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Mazda 626, Sedan
#427 of 2547 transmission problems
Apr 06, 2001 (2:30 pm)
I really loved my 1995 626. My car showed no signs of transmission problems. It had 36,000 miles when it went out on me. Of course the warranty of 3 years was over 1 month before this happened. Anyway FYI, mazda made a deal with me to replace the transmission and the cost to me would be a 40,000 mile tune up package that they sell. I believe it cost me about 400.00 in the end. I did get rid of it and bought a nissan quest. My boys were getting too big so this was a good reason to dump it. It seems to be a constant problem with the 626. Good Luck
Apr 06, 2001 (4:19 pm)
I don't know how much it's changed in the past few years, but the book rate on removing/replacing the automatic on my old '93 was 18.1 hours - which comes to just about a thousand bucks at $55 an hour, assuming there is such a thing as a shop that charges only $55 an hour anymore.
(And no, I didn't actually have this done; I just looked it up.)
#429 of 2547 My Mazda's back but with new Problems
Apr 06, 2001 (7:45 pm)
I sucked it up and paid the money to get my car back today. When I drove it off the lot I drove great. That is until I stopped at the ATM and had to put the car into park for a while. When I did that the car acted as if it was going to shut off. It did not. I drove it back to the dealership after having it only 10 in. I also looked at my bill at this point and saw that the tech. that worked on my car noted that one of my motor mounts was broken and that it jerk hard when is put into reverse. I was not told this when I pick the car up and it was not like this before it was taken to them for repair. I explained this the service advisor. I use the term service advisor loosely. They are only their to help the dealership. I think they finally got tired of me explaining to them that my car did not have this problem before because they told me that the would have to calculate the cost and talk to someone else. They asked that I call them on Monday. I am not sure what they are trying to do to me but they have all of the money that I am going to give them. This repair will have to come from them because as I have stated numerous time before my car did not have this problem when I took it to them. I guess my question after all of that is what do I do now?
#430 of 2547 Labor costs
Apr 07, 2001 (6:58 am)
Wow! 18 hours??!! I guess the Mazda is much more difficult to work on. We've done trucks and some other cars (can't think of any right now) in less than a day. We even pulled the tranny out of my Jeep, rebuilt it, and put it back in all in about 10 hours of work (actually about 14 spread over 2 people). It took me about 8 hours or so (by myself) to pull the engine AND transmission out of my Mustang. So, I was just judging based on my personal experience (but none with a Mazda).
Well, as we know, just as easily as things can improve over time, they can also become far more complicated.
But, you're right, the book is what they go by when estimating (although, in reality, it could take more or less time). I stand in amazement.
Apr 07, 2001 (7:15 am)
Cramming all the drivetrain components into one end of the car - and the same end where the engine is, yet - complicates repairs to an incredible degree. (Another reason to hope for a rear-wheel drive revival.)
Apr 07, 2001 (7:20 am)
Well, they do have to futz with them to get the engine and the transmission separated, so it's not like they can claim they never touched the things.
Apr 07, 2001 (10:47 am)
How much do engine mounts cost? That is with parts and labor for a 1998 Mazda 626.
Apr 07, 2001 (1:18 pm)
Each engine mount has a slightly different configuration, a slightly different price and a slightly different labor rate, but worst-case for a single mount on the 2-liter seems to run about $150 for the part, 1.5 hours or so to install it.
#435 of 2547 windowphobe
Apr 07, 2001 (3:57 pm)
My Mitchell's Mechanical Labor Estimating Guide lists the following:
TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY - R&I
B2000, B2200, GLC, 626......... 3.2
*Transmission Assembly - Replace..... .6
*Converter - R&R ........ .1
*Seal, Front Pump - R&R..... .5
*Flywheel - R&R........... .2
Same vehicles, Transmission R&R AND OVERHAUL is 11.8 hours. Which labor guide were you using that quoted 18.1 hours to R&R the trans?
#436 of 2547 Source material, and a recantation
Apr 07, 2001 (4:40 pm)
I'm using Alldata DIY's reprint of the Mazda service manual, following the "Std." recommendations. (Warranty work, of course, is "faster", or at least paid for at a lower rate.) And by gum, after going back into the material, I discovered that I read off the complete-overhaul column by mistake, not that Mazda dealers would ever do a complete overhaul.
Anyway, the pertinent figure here is 6 hours flat, plus 0.4 if the flywheel has to be replaced also. My apologies for my apparent inability to line up tabular data. (Maybe this is the year I get new glasses after all.)
I suspect Mitchell's is probably closer to the actual time it takes to R&R one of these units, anyway.