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Mazda 626, Sedan
#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.
#60 of 2547 626 Transmission oil change
Jun 28, 2000 (9:48 pm)
I just got off the phone with our local Mazda Dealer. I have a 99 LX V6 and was asking about tranny oil change. The service department said they recommended not changing the oil - - ever. I asked them about the problems they have had with the 4 cyc. and she said there was a problem with the 94-97 4 cyc tranny. However, she said they have rarely had a problem with the 6 cyc tranny and that it was "gold" and I am quoting. I have a decent amount of respect for this dealership but, has anyone else heard this. I know the owners man. does not talk about an tranny oil change.
#61 of 2547 Reprogramming keyless entry remote
Jun 28, 2000 (11:26 pm)
I have a 97 Mazda 626 LX. I just bought an extra keyless entry remote off ebay for cheap and need to know how to reprogram it. Does anyone know how this is done? It's different on different cars. Do I turn the ignition key X amount of times in x amt of seconds? Any help would be great!
Jun 29, 2000 (1:15 am)
Sounds like pyrite to me. I'm guessing that the dealer is just following Mazda's lead, or lack thereof. The dealer who looks after my 626 thinks otherwise. They did say that if you've let it go for 100,000 miles, there's not much point in changing it at that point, but the Recommended Service booklet they hand out with all new cars calls for a fluid change at the 30k mark.
I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones - I got one of the last four-bangers with the V6-version tranny.
#63 of 2547 Mazda 626 rack and pinion leak, help!
Jul 07, 2000 (10:51 pm)
Looking for information regarding rack and pinion
leakage. We own a 96 Mazda 626, it currently has
73,000 miles. We noticed the power steering fluid
has been low. Brought it in to our mechanic. He
states the leakage is from the rack and pinion
unit. It's seems odd to me that a 4 year old
vehicle should have such an issue. Has anyone run
into this issue before and does the rack and
unit have a specific warranty period? Any info
would be greatly appreciated.
Jul 08, 2000 (1:01 am)
The steering rack is covered by the standard warranty (in the US, 3 yr/50k miles). I didn't see any TSBs regarding the rack, so I suspect this is an uncommon occurrence. (Earlier models had a problem with the preload on the rack being set wrongly at the factory; this was, by all accounts, fixed by 1995.)
Jul 08, 2000 (1:04 am)
Make sure they check the coolant-temperature sensor - these can go wonky - and check the electric fans.
#66 of 2547 94 626 ES Gold Edition
Jul 09, 2000 (10:31 am)
I bought my 626 for 7k with 80k miles on it back in November of '98. I just found out that I need the valve covers replaced and the dealer quoted me $250-300 as the price. The electric window on the driver door has had intermittant problems too.
This is a sharp looking car, and there have not been a lot of problems with it. I do know that the one thing about it that I don't like is the rough way the AT shifts. The car now has about 101k on it, and I will probably get the tranny fluid changed. I hope to get about 175k from the car before repair costs become high enough to make me get something else.
This is my third Mazda. I had an '88 323, and a '91 B2200. Both were AWESOME! The 323 went 200k before needing repairs, and the truck at 140k still was in great shape. If you are looking for a long lasting, very cheap to run car, the BASIC 5 spd Protogee is a good choice. Avoid all the powered acces and extra options, they are usually what cost so much to keep repaired.
Jul 09, 2000 (2:18 pm)
They'll probably tell you that it's the normal operation of the transmission, and they're probably right - the design definitely seems to favor efficiency over smoothness. If the fluid has never been changed, flushing out the old stuff will help somewhat.
Get ready for a timing-belt change at 120k, and it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to get a new water pump while you're at it.
#68 of 2547 91 LX Mazda is a great car
Jul 11, 2000 (8:38 pm)
I am new mazda driver and I am very happy with it.
I bought a gray 91 LX with 105,000. I find it to be a very reliable automobile. I am also the kind of person who likes to HOOK cars up.
So I put on it Sumoto 205/55 tires on a 16 rim, a new CD player, tinted and more...
Well, I am basically saying that the car is a great car for a very reasonable price. That is why you shouldn't buy it new but used.