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#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.
Jun 07, 2000 (12:57 am)
What you're hearing from the valvetrain is a couple dozen lash adjusters waiting to get their oil supply. This being a DOHC engine, they're located way high, and all the oil circulated away from them last night when you did that little move-it-five-feet trick. I wouldn't worry unless it gets way beyond 30 seconds; in the meantime, consider doing your oil changes with Mazda's OEM filter, which is designed to reduce this particular phenomenon.
Rotors generally are a normal-wear item; I wouldn't expect them to be covered by the warranty.
Now what happened to the tranny?
#47 of 2547 Value Lash Adjusters
Jun 07, 2000 (7:12 pm)
I have a 99 lx V6 with 15,000 miles and have been reading alot about the value lash adjusters. Is there in preventive maint. to help stop the problem. (ie use the mazda oem oil filter, etc). I am pretty good at changing oil every 3,000 miles and general maintence.
#48 of 2547 Silencing the HLAs
Jun 08, 2000 (2:53 am)
Keeping them bathed in nice clean oil is the best thing you can do for them - it wards off sludge deposits and other nasty stuff.
#49 of 2547 Problems
Jun 08, 2000 (7:07 pm)
The 626/Probe automatic problems come from over heating, some internal parts are brass and they get torn apart when the transmision overheats. I just installed a Heavy duty transmission oil cooler on my girlfriends '96 626, the problem is, the stock cooler doesn't work as well as it should(it is located inside the radiator, thus "storing" heat from the radiator). In the Probe community that is 1 of the more popular things to do, people notice smoother shifts when doing that. Also have the transmission regulary serviced with new fluid put in, also have Synthetics put in it, that will reduce breakdown and heat. And finally I have heard from 3 sources that the 626 doesn't have a filter, so I am going to get a remote mount oil filter kit and Install it inline with the cooler. these 2 parts ($30 cooler, $50 oil kit) plus the fluid change $100 comes to about $280 anf should add life to the transmission and it's cheaper than $1500. Also there are some aftermarket high performance rebuild kits for the trans. My advice is don't go to the dealer, go to a transmission specialists like AMCCO(I hear they install heavy duty rebuild kits).
As far as the Valve cover gaskets, they are not that difficult to replace, I did mine on my '95 Probe GT(same engine as the 626) in about 6 hours, but I also cleaned the intake and throttle body, and installed phenolic spacers http://home.san.rr.com/scmorgan/spacers.
#50 of 2547 transmission problems 96 Mazda 626
Jun 08, 2000 (8:41 pm)
I am amazed at the number of people who are having transmission issues with the Mazda 626's. I feel compelled to tell my story. Last June my husband and I purchased a used 96 Mazda 626, it had about 47,000 miles on it. We were excited and really loved it until 7 days later the service engine soon light came on. We brought it in to get it checked out (and we live about 1 hr. 20 mins. from the dealership). They informed us that the cad. converter needed to be replaced. Needless to say we were shocked, thank God it was covered under the warranty. Anyway, after having that replaced, about 2 weeks later the overdrive light came on. Again we brought the car back for servicing, they couldn't find anything wrong and the light went off. About a week later we were out in our new car when the light went off again. My husband checked the trans. fluid and it didn't even register on the stick. We brought the car in again (at this time I was heavily researching the lemon law in our state) and they said one of the hoses was loose, causing the leak. We went home, planned our vacation to drive to Florida, and wouldn't you know it, just after crossing our state line the overdrive light came on again. Our trip was cancelled, and after 2 more trips back to the dealership where first they determined the computer needed to be replaced, didn't solve the issue, they decided the transmission needed to be replaced. Our car has been running great since but what an experience. I am starting to look around for a new car for myself, have been thinking of a Mazda because, we do love the car and believe alot of our running back and forth to the dealer had to do with some carelessness on the repair person. However, I must say after reading all the posting, I'm not so sure.
I do have another comment, I noticed that several people made comments that the transmission was a Ford and somehow that may be part of the reason for the Mazda troubles. My current car is a 1992 Ford Tempo, it has 167,000 miles and I have had no transmission problems, knock on wood!