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#36 of 2547 My car is in the shop as I write
May 25, 2000 (6:42 pm)
Where should I start... I have 1996 Mazda 626 LX with about 70,000 miles on it. I've loved my car since the day I bought it but it's been tough. I'm tired of the huge repair bills and the arguments with my extended warranty company. I'm considering selling it and coming to terms with the huge mistake I made when I bought it. I should have bought a Honda like everyone suggested.
I've been through the normal wear and tear maintenance that all car owners deal with but I've suffered through more than your simple oil change and brake work. Less than a year ago I heard a clicking noise from my engine and ended up spending $1000 having all the valve lifters replaced. Around that time I also noticed an engine light. I had the car checked out and was told it was an 'atmospheric change' that caused it to come on. The second time it happened the mechanic claimed it was some sort of sensor problem. I haven't seen the light since but the fear is still there. I've also been experiencing idle problems. My car runs rough and... to make a long story short... several repairs later and I'm stuck with bad transmission fluid (no one will change it without replacing the whole transmission), horrible shaking at stop lights, and bad rear struts. I've just been told that I owe another $710 for "normal wear and tear" maintenance and I'm sick about it. Anyone want a used 626?
Do these problems seem normal - am I living in lala land thinking that car ownership should be less aggravating?
#37 of 2547 Class action lawsuit?
May 25, 2000 (8:40 pm)
If anyone knows of a class action lawsuit against Mazda for the automatic transmission failures in the 94 626 and later model years please let me know.
I'm paying off a $2200 transmission replacment bill on my Master Card.
#38 of 2547 626ES Valve Cover Gasket Problem
May 30, 2000 (2:33 am)
My family has owned a total of 5 Mazda's over the years and I currently have a 95' Mazda 626ES V-6 manual...I have never spent more money on maintaining a car since I got this one. I just want to reinforce the problems that occur with the Valve Cover Gaskets. Please have these looked at and changed. I've replaced my sparkplugs, wires, and gaskets 2 times in the last 15,000 miles..This is a definite problem with the V-6. I've also had to buy two new back calipers for my car, 02 sensors (pretty penny), (2) CV Joints because rubber boot wasn't sealed properly (more pretty pennies), and a Max Air Flow sensor (luckily I convinced Mazda to pay for this one, approx. $1000). Not to mention all the normal maintenance issues that come up. Anybody looking at getting a Mazda..please get an extended warranty up to 100,000 miles..I know I will next time.
#39 of 2547 More than trans problems w/ my 626
Jun 01, 2000 (4:15 am)
I'm curious about those of you who think something can be done -- a suit or repurchase by Mazda -- about the transmission problems.
I just got a quote today for $2,334.96 to replace the trans on my '98 626 LX (automatic, of course). The dealership says it burned out on the inside. It now has 66,000 miles (yes, I drive a lot -- and NEED my car!)
Particularly frustrating is that at about 24,000, two of my plug wires were completely burned out. I got those replaced under warranty, but no one could figure out why it happened. Shortly thereafter, my blower motor went out -- no wipers, defrost, anything, in the middle of a snowstorm. In my opinion, none of this should have happened/be happening at the mileages I'm talking about. I bought another Mazda because my first -- a '91 Protege DX, 5 sp -- was SO reliable. It took a semi-truck to kill it at 153,000.
Right now I'm looking for another car, and I don't think it can be a Mazda. I can't find a Protege manual transmission. This is the first AT I've had in over 20 years -- I got tired of popping my knee at 40 yo! -- and I don't think I'll have another one of those, either.
Can anybody recommend a good, very reliable car, that's within the Protege price range? I can't afford to stay in the 626 class because this has me taking on more debt than I can handle right now. And why or how do folks think this can be put back on Mazda?
Any ideas appreciated. Thanks
#40 of 2547 lglaney
Jun 01, 2000 (10:14 pm)
Have you checked out edmunds.com homepage? You can access it from this page via the icon in the top left corner. You will find links to all kinds of buying advice and car reviews. Then you may want to check out our Smart Shopper conference and some of our other conferences (for example, Sedans) to find ongoing discussions of vehicles that catch your interest.
If you have any specific maintenance or repair issues on your current vehicle or a new one, then come on back here and talk to us about it.
Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
#41 of 2547 Could anyone comment on 91 626 LX HB?
Jun 02, 2000 (4:24 pm)
I'm thinking of buying 88-92 626 5spd....
There is one I'm going to see this weekend. 1991 Mazda 626LX, 4DR, HB, 5spd. The car has 206K (km), but the engine has been replaced 2 months ago with "low km" engine as per owner. He could not explain why the original engine died... He claims that "new" engine has had only 40K on it and it came from salvaged car. He is asking $3995 CAN for it, but might let it go for $3.5K
I would appreciate any advice on the above. I've read some horror stories about Mazda's AT at http://www.alvant.alva.ok.us/dan/fan.htm but that should not be relevant to this one should it?
Jun 02, 2000 (11:55 pm)
In the two years I've been watching 626 owner stories, I can't remember but one or two grumblings about the 5-speed - and those tended to be more about notchiness than fragility.
#43 of 2547 The 626 reliability curve
Jun 04, 2000 (2:12 pm)
If you peek at Consumer Reports' charts for the last fifteen years or so, you see a peak in the late Eighties, a slow descent through about '93, then a trench. In '97 or so, things start to improve, and nowadays CU reckons the 626 to be, once again, "better than average". I remain a big fan of the fourth-generation 626 ('93 through '97), but its exemplary road manners and sensible interior design (cupholders aside) don't impress quite so much when the car's in the shop. And I'll probably buy a new 626 when it's time to replace my '93 - if I don't get seduced into a Tribute first.
#44 of 2547 susaninga
Jun 04, 2000 (2:58 pm)
Have you been to our Sedans conference and taken a look at this topic:
Mazda 626 - Part 2 (Topic #2993)?
That would be a good place to find out more about what folks around here think of the current model of this vehicle.
Don't lose sight of the fact that this is the Maintenance and Repair conference, so you are more likely to read about problems here than the lack of 'em!
Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
#45 of 2547 1998 Mazda 626ES V6 troubles
Jun 06, 2000 (3:41 pm)
I have the following concerns with this vehicle:
1) Park the car for a few hours. Then start the car and move it a few feet and shut off the engine. Leave overnight. The next morning, when you start the car, there is a loud rattling noise in the engine (as if there is no oil in the engine) that lasts anywhere from 5 seconds to 30 seconds. The dealer tells me this is normal. What is your opinion?
2) The brake rotors are warped. The car still has 100 miles left on the warranty. The dealer tells me that warped rotors are not covered under warranty. Is this correct?
FYI: I already had the automatic transmission replaced under warranty last week.