readers clearly have more receptive friends than others. JJ, for example, was successful in converting his dad from a life long GM customer into a proud Nissan owner. streetspirit has swayed many to the charms of the Miata. And Fred Langille, offered some good general advice for anyone gleaned from his years working at a dealer.
On the other hand, we feel Alan‘s pain seeing family members continue to buy crap cars (especially when we then have to drive them around). Land Ark‘s similar tale would almost be comical if it weren’t so frustrating. Ben E has never successfully had anyone follow his one piece of admittedly very specific advice.
The roots of these problems were summed up fantastically by this week’s winner, Michael K.:
No. Friends, family and coworkers come to me all the time as their resident ‘car expert.’ I’m really not… I know how to turn a few wrenches and I can ID makes and models without reading the badges and I guess in their eyes that makes me an expert. What I do know is that only around 1/10 people actually listen to your advice.
Here’s some advice for the advice givers. Most people just want you to confirm what they’ve already chosen. Tell them they were so smart for figuring that out on their own. When you don’t, they get pissed and then usually go do what they were planning to anyway. That’s how they end up with a string of terrible cars. Numb SUVs or crappy luxury brands that will cost 1000s to fix after five years. Then they complain about the problems their cars have and ask me again. Rinse and repeat.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!