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#470 of 2544 1998 626 CD player problems
Apr 26, 2001 (8:15 am)
I have a 1998 626 DX, and am having problems with my CD player. When I turn the volume down, it goes up and vice versa. When I eject the CD, the player continues to try to eject or whatever for 10-15 seconds after the CD is out. Now, this is the fourth CD player Mazda has put in this car, all in the last 14 months or so. All eventually developed problems like this, but not every one the same. One just stopped playing CD's completely. This car was recalled for some sort of shield around the stereo or something, which was supposedly taken care of when I had the second stereo replaced. After the third one was put in we started to suspect that maybe the problem is the electrical system, but the dealership said no. Now in the last couple of weeks, the check engine light is coming on for awhile, then going off by itself. It's done this three times now. We are less than 3,000 miles from the end of the warranty and I really don't believe that putting a new stereo in will fix the problem. We moved to Kansas after the fourth stereo was put in, so now we are taking it to a new dealership. My husband called them and asked them if they would check the electrical system, since we thought it was pretty odd for the same car to have had 4 bad stereos, and they reluctantly agreed to check, but said that it wasn't odd.
Has anyone else had this problem, and does anyone have advice on what it might be? Thanks!
#471 of 2544 windowphobe6
Apr 26, 2001 (6:13 pm)
I've brought this up on an earlier post regarding my power moonroof on my 94 626, and the problem is that in able for it to work, I first have to open the rear flap then close it; then once closed, I can then push the other switch to slide the moonroof open. I cannot open the moonroof by just pushing the slider button first. I must open and close the rear flap first. From what I can remember, you had a similar problem with your 93 model.
So my question is: Are the switches going bad, and if yes, can they be replaced? Or is the problem an indication that the moonroof motor is going bad? Would appreciate your expertise regarding this matter. Thanks.
Apr 26, 2001 (7:17 pm)
The switches can be replaced, yes. I didn't bother getting this fixed on the '93, but I tend to doubt this is a motor issue, since movement is otherwise just fine.
Each of these switches, though, has a relay, and I suspect it's more likely a relay that's acting up. (Those, too, are replaceable.)
#473 of 2544 1998 Mazda 626
Apr 26, 2001 (11:27 pm)
My transmission went out two weeks ago at 86k miles, I bought the car in 1999 with 54K miles. The warranty has expired and I did not purchase an extended warranty. Total cost for a rebuild transmission $2,744.00. My wife and I purchase two vehicles on New years eve of 1999.
We bought a 2000 MPV, which had a front end problem since the day we bought it (pulled to the left) took it back to the dealer seven times, finally had to hire an attorney that handles the "Lemon Law". After a year of stress, we won the case. I took my MPV back to the dealer and I was given my money back.
Now on to my 626, I commute to work 120 miles round trip so I thought I bought myself a reliable commuter car, the engine light would come on and go off, I take my car to a mechanic. The mechanic at the shop runs the car on a scope, gets some readings and never figured it was the transmission that was getting ready to go out.
To make a long story short I was taken again my Mazda, I didn't know I was buying a Ford product! very misleading.
I notified my attorney as well as an attorney that handles consumer fraud. They are both interested in this case. If you are interested in a class action suit, please contact me.
I do not want to be stuck with my 626, I owe appox $9,000.00.
#474 of 2544 sbea...
May 02, 2001 (9:53 am)
I'd be interested to hear about your lawsuit with the 2000 MPV. I've had the same problem, I believe it's still not fixed. The two dealers in town and Mazda customer service ignore me. I never saw you post on the MPV troubles board? We're going to trade ours in, but everyone wants to give only $14k!
#475 of 2544 Problems with 1993 Mazda 626 4 Dr LX Sedan
May 09, 2001 (10:39 am)
I'm thinking of purchasing a 1993 Mazda 626 4 Dr LX Sedan with 130K miles on it. It is manual transmission. I've read through all of the articles here, and did not come across one that mentions this model specifically. Does anyone know of things that I should watch out for? The car is in good ridable condition. They are only asking $1200 and I'm hoping to ride it for a year or two tops.
Thanks very much.
#476 of 2544 1995 Mazda 626-ticking noise
May 09, 2001 (3:54 pm)
I've had multiple problems with this car.. pretty much similar to the ones previously mentioned (i.e. cranny, o2 sensor, etc.). what's the deal with the ticking sound coming from my engine? I took it to the dealer and of course they didn't hear any ticking or notice where all my oil was going. I'm trying to sell the car but I'd like to know what the ticking/tapping sound is and if it is something that needs to be addressed. Is this problem inherent in all 1995 Mazdas and does it need to be corrected or can I leave it as is?
#477 of 2544 Ah, those wonderful '93s
May 09, 2001 (5:46 pm)
Best-looking of the generation, I thought. Then again, I owned one, so I'm biased. (And had I never sampled the '93, I wouldn't have the 626 I have now.)
There aren't any real '93-specific issues; the standard aging-626 stuff applies no less - and no more - than usual. This would include deteriorating CV boots, weeping from the valve-cover gasket (both of these easy fixes), fairly crummy weatherstripping, and the usual HLA noises (see below). This was, I believe, the last year for R-12 in the 626's A/C, so checking for refrigerant leaks is advisable.
#478 of 2544 The usual HLA noises
May 09, 2001 (5:52 pm)
The infamous Mazda tick (through 1997 on this model) generally emanates from the hydraulic valve-lash adjusters; they are smallish and they're way high on the engine, which means they may not be getting quite the oil bath they desire. My usual recommendation here is to get the oil changed to a decent synthetic and install one of Mazda's own OEM oil filters, which has enough resistance to post-shutoff drainback to keep just a smidgen more oil at valvetrain level. More often than not, the noise goes away or is substantially reduced. If it doesn't budge, you may have a damaged HLA - or, in some cases, a weak oil pump - but neither of these is particularly common.
#479 of 2544 windowphobe6: weeping from valve cover gasket?
May 10, 2001 (7:24 am)
Thanks for the info! After talking to the previous owner, he says the car is burning oil, idles roughly and engine knocks at normal operating temp. He tells me the oil level goes down slowly ever since he had it for 3 years now.
Are any of these problems related to "weeping" valve cover gasket, or do you have ideas if these problems are going to cost big $ to repair? I was not sure what you meant by weeping valve cover gasket.
Any adidtional info you could give based on the symptoms i describe would be great. I guess I am a little worried that the tranny is gonna give out on me soon, and no one in Boston wants to be stranded on a cold/snowy winter evening! =)