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4.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,639 miles

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1998 Mazda 626 miscellaneous problems

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 012004

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

I have spent over $2000 trying to get my engine light to turn off. Nothing works. Now I am being fined for not passing inspection. What is going on? I have been having this problem for 2 years. After various repairs the light would finally go off. Now it will not and has been on for over 6 months. I have had O2 sensor and cat sensor replaced, since that is supposedly what the code was. Still nothing and noone seems to care.

- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #8

Sep 152003

626

  • Manual transmission
  • 103,000 miles
Since approximately June, 2002, the immobilizer has been turning off the engine immediately after I start the car, even though the alarm is deactivated. I usually have to wait 24 hours or so for the alarm to reset itself. This occurs every 2 months or so, but when it happens, it continues to occur for several days. It has happened even when the car wasn't locked. June, 2002, replaced battery; Dec. 2002, installed new fuel pump; Jan. 2003, installed fuel pump again; April, 2003, bought new key and clicker; Sept. 2003, dealer wants to replace immobilizer @ nearly $800. All of these repairs are at dealer's request, and are interspersed with many tows and alarm resets.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 202003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 1998 Mazda 626 that I purchased in 1999. I have had a rebuilt transmission put in this car in 2000 because the transmission went out. At the present time, the motor has seized. It just quit one day as my daughter was on her way to work. It is at the Mazda dealership in broadening, Ohio and they won't or can't tell me why this has happened. I am now trying to find out about recalls and get other info that may help me get my car fixed.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 312003

626 4-cyl

  • 74,750 miles

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

I just found out that I will need to replace my transmission chain to the tune of $800 and am horrified to find out that NHTSA has not forced a recall of transmission problems on the Mazda 626. After reviewing your website complaints, I can't understand what NHTSA is thinking, I'm guessing that no one has been killed yet, therefore the delay in calling a recall. From what I've read, I can look forward to doing this again in the very near future. Only have 75,000 miles, original owner and thought I was driving one of the safest vehicles on the road. Silly

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 152002

626

  • miles
No summary.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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problem #4

Apr 012000

626

  • miles
Consumer was traveling on highway and engine check light came on dashboard. Mechanic told consumer that oxygen sensor malfunctioned. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 012001

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine check light had been coming on intermittently. Took vehicle to dealer, who found no problem. Then, while driving about 60 mph transmission would not engage, vehicle dropped to 30 mph quickly while engine revved. Transmission needed to be replaced.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 292000

(reported on)

626

  • miles
I have not received a single recall notice & I see that there are 3. please help me to get these problems resolved. I prefer to use a different dealership than cooley- they are aweful!

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 042000

(reported on)

626

  • miles
No summary

- Billerica, MA, USA

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