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Mazda 626, Sedan
#913 of 2547 Done with the 626
Feb 12, 2002 (11:13 am)
I posted on this thread back when we were having transmission problems.
After changing the transmission on warranty, and not really trusting the rebuilt replacement, we finally sold ours to Carmax. It was a 1998, LX, 4 cyl. auto. Got a good price and (I cannot believe I am saying this) we are getting a more reliable powertrain in a Buick.
How the screw turns. Ford/Mazda did not do themselves any favors by not improving this tranny. It is a great car but for that.
Good luck all.
Feb 12, 2002 (8:11 pm)
Back again. Thanks for the earlier help. Any help on this problem would be appreciated. A week ago ( concidentally day after an oil change at a franchise shop ), the power steering acts up. Mostly works fine, but occasionally no power boost, need forearms like Popeye to make the corner . . . next corner, power boost is back. Fluid level is marginally high, belt is fine, pulley is fine. Dealer rep says pump has a valve that may be sticking, parts guys says that pump doesn't have a valve. My usual mechanic wants to "start" by replacing pump and go from there.
Any help in finding a Mazda mechanic in the Fort Worth Texas area would be appreciated. Any input from owners experienced in this issue would also be appreciated.
Love to drive the car. . . need silver bullet to eliminate this issue so I can go back to dusting Camry's.
#915 of 2547 Sounds like a power steering pump to me.
Feb 12, 2002 (8:19 pm)
Had a similar experience in a Dodge. Replace it and make sure that you add Lubegard Power Steering Suppliment. Keeps temperatures lower, and reduces wear slightly.
#916 of 2547 My experience with 626 transmission
Feb 14, 2002 (5:42 pm)
A couple years ago my '95 626 started having transmission problems -- randomly shifting between 2nd and 4th gears and blinking OD light. I read tons of posts from people with similar symptoms who had to get the transmission replaced. I thought I was in the same boat. A long story short, turned out the range sensor was dead. Had it replaced for $180 (only $30 for part) and the tranny has been fine ever since. I also found that it helps to have the transmission fluids flushed completely. Since the flush, the car shifts much more smoothly.
So make sure to check the range sensor before putting in a new transmission.
#917 of 2547 Don't kid yourself, Mazda 4 cyl Transmissions Suck!
Feb 14, 2002 (7:05 pm)
Just like everyone else here that bought a 4 cyl 626, I had to replace the tranny (89k). I had mine flushed and it blew about a week later. I later found out that it is a bad idea to flush a transmission with high mileage that has never been flushed before. The new clean fluid loosens up all of the gunk that was holding the piece of junk together in the first place.
Don't kid yourself into believing that Ford has made improvements on this hopeless joke of a tranny. Its an unreliable piece of junk that should have never been put into ANY car! Shame on you Ford AND Mazda. Even with the ticking lifters, I still liked the rest of the car but alas, 0% financing hooked me in and now someone else is driving my old 626 and I am sporting around in a new Rodeo. Its the 3rd trouble free Isuzu that I've owned. I will never, ever buy a Mazda or Ford again! Remember what Ford stands for:
Found On Road Dead
Fix Or Repair Daily
Feb 14, 2002 (7:10 pm)
Don't forget those poor people who are driving around the Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute time bombs. Here's hoping a CD4E that can't pull a little Mazda can pull a sport utility vehicle! Better hang on to that Auto Club membership! You're gonna need it!
#919 of 2547 Looking to buy a used 626 5spd: QUESTIONS!
Feb 16, 2002 (8:42 am)
I would like to get in May a 94/95 626 in 5 spd. I found a few that look good, but I'm unsure about the transmission. I know there are HUGE problems with auto trannies. Does the same apply to 5 spd? What other things should I look out for?
2001 PRO ES
#920 of 2547 Fairly few problems with manuals
Feb 16, 2002 (2:53 pm)
At least, fairly few that are reported to fora like these. You probably won't get 100k out of a clutch, but you can buy a lot of clutches for the cost of one rebuilt automatic. The usual fourth-generation issues (valve cover gaskets, HLAs, CV boots) apply here.
#921 of 2547 2001 626 LX V6
Feb 16, 2002 (3:34 pm)
Hello board, I have heared a quite ear-full of Mazda transmission problems. All of that is making me nervous because we are about to close a deal on a 2001 626 LX V6 automatic. I have two questions, first does anyone know if this 01 626 LX V6's transmission is a Ford or Mazda? It certainly sounds like all the problems are from Ford's transmission not Mazda's. So if you tell me 01 626 LX V6 automatic is a Mazda transmission, I will feel better and may close the deal on Monday. Secondly, I have not read too many posts about 2001 626 LX V6 automatic problems. Anyone out there has problems with it? Thanks.
#922 of 2547 Dinu01 - clutch life
Feb 17, 2002 (12:00 pm)
I have almost 113k on my '93 manual 626 ES and am still using the original clutch. I don't have a stop-and-go commute to work but I certainly do not get a large percentage of my miles on the highway.
I've had other problems that I've mentioned here before (grounding wire to distributor let go while I was doing 70 down the highway) but no problems with the clutch - knock on wood!