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Mazda 626, Sedan
Jul 24, 2000 (4:08 am)
Most of the horror stories you hear about 626 transmissions (not all by any means, but a clear majority) have to do with the four-cylinder cars, which since 1994 have been fitted with Ford's CD4E transaxle, a decent-enough slushbox with a couple of horrid design flaws that should have been fixed before Job 1. (The worst bugs have since been swatted.)
The V6 cars have Mazda's own automatic, in production since 1987 and revised substantially in 1993, which is perhaps not as bright as Ford's - if you're on the cusp between third and fourth, you're going to watch this transmission go through all manner of indecisiveness - but by all accounts less likely to fall apart two weeks after the warranty runs out. I have this transmission in my '93, and it's doing well.
Jul 25, 2000 (6:16 pm)
My 97 626 had trany replaced in Frankel Mazda. It never run properly after the installation, each time you get the reverse car was banging very strong. I took it to Russel Mazda. Tech. James changed the valve body for trany. Three months later, I started to collect metal shavings from the dipstick. They said it was normal. The biggest BS I have ever heard. I unloaded that junk immediately. Mazda never took responsibility properly on this car. They clearly forced me to sell it by their ignorance. Good luck.
#78 of 2547 addition
Jul 25, 2000 (6:16 pm)
I forgot to add, mine had only 32K when everything happened.
#79 of 2547 Hmmm....
Jul 26, 2000 (11:26 am)
I talked to them yesterday, it will take at least a week. They said they were redoing pc boards, soloenoids, all kinds of stuff in addition to the transmission.
Maybe I should see if they will give me a good trade in on a new Tribute, which arrived yesterday. Since they just fixed it, they should be willing to give me top dollar (LOL).
#80 of 2547 98 LX-V6 5-speed transmission
Jul 26, 2000 (6:42 pm)
I drive a 98 626 LX-V6 with a manual tranny with about 125,000 km (almost 80K miles). I was noticing a grinding going into 3rd, and it looks like the synchros are worn out. I haven't abused the car, it's well maintained, fluids clean and topped up. Is there anything I could have done to damage it, or is it just my bad luck? I drive alot, so I'm usually one of the first people to have problems with a newer car -- just to warn you others with 98 manual transmissions if this problem becomes common.
Jul 26, 2000 (8:43 pm)
This was the last year for the third-generation 626, so most of the design bugs had been pretty much exterminated. The SOHC 2.2 is sturdy. The timing belt should have been changed around 60k. If it's an automatic, take a good look at the fluid. If I remember correctly, 1992 was the last year they built the 626 in Japan, should that means anything to you.
Jul 26, 2000 (8:50 pm)
I hear more complaints about used-up clutch discs in the 626 than of bad synchros, but then, those are pretty much a function of driving style. Mazda manuals generally are pretty reliable, which is of course no comfort to the person who's had one fail.
Jul 26, 2000 (8:55 pm)
When everything is computer-controlled, sometimes the problems turn out to be something other than what was predicted. There are five solenoids on the CD4E, and the way they're installed, if one is bad, they have to replace all five. And I am reminded that everything this year I thought was a transmission problem (complete with flashing dash light) was, in fact, a computer problem.
Jul 27, 2000 (1:46 am)
I own a 93 626Dx with automatic tranny that was changed at 72K. The odo since reads 94K. What is the best way to extend the life of this tranny in terms of servicing. I heard it is not possible to replace the fluid completely since it does not have a "drop-down pan". Should I attempt a flush anyway ?
Also, for the last couple of thousand miles, the earlier smooth purring engine now makes a thump-thump sound. The tech. is not able to diagnose it and suggests waiting till it gets worse (more money in it for the dealership!). I do not wish to wait till the engine is ruined.
I will appreciate your suggestions.
Regards; KC Jones
#85 of 2547 What happened in '94
Jul 27, 2000 (2:50 am)
The only running change of note for the 1994 model year was the switch to the Ford automatic in the four-cylinder cars. CU no longer breaks out separate totals for four- and six-cylinder 626 models, but during the years when they did (up through 1996), the fours consistently did worse than the sixes under the automatic-transmission heading. Obviously this has nothing to do with the stick-shift cars. For some reason, the combined figures show a slightly worse record of engine repairs for the '94, but since these were the same engines that were in the '93s (and the '95s), I figure that there was a smattering of quality-control issues that year, perhaps related to that dubious Mitsubishi ignition module (redone for '95).