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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. don't purchase a Mazda vehicle (1 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission (1 reports)
1997 Mazda 626 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Mazda 626 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 302007

(reported on)

626 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Through searching the web I've found that literally hundreds, possibly thousands have had the same problem with the OD/OFF light coming on only to escalate into a failing transmission.

- , Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 122002

(reported on)


  • 56,000 miles

Had to move out of the country for work, transmission failed at 56,000 miles. We took it to a Mazda dealership and was told it would cost 6400.00 euros to have it fixed. We contacted the Mazda dealership where the vehicle was purchased and asked what they would charge for the same repair, they would not give us any advice and were very rude. Contacted the Customer Relations Office in Irvine, CA and basically received the same treatment.

- , Albuquerque, NM, Spain

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