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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,770 miles

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1998 Mazda 626 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 032007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Overflow tank for radiator has cracked and lost all water to my car at least 5 times since 2004, I have gone to alhambra Mazda for help also to Mazda corporate headquarters in irvine, all refuse to acknowledge the problem. I was towed over 800 miles this summer due to breakage, the seam around dto tank cracks and leaks, causing heating problems, they stated that it was a unknown problem and that it was the way I drive, this is not possible, the part is defective, it will crack at any time or place, they keep trying to do pressure test and make me replace sensors, there is no problem with sensors. Please help me, I am seventy and cannot afford a new car. I am a good driver and keep my car serviced.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 192002

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,081 miles
I am complaining about my 1998 Mazda 626. This car has been trouble ever since day one. I have had to replace the timing belt, the drive axles twice, and put in 4 transmissions. I have had the car since 2002 and had to replace the transmission every year. I could hardy make my car payments for having to spend extra money to repair my car.

- Hattiesburg, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 011998

626 4WD

  • miles
Radiator was clogged and was causing the overdrive light to come on.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202000

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle would stall out while driving. Engine would overheat & start smoking. Towed to Mazda dealership & mechanic indicated no oil in crankshaft & no anti-freeze in radiator. There were no lights on dashboard. This was a leased vehicle.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

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