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#291 of 2044 Mazda 626 Trans problem
Aug 17, 2000 (3:22 pm)
My 1996 Mazda 626 LX with the 4-speed automatic has been experiencing some problems when shifting. When changing from first to second or second to third the car lurchs and forces the passengers to be pushed back in their seats. This appears to be more noticeable when the vehicle is warmed up. I also noticed this problem appeared to start after bringing the car to Jiffy Lube for an oil change. The mechanic added transmission fluid even though the vehicle did not need it. I had the trans. fluid changed at the dealer a month later and the car still shifts abruptly. Not sure what to do now. I see a lot of other posts for transmission problems here and at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars
#292 of 2044 Luxurious Mazda 626 ES V-6 or Camry LE with Leather Interior, Spoiler, and Sunroof (all of which are EXTRA)
Aug 22, 2000 (3:45 am)
I'm in a dither. My new car quest has come down to a toss up between the Camry LE 2000 and the Mazda 626 ES V-6. For the money, the Mazda is a much sweeter deal, especially with all the options it includes. Toyota, on the other hand, makes one pay dearly for even the slightest bit of luxury. My concern is that this purchase will mark the only new car I'll be able to buy within the next 5-7 years, so it's simply got to last. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Aug 22, 2000 (2:39 pm)
The Mazda will cost a lot less up front and will be a lot more fun to drive. The Toyota is probably screwed together a little bit better and will get back part of that premium purchase price in ultimate resale value. I'd have no problem going for the Mazda, but then I already have one - seven years old, and runs beautifully, though not without a couple of hiccups along the way.
Aug 22, 2000 (2:47 pm)
Warren: we chose the Mazda because the Toyota with the same equipment was several thousand dollars more. About $6 grand at the time.
Buy the Mazda and invest the $6 grand. In 5-7 years your next Mazda will be FREE!
#295 of 2044 Is Mazda the right choice?
Aug 28, 2000 (1:58 pm)
I am curious to hear from anyone who has compared other models to the Mazda 626 and ended up buying the Mazda. I was drawn to Mazda after seeing an ad for a 4 cylinder 626 that is fully loaded (leather, alloy wheels, power everything, CD player, etc) for $14,500. After visiting the dealer I learned that I did not qualify for this price since I was not a college grad nor a previous Mazda owner. After some negotiating the price got down to $16k from $17.2 but I ended up walking away because I felt I was suckered in by the misleading ad.
I test drove the car and liked it, trying to compare it to my current 1991 Acura Integra and several other cars that I test drove. I'm a little hesitant though because of the postings about transmission problems. It also seems like the 6 cylinder is most popular. Any suggestions?????.....
Aug 28, 2000 (4:39 pm)
Get the V6, even if it's the LX model. Then compare prices even without the rebates. It's a great value.
#297 of 2044 Transmission timeline
Aug 29, 2000 (2:19 am)
- June 1986 - GA4-EL introduced in '87 626.
- 1988 - First revision of G4A-EL.
- August 1992 - F revision of G4A-EL; now 7 solenoids (instead of 4), rotor pump (instead of vane), no throttle cable. Fourth-generation 626 debuts for '93.
- 1994 - Four-cylinder 626 switched to Ford CD4E.
- November 1996 - Ford issues new pump plate and gasket for CD4E. New parts will work on old transmission.
- August 1997 - Fifth-generation 626 debuts for '98, same old powertrains.
- January 1998 - Ford issues new coast/forward clutch assembly for CD4E. New parts will not work on old transmission.
- May 2000 - Ford begins installing CD4E on 2001 Escape/Tribute SUV twins.
I am seeing fewer reports of failed CD4Es since the revisions. As they accumulate more miles, we shall see for sure, but right now, it looks like the worst may be over.
#298 of 2044 626 purchase.....Been reading about all these tranny problems,,,
Aug 30, 2000 (1:21 am)
Well, yet another TRANSMISSION post it seems. In a nutshell,I like Mazda,looking for a low mileage 626...i see a 97 ES, loaded, auto trans with 26K miles for $13,000. Should I be worried about possible tranny problems down the road? This car is for my sister, and like anyone else, she does'nt need the hassle. Her price limit is about 13k...and this is a great value... but im worried about all the tranny postings here....any advice?
Thanks in advance.
Aug 31, 2000 (3:41 am)
In this model year, the ES was V6 only, therefore it doesn't have the CD4E transmission that causes most of the gripes. $13k isn't bad, but you can probably come up with a leftover 2000 for not a whole lot more than that - how firm is that budget of hers?
Aug 31, 2000 (4:42 pm)
We just purchased this car 2 days ago. Mazda was a late entry into our decision making process. We looked at the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, and Olds Alero.
Before test-driving and settling on the 626, we had narrowed the choice down to the Accord and the Malibu. My wife (this is her car) leaning toward the Accord, and me leaning toward the Malibu (primarily because the dealer is a friend of mine).
Someone told my wife that we should consider the Mazda. We test drove the ES V6 that was loaded with a sunroof, 6 disc Bose CD changer, leather, etc. and were very impressed with the features/price and ride. We're not going to be turning any heads with the styling, but neither would any of the other cars we considered.
We bought the car the next day. Our dealer was offering double rebate ($4000 total) which made the purchase price right at $20,000. This was comparable to the best deal that I found on the Internet.
It's still early, but I think that we made a great choice. I have since talked to a couple of 626 owners, and have not heard any complaints.