25th Jul 2004, 12:26

I've been reading the comments and have to assume that nearly all transmission problems are with the automatic trans. Someone asked if manual transmissions have fewer problems and got little response, I think people with the 626 and manual trans are too busy driving to read or post comments here. I have no 626, yet - still looking. I do have an 88 accord /w 265k on it - manual transmission. I drove a 92 accord at the time I got the 88 and it had high miles and auto trans was shifting hard. I'm glad I've got the manual trans, they're just plain simple and built to last, ever heard of manual trans problems other than the occasional clutch? Yes, it's more bother especially in city traffic, but it'll go forever and it's my belief that you get significantly better gas mileage with the manual trans. (driven reasonably) no matter what the brand.

27th Jul 2004, 14:30

I too have had numerous problems with my 1995 Mazda 626. I have had approx $5000 worth of repairs done (most of them by a friend, so the $5000 is just in parts not labor). My engine light has been on for about 4 years and I am told that it is a false reading. I tried a self diagnostic check on it by jumping 2 of the terminals in the diagnostics box. SURPRISE, someone (not sure who, but am willing to bet it was the dealership I orig bought it from) removed one of the terminals. I am told this is why I get no problems when it is checked. For the last 3 years it has hesitated and "jumps" at 40-50 mph. Anyone who know of any class action suit against Mazda, please let me know.

29th Jul 2004, 16:30

My tranny blew for the first time at 100,000 miles about 2 years ago. I just got it back 2 weeks ago from getting it's THIRD transmission. thankfully the last two were still under warranty. Now I only have to worry about the horrible shimmy, crappy acceleration, and terrible gas mileage .

And I just pray this transmission can last 6 months.

1st Aug 2004, 12:01

We have a 1997 Mazda 626 LX with a moon roof. Love the car, but naturally have had the "check engine" light come on and the O/D light. Finally got the "check engine" like stopped from coming on after changing several sensors; then we had the O/D light problem and we changed the transmission fluid and since then haven't had any problems, although while driving in town it does jump when changing gears many times. Now having problems with the A/C, cooling -- then not cooling. Haven't got that checked yet. Another problem is our moon roof. Just this weekend, we can't get it to close. It goes all, but an inch away from being completely closed. My question is if anyone else has had this problem and what to do about it. It doesn't seem to be the motor or I would think it wouldn't move at all. Maybe its the track...don't know. Any suggestions? Thanks, Jan.

13th Aug 2004, 14:11

Yeal all of you have the same problems as I do overdrive and transmission went out at 70 k for me and again at 100k after I got another 626 transmission.

22nd Sep 2004, 14:19

Does anyone know of a class action suit against Mazda? I had problems with the transmission in a 1993. Before 3 months were completed my car would not go over 30 miles an hour. I bought it used in 2001. After checking - I find that several people have had trouble with these cars. By the way - it is not called a transmission, but something else.

30th Sep 2004, 11:20

What is going on with this car? I have 2001 626 that has 36,000 miles on it. I have now replaced the alternator, battery, fuel injector (due to check engine light) and still have a metal grinding sound sound coming from the back end while I am driving! In 4 months I have spent about $1000 on top of my car payment and will NEVER buy another one of these cars! Stick to Honda is my best guess.

1st Oct 2004, 08:11

I have a 95 626 LX V6 manual tranny and it has almost 200,000 miles on it and I have had no problems at all and its still runs just fine... the auto tranny has all of the problems the manual tranny is fine... wish I could get the jdm engine :D.

1st Oct 2004, 10:37

My daughter has given me her 1996 Mazda Protege to get me through a few months. She has replaced the transmission 3 times and spends an average of $300 each month on repairs. I have driven the car 3 months and the transmission went out today. When I put the car into Drive 1 - it goes in reverse. Other than that - it just acts like it is in neutral. When I first got it - it wouldn't go into reverse so I had to shift into several gears to get it going. Now it only goes in reverse. What a piece of junk. If everything else is beautiful, and everyone loves the look of Mazda - what is the point of it - if it doesn't run?

The brake light and the check engine light has been on for a year. It didn't pass emissions and my daughter spent $1500 on it before the state gave her a one year waiver for emissions. Now of course I have it and it still will not pass emissions and with all the lights flashing - I doubt if they will even test it. They have given me a one month extension for emissions, but I will not waste the money on this car - guess it goes to the Mazda grave yard where it could have gone right from the production line.

5th Oct 2004, 11:45

I bought a 98 626 in 02 and immediately had the brake pads and rotors changed, but the pads still make a grinding sound when I brake. I also had to have my tranny replaced at under 80,000 miles. 3 months later I had problems with the tranny overheating. My mechanic could find nothing for days until he decided to read the diagnostics for a Ford Contour. I guess the idiot forgot he had installed a Ford part in my Mazda. He had overfilled the fluid and it spewed all over my engine compartment. He wouldn't admit his mistake and lowered the fluid level to the minimum to keep the pressure down. I have not had any more tranny problems yet, but want to sell the car. I also had to replace burnt out ignition wires twice in 6 months. I hate this car!

14th Oct 2004, 01:36

Less than a year ago I bought a 2000 Mazda 626 from Carmax with about 68,000 miles on it. After only 6 months my O/D OFF light started flashing and the car seemed to be over-revving. My mechanic installed new ignition wires and the problem went away... for a while. Just last week while driving on the expressway the light returned. Now the problem is off and on, one day it will be fine and the next the O/D light will be back on. After reading all these posts I am scared my transmission is about to go out. Should I take it to my mechanic or will I have better luck at a Mazda dealership? Is there any lemon law in effect regarding this issue, especially on a car I've had for such a short period of time?

Thanks for any help!