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#533 of 2547 370,000 miles
May 27, 2001 (6:40 am)
I have a 94 626 with 370,000 miles on it. No major repairs, same alternator, etc. She burns a quart every other week. ( not smoking either) Manual tarns.
I know that 2002 model year will find me with a new 626, but this is my 3rd Mazda with a manual tarns, and I am really nervous about an automatic. I have never owned a car with an auto tarns. Knee surgery is "encouraging" me to go that way, but after reading some of these messages.... any thoughts on the ewer 626 auto tarns?
May 27, 2001 (2:27 pm)
370,000 miles and never had to replace the thermostat, distributor, struts, calipers, cv joints, timing belt, water pump, or .02 sensor? It almost sounds impossible...(Or do you not consider these as major repairs?)
May 27, 2001 (3:45 pm)
The only one of those I'd consider major would be the distributor, which really isn't supposed to be a wear item. (And I suspect he considers the timing belt/water pump combo to be a single maintenance unit.)
What usually causes CV joints to fail is cracking and splitting of the rubber boots; this is a common occurrence, but hardly an inevitable one, and rebuilt axles are cheap.
May 29, 2001 (7:22 am)
The only repairs I have had have been wheel bearings. The timing belt, and brake pads I considered maintenance since the manual instructs to replace the belt every 60,000 miles, and you know when the brake pads need replacing.
Any feedback on the automatic transmission for the 2001?
#537 of 2547 tires on 2001 626 lx v6
May 29, 2001 (8:14 am)
I'm not to impressed with the tires that come on the 16 inch alloys. They are 205 or 215-55. Maybe Bridgestone I think Not to good in rainy weather, had a little hydroing yesterday. In my one time in the snow they also were not very impressive. Any suggestions
May 29, 2001 (10:13 am)
My LX has Bridgestone Turanzas in P205/60R15, and they performed like champs during our snowy season, though they're only average, I'd say, dealing with mere rain.
May 29, 2001 (10:32 am)
Mazda has never had an automatic I'd consider bulletproof, but the LA4A-EL (the transmission Fordishly known as CD4E) has come a long way since its Bad Old Days in the middle 90s, though I don't think I'll ever see one last 200k miles.
#540 of 2547 CEL still coming after MAF replacement
May 30, 2001 (6:32 am)
Hi Fellow Mazda Drivers:
The CEL was coming on/off so I took it to the dealer..pulled up a code of 181. and the dealer told me that MAF sensor needs to be changed.
so I took my car to a nearby Auto Service center and got the MAF sensor changed. It cost me around 225 $. But even now the MAF sensor is coming up sometimes although less often.
FYI, I have a 1994 Mazda 626 LX V4,auto, 93000 miles
Do u guys think that 02 Sensors have gone bad as well. Please advise.
#541 of 2547 Is it the same code?
May 30, 2001 (8:51 am)
I mean, oxygen sensors can and do go bad on these cars, but they don't generate the same codes in the CEL. You'll need to have the new code pulled to see what's up.
May 30, 2001 (6:21 pm)
I trashed ( and I mean trashed ) the stock Bridgestones on my 99 ES-V6 at 17000 miles, they were garbage. I stayed w/ the same size but switched to Yokohamas like my MX-6 had, & am quite pleased. I haven't made them chirp once, & they have good traction in the rain too. I got the AVID V4. Those Bridgestones also hydroplanned all over the place. I got the Yokos off of Tire Rack & had them shipped to the dealer - saved me tones of $$. Do yourself a favor & get those pieces of crap off your car.