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Subaru Legacy, Mazda, BMW, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Honda, Hatchback, Wagon
Aug 18, 2003 (12:41 pm)
They're OK, just avoid the 4 cylinder/automatic combination AT ALL COSTS. That Ford CD4E fails with amazing regularity.
Get a manual tranny or the V6 if you must get an automatic, that was a Mazda unit.
#123 of 131 What about a later iteration?
Aug 20, 2003 (7:19 am)
What do you think about the 2000 mazda 626?
Aug 20, 2003 (7:25 am)
They kept saying the tranny was improved, yet they kept failing.
I had a '95 V6 5 speed, but read the 626 threads regularly. I swear every 3 days someone would report a tranny failure, and it was always the CD4E. V6 autos were fine. All the 5 speeds were fine, even clutches would last.
Seriously, you could not GIVE me one of those cars with a 4 cylinder automatic. At a minimum budget $2-3 grand for a tranny rebuild every couple of years. I'm totally serious.
Aug 20, 2003 (7:28 am)
As another source, my wife has a cousin that runs a used car dealership in Texas. Last time I saw him we still had the 626, so I asked about it.
He finances the car loans himself, and covers cars under warranty as long as owners are still making payments. He had to fix so many of those trannies that he just stopped selling 626s. He was losing money doing so many rebuilds.
Finally, the nail in the coffin, if you will, is that Mazda switched to JATCO to supply the trannies for the new Mazda 6.
PS I still own a Mazda, a Miata, and have nothing against Mazda.
#126 of 131 I'm glad you still have faith in mazda
Aug 21, 2003 (7:08 am)
I am the biggest mazda fan!!!!! The ford tranny does suck but mazdas have the best personality.
#127 of 131 Miata Reliability
Aug 21, 2003 (12:17 pm)
Just get a 5 speed manual tranny if you get the 626.
My Miata has been excellent. I bought it when it was 8 years old. It's now 11 years old. Besides schedule maintenance, I've spent a whopping $10.74 on repairs.
I'd sell it, but why? No good reason to get rid of it, it runs fine.
Sep 03, 2003 (4:36 am)
I purchased my first car when I graduated from high school in 1960. I paid $1.00 for the vehicle. It was a 1952 Cadillac two door. White hard top and a powder blue body. During high school, it was my part-time job to wash and wax this vehicle for the owner on a weekly basis. When he purchased a 1960 Buick convertible, he gave me the car for $1.00. This individual is no longer part of this world, but I still have good memories of him and that car. I wish I had that car today. ----Greg
Sep 03, 2003 (8:52 am)
Good guy, I'm sure St. Peter let him right in. :o)
Sep 12, 2003 (1:21 pm)
Hmm, need to use MakeAShorterLink.
I'm not surprised. You give a novice a little extra safety margin with AWD.