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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,592 miles

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1998 Mazda 626 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments (Page 14 of 14)

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problem #20

Mar 011998

626

  • miles

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

Transmission will go from first gear to overdrive and jump forcibly into gear. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Tucker, AK, USA

problem #19

Feb 212001

626

  • miles
Transmission has to be replaced. Research that this vehicle had many reports of being problem prone pointed to this website for investigating these reports. The cost of repairing is over $2500 and other Mazda were at that dealership the same day for the same problem.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

problem #18

Sep 151998

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission locked up while driving at 45 mph, vehicle came to a dead stop with engine running. Front wheels locked up, and would not move due to torque converter failure. Engine would stall during right turns, dealer reset computer, then engine light illuminated, dealer stated the torque converter clutch was slipping, transmission locked up on the way to a dealership for replacement of torque converter clutch, a new transmission was installed and 20 miles later the od off light illuminated, vehicle started smoking and losing power, this time dealer stated the cooling system in the radiator was not large enough to cool the transmission, an external cooling system was installed, now transmission needs replaced again, consumer requests that vehicle be replaced or repurchased by the dealer.

- Whitney, TX, USA

problem #17

Mar 072001

(reported on)

626

  • miles

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

While traveling at 10 mph vehicle is coasting with overdrive indication flash, and without any indication vehicle jumped into gear.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #16

Mar 072001

(reported on)

626

  • miles
While traveling at 10 mph vehicle is coasting with overdrive indication flash, and without any indication vehicle jumped into gear.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #15

Feb 152001

(reported on)

626

  • miles
Transmission does not go into reverse. Dealer has been notified.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #14

Dec 182000

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 052000

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After three trips to aforementioned dealer with the same complaint, dealer repeatedly says that they can find nothing wrong with the transmission. Help!

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #12

Oct 012000

626

  • miles
After driving about 50 miles at 70-75mph, the transmission would sometimes downshift for no apparent reason. Sometimes the O/D light came on, and upon pulling off to stop, the car would not engage 1st gear until the car cooled down (the O/D light reset to off whenever the car was shut off and restarted. Towards the end of an 900 mile trip to port charlotte, fl, the transmission started slipping on top of the other problems and would not maintain a constant speed (the RPM's varied severely during this time). Had to eventually pull off, call a tow truck and have the transmission rebuilt. After about 3 and 1/2 weeks I got the car back and upon driving it home the O/D light came on twice during the 93 mile trip home and the same problem occured with the car not wanting to start in first gear again. I talked to the aadco transmission repair facility in tifton, ga again and they imformed me that the problem was probably electrical!!!!, I.e. the computer. After disconnecting the battery to reset the computer, it seemed to drive better, but still jerky or slipping at times. I haven't driven it at highway speeds yet, I'll be going about 190 miles this weekend, I hope. 1. what should I do next" 2. is the computer the most likely failed component and is it expensive to repair? 3. is Mazda recalling any of these vehicles due to these type of problems? 4. are there any other actions that I may take to recover any past or future expenses"

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #11

Mar 232000

626

  • miles
Tansmission replaced with less than 12,000 miles on the car. Cars sometimes looses complete power while driving.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 152000

626

  • miles

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

I am the second owner of this car and I don't understand how can a 2year old car need a transmision. I only had this car 1year I just don't understand if there any thing you can do to help me please contact me. I was trying to see if there was a recall on transmision for this year. Thanks for your help.

- Bladensburg, MD, USA

problem #9

Dec 011997

626

  • miles
When slowing down and beginning to re-accelerate the transmission jumps in to gear. The interior headliner of the car burned in extreme heat. Upon taking the car to a local upholstery shop I was informed that this was not uncommon in the 1998 model car that I have.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #8

May 242000

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After only one year of owning this car and a day after having a full maintenance job done it's strange to find out that your transmission is damaged and the total costs is $2470.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 072000

(reported on)

626

  • miles
While traveling consumer noticed overdrive indicator light flashing. Then, engine would idle without any indication.

- Dayton, TN, USA

problem #6

Apr 292000

(reported on)

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After starting engine and stepping on brake to shift gear, the shift gear remains locked. Does not move. Must play (sometimes hard) to get from park to reverse and then move. Dealer cannot duplicate.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 101999

(reported on)

626

  • miles
Car jerks in and out of gear very rough shifting. Proceeded with lemon law

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 131999

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission malfuctioned, causing vehicle to stall or hesitate, which may resultin a crash.

- Newburn, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 291999

(reported on)

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 261998

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission system malfunctioned, causing engine stalling/surging and accleration which resulted in an accident. Cause unknown. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

problem #1

Sep 221998

626

  • miles
626 taken to Mazda to have transmission checked for rough shifting and clunking noise. Mazda said the transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. Once replaced, new transmission acted in the same manner. Mazda then decided to replace all 4 motor mounts. That did not correct the problem either. The service department then told me that rough shifting and clunking sounds are normal for the 98'626. I found that explaination very hard to believe to say the least, so I am meeting with the regional sales rep for Mazda in an effort to have the problem rectified.

- Hebron, MD, USA

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