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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,027 miles

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1998 Mazda 626 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments

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

Aug 282003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
Transmission failed in year 5 of operation for 1998 Mazda 626. I am aware that I am not alone with my transmission problem regarding 1994-1998 Mazda 626S. This is too soon to be disposing of an automobile because of a big ticket item. Very disappointed. Won't ever buy Mazda again. Also, front, right axle joint was failing/loose a year ago, 3 repairs/axle replacement and $1000 later, the problem has not been fixed. Absolutely no faith in Mazda, or the service department located in burnsville, mn.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 081998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front axle pulls out of the transmission and the steering wheel wobbles. Could lose control if driving at high speeds on highways, also, when making a turn, cannot drive. There is no indication that problem will occur when making a turn. The dealer cannot duplicate the problem. However, they will replace the axle, but they do not have a new axle in stock.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

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