3rd Mar 2006, 16:14

I just bought a 1995 lx Mazda with automatic transmission for $2100, and 135000 ml on it. I haven't driven it for a day and have to replace the caustic for close to 500.00 bucks. well, it's still in the shop, but car x says there might be something wrong with power train. from what I've been reading on this site so far, it looks to me like I have a bad transmission. This car must be garbage. well someone please pray that I don't have to put another 200 dollars into this Garbage.

11th Mar 2006, 09:35

I don't own a Mazda, but I do own a 1997 Mercury Mystique with the same transmission (CD4E) which is the same installed in the 626. It has been good to me for the past 120,000 miles and then the transmission started slipping. Little did I realize that this was an ongoing problem. I had the vehicle checked out by two certified mechanics and both assured me that it wasn't mechanical. After extensive research it seems to be an electrical/computer problem. I'm currently in the middle of resetting the computer and doing a complete electrical check. I'll let you know how it turns out.

15th Mar 2006, 13:26

I have a 1995 Mazda 626, which I brought with 70,0000 original miles. I have owned the car for 6 years now. I now have over 135,000 miles. When I first purchased the car, I changed the transmission fluid right away. And, I change the fluid about every 18 months. So far this works for me. I have had the overdrive lights flash for me about twice. This year I will install an auxiliary transmission cooler. Hope this helps.

12th Apr 2006, 07:35

I bought a 1994 Mazda 626 LX back in 2003. It had already eaten 1 transmission. I drove the car from San Francisco to North Carolina. I got 500 miles from home and burned up another transmission in Mojave, CA and a water pump. 6 days and 3200.00 later, we got to Albuquerque where a green puddle under the car stopped me in my tracks. 3 days later a new heater core, all new belts and hoses I made it 70 miles east where the car completely overheated. I was towed back 40 miles west where they replaced a hose that I had already paid for at the previous repair shop! That cost me two days. Between that and the weather it took me 17 days from Cali to NC. When I finally got to NC, the OD light started flashing. 3 shops told me I needed to replace the transmission again. Finally I met one that said to put a Transmission cooler in it. Cost me 25 bucks and he charged 30 to put it in. Best investment ever! Transmission has been fine since that day. But not the leaking rear main seal, or the fact the car overheats every time I use the heater! (Backwards, I know.. but true!) Or the Cam sensor that went out 2 years ago that cost me 600.00 to replace. Which has now gone out again on Monday. I am slowly saving for a down payment on a new car. It won't be a Mazda.

16th Apr 2006, 10:22

MAZDA 626 DX.. A Ford is a Ford is a Ford.. Tranny Leak..I went in for an EGR valve cleaning at Firestone (they used EK-10T Ever-wear 3-Step fuel System Cleaner) due to my check engine like came on and it was requested I have the EGV valve cleaned of the carbon build up. Long story short, I drove about 5 miles and noticed a leak (red fluid.. we all know what that means) I turned right back around heading to Firestone. They said, it must have come from me driving it fast.. More like, they must have put too much pressure/air when they were blowing out the carbon. I'm putting in a complaint.Whatever happened to the Mazda's of old (my first was a Mazda RX-7 81')

Signed...My first love..1981 Mazda RX-7

19th Apr 2006, 19:16

I own a 95 626 lx and its really making me unhappy, I'm 18 and I can't afford what I think is a ruined transmission, I have dumped so much money into this car. transmission number 2 has the stupid o/d off light, it slips from 2nd to 3rd, its sputters during highway acceleration and last month I got the car aligned and balenaced and also I just put a new alternator and water pump in it, so right now I'm out about $800 without including the used transmission. if anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate them, until then, I should probably get my bike ready for a long summer.

20th Apr 2006, 10:12

Didn't you have the car inspected first? Seems like something that serious would have been apparent.

20th Apr 2006, 12:59

My transmission went bad when it's only 105000 miles.

Very frustrated.

17th May 2006, 18:06

I own a 1995 Mazda 626 that also started having transmission problems at 255,000 kilometers. The OD light also started flashing and caused the transmission to kick back very hard and lose the proper gear it should be in. Everyone told me that my transmission was gone. I took it to the shop and the problem is, is that because the transmission is Ford and not Mazda, the detection equipment won't be able to read the computer properly. I took it too a specialty shop and told it was only the sensor which told the car when to switch gears. My bill was only $213, rather than $1500 for a rebuilt one. Make sure its not the transmission first! This one sensor changes everything. Also remember, if your transmission is shot, it usually always dies straight away.

30th May 2006, 20:53

Help!!! We just bought a 1995 Mazda 626 for $3999, plus interest, from a dealer a week ago. Yesterday the O/D off light started blinking and the car jerks when it is put into drive. What do I do? I have no I idea where to begin. Thank you, Brandee in Washingtion.

6th Jun 2006, 09:50

I own a 1996 Mazda 626 with 155,000 miles on it. It is a DX (although body style is LX) and has a 4 cylinder engine with automatic transmission. Just before the warranty expired on the vehicle my transmission started experiencing the shifting problems described by so many people on various message boards. My transmission was replaced under warranty (just before the car hit 60,000 miles) and has not given me problems since. My check engine light has been on since around 80,000 miles. Before my last emissions test I brought it into a shop that replaced the O2 sensor. I passed the test, but a few days later the check engine light came on again. I think I might need to have my EGR valve passages cleaned. Can anyone provide photos showing me how to do this procedure?

5th Jul 2006, 12:57

I'm just wondering if the handbrake (emergency brake) wears off easily. Because I am practicing drifting, I really need to know if the handbrake wears off easily.

Thank you.

17th Jul 2006, 10:09

I own a 98 Mazda 626 LX. I bought it in 2000 off a car lot with 50,000 miles. So, I purchased the extended warranty, but as soon as the warranty went out, so did the transmission. I took it back to the dealership to trade it in and the first thing they asked me was is there anything wrong with the transmission? Anyway, to make a long story short, I'm working on my 2nd transmission. I just had this one rebuilt at 2200 dollars and now my car won't go in reverse. And yes it happened right after the warranty ran out for the rebuilding I had done! I don't know what to do with this car, but I'm positive I want buy another Mazda!!!