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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 5 of 14)

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problem #200

Aug 302005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

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

1998 madza 626 transmission failure while entering interstate with vehicles traveling at 60+ mph. Before purchasing this vehicle, I did my research. I found that transmission failure was a know problem in Mazda but the car salesman assured me that the transmission problem existed only in the model previous to the 1998 which I was interested in. She stated that after the design of the emblem was changed, this problem as well had been corrected. This was a lie. I was entering interstate ongoing a ramp when all of a sudden my car stopped pulling and all I could see was car rushing towards my rear end and steering to avoid hitting my rapidly slowing vehicle. I called the lot where I purchased the vehicle but nothing could be done.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #199

Mar 202004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Mazda 626 LX, 1998 - transmission problems at 69000 miles.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #198

Jun 282005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The transmission performed poorly. Been in the repair shop twice, the first time because it was leaking transmission fluid and jerking when accelerating past first gear. Had around 40,000 miles. Second time it had 54,000 miles for the exact same thing, and currently, the third time the vehicle was still leaking fluid and it will not go forward but will only going backwards. The first time was around 2001.

- Desoto , TX, USA

problem #197

Jul 262005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

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

I have a 1998 Mazda 626 LX 4 cylinder automatic. The transmission failed and is giving jerky movements while driving especially after a extended driving. Estimated cost is 3375 plus taxes. I read about similar problems on the web and did not know if anyone else complained to you.

- New Albany, OH, USA

problem #196

Jan 062005

626

  • 89,000 miles
1998 Mazda 626 transmission defective.** answer required***. two days after the vehicle was purchased the transmission began to malfunction.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #195

Jul 052005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Mazda 1998 626....overdrive light started coming on and off.trans fluid had boiled out over motor..only had 65,000 miles...car was fine had trans and cooling system serviced at 52,000 miles was told everything was fine needed to be done again at 100,00...it will cost me between 1,800 to 3,600 to get fixed.

- Bessemer City, NC, USA

problem #194

Mar 012005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Mazda 626. She states that transmission is bad. She did fix the transmission in March of 2005, and in June 2005 the problem recurred.

- Hollysprings, MS, USA

problem #193

May 282005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,302 miles
Major transmission failure after 91000 miles on a 626 Mazda 2.0L automatic. While driving on a highway transmission would just give out making engine just rev with no power. Forcing me to drive off road to preventing an incident.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #192

May 252005

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,999 miles
This 1998 626 has 84,000 miles and is on its 3rd transmission. This one is showing the all too familiar signs of going out. Unbelievable how the companycan stay in business.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #191

May 172005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My complaint is with the transmission in the Mazda 626 (cd4E).

- Brookport, IL, USA

problem #190

Oct 152003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

The vehicle shook prior to transmission failure. The transmission has been replaced numerous times.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #189

Apr 112005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
My son has a 1998 maza 626 and the transmission is burnt up, he only has a 100,000 miles on it. I read where Mazda was having a lot of trouble with the transmission.

- Cherokee, AL, USA

problem #188

Mar 272005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
O/D off light began flashing. Every time the vehicle shifted there was a loud bang. I brought it into a transmission repair center where they told me the transmission needed to be replaced. Fluid was leaking through the bushings and burning.

- Taftville, CT, USA

problem #187

Mar 132005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,200 miles
Transmissions shifting in jerky motions, needed to flush fluid out. Many problems noted with Mazda cd4E transmissions.

- New Boston, TX, USA

problem #186

Mar 182005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
Mazda 626 2.0L automatic transmission. Failed at 97,000 and will require major rebuild at cost in excess of 2K. Transmission shop indicates one of the leading causes due to poor materials and lack of transmission cooler.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #185

Sep 242003

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 1998 626 was purchased in 2000. In September 2003 my transmission completely failed on me and had to be replaced. Ths car has been nothing but problems for me, I have had the timing belt to break on me causing my car to kill in traffic, my check engine light constanty comes on, my car stalls and jerks and yet no mechanic can find a reason for this.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #184

Mar 152005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon putting vehicle in gear it will not move. Consumer contacted the manufacturer. However, problem still exists.

- Red Oak, VA, USA

problem #183

Mar 162005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles
Well this is the second time I have had to replace my transmission due to poor design. This is a dangerous problem and very costly. Mazda says there is nothing wrong with there transmissions goin out every year or two. Well I am upset that neither the government nor Mazda has done anything about it? just glad I will never have this problem again.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #182

Nov 012004

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
Another Mazda 626 transmission failure sob story. Just spent $2100 for a new transmission. I have no confidence the problems are solved. Shifts often feel rough, speedometer bounces. Lousy gas mileage. "mechanics" have replaced speed sensor three times... no help. Hope I can sell this position.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #181

May 152004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Sluggish shifting, finally: Failure to shift from 1st to 2nd gears. Cd4E tranmission failure @ 65,000 miles. Total rebuild of transmission including hard parts (gears). Suspect failure due to insufficent pressure in oil pump (suspected design flaw), as suggested by several asc mechanic information websites.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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