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#258 of 2547 '96 Mazda 626 V-6 Auto --- Transmission Repair #2
Dec 28, 2000 (3:18 pm)
I posted back in mid-August that I had to replace the transmission in my wife's 1996 Mazda 626 V-6 (auto) at 82,000. Well 10,000 miles and 19 weeks later....the transmission is slipping between 2nd and 3rd. Fortunately, the $2100 that I spent on the repairs in August came with a full 1-year warranty. I'm Hoping to God that when I pick it up Wednesday that I don't have to pay a dime and that it is properly repaired (wishful thinking huh?).
The engine light came on this week. Codes indicated both the transmission slipping and engine misfiring. Oddly enough, those were the same two error codes I got back in August -- causing me to replace valve cover gaskets/plug/wires, etc.
I still owe $8,900 on it and am concerned about what the road ahead will be like. Anyone have a crystal ball I can borrow? Should I bail out or stick with it ?
My '87 626 4cyl 5-speed ran like a champ for over 13 years until 3 weeks ago. Engine locked up. So now I'm the proud owner of a 2001 Chevy Silverado.
Dec 28, 2000 (6:01 pm)
Unfortunately, you're not going to get anywhere near $8900 for it, so you have to guesstimate whether you're going to spend the equivalent trade-in (or whatever) loss in time and repair charges.
Around 85k, there are things that can happen to these cars - oxygen sensors go south, CV boots start to crumble, valve cover gaskets start to weep. None of these things is particularly expensive in itself, but the thought of the triple whammy might put you off. (Conversely, if you've already had to do these things, you may be immune for a while. I had a CV joint replaced at, um, er, 85k.)
Dec 29, 2000 (6:26 am)
How can you possibly still owe $8900 on a '96? Did you finance for 10 years?
I have a '97 financed for 60 months and only owe about $5,500.....
Are you sure about your numbers?
Dec 29, 2000 (4:00 pm)
Maybe he bought it in, say, '98 for about $13k?
Dec 30, 2000 (6:32 pm)
My personal feelings about financing a used vehicle more than 36 months are:
1. you paid too much for it
2. You're APR is too high
3. You're buying more car than you can afford
4. Your're monthly payment is to low. bump it up.
My theory seems do-able if the cost is under 10k. Anything beyond 10k and you bettrr have a trade-in or a good down payment.
#263 of 2547 1992 Mazda Lx
Jan 01, 2001 (11:11 am)
I'm considering buying this car...I checked it out it's very clean inside and out with a sunroof. It has 95000 miles on it. The current owner had it for about one year. He said there has been no major repairs. He wants 3950. I just want to know does anyone know anything about this car and how much should I make an offer for it?
#264 of 2547 626, won't start, warning lights, etc.
Jan 01, 2001 (1:16 pm)
My wife's 99, 626 ES went dead at work, barely jumped, driving home it surges back and forth a lot, tcs light on, abs light on, systems light on, cd player making strange noises like its try to find a disk, all kinds of stuff. She got home, I go out and it will not start again but the radio works so it has some power. Is this a battery problem, computer problem, what? The dealer is 30 miles and we may have to tow or should I try a new battery?
Jan 01, 2001 (2:06 pm)
Last time I had a battery going bad, I got some random electrical glitches, which cleared up once the new battery was installed, so I'm inclined to believe that the battery's probably toast, though you should have the entire charging system checked on general principle. (Batteries sold on the replacement market seem to last a lot longer than OEM batteries.)
Jan 01, 2001 (2:12 pm)
This was the last of the third-generation cars, and the last year the North American 626 was built in Japan. Most systems are sturdy. There aren't that many real issues with the '92, other than the usual car-getting-old things. Definitely check the A/C; Mazda was still using R-12 in those days. Maybe he'll go for $3600?
Jan 01, 2001 (5:40 pm)
Have you asked this question over in the Smart Shoppers Board? Also try a search on "626" and you should get lots of hits.
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