25th Feb 2007, 23:10

About a month ago I purchased a 1998 mazda 626, it ran great, perfect condition. after about 1,000 miles the transmission starts to slip, then burns up. can you imagine how I feel right now, then I find out that it was rebuilt about 13,000 miles ago.

I was never much of a ford person to start with, but I bought it for the gas mileage. but if I could just get it to pull one last time i'd let it go off a cliff.

11th Apr 2007, 07:36

Hello All.

I've heard so many comments and complaints on this blog and others about the 1998 automatic Mazda 626. It seems to me that I may have been REALLY lucky with mine. It is now 2007 and my car is running absolutely great. I bought it in 2001 and the only major thing I've had to replace was the alternator which was covered because it was recalled or something... I even had a terrible car accident 3 years ago, and the insurance company wanted to "total" it... but I bought it back from them and had a Body mechanic fix it... It still works great... Now that I think about it, it may be because I have a 5-speed. Everyone I have spoken to had an automatic...

16th Apr 2007, 08:51

I have a 96 626 I bought two years ago with 13k on it. It had slight body damage, but the motor was good. I have the 5-speed manual transmission and it runs great. This car can really move.

13th Aug 2007, 09:50

I have a 1998 with an automatic transmission and so far it runs very well. I bought it in 2005 with 150,000 miles on it and it now has 170,000 and still runs fine. I'm getting ready to replace the front brakes and do some basic tune-up maintenance, but I don't have any major problems with the vehicle at all.

1st Mar 2008, 19:46

I have a 1998 Mazda 626 and the transmission just went out and it wouldn't shift out of 2nd gear and just keeps running the rpms up on the motor, its really depressing. I thought it was a much better car.