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Mazda 626, Sedan
Apr 15, 2004 (3:56 pm)
Take the door panels off and lubricate the tracks. This will help some but Mazda windows seem to get slow with age. My 92 Miata's driver side window was so slow it looked like it would stop dead in its track but it operated that way for the 2 years I owned it and never quit.
As for the switches, it is possible but I don't know if anyone supplies them for the 626. I currently own a 1990 RX7 convertible which has no auto down feature at all. I found a website that sells an auto up and down master switch that operates both windows. I can make my RX7's windows operate like an Audi's for $150! Well worth it if you ask me. You can visit the website and maybe ask the guy if he could make one for you or point in the right direction. Here is the link:
#1669 of 2044 Keep ot not? 2001 V6-LX Automatic
Apr 16, 2004 (9:37 am)
2001 V6-LX automatic trans just crossed the 36k mile mark. Think it's time to decide whether to keep (and purchase an extended warranty) or trade. I heard the horror stories. Already have been through the rear clunk problem and trans hestitates sometimes. I've had no service done to trans yet. I'd probably take a $3,000 hit on trade but could make-up some of that on Focus(?) rebates. Any advice?
Apr 16, 2004 (10:51 am)
the auto trans in the V6 is not the problem child, its the 4-cyl auto version.
#1671 of 2044 I agree w/gbrozen
Apr 16, 2004 (12:54 pm)
I currently have 63,500 miles on my ES/ V6 2001. I am in sales and do ALOT of driving. I have changed the transmission fluid every 30K. The automatic transmission shifts just fine. As a matter of fact, only one small issue to date. The relay that controlled the 2nd fan behind the radiator broke, the car would overheat only on real hot days here in So. Cal. The cost to repair-$20.00 for the part and $55.00 for labor!!
The 4 cylinders have the Ford CD4E transmission. These transmissions are a poor design at best. I have a Contour with this transmission and it looks like it is giving out at 55K. I am picking it up at the shop today. I am not sure what I am going to do!
Apr 16, 2004 (3:02 pm)
Hey, my 626 just passed 100,000 miles today. What a miracle!! 3 tranmissions, 2 rack and pinions, 3 radiators, 2 master cylinders....and on and on and on......The CEL doesn't even bother going off any more. This car will last until my emissions is due next March, or if one of the myriad of things breaks along the way. I refuse to put any money into this thing. I'm not even at 8 years yet, and it only beats out my Renault Encore (which lasted only 4 years) as the worst car I have ever owned.
#1673 of 2044 maxx4me WOW-WOW-WOW-WOW
Apr 16, 2004 (3:35 pm)
I would have gotten rid of it. Let's see:
3 trans at $2,500.00ea = 7,500.00
2 rack & Pinon at $400.00ea= 800.00
3 radiators at $400.00ea 1,200.00
2 master cyls. at $150.00ea 300.00
Is this for real?????????????????????
Apr 17, 2004 (3:34 am)
Yes, it is for real, except that you are including the one each of the original equipment which came with the car. I am on my 3rd trans, 3rd radiator, and so on. Now for the bottom line to your estimates: My costs: $0
How's that for a $650 extended warranty?? I estimate that I put $3,500 of repairs on to their bill. I doubt that they made enough money in the stock market during the 7 years of the warranty to make up that difference. But now that the warranty is over, any more repairs come out of my pocket. Heck: even all 4 of my struts were leaking oil while I was still under the extended warranty, but I felt so bad, that I just went ahead and replaced them with my $$. Besides, towards the end, they kept sending a rep to inspect my car before they would grant any more repairs. I'm sure they would have tried to find a way out of the leaking struts somehow.
Apr 19, 2004 (6:45 am)
it sounds like you just have a bad luck with cars...
Apr 19, 2004 (1:23 pm)
Well, even from this glass half empty guy, I don't see it as bad luck. I'm pretty darn lucky or smart to have bought the extended warranty. My friends wonder why I research my cars to the torturous degree that I do. Well, I can point to this extended warranty purchase as just another success story. I'd be really peeved if I had to eat these costs on top of owning this very poor car for only 8 years. It is having great resources like this website, and good folks like you who help educate us into better buying and repair decisions. Even my mechanic who I have been with for 10 years does not give out such great advice for free.
#1677 of 2044 Extended Warranty?!?
Apr 19, 2004 (7:22 pm)
Max, I too pondered the pros+cons of betting on my car to fail...but decieded to take that extra payment and apply it elsewhere. You,on the other hand, kinda didn't behave like the insurance man would prefer
you to act! They sure didn't make much profit off of you! Do you think next time you'll do the same or just stay away from 4cyl auto? Our Clutched 130 ponies has been hassel free for 4 years.