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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 6 of 14)

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problem #180

Mar 032005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

My transmission has failed, #cd4E, and as I understand there have been several complaints about it. I would like to know if a recall will be/has been issued. If not can I purchase anywhere at discount??

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #179

Jan 152005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The transmission in my Mazda 626 failed in 2003 at 83,000 miles, and I had a rebuilt Mazda transmission used to replace it at a cost of $2,500. Now, two years later at 103,000 miles the automatic transmission has failed again, and the repair estimate is again approximately $2,500. In the first instance, the car became suddenly undrivable in trafffic, causing me to need assistance from other drivers to remove the car from the busy roadway. With this latest failure, I discerned the problem before total failure resulted in the car's undrivability--though my mechanic says failure is imminent. I believe it goes without saying that the transmission in this car is defective in some way (information from my mechanic and anecdotal evidence would seem to back this up) and should be recalled and my expenses with this car reimbursed by Mazda.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #178

Feb 272005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Transmission failed. Problem appears to be common to all 626's manufactured in the late 90's.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #177

Feb 232005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,800 miles

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

1) from early on, the transmission was always jerking and shifting late. We took it to a transmission shop and also to a Mazda dealer, who told us that it would need to be replaced. After doing web research, we found that these were Ford transmissions that would ultimately fail due to overheating and that even with a replacement the problem would recur. 2) on 2/22/05 the transmission finally failed for good (at 130,000 miles). In spite of Mazda's knowledge of this problem, and their lack of public acknowledgement, they have done nothing to accomodate us. The engine runs well and the body is in great shape, but the vehicle is now undrivable. ) we will probably junk the car, since it is well-known that even if replaced, the transmission will have a high probability of failure.

- Riley, MI, USA

problem #176

Dec 282004

626 4-cyl

  • 77,999 miles
Imade a complaint earlier but I forgot a few things. My O/D light sometimes flashes and my check engine light is always on. I took it to autozone to get the light read and the man gave me a list of problems wrong with the car. I don't remember every thing but one thing was just a sensor and the other problem was something wrong inside of the transmission.

- Junction City, KS, USA

problem #175

Nov 032004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,999 miles
Ijust bought my 626 about 6 months ago and it is having major problems that it did not have when I bought it. The transmission is failling, it jerks, it smokes, and sometimes it will not even go. To get it fixed I will have to pay about $3000 unless they find more problems in the car. I see many people have the same problem as me and I do not understand why they don't fix it.

- Junction City , KS, USA

problem #174

Feb 072005

626

  • miles

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

Mazda 626 has always jerked on occasion when shifting. Driving without any warning (no warning lights of any kind came on), my car started jerking and lurching (this is while going 45 mph). Worried about making it to my destination, just barely made it to where I was headed, had it towed from this spot to dealer to evaluate because I felt the vehicle was not safe to drive at this point. Was told by the dealer that the clutches had burnt out and the debris from this caused other problems, needed new transmission $2,700 to fix. Just previously had them do some transmission work costing me over $500 for the service.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #173

Jan 202005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,041 miles
(1) transmission fluid leak...O/D light flashing off and on, car smoking and overheating; (2) transmission overhaul...$2000 plus $115 tow bill; (3) still not corrected...but so far new sprage front planetary, torque converter, tec valves, retainer for sprage, thrust beaning.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #172

Aug 202003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Transmission had difficulty changing into 2nd and 3rd. Transmission completely failed not far from my home and needed a rebuild for $1250 18 months after initial repair the transmission is again failing. This time when transmission is warm the engine shifts down and up from the over drive gear. When transmission is cold the unit has no problem being in overdrive gears.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #171

Jan 202005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,400 miles
Transmission is giving serious problem. 1998 Mazda 626 LX, auto transmission, 80K miles. V4.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #170

Oct 152004

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

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

Vehicle is experiencing problems with the transmission. The vehicle only has 69,000 miles on it. When putting the transmission in drive, the vehicle will not move. It can only move forward when the transmission is in first gear. Vehicle is currently outside of the warranty. Provide further details.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #169

Sep 012004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
While driving on the highway, I stopped for fuel. I got in the car to leave and it would not move. Had the car towed to aamco. Transmission and torque converter were repaired. Two weeks later, I had to return to aamco and the torque converter was again replaced. This is a well maintained car and not abused. There was no warning that something was wrong. Aamco said the transmission had overheated causing the failure. There was no apparent slippage prior to the event.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #168

Dec 122004

626

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,959 miles
My 1998 626 one day without warning the O/D button started blinking and the car began hesitating when driving. I got home, and parked the car. The next day I go to take the car to a car shop, and I missed my turn. I went to make a U-turn and then shifted gears into reverse, but my car wouldn't move. Finally I go to the repair shop and was told that I needed a new transmission.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #167

Jun 152004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The gears would shift hard which made the vehicle jerk forward. Occasionally, the gear would jump to neutral which rendered the vehicle from moving. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that a new transmission was needed.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #166

Aug 112004

626

  • miles
1998 Mazda 626 - transmission started slipping and finally gave out. Also was not the first transmission rebuilt received directly from Mazda that has given out, but was not reported the first time due to the fact I thought it was a regular problem caused on my part. Recently had to pay $3000+taxs to replace transmission and labor charges. There has to be something done about Mazda and there vehicles because they are useless pretty much and should be recalled. " www.carlounge.com/cgi/cars/frameset.php?bulletin=Y&url=www.carlounge.com/cgi/carsbbs/read.php/F/2/I/31057/T/31057 "......this url provided is just one of the many forums and cartracking websites that have numerous complaints of Mazda owners having problems with their cars, especially the transmission. Not one, this is a fact and can be proven, not one owner of a Mazda 626 has 'not' had extremely serious problems with their car, specifically in the transmission. Please..... do something about this because spending $3000+ dollars on repairs regularly is obviously ridiculous, even if the money were available.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #165

Nov 152004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 938,023 miles
I bought a used 1998 Mazda 626 on Oct 8, 2004 and Nov 15, 2004 the transmission died in it and the dealer won't do a thing, Mazda is denying that there is a problem and still there is no recall forced onto the manufacture. I'm not spending $1500 or more, I'm going to try to rebuild the tranny myself and bill Mazda @ $85/hr plus parts. We need a class action suit filed. Any lawyers' out there, please help us. I don't wan't to repair the tranny 3 times or more.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #164

Nov 082004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,750 miles
Transmission failure at 82,000 miles (on an already rebuilt transmission).

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #163

Oct 212004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,500 miles
I know I'm not the first to say this, but the transmission in my 98 Mazda 626lx (4 cylinder) is a piece of crap! after a mere 84,500 miles, its shot. Nice work Mazda, I'm never buying your Ford in disguise product again. If there were a degree in running off consumers, Mazda would have a doctorate!................now im out $1500........thanks for nothing and again, I'm never buying another Mazda product for as long as I live.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #162

Sep 152004

626

  • miles
Complaint received via E-mail."our car's automatic transmission is leaking, the check engine light came on and the car is shifting and jerking; frankly dangerous. Looks like this transmission is a piece of crap. Why aren't you going after Mazda and Ford for this fiasco" we are looking at about a $2000 repair on a car with 75,000 miles, and comically, our repair technician has an exact duplicate Mazda in his shop right now with the same problem... go figure! the consumer do for protection and compensation""

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #161

Oct 012004

626

  • miles
The automatic transmission is jerking and the check engine light is on and fluid is leaking on our 1998 Mazda 626 at 75,000 miles. (a common complaint.)

- Randolph, MA, USA

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