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Mazda 626, Sedan
#1190 of 2544 626 Transmission Severe & epeated Problems
Jun 25, 2002 (10:01 pm)
First of all - if you ever considered buying MAZDA 626 - DON'T. DO NOT. I've learned the hard way. I've read all those posts about severe TRANSMISSION in Fords and Mazdas, especially in Mazda 626. I've seen so many posts about someone buying a new or a new-used Mazda 626 and transmission going out of order in just a few days/weeks/months/miles...Well, I bought 626 (1998 model) exactly a year ago. I just couldn't believe that such a nice car can have such shitty transmission. Only in America! It always been a jerky ride between 1 and 2nd gear. No majour problems occured until a few weeks ago. Yesterday transmission died....Before that just a few days before the "O/D off" light started blinking and the "natural gas" smell started coming out of the engine. Shortly after that transmission failed (died). Now I BELIEVE. I lost probably $6000 but now I believe. NO MORE MAZDAS. I was thinking about Millenia, but NO. Thanks. No more Mazdas. Normal cars do not break transmissions like this...I bought a Nissan Sentra, well, the next day a window lifting mecanism broke...but I do believe that Nissans are good cars. And I hope it's not made in USA... or China...
#1191 of 2544 wait a minute
Jun 26, 2002 (5:42 am)
So you read all the problems people had with the auto tranny in the 4-cyl. model and you bought one anyway and now your upset that it happened to you? Hey, look, I feel bad for you that you are out the money, but if you knew the problems and the risks and bought one anyway, then I don't think you really can complain all too much.
#1192 of 2544 MIL light
Jun 26, 2002 (10:52 am)
Well, the MIL light showed up on my $2000 94 626 this morning. I tried to find a post someone mentioned on how to retrieve the code, but couldn't find it. Could someone point me in the right direction?
The previous owner said he took it to an import mechanic, but they could find no problem. It should store a code, right?
The car seems to run just great, with the exception of a slightly low/ vibrating idle. Not too worried yet, at least the tranny seems to be just fine.
Jun 26, 2002 (11:42 am)
I'm missing it. What's a MIL light?
Jun 26, 2002 (12:22 pm)
Malfunction Indicator Light, the proper name for the "check engine light". For a list of Mazda DTC's go here:
Jun 26, 2002 (3:20 pm)
Never heard that one before. Just out of curiosity, why is that the proper name? I mean, it does say "Check Engine" on the light.
Jun 26, 2002 (3:51 pm)
Just how is it that you are out $6k?
I have an iceberg I need to get rid of...are you interested?
Jun 26, 2002 (5:55 pm)
That's the Society of Automotive Engineers name for this thing; there is some ongoing effort to unify nomenclature across all car lines, or at least as many as possible. (In my GF4A-EL shop manual, there is an actual Mazda-to-SAE translation table.)
And anyway, Malfunction Indicator is more useful a description: "Check Engine" means - what? "Yep, there's an engine in there."
Jun 26, 2002 (7:46 pm)
That's probably the single most useful thing (maybe ONLY "useful" thing) I've learned in an Edmunds discussion.
Jun 27, 2002 (6:58 am)
That's what the owner's manual for my 94 calls it. It doesn't say anything on the light itself on mine, it's just some kind of funny symbol.
I had no idea what it was, so to be on the safe side once I saw it I pulled off into a gas station and shut the car off. I had to look in the manual to figure out exactly what the light meant. I was a little worried it might be teh "oil" light - the symbol kind of looks like that "Alladin" oil-lamp international symbol.
Thanks for the link. Since I don't have a code reading tool, I'll have to take it in to my mechanic to get it diagnosed. Looks like there's quite a list of things it could be, and I don't really want to start throwing parts at it. If I had to guess I'd say it was the o2 sensor though.