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#663 of 2547 More transmission woes
Jul 08, 2001 (9:11 pm)
Hi, I am new to the forum and have been reading the posts related to transmission failures in the 626. I have not read every single post, so I hope I am not beating a dead horse here, but I bought a new 1999 Mazda 626 ES 4-cyl in October 1999. In March of this year at 27,000 miles I was returning from a ski trip with a gaggle of girl scouts in the car. I had stopped at a stop sign at the bottom of a not-very-steep hill, and when I tried to proceed, I had to floor the accellerator just to keep from going BACKWARD. The transmission had felt like it was slipping a bit for the previous week, but I had no inkling that it would get so bad so fast. Thank God I was fairly close to home, and limped back cautiously with the O/D light blinking furiously. I took the car to the dealership the next day (with absolutely NO problem, no tranny slippage, nothing) and the transmission was replaced. I felt none too happy that at such low mileage I had to have the trans. replaced, but I am such a Pollyanna I figured that was the end of it. Of course I was mistaken. Even as I type this my car is in for its SECOND transmission. I now have 30K miles on my car, so that averages out to, what, 1 transmission every 10,000 miles??
Not being a litiginous person, I have no idea what my legal rights may be, but I still owe too much money on this car to feel that this tranny problem is something I should have to deal with. I went into this purchase with a ton of Mazda loyalty, my 1989 323 is still in my driveway with 170K miles on it and it has been nothing but reliable, although understandably it is now older and tired.
I have little faith that this problem will ever be put right, and I basically want my money back.
If anyone has any suggestions for me, they would be very much appreciated.
Jul 08, 2001 (9:42 pm)
Your 99 626 should be under the orginal manufacture's warr for the transmission. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it 36 months or 50k miles?
Jul 09, 2001 (4:07 am)
Yes the '99 is under mfg warranty, but when they replace the transmission, although the CAR is still under the same warranty, the warranty for the TRANSMISSION changes to 1 year. It's dictated by Mazda, I checked with them when my dealer told me because it did not sound right. And yet, that's the way it is. Yet another reason that I am uncomfortable.....
#666 of 2547 1994 Mazda Problems
Jul 09, 2001 (10:54 am)
I'm considering buying a USED Mazda 626 EX, for a first time car. This will be my first car and just trying to get something to get around with, but at the same time looks decent for under $6000. Has anyone had any problems with this car. If so how expensive is it to fix? Any reliability issues? Appreciate any help.
#667 of 2547 Kieron Ifill
Jul 09, 2001 (4:45 pm)
Take the time to read the prior 659 posts to this msg board. 1994 was the worst year to own a 626. State whether your car is a 4 or 6 cyl and auto or manual. Might as well tell your milage, also.
Jul 09, 2001 (7:44 pm)
I have a 1991. It is a fun car to drive. It can handle mountain roads and curves with aplomb. My wife was scared of a canyon road and went down the canyon at 15 miles over the 35 MPH speed limit. When asked why, she said because I knew the car should handle it. We have really enjoyed the car.
I have a manual transmission. It works well. If the car you want has an automatic, smell the fluid. If it smells burnt, or is any shade darker than a bright pink. Go the other way, or ask for a 2,000 reduction (the cost of a replacement transmission)
Timing belts probably should be changed every 60,000 miles. My shocks had to be replaced at 80,000 miles.
#669 of 2547 kifil032 -- you have a pedigreed car.
Jul 10, 2001 (7:03 am)
If you have it from the original owner, or one who has owned it a long time, you can find out how often maintenence was done, and what repairs were performed. Then you can find out if the pedigree is good or bad.
#670 of 2547 advice on buying a 626
Jul 11, 2001 (3:32 pm)
I looked at a '95 Mazda 626 LX this afternoon. It was a 2.5 6 cylinder with 91,000 miles on it. I didn't know much about Mazdas going in to looking at that car, and I told the salesman I didn't know if they were as good as Toyotas and Hondas. He of course tried to tell me they are just as good. From what I see on here they aren't. It looks like they have transaxle problems, AC problems, and are expensive to repair. The one I drove did shift rough, but so did 2 Accords I drove the other day. The salesman told me the Japanese use some different shifting mechanisms than American cars. I don't know to believe him. I wish I could find a Camry or Accord for the price of this 626! Anyway, I'd like anyone's opinion on what I should do. Thanks!
#671 of 2547 My Mazda Mechanic
Jul 11, 2001 (9:23 pm)
Who worked for a dealer for 20 years said when purchasing a used Mazda with an auto Transmission, if there are any problems don't purchase it. He and I both have manuals.
Mine has 115,000 miles and aside from steering repairs caused by an accident on Ice, and some normal maintenence items, it's been very good. It's a fun car to drive.
#672 of 2547 Worried...
Jul 12, 2001 (9:51 am)
Our 1998 626, 4 cyl. auto is about to run out of warranty--end of August. It has been mainly driven by my wife.
It has about 36,000 miles. I have changed the oil every 5000, did the 30,000 mile service on schedule, and have had the transmission replaced under warranty. I believe the new tranny to be rebuilt.
I wonder whether to cut my losses now, and trade it in while I can get something for it. The car is nice, sunroof, alloy wheels, roomy, clean. We have garage kept it, polished the paint like new.
So why trade it in? BECAUSE OF THE STUPID FORD TRANSMISSION! (sorry) I think I can get $10,000 or so.
Has anyone had a positive experience with this car and transmision? What % fail? We thought it slipped the other day, but no. Next time we'll get a Honda.