17th Jul 2006, 19:30

Purchased new 2001 626 in April 2001.

Transmission failed at 65000 miles in February 2005 while traveling on an interstate trying to maintain 65 mph.

Took back roads to the local Mazda dealership who confirmed the failed transmission and offered to replace it for $4500.

Contacted my regular dealership at home who confirmed my extended warranty and towed it 150 miles, at $300 cost to us, for repair.

July 3, 2006, O/D light begins engaging again. Car will not shift out of 3rd gear. Take car to dealership; rent another car for vacation later that week and returned from vacation only to be told that the service center could not duplicate my O/D problem. Charged $92.50 and went home with an un-repaired car.

36 hours later the O/D light is back on and the car will go no faster than 45 mph. Returned car to service center today. No word yet.

Most frustrating aspect in all of this, is that no one at the dealership admitted to knowing about the faulty transmission of these vehicles. I was made to feel as if I were some incompetent female that suddenly did not know how to properly operate a car I have been driving for over 5 years. The technician today finally experienced the O/D on/off issue, and confirmed that my sanity is intact.

Although this is my second 626 (1993 manual), I will not purchase another Mazda in the future.

18th Jul 2006, 11:02

I have a 1999 Mazda 626. I am just like the rest of you my transmission is shot at 100,148 miles. I have contacted all the agencies as well as Mazda and had no response. PLEASE!! If anyone knows how to get this company to settle on these vehicles please, post...


29th Jul 2006, 09:15

Okay, I own a 1998 Mazda 626. It has roughly 97,000 miles on it. Lately it has been harder to start than usual. It starts, but it turns over for a while and I have to give it some gas. For the first few minutes after it starts it runs very rough. It feels like the whole engine is shaking. I can make it run better, faster by pressing the accelerator until the RP Ms get quite a bit higher (however many RP Ms it is at when it hits the 3). I apologize if my information is limited, I'm a seventeen year old girl. What can I do to fix this problem? Could some fuel injector cleaner solve it? Please get back to me A.S.A.P. Thanks!

15th Aug 2006, 14:32

My wife has a 2001 Mazda 626 with a manual transmission, 4-cylinder. I haven't read too many complaints about the manual transmission, but hers now gets really hard to shift during hot weather (above 85). Yesterday, she couldn't shift it at all and had to sit for 15 minutes until it cooled down and then it was fine. Sounds like a transmission cooler might be the ticket for us??

19th Aug 2006, 06:23

I just bought a used Mazda 626 LX 96 model without doing any research before going for the car. Now the o/d light is coming up and the gear is working a terrible manner. Can anybody advise me on how to fix this problem, or email me wreck_07@yahoo.com

Your comments will be highly appreciated.

21st Sep 2006, 23:48

My 1997 626 first experienced the flashing o/d light several years ago while it was still under warranty, but it had stopped by the time I got it to the dealer. Dealer said they never heard of the flashing o/d light and told me the car was fine. Transmission went out 6 months after the warranty ended, had it replaced for $2k, now it just went out again. I'm going to drive it into Lake Michigan.

4th Oct 2006, 21:31

2000 Mazda 626 ES (4 Cyl) Just today I experienced the lurching of the transmission like it was going to come out of the hood in addition to the OD light flashing. I am arranging for towing as we speak. Please, if any of the previous posts have had any results please let me know. grrams@adelphia.net

14th Oct 2006, 07:56

Just bought a 1992 Mazda 626 LX. Like many before, I'm about to venture into fixing my shifting problem. The car shifts to 2nd just fine, but delays when going into 3rd, but will not go into 4th. Before I replace the tranny, did anyone fix this problem with buying any certain sensor. I'm not really worried about replacing the tranny, I can do that. I'll get a rebuilt one for $80.00 from salvage yard (30 day warrany). Anyway, if someone can save me some time, please write...

14th Oct 2006, 21:00

I own a 1994 Mazda 626. The automatic transmission of my Mazda went bad after 54,000 miles. The transmission was rebuilt in 1999. Then, the car started having problems with the speedometer (still not fixed) and The transmission went bad again after 136,000 miles. Now the car shakes and the a/c went bad in 2002.

26th Oct 2006, 08:11

I have a 1995 Mazda 626 Standard Transmission that I purchased used and it has been working O.K. for a car that has 170,000 miles on it.

Recently, I have noticed that as the weather is getting colder, the shifting into gear of my manual transmission has been getting harder. Even with the clutch all the way down, I have to force the shifter into the 1st gear and the rest are about the same until the car warms up. I never had this problem in the summer when the weather was hot.

Someone suggested that I put a lighter transmission fluid in the transmission because the heavier fluid was keeping it from shifting easily in the colder weather. Could this be possible? Please, if someone knows what this is please let me know.

13th Nov 2006, 00:08

Just bought a '97 626 today, with 117k miles on it. Before finding this site. Man am I glad it's a manual. Best of luck to you all.

20th Dec 2006, 15:51

We just bought a 1995 Mazda 626 with 154,000 miles on it. I ran a Carfax before purchasing. Two owners (rental car company 2 yrs; next owner 10 yrs), who kept up with the service on the car RELIGIOUSLY. Runs smooth as silk. Sorry to read all the problems others are/were having. It's always a good thing to check Carfax before purchasing a car. I'll post again in six months with an update.

20th Dec 2006, 18:17

Not all of the 1993-02 Mazda 626's are bad cars, if you're gonna get one be sure to get the one with standard transmission and avoid the ones with automatic transmission, it's a shame that only about a third of the Mazda 626's come with the standards.

25th Dec 2006, 20:52

Just bought a 1998 626 LX for my daughter and am having all the same difficulties as mentioned here. The OD light begins to flash after a few minutes and the car hesitates when put into drive then lurks into first gear. There is an awful grinding noise going up any sort of slight grade. Is the lawsuit by the firm in Michigan still pursuing this issue with Mazda?

31st Dec 2006, 05:04

This is in regards to the

O/D light flashing-loss of power-then sudden jerking of car!!!

I had the same problem years ago. It's the Mass Air Flow sensor. Had it replaced at a Mazda dealership. Don't do it there though it cost me close to $400, not to mention on top of $200 I spent at Jiffy Lube "99% sure this service will fix the problem" he says.

(I know I know, Lesson Learned the hard way) good luck!