11th Oct 2001, 19:09

3 Years ago we bought a 1995 Mazda 626 with only 13,000 miles. Since then we have had the rotors replaced 2 times and now at 67,000 miles the transmission has burned up. We will never buy another one of these again.

5th Aug 2002, 11:33

I would like to add my comments about the Mazda 626 Transmission. We purchased a 1995 Mazda 626 in 1995, at about 40000 miles the transmission went out and was replaced. Now at 103000 the transmission has gone out again. The dealer indicates that they are unaware of any transmission problems with the Mazda 626. This will be the third transmission. One other thing I noted in a message was the alignment. We burn out a set of tires every 30,000 miles.

19th Aug 2002, 23:13

I have a 1995 Mazda 626. Bought it used with about 75k miles. Now at about 115k miles, having transmission problems. Either doing the o/d off light flashing & jerking into gear. Or it will just shift at 4500 RPMs & not shift again, so you'd be running at 5000 RPMs going 60 mph.

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3rd Sep 2002, 19:53

I purchased a used 1994 Mazda 626 with only 32,000 miles on it. Now at 62,000 miles, the "HOLD" light is flashing and the transmission crashes into the next gear. It feels terrible, and is very difficult to drive. Mazda has not issued a recall as of yet, and I don't expect them to. For such a nice little car, this tranny problem sure drags it down.

9th Sep 2002, 16:58

Looks like Mazda really screwed up the 626 series with cars between '95 and '00.

I have a '96 626 and after driving the car for about 30 minutes the o/d light will flash, then it shifts like crap after that going from 1st to 2nd gear.

Previous owner already replaced the original transmission, so this is number 2 acting ify. Called a local Mazda dealership and they said the blinking light syndrome is almost ALWAYS a need for a new transmission.

20th Sep 2002, 10:08

I have a 95 mazda 626 and the motor shakes a lot... It seems to have problems with the fuel filter or injectors... The transmission is fine though and it has 139000 miles on it.

4th Oct 2002, 09:45

My 1995 Mazda 626 is in for its second transmission rebuild.

The first problem was two years ago at 60K miles and cost $2400. This time I'm told it will be $1800. There is a well documented problem with the CD4E transmissions, built by Ford, in these vehicles. Mazda refuses to acknowledge any problems. You should register a complaint with the NHTSC (there are over 600 registered for the years 94-98). You can also call a Michigan law firm at 248-540-7660 that has started a class action lawsuit against Mazda.

23rd Oct 2002, 08:43

There are well-documented problems with Mazda 626 transmissions built by Ford.

Mazda refuses to acknowledge any problem. If you have had any problem with a Mazda transmission, you should register a complaint with the NHTSA at - https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

You can also join a class action lawsuit against Mazda that a Michigan law firm will be filing soon by calling 248-540-7660. They say there is no upfront cost to do this. The fees would be taken out of any settlement.

24th Nov 2002, 23:47

I too have a 626 but a 2001 model. I have just bought it 3 months ago and the o/d light is already blinking. it has about 33080 miles on it and it had 27000 when I bought it. well I'm about to bring it to the dealership tomorrow and hopefully its nothing big.

30th Nov 2002, 15:32

I have a 94 Probe, with the same transmission. When I bought it from a dealer, used, I was not told of any transmission work, but after I changed the fluid and decided to take a closer look at the transmission, I noticed that it was new. The o/d off light flashes and it does the shaking while stopped deal as well. I read somewhere that it may simply be a speed sensor or something like that, but it is definitely a problem that should have been fixed before releasing this model transmission.

11th Dec 2002, 20:27

The transmission problem with the cd4e where the o/d light flashes on and off is related to the solenoid packs in the transmission.. this does not require a rebuild to fix.. That transmission is completely controlled by the computer for all of its shifting.. If the light is blinking try unhooking your battery for 10 minutes. Hook it back and see what the transmission does then.. this resets the computer system and will on some occasions cure this problem.

18th Dec 2002, 12:09

Recently my son's 96 Mazda 626 experienced the O/D light flashing problem. I had the transmission flushed and refilled, but the problem continued (intermittent). After further investigation, I found that the master brake cylinder was fluid locked and not releasing the front brakes after a short period of applying the brakes while driving. This drag apparently loaded the engine and transmission causing excessive heat/hot fluid and was detected by the computer as an error. Replacing the master cylinder, which allowed the brakes to release properly, has seemed to cure the problem.

19th Feb 2003, 10:53

I have a 96 Mazda 626 (bought new) and have 83,000 miles. on it. Recently on three different occasions after driving the car a total of approx. 15 to 25 miles; after I stop and try to restart, it continually starts and dies. The speedometer needle jumps all over the dial each time I turn the ignition on and the odometer spins (adding mileage). After it sits for a few hours, it starts and drives fine.

First trip to the dealer: Couldn't find a problem. The problem didn't show up for them. Second trip: They said it was a sensor problem (moisture in the contacts). Third trip: They say the transmission torque converter is falling apart and that's causing all of the problems and I need a new transmission to the tune of $2,900! I've never owned a Ford product and never will. I was told by the dealer when I bought the 626 that the drive train hadn't been converted to Ford components yet. Other problems also, but minor compared to this. Overall... Mazda is an inferior product and I wouldn't advise anyone to buy it.

6th Mar 2003, 07:27

I bought a 97 Mazda 626 about a year ago and have had nothing but problems since. luckily it hasn't broken down, but I did replace the fan belts twice and the o/d light blinks, which seems to have something to do with wet driving conditions I also received numerous engine lights for sensor problems. I bought a CV reader which restarts the computer and turns off the engine lights. the o/d light will turn off if I turn off the car and start it back up. however if I continue to drive with the light on it jumps through the gears... hopefully I won't have to get a new transmission and its just a screwed up computer.

25th Apr 2003, 11:22

I wish I would have found this site before I bought my Mazda 626. I have a 1998 626 with only 50,000 miles on it and the transmission just went out. It will cost $2,700 to fix. I will never buy a Mazda or a Ford for that matter again.