28th Sep 2005, 18:28

I know Ford owns Mazda. Not sure who the designers/engineers of Mazda are though (Mazda? Ford?)

29th Sep 2005, 23:20

Ford doesn't completely own Mazda, they just have something like a 25% stake in Mazda.

11th Nov 2005, 09:54

Great cars with poorly matched transmissions. Improve your chances of keeping your AT alive by adding an external trans cooler. Keep the trans fluid level right, never too high or too low. Don't ignore CEL or blinking OD light. Get an OBD II scan and fix any probs early. In Calif., Autozone will not do free OBD readouts. Another goofy CA law. Dirty or defective MAF sensors and several other components can cause trans symptoms when actually nothing may be wrong with the trans.

10th Sep 2007, 23:28

Absolutely right about the Transmissions being Mazda. I know that the Ford transmissions in the Taurus for example were great if you just changed the fluid every so often. I have a 93 Taurus with 270,000 miles and two other 93 with well over 200,000 mies and none have had their transmissions replaced. I think 96 they started using the Mazda transmission and that's where the problems began.

22nd Sep 2007, 00:34

I have a 1999 Mazda 626 Lx. I replaced the transmission with a rebuilt one that had a warranty of 90 days. 91 days later the transmission went out again!! Anyone have any ideas where I can get another transmission?

28th Nov 2008, 23:24

I own a 1999 Mazda 626. I had it for 3 months before the trans went out, so I had a rebuilt one installed!! Two days later my car was and still is having the trans problem. Now I supposedly have metal in my oil due to the bad trans. and the mechanic I went to says my car is contaminated from the burned trans fluid, and my car motor is going to blow! Sure it's a pretty car, but I don't recommend this car to anyone, especially a single mom.

12th Aug 2009, 23:42

I'm really glad that I have read all of your comments. I was going to buy a 626, but now I have changed my mind.