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#1274 of 2547 Mazda automatic trans failures
Aug 13, 2002 (6:45 pm)
I bought my 626 new in 1994. It is now on its third automatic trans. For a while I pondered how Ford could make such poor transmissions after so many years in business. However, by the time the third transmission started failing (with the same series of problems as the first two), my dealer had learned something which stopped the problems in their tracks. The dealer informed me that if I put in a new radiator and an auxiliary, after market, transmission oil cooler, that might end the problem. I was doubtful, but I trusted the service manager, and ~$400 later the parts were in. That was almost two years ago. The tranny problems immediately went away and have not returned, even in the heat of this very hot summer. So here is what I think: Mazda has (or had) a design problem with transmissions- certainly those installed in the mid 1990's on their 2L, 4 cyl cars. They finally figured out what to do about it, but typical of a car company, especially one associated with Ford, they would never admit to it- might cost them some dough!The '94 626 is a nicely styled car,and the engine has been tight as a tic, but overall body quality is mediocre. If I had bought a Honda in "94 I would have never had the pile of problems, tranny and many others, I've put up with. My estimate is that "extra" repair costs, other then normal wear items, e.g. plug wires, plugs, timing belt, etc., added at least $3000 to the selling price over the past 8 years of ownership (not forgetting the many inconveniences). I would be hard pressed to consider another Mazda. Although, their new rotary model looks interesting! I can only hope it is way overpriced for what it offers- like the new T-bird.
#1275 of 2547 Problems
Aug 14, 2002 (11:13 am)
To be fair, every manufaturer has its own problem.
Look at the Honda Accord and Acura TL threads and you will see people having multiple auto transmission failures also.
Read the Camry threads and you will see engine sludge problems.
Read the VW threads and you will see even more problems...
I guess rather than avoiding certain brand, the best solution is to be an educated consumer, know the facts, the problems, and how to prevent them.
That's why these forums are so useful.
#1276 of 2547 jskho, you are too kind!
Aug 16, 2002 (4:51 pm)
I would be more sympathetic to your statements if every chatline and database on cars that I've been to (including federal) have been filled with '94 Mazda auto tranny complaints. The issue, for me, is not poor design (testing, quality control, etc.) that causes the buyer to absorb millions of dollars of expense, it's the general reluctance of multinational companies to own up to their responsibilties to their customers. As for me, I'm just glad they figured it out. As for my next purchase- well maybe you would be well advised to sell FORD and Mazda stock if you have any. They have great ads, but quality, honest dealing- well perhaps that's expecting too much from an American corporation these days.
#1277 of 2547 now Introducing, myself
Aug 17, 2002 (11:04 pm)
This is my first post in the town hall, although I've been following the Mazda 6 boards since they started. I have a 1986 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan. Its a manual with a 116,000 miles on it. I'm Just out of high school and this car was my Trainer. Now going into college, My parents say I shouldn't put all my trust into this car for transportation to and from school.
This car has only had one major failure while I've been using it. The thermostat went out and it was severely over heating, causing me to head home in small go/cooldown/go sessions. As far as anybody knows, thats the first time the thermo was ever replaced. It has a new clutch and I do the usual oil and filter changes. Mechanically it seem very reliable. the Muffler been replaced due to rusting, and I've seen a few batteries and alternators go into this thing. I've never seen it go out of service due to a major failure.
Most of the problems are electrical. A/C system is dead. the front power windows don't work. Reverse lights no longer turn on. Some problems are mechanical. the motor mounts need to be replaced and the keys don't work on the doors any more.
I was wondering if I should pursue replacing the broken components or begin looking for something else. I can't really afford a payment at this time and I do like the car. Would it be foolish of me to replace components on such an old car?
Aug 18, 2002 (12:28 pm)
You're looking at around a grand worth of fix-'ems. Of course, $1000 won't buy you much of a car, either, so you're probably better off fixing them and getting it over with.
#1279 of 2547 Magefire, living at college or commutting?
Aug 18, 2002 (6:17 pm)
If you like working on cars and hanging around junk yards and part stores, and you must absolutely have a car, then you might consider keeping what you have. However,I suspect your college time will be worth more to you in the short (and hopefully long run) then working on a car. That's high school stuff. If your commuting, then get a later model Honda. Check the web car sites or one of the many used car review periodicals to select a good year for a Civic or Accord, or any top rated used car. Get one that you won't need to pay collision insurance on, just liability. Also, you can check these resources to see how your current car is rated, and whether it's worth trying to keep. Good luck.
Aug 18, 2002 (6:48 pm)
I expect it to be about a 25 min commute every day. About getting a different car, I don't really know what my financial situation will be like in the future. I might get a part time job, might not. scholarships come and go, affecting the situation further. Also, I don't want to change cars and end up having similar problems. from what I seem to gather, A/C systems, power controled systems and such seem to go out over time anyways. I find it difficult to change because, lets say a car has working systems, and they break a year from now. i probably would have been better off fixing them right in the first car maybing saving some money in the process.
I dont mind working on cars as a hobby. I think it would be worth picking up. I don't plan to spend any more time than I have to though. School is and should be the number one priority.
Also, I find it hard to gather online info about this car. most online databases go back to the 90's, and get exponinentially worse about lacking information after that... know any auto site that have good stuff about imports from the mid 80's?
#1282 of 2547 nds good to me.
Aug 19, 2002 (5:47 pm)
You seem to have made up your mind. That's good. Not really worth too much effort worrying about it. Your Mazda will either continue to run on or it won't. Your current investment is nill, so you really can't lose. However, although your logic to keep the car is faultless, I suspect you wouldn't have minded some irrefutable counter logic that absolutely required you to seek its replacement. When I was in high school,a member of our class over and over again bought used cars from a local high volume new car dealer, paying not over $50- $100 each. The cars always came with a current inspection and lasted anywhere from several months to a year or more. He never did anything to them except for putting in gasoline. When they quit he sold them to a junk yard for $10 or $20 (if they towed them off for free) and just bought another. So, while the rest of us were polishing, hot rodding and repairing, he was out and about. Moral to this? There is an end to cars life, use it and end it. When its time to replace it, you will know it. As a practical suggestion, if a repair for your current car is quoted at over 2/3rds its current market value, seriously consider putting it permanently in the "Great Parking Lot". Usually, good used cars, aka pre-loved cars, can be had from relatives or parents of a friend. Usually they are too honest or would be too embarrassed to sell you a lemon.
#1283 of 2547 93 Mazda 626 ES Shuddering
Aug 19, 2002 (6:21 pm)
My 626 es shudders in the speed range of 20-40 miles/hr, especially after driving for some distance. It occurs intermittently but more often now. Any idea on what causes the shaking? Could it be the transmission, brake, or cv joint and shaft? Thanks in advance for any explanation of the possible cause.