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#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!
Jun 08, 2000 (11:01 pm)
The CD4E (used in the four-cylinder Probe/626/MX-6 since '94) does, in fact, have a filter of sorts, but it's not accessible by dropping the bottom pan, mostly because there is no bottom pan. There's a side cover over the valve bodies, and that's it. Needless to say, this discourages the traditional method of transmission service, since getting at the filter requires major disassembly.
Mazda has been remiss, I think, in not recommending regular fluid changes for its automatics. In the manual for my '93 LX, while there are references to how to read the dipstick and such, there is no indication whatever that changing the fluid might be something one ought to do.
And heat is definitely a Bad Thing for automatics generally, so installing an auxiliary cooler makes sense.
#52 of 2547 re: Keyless entry help 99 626lx (dlnbanker)
Jun 12, 2000 (5:12 am)
As far as I know, since Mazda installs the keyless entry system themselves, you need to get the remotes from the dealer, and the dealer also has to program the remotes for you. I have keyless entry on a 97 626 LX-V6, and my trunk has an emblem that says 'keyless entry' instead of having an actual keyhole. That's one place you can look.
If you do have the keyless system, can you find out why you didn't get any remotes? And make sure that Mazda deletes the codes for the old remotes from your system - otherwise there's someone out there with a remote that works on your car!
Hope this was helpful - Gregg
#53 of 2547 Tranmission problems
Jun 17, 2000 (11:16 pm)
I have a '94 Mazda LX4 with 133K miles. I had the transmission replaced last summer when it had 126k or so miles. The 'new' one went out at Christmas time and it was replaced by the dealership with no problem. I have had to put an O2 sensor on the car last month, but all in all I have been pleased with the Mazda. So much so, that I am considering a 2000 at this time. My question is- do the V6 have the same problem that my 4 had with the transmission? Should I be considering the V6 because it has not had the problems of the 4? Also, I am looking at the Millenia. I have been quoted great prices on all three models I have mentioned (ES4, ES6, and the Millenia). I am greatful there is a forum I can turn to for advise. I do not want to offend other females, but I honestly do not know much about cars. Thanks.
#54 of 2547 Transmissions in brief
Jun 18, 2000 (3:18 pm)
626 (four-cylinder) - '87-'93 - Mazda G4A-EL
626 (four-cylinder) - '94-up - Ford CD4E
626 (V6) - all - Mazda G4A-EL
Millenia (base) - Mazda G4A-EL
Millenia S - Jatco JF403E (Nissan RE4F04A)
The current (F) version of the G4A-EL appeared first in '93.
The peak years for CD4E problems were '94 through '97. (Ford redesigned the pump plate and gasket in late 1996, and the coast/forward clutch assembly in early 1998, addressing two major problem areas.)
#55 of 2547 mazda alloy wheels
Jun 18, 2000 (5:22 pm)
Mazda 626 LX
Has anyone changed from 14" wheels to 15" wheels?
The 15" alloy wheels are available and the 14"
alloys are not.
#56 of 2547 Madza transmission
Jun 22, 2000 (5:54 pm)
I have a 1996 madza 626 LX. My transmission has already gone out in it. I have only 85K miles on it. I have talked to several different previous Madza 626 owners and there is a history of transmission problems with there product. I believe they make transmissions for probes and there is a history problem there also.
#57 of 2547 Matria
Jun 22, 2000 (5:56 pm)
My advice to you is to steer clear of Madza until they provide a better product. There is an obvious history of transmission troubles.
Jun 22, 2000 (7:56 pm)
I have a 1999 LX V6. I have put 16,000 miles on and so far so good. From my understanding, there is a problem with the tranny on the 4 cycl. It is made by ford and not very reliable on the 93-98 models. The V6 tranny and engine is made by mazda and I have not seen too many people having trouble with it. I have the auto and am happy with it. Of course the 5 speed for either engine is good.
#59 of 2547 I guess I'll stick to Toyotas
Jun 25, 2000 (4:55 pm)
My neighbor has a 1998 Mazda 626 with 50k miles for sale for about $9k and I have a 1991 Toyota Camry that has 105k miles that I bought used in 1995 for $10k. It has been a great, dependable car with only repairs due to wear & tear -- and not much of that.
I thought I'd do some browsing to see what owners have to say about the Mazda, and it sounds like the transmissions haven't been very dependable.
My son has a Ford that has lived up to its initials Fix Or Repair Daily and if the Mazda has a Ford transmission, I'd avoid it like the plague.
I appreciate greatly the candor and honesty of those who have made entries on this message board.
I think I'll stick to Toyotas.