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#412 of 2547 New 2001 626LX question
Mar 29, 2001 (8:59 am)
I just got a new 626 (4 cylinder) and have a few questions about it.
1) Is this a "zero interference" engine? If the timing belt breaks will the engine be damaged? I know that I don't need to worry about it for a long time but I am just curious.
2) This is my fourth Mazda, second 626, and I notice on this car I sometimes get a "oil" smell inside the car while driving. It seems to come in through the heating / cooling system. Am I crazy or has anyone else noticed this?
#413 of 2547 Problem continues
Mar 29, 2001 (9:08 am)
I put on the new MAF sensor yesterday. During the first trip, the CEL didn't come on. This morning, it's raining and cold, the CEL came on and off again (three times)!! The dealer told me it's the MAF that needed to be replaced. Now I have no mechanics I can trust, which is a bigger problem than the problem of my car! The CEL really makes me crazy. It seems that I have no choice but replace the O2 sensor also.
There is another problem after the replacement (which also occurs occasionally before). Now, when I shift from drive to park, the Idle speed will drop largely which almost makes the engine to stall. It doesn't happen at stop light, but only happens with the shift. I don't know whether it's because the computer is relearning after the battery was disconnected when I replaced the MAF sensor.
Mar 29, 2001 (9:28 am)
My mazda is 94'LX with 75000 mile. It also vibrates especially at zero speed. I have paid attention to this problem for some times. I don't think it's normal. There is definitely some problem with the car. I know all old cars vibrate. But yours is only 4 years old. If you are lucky, it might simply be a bad Engine mount. Other causes can be mis-alignment, low idle speed, old spark plug, some valves went bad, emission pipes leaking, or, one or more cylinder not firing. There are other reasons I couldn't remember now. Anyway, my suggestion to you is do not buy it. I hate my Mazda 626. My friend has a Honda Civic of same age (94) with 110000 miles (35000 miles higher than mine), and it runs much greater.
#415 of 2547 Thanks to haroldhx1
Mar 29, 2001 (10:26 am)
Thank you for your advise. I knew I needed the opinion of someone who owns a 626. It is much less likely that I will buy this car. I thoroughly enjoy reading this board.
#416 of 2547 Straining the four-cylinder (for gary_2000)
Mar 29, 2001 (3:45 pm)
The '97 had only 114 hp to begin with, and loading it to three-quarters of its payload won't make it any speedier. If you're going to haul around this many people on a regular basis, looking elsewhere might be advisable.
On the other hand, that much load should take some of the buzz out of it, so if it's really got the shakes, that's another good reason to pass it up.
#417 of 2547 Relearning idle (for haroldhx1)
Mar 29, 2001 (3:51 pm)
This is something that the engine must do, but it shouldn't take more than a few stop-start cycles.
You sure you don't have an air leak around that new MAF? Nothing screws up idle quite as efficiently as air leaks.
#418 of 2547 2001 already? (for tdreo)
Mar 29, 2001 (4:05 pm)
Believe it or not, whether the 2.0 engine is an interference fit or not is open to question. Most of the sites that copied the Gates Rubber Company booklet assert that it is. On the other hand, this engine first appeared in '93, and I had one of them, and the owner's manual spelled out in large print what would happen if the timing belt broke - if you owned the 2.5 V6. Not a word about the four-cylinder. And one of my correspondents, who does engine swaps with intent to race, has stated that except for the 2.2 that was in the '88-'92 626, no Mazda four has an interference fit.
I suppose I could go slash my belt and see what happens, but that might be a bit extreme.
What you're probably smelling is overfill spilling onto something warm. If it doesn't go away in a thousand miles or so, complain.
Does the "fragrance" go away if you set the airflow to Recirculate?
#419 of 2547 Spending the big bucks (for whacko)
Mar 29, 2001 (4:08 pm)
If you love your car, no expenditure is too great; if you hate your car, no expenditure is what you're hoping to get by with.
For those keeping score, here's the maintenance so far (five months) for my 2000 LX: oil/filter change, $19; replace wiper blade bent by visiting thug, $17; total, $36.
#420 of 2547 The 626 Look
Mar 30, 2001 (8:13 am)
IMHO, the perfect looking 626 would be that with the front-end of the 98 model and the rear-end of the 97 model. Overall, I think that the 93-97 626 body style is the best one of all of them, but the front-end of the 98-01 has a bold and aggressive expression, unlike the 93-97, which looks kind of bland. However, the 98-01 rear-end is boooooring!
#421 of 2547 2000 626 transmission
Apr 03, 2001 (12:53 pm)
Like I mentioned earlier car has 31k miles needed new transmission. After speaking to the General Manager I got a loaner car. Got it back the other day and drives much better. Mazda took care of me after letting them know what I expected. Unfortunately dealerships tend to walk over you until you put your foot down. Stand up for what you deserve.