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Mazda 626, Sedan
#868 of 2044 1994 automatic 626
Oct 04, 2001 (7:27 pm)
The transmission won't go in reverse or neutral. Mechanic says need another transmission. Only have 72,000 miles on it. Looked at a Mazda board and this seems to be a common problem. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this fixed cheaper than the $1800-2000 quote?
Someone said that Mazda would pay for the tranny and I just need to cover labor..
Help..otherwise I love the car. We had the catalytic converters fail and melt and the Mazda people covered it as it is a California car. Had trouble with local Washington dealer till Calif called and said to fix it.
Oct 05, 2001 (12:51 pm)
My mazda specialist does this with a tranny repair:
1. uses factory remanufactures transmissions.
2. Installs a GOOD after marked transmission cooler.
3. Uses Lubegard or Wearguard to lower the transmission operating temperature
4. changes fluid and adds the additives above every 15,000 miles.
When I checked on a friends car a few months ago, the bid you were given was inline. Unfair, but correct.
#870 of 2044 5 speed tranny blues...
Oct 09, 2001 (7:30 am)
Add me to the list of tranny problems. This on our 1995 V6 5 speed.
Our tranny service light went on for about a second, then stayed off. I checked the level, and it was low, so I added about 1/2 quart.
Well, we took a road trip and the light came back on another time, for about 3 seconds this time.
I'm going to do a full change this time, instead of just adding oil. 75w90, and I'll probably go with Mobil 1, which has worked well in my Miata.
So, questions, anyone know the capacity so I know how much to buy? The Miata took 2 quarts.
The clutch grabs nicely, so it's not slipping. I'm surprised but the problem seems to be in the tranny itself. Any suggestions or thoughts?
#871 of 2044 Juice -- Yours is a Manual.
Oct 10, 2001 (7:42 am)
It's not the infamous automatic.
Everyone I know of with a Mazda manual has not had serious problems as long as they change and maintain fluids. My mechanic recommends every 30,000 with synthetic. He does lots of automatic transmission replacements, but hardly ever does manuals.
The only problem you see is a light. In my experience if manuals have serious problems, you know it right away.
I think replacing the fluids should be sufficient. Try Lubegard. It reduces acids and operating temperature.
Oct 10, 2001 (7:53 am)
I hope you're right. The light went away, and didn't come on when my wife drove it yesterday.
She'd forgotten that I'd asked her to park it. I'm off tomorrow so the gear oil will be drained and refilled. We'll see. Fingers crossed that it's no big deal.
#873 of 2044 Am I selfish?
Oct 14, 2001 (3:54 pm)
Onr of the reason I picked the Doubleought Freeport,juice,was to keep the wife in her car...
..she don't like my left-leg-flexor ! Bryan
Oct 15, 2001 (5:04 am)
OK, gear oil has been drained and refilled with Mobil 1 75w90 GL5 synthetic. Took about 3 quarts, and the light has stayed off. Fingers crossed.
#875 of 2044 MAZDA....PLEASE RE-DESIGN the 626 !!
Oct 15, 2001 (6:11 am)
Mazda...what are you waiting for? Everyone is
quickly and soundly leaving you in a cloud of
dust! The 626 is an old, tired horse and needs to
be re-designed as quickly as possible!!! Compared
to the new designs of Altima, Camry, Passat, even
the Protege.....the 626 is a JOKE.
Mazda Wake up!
Oct 15, 2001 (6:24 am)
So, tell us how you really feel?
It's on the way. I'm sure the design is ready, they're just fine tuning it. Sketches look very nice, too. Anyone know which car show it'll debut in?
The current 626 costs much less than any of the others you mentioned, except the Protoge. An Altima 3.5SE with leather and a moonroof cost a whopping $31,300 at a Nissan dealer on Rt. 450 in MD.
#877 of 2044 Should be
Oct 15, 2001 (10:44 am)
around July/August '02. In the looks department, it's nice but not thrilling. As far as drivetrain and suspension it should be a real winner.