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Mazda 626, Sedan
#1611 of 2044 95 Mazda 626 Tranmission going down hill
Feb 18, 2004 (2:13 am)
I have to say, I have loved and babied my Mazda 626 V6. Handed it down to youngest son when I bought my 2000 Avalon and he has also babied it. Always had it check, tuned, you name it. Making noise and wants to change gears while stopped. Mazda dealer says transmission and not worth putting more money into. It only has 85,000 miles......not happy!!! Just last year put lots of money in it getting everything perfect for son to take to college. Because of this major problem I will never buy a Mazda again. There is no one that has taken better care of a car. Live in Florida so weather has not been a factor and always garaged. Anyone else having same problems? Daughter has one too so am going to suggest she trades before it gets too old. Car is still going but dealer says could last a while longer or could go soon.
Feb 18, 2004 (4:46 am)
have you ever had the transmission serviced? (flushed and filled, etc.)
Feb 18, 2004 (8:19 pm)
Yes, have had it all done when I needed to. That is what is so upsetting. My husband says we have put more money in this car than any we have owned.
Feb 19, 2004 (10:36 am)
I would have thought it would have been the 4 cylinder tranny because its Ford. I read its the v6 and I am kinda shocked.
Feb 19, 2004 (6:10 pm)
The GF4A-EL has generally been decently screwed together, but it's a fiendishly-complicated device, even by the standards of contemporary automatics; I have a Mazda service manual for the darn thing and I can barely make heads or tails of it.
Still, there are vastly more complaints about That Other Tranny.
#1616 of 2044 626 V6 transmission
Feb 21, 2004 (11:03 am)
My 99 ES V6 has 80K miles on it now. The transmission is a 5 speed manual. Absolutely no issues with either the transmission or the original clutch. It is obvious that these cars are a lot more reliable with manual transmissions. And a lot more fun to drive.
#1617 of 2044 Fun...You betcha
Feb 25, 2004 (5:00 am)
Our DoubleOught has only 46K and has been trouble free and a blast to drive. 130HP is plenty when I get to adjust the RPMs to my liking!
#1618 of 2044 Got away with one today
Mar 01, 2004 (12:44 pm)
I passed inspection today, despite the fact that both of my tie rod boots are leaking grease. So now I have one more year left on the car (maximum) to run it into the ground. My current list of problems includes:
1. slow leak from my 2nd rack and pinion ($900)
2. weak engine mounts ($400)
3. burning very small amount of oil (priceless)
4. failing tie rod boots ($250)
I'm guessing it would take about $1500 to fix all the nitnoid things on this car. That still leaves me with my 3rd Ford transmission lurking underneath. Who knows how long that will last.
Sight unseen question: will the torn tie rod boots cause some kind of catestrophic failure which will require repair, or if I simply stay out of potholes and stop splashing in water puddles will I be able to get this car to September when I can see the new Accord hybrid engine? I really don't want to spend a dime on the 626; my Malibu Maxx is sitting there waiting to be bought the second this car fails, but I sure would like to see if I'll be able to change the oil in the new Accord before I buy the Maxx. Thanks in advance.
Mar 01, 2004 (6:56 pm)
maxx comes with wheels that are too small from a style standpoint, also corny rear roof glass, dvd player/screen had to be replace twice(while in stock) and IMO just ugly.......good news is..it's cheap.
#1620 of 2044 rear clunk
Mar 01, 2004 (10:48 pm)
My 2000 626 LX-V6 has hollow sounding clunks when going over several small bumps. Checked the trunk for loose items, checked below the chassis for loose brackets, etc, but to no avail.
However - when I grabbed the rear sway bar, I could move the sway bar to the right and left wheels by about 3". Is this indicative that the sway bar bushing is worn? The ball joints look good.
Any suggestions on the noise would be greatly appreciated - it's driving me nuts!