18th Oct 2004, 01:23

I bought a 94 Mazda 626 about 3 years ago with 65k on it. Now it has about 120k. It has been a great car overall. Very little maintenance. Oil changes and tune ups basically.

But just yesterday the tranny went nuts! It slips in and out of gear in 1st and 2nd gear. And it takes a few seconds for it to even engage when I put it in drive. It moves, but is completely unsafe to drive. What a disappointment. Other than that its been an "OK" car. But the tranny is complete garbage. I'm currently searching for a place to get a tranny for cheap.

I wish I would have done better research before getting the car!!!! Sigh.

18th Oct 2004, 01:40

Everybody who has had problems with the Mazda 626 transmissions (such as myself) should file a complaint here:


There's well over a hundred complaints there already.

22nd Oct 2004, 17:26

I have a MAZDA 626 LX model 1995, and recently the symbol beside the high beam light symbol start glowing at the initial pick up the car. Somebody could help me up with this and let me know what does it means...PLEASE...

24th Oct 2004, 19:32

96 Trans. Problems!

I bought a 96 - 626 about a year ago, and after replacing the 02 SENSOR that was making the engine shutter, I thought I had bought a good car.

A few weeks ago, while driving some mountain roads my O/D light started flashing and the RPMs would act strange between gears. The problem went away when I stopped and re-started only to do it again and again. When I got it back to the city the problem stopped and I thought it was over.

Until a week later, when I pulled up to a stop light, it ceased to go forward. After downshifting it would lurch into 1st and 2nd, but the RPMs went nuts when put back into drive, after barely making it another mile I pulled over... It never moved again... My mech. wanted to put in a re-built $2,800 trans... I ended up with a new car.




24th Oct 2004, 22:42

Bought a used 95 Mazda 626 LX with 122k on it. Everything is new (so the dealer claims) but it the tranny hard shifts from first to second gear after 15-20 minutes of driving (even with a tranny cooler on it!) I hope it lasts long enough for me to pay it off so I can get rid of it! I just don't get it before I had an 88 Mercury Tracer, everything under the hood was manufactured by MAZDA and it was one of the best cars one could ever own with virtually no maintenence.Doesn't anyone believe in the power of a product anymore? If I can I would convert to a NON MAZDA tranny, but don't know if it's possible. Yes it's auto, but no blinking lights yet.<insert joke here> No more Mazda's for Me!

28th Oct 2004, 13:32

Hate to tell you all this, but Mazda 626 problems go all the way up to the 2002 model year. I bought my Mazda 626 new in Nov. 2002 and by February 2003, had the first tranmission replaced. That transmission went in Nov. 2003 and had another one installed. Now this one, the third one feels like junk. Love the car, hate the bad transmission. Car handles great, looks good, gets me to and from work, but I never feel safe driving it...EVER! Mazda North America insists that even though the car has been in for checks, mounting tightening for the transmission, and two full transmission replacements, that the car does not qualify for lemon law. I can't sell this car in good conscious, and the local dealer won't take it back and help me into a new Mazda, given all the problems with this car.

I owned a 1997 Protege, loved the car and really believed in the Mazda concept, good cars for good prices. Now I feel ripped off, run around, and I will never buy another Mazda again.

Call your attorney general's office

Call National Traffic Safety people

Call local tv stations and newspapers.

Don't give up fighting for Mazda to do something.

28th Oct 2004, 17:58

I own a Mazda 95 626 LX. I have nothing, but problems with it. I have replaced the transmission five times. I have replaced the water pump twice, the distributor three times, and the crank shaft censor twice. It also vibrates really bad. It sucks gas excessively. I have replaced the tires several times. The last tires I just put new tires on it again and it needs them again because of the vibration. It needs new struts. Now it is under my garage messed up again. I took it to Bull Cheverolet to have them check for a blowed head gasket. They said nothing was wrong with it. They put a intake gasket on it and charged me $400 and it was still was overheating. I took the spark plug out and turned it over and water blew out of the spark plug holes. That was the next day after taking it to the Cheverolet place. We had to tear it down and have the head checked on it and replace all the gaskets thanks to Bull Cheverolet. Now once again my light is blinking again. If you buy a Mazda you deserve to walk!!! Danica Arkansas.

7th Nov 2004, 21:23

I have a 95 Mazda mx-6 before I got it the transmission was replaced twice I replaced it once already and about 7 months later the overdrive off light started flashing, I was about to sell the car, but now I don't know how I would do it because the light is flashing and it jumps when going into first gear...

18th Nov 2004, 20:01

Very interesting information. I too wish that I had read up on the 626. My Girlfriend went out and bought a used 1996 626 auto. with 164000 miles, from a roadside used car dealer. the dealer gave her a (sweetheart) deal of 1100 dollars, down of course from 1800. He also told her the car needed a tune up and oil change, maybe a belt or two. Being the good boyfriend that I am, I told her that I would take care of whatever needed to be done so she would be safe driving it. Today we took it to a service center where I paid in excess of 800 dollars for various parts and labor. I was also advised that the car still needs a water pump, strut mounts or tops and maybe a timing belt all for another 1200 dollars. So far, at least not to my knowledge, no lights blinking. Maybe the previous owner (s) bore the brunt of the storm. Pray for you all? Pray for me.

14th Dec 2004, 08:49

We have a Mazda 626, a 94, within two years I had to put a rebuilt transmission in it. The following comment is for the person who asked if you should your Mazda to a Mazda dealership. NO! First they insisted it was the harness (electrical system). They said this would cost $2000 to fix. We gave them the OK. After fixing this, they then said it was the transmission. We fought and said we wouldn't pay since it was their initial mistake, but had to relent and let them fix the transmission anyway (or no car!). Altogether, we spent like 4500 dollars in one fell swoop--to our horror and the credit card company's delight. This was about four years ago--now the hold light is coming on and it is beginning to jerk. Mazda 626 is a mechanic's dream and an owners nightmare!