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Mazda 626, Sedan
Nov 11, 2006 (8:53 pm)
I am looking very seriously at buying a used 1998 mazda 626 for between $4,500-5,000 with 90,000-110,000 on it. I pretty much gathered from reading the posts here that I should avoid the auto transmission (I prefer manual anyway). I have already narrowed the scope to 2 manual trans cars but looking at this site gives me 2nd thoughts. The 626 really seems to be a car with never ending problems. Everyone is complaining about one thing or the other and noone seems to stand by it. Honestly, is the 626 manual trans really as bad as it sounds here?
Opinions will be greatly appreciated
#2203 of 2547 75K on our DoubleOught
Nov 11, 2006 (9:48 pm)
We have never been stranded in our 4cyl 5spd and really
enjoy the economy. Simple prevent maintenance and would
#2204 of 2547 Re: 75K on our DoubleOught [skibry1]
Nov 12, 2006 (8:04 am)
Thanks for the input. From all of who are 626 owners, would you say its wise to get one with about 100,000 miles on it already. I live in the DC area and I assume about 9,000 miles done a year
#2205 of 2547 Re: 75K on our DoubleOught [tahbasb]
Nov 15, 2006 (8:26 am)
Just my 2 cents worth. I bought my daughter a 99 ES V6 with just over 100k in August of this year. It has the auto trans as well. So far, no problems. She has about 103k on it now. Only 2 minor issues had to fixed after I bought it. Issue one was the Check engine light popped on, and all it needed was the EGR passages cleaned out. Second issue was a fluid leak, which turned out to be a bad gasket at the transmission. Had service performed on transmission, including new gasket, and problem is resolved. So far, we are pleased with the car.
Nov 16, 2006 (5:13 pm)
Ive got a buddy with a 626 with a 2.0L with an auto trans in it. He has had a lot of problems out of the car, the trans went out earlier this year, last month the timing belt broke on it. He had some troubles with it today, he is no mechanic, he hauled it to our shop and the engine is locked up in it. His wife said the oil pressure light flickered on and off a couple times and then it quit. I was wondering if there are any other vehicles that we could swap out an engine with? Would a Ford Contour engine bolt up in this car? Any others that anybody knows about?
#2207 of 2547 Re: 75K on our DoubleOught [gyates]
Nov 16, 2006 (5:58 pm)
I'm still looking for info about an automatic transmission in a 1990 626 that was working fine one day, then the car would not move when cranked later that day. No warning signs of trouble. could this be some type of transmission switch or electrical switch?
Nov 17, 2006 (7:26 am)
Seems to me that the car just has so many issues. Ofcourse the biggest is the auto tran (I would get manual anyway)but there seems to be so many others too. I am seriously having 2nd thoughts now
#2209 of 2547 Flashing Dash Lights
Nov 18, 2006 (4:16 am)
I have recently encountered a problem with my dash lights coming on and off. When I have the lights on bright or turn signal (left) on, the dash lights come on but with normal light position will not come on. I understand it is probably a short or bad connection that is causing the problem. Any information about how to fix this or how difficult a job that would be to repair would be very much appreciated.
Proud owner of a 95 manual 626 with 140K miles that gets about 32 miles to the gallon. Great little car but I'm not very handy mechanically.
#2210 of 2547 Re: Flashing Dash Lights [vashtie]
Nov 20, 2006 (9:07 am)
Your light switch is most likely going bad. This is the switch built into the turn signal lever. It has sliding contacts inside which will wear out in time.
#2211 of 2547 99 Mazda 626 4cyl ..........automatic
Nov 21, 2006 (8:03 am)
Hello.I'm new here and need a little advice.Thanks in advance for any help.
I was driving my Mazda 99 626 (98,000 miles)on Sun and it started sputtering and then died out.I had the car towed home and it will try and start,but will sputter and die out without turning over.I changed the battery,plugs,wires,coil pack about 6 months ago and the PCV Valve.