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3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,647 miles

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1998 Mazda 626 engine problems

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Feb 032010

626 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

TL- the contact has 1998 Mazda 626. The contact stated that there is a recall and the campaign number is 00V134000 that their vehicle is not a part of. The contact stated that the dealer stated there is a recall for this but the vehicle was not involved. The contact had the timing belt tension spring break causing the vehicle to stall. The contact was pulling out of a drvie way and traveling 5mph at the time. The vehicle had 114000 miles at the time of the failure and 11400 miles currently. Updated 06/25/10. Updated 07/27/10

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #41

Apr 262009

626

  • 180,000 miles
The external spring in my timing belt tensioner has broken, and there is no recall on my specific vehicle. However, there is one on the Mazda 626 2.0 ltr engine (4 cyl).

- Madison, IL, USA

problem #40

Feb 012008

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,645 miles
1998 Mazda 626 LX 2.0L 4cylinder engine. Returning back to the guest house after dropping a friend off at the airport that evening, after getting off the interstate, I heard a crack (followed by a grinding noise) from the passenger's side of the engine. Within moments as I slowed the car to a safe spot, I heard a whipping noise from the same region. That later happened to be the serpentine and alternator belts both broke just after exiting the interstate, the engine and battery lights came on at once.., and then, immediately after that, the engine stopped working. I called my insurance and had my car towed to the guest house. The car was looked at and the diagnoses were the gears in the water pump were broken which froze the alternator belt, the alternator belt-now stiffened- shredded and mangled the serpentine belt. Then the serpentine belt tore along the grooved lines. Plus, the engine is now leaking coolant. Repairs"??? I am waiting for the estimate to come in. I have been warned that it would not be cheap to fix. $500-$700 I asked" nope! he said, after letting out a chuckle..., much higher he replied. At least $1000 or more.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #39

Jan 252007

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Mazda 626 with same problem as described in the recall. Consumer states that he believes the recall does not include all affected vehicles. His has that problem and his is not included in the recall. The consumer believed there was a faulty spring on his timing belt tensioner, which was confirmed by the repair shop. The consumer was told only vehicles manufactured between July 1997 and November 1997 were affected by the recall. The consumers vehicle was manufactured in February 1998. The windshield wiper didn't work in the intermittent mode. (recall 00V134000)

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #38

Jan 252007

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Mazda 626. While driving approximately 55 mph, the engine light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed and the contact was informed that the tension spring on the timing belt failed, causing the vehicle to stall. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 00V134000 (engine and engine cooling:engine) and would not reimburse him for the repair. The contact filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage is 87,000.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #37

May 052007

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
TL- caller owns a 1998 Mazda. Current mileage 140000. Caller does not know failure mileage. While driving down street at 3mph the car shut off. Warning lights came on afterwards. Car would not start back up. He pushed car back to his home. Mechanic came over next day and noticed spring tensioner was broken ;this was replaced in 2000 under recall 00V134000. Weather was warm approximatley 82 degrees. Ktf

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #36

Oct 302006

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,724 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

: the contact stated while attempting to accelerate, the vehicle stalled without warning. It was towed to the contact's residence. An independent mechanic determined the timing spring fractured. There was a NHTSA recall, #00V134000, regarding the engine. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #35

Dec 152005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle is making noises in the engine. There is a NHTSA recall, # 00V134000, regarding the engine and engine cooling: Engine. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #34

Jan 242005

626 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car cut off while I was driving. The repairman said the problem was due to oil slug build. I had all my oil changes done at the dealership. The brown said they will not pay for the repair, the extended warranty company will not pay for the repair of $5,000 for rebuilt or $7,000 for a new engine. My friend was told the person who had the car before did not have the oil changed regularly. I guess I am lucky I was not on the highway because the car cut off with no warning. (shouldn't the car dealship make sure everything is ok before selling the cars?

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #33

Oct 012004

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Mazda 626 1998, transmission leaked and check engine light came on.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #32

Dec 212004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,671 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On December 2004, my car did not start, aaa towed the car to belfi's auto and truck repair Inc. 162 South main St. Lodi, NJ. 07644 (973-471-5210). After diagnosing the problem to be the timing belt suspension spring the mechanic informed me that there was a recall for this problem, upon contacting Mazda corporation I was told that the recall did not include my VIN#. I had the repair done by belfi's auto shop. The recall was for the 1998 Mazda 626, why isn't my vehicle included in that recall being that it is the exact same model?

- Elmwood Park , NJ, USA

problem #31

Dec 132004

626 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,059 miles
NHTSA recall 00V134000 concerning the timing belt. This vehicle was not included in the recall although the consumer experienced a similar problem. The consumer notified the manufacturer. The vehicle would start but not accelerate.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #30

Sep 282004

(reported on)

626

  • miles
A spring became caught in the timing belt which caused it to break. While researching the consumer discovered that there was a safety recall issued for the consumer's vehicle. Based on the VIN the consumer vehicle should have been included but the consumer never received any notification.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #29

Sep 012004

626

  • miles
Vehicle is not working due to a broken spring in the tensioner for the timing belt. Refer to recall# 00V134000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #28

Aug 012004

626

  • miles
1998 Mazda 626 failure of the timing chain. This incident occurred while traveling on an extremely busy highway. The engine stopped running. It was determined that the timing chain tension mechanism failed. Recall# 00V134000. The consumers vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. The consumer requested reimbursement for the repairs and parts.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #27

Aug 162004

626

  • miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. The consumer tried to restart the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the consumer that the timing belt needed replacement. Please fill in additional information.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #26

Aug 112004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Upon taking the vehicle to the dealership, the consumer was informed that the belt tensioner needed replacement. The consumer was aware of a recall, NHTSA campaign 00V134000; belt tensioner; spring assembly. The consumer was told that her vehicle was outside the remedy scope.

- Oak Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #25

Mar 222003

626

  • 73,350 miles
Problems with vehicle's engine and transmission. The consumer believed recall#00V134000 was related to the problem he experienced with his vehicle. The consumer requested reimbursement for the engine and transmission repairs.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #24

Oct 132002

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,515 miles
While driving vehicle lost power. Vehicle was towed to a repair shop. Mechanic stated that the timing belt needed to be replaced. Timing belt and tensioner didn't correct the problem. A used engine was installed. Even though there was a recall for this make, model, year and manufacturing date, the consumer's VIN wasn't in the recall scope.

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #23

Nov 182003

626 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The manufacturer recall amendment; manufacture recall #92007, NHTSA recall 00V134000, "spring on timing belt tensioner breaks off and gets caught in the timing belt". while the consumer was sitting at a stop light, the vehicle stalled and would not restart. A mechanic examined the vehicle and found that the spring had broken off in the timing belt.

- Felton, PA, USA

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