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#120 of 2547 HELP ME PLease!!
Aug 21, 2000 (7:30 pm)
Hello all, I am new and desperately seeking help from this board. I own a 1996 Mazda 626, 4 clylinder etc., and this is my story. One day at 80,000 miles the o/drive off button started flashing then a few days later the check engine light came on and then they both stayed on. Off to the dealership to learn that I had torc converter slipage and needed a new transmission for 2,700. Got a second opinion and then a third...had the transmission re-built for 1,600. 12month guarantee. Well we picked it up from its 19th visit to the shop thursday only to have the o/drive light start flashing again. It always goes away if you cut the car off and start again but the little phantom always returns...oh let me back up....burned up a 2nd transmission as the repair man said don't worry about the light you can drive it to the zoo. Well its stuck in third gear at 5,000rpms and my two year old in the car...What a nightmare. I need car THERAPY or prozac one after this experience. Picked it up thursday and the light returned. Learned that only Mazda has the equipment to properly diagnose the problem. They won't sell it to independants...I wonder why? They want to keep their rotten car problems a secret is my best geuss. Enough Rambling...it is going to the dealership tommorow for another 80.00 diagnosis..the third. If it is mechanical I will sue the repair place to get it fixed but if its electrical I will be further in the hole. Has anyone got insight into this problem. It has been to an auto electric specialist and had loose ground wires fixed, it has a cooling system on it..new torc converter, new plugs and a tune up.
I would appreciate any help you can give....
Aug 22, 2000 (12:51 am)
This is the second year a six-cylinder engine was offered in the 626. Potential issues include sticking rear brake calipers, possible thermal overload in the ignition module (if it dies at high speed and then starts right up after a few minutes, you've got it), and the usual panoply of 626 oddities that came in with the '93s. Also, this is an interference engine, so if the timing belt goes, so does the top of the engine. As far as reliability goes, Consumer Reports turns its editorial thumb down on the '94; it's possible to get a good one, but you really need a detailed vehicle history on any middle-90s 626.
Aug 22, 2000 (1:04 am)
You'd think a Ford store could figure out a Ford CD4E transmission, which is what comes stuffed into a '96 four-cylinder 626, but maybe not.
5000 rpm in third in my car is something like 75 mph. That would scare me, let alone a two-year old. I wonder if the 3-4 shift valve is stuck....
Aug 22, 2000 (1:36 am)
As an x mazda 626 owner and new Accord owner, I strongly advise you to run nearest Honda dealer. I can assure you that after the replacement it will cause more problems.
#124 of 2547 '90 626 Transmission Trouble
Aug 22, 2000 (3:02 am)
I recently had the transmission rebuilt on my wife's 626. Her car has 144K miles on and still runs well (relatively). After the rebuild, when the car is put into reverse, there is a hesitation and a rough jerk accompanied with a loud bang. Reverse works fine other than that. Also, sometimes, not always, after backing up and placing the car in drive (automatic with O/D)the transmission wants to take off in second or third gear. When this happens, you can pull the shifter back a bit and it will drop into low gear.
Did I get hosed in my rebuild or is this an adjustment problem with the linkage? Also, have seen several posts about a blinking hold light which I have from time to time.
Thanks to all for the help!
#125 of 2547 Broke from Diagnostics
Aug 22, 2000 (12:25 pm)
What a car....I wish I had of traded this thing in but I only owe 300.00 and can't see the rational in getting rid of a paid for car...YET!! I should have known that when two transmission places say trade it there is something up....but WHO will give you anything fair for a car with the o/d button flashing or the check engine light flashing...go figure. My car is at the dealership hospital today for diagnostics...if this don't get it I am trading the baby in... I do not like my mazda. All the transmission folks here say go chevrolet...as 6 of the fellas I talked to ...and could afford anything they wanted...(they own the shops) own chevrolets. They say they are cheaper to fix and do not have near the transmission problems of the average vehicle.
Aug 22, 2000 (11:53 pm)
GM does seem to do a pretty good job on its automatics. Now if they could just figure out how to make an alternator last more than a couple of years, they could rule the world.
That '90 sounds like it's due for a recheck. While it theoretically could be the linkage, if you leave it go for too long, all that banging is bound to have an effect, and it won't be pretty.
#127 of 2547 mass air meter
Aug 23, 2000 (12:14 pm)
It's me again...mazda diagnostics could not find why the o/d light had been flashing as it diappeared...the PHANTOM but the check engine light indicates a need for a new mass air meter..350.00 at a shadetree vs 450.00 at dealership. It has been suggested by the transmission place that this bad filter and possibly the speed sensor could be causing the o/d flash problem..any insight on this. I thought the o/d was more internal and transmission related vs. the check engine light. I am wondering if I need to sell this car soon while I am still ahead of the game. Would like to hear what you 5-7 year old mazda owners think.
#128 of 2547 dealership WRONG
Aug 23, 2000 (8:05 pm)
Took the car for a 2nd opinion...I need a new o2 sensor 500.00 but the mass air meter just needed cleaning...I think a new car wouldn't cost more than this LEMON.
Aug 24, 2000 (1:15 am)
Well, you said earlier that you didn't like the car; pouring money into it will not make it any more bearable, even if it works. Get it fixed and trade it off for something you like better, and you'll sleep easier.
Incidentally, the OEM oxygen sensor costs $180 or so, plus maybe half an hour to install. Maybe they were going to put in two of them for your $500.
And when my tranny light was flashing, it had nothing whatever to do with the transmission; the computer was flaky. All these systems are interrelated - perhaps too closely.