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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2001 Mazda 626 (Page 6 of 7)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,165 miles

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2001 Mazda 626 transmission problems

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2001 Mazda 626 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #26

Oct 222004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,070 miles


Yes I purchase a certified used 2001 Mazda 626 the summer of 2003 for my graduation gift from high school, no having the car for 3 years I am now looking to trade in my car or buy me another one. With 91.000 miles on my car, my transmission has gotten to be replace. I could not move my car in drive while I was in overdrive. I could only use overdrive once I have gotten over 50. The next day I made a appointment and they told me my overdrive had burnt out and I had more internal failures on my transmission and they could not determine what made the transmission repair. They told me they would have to put in a remade transmission for $2700. I am really piss of at Mazda. For one they dealer said they could not do nothing and the transmission warranty runs out a 3 year or 36,000. What type of bs is that for a transmission warranty.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #25

Jun 112004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
1)car was jerking, transmission was reving on my 2001 Mazda 2)took it took the dealer after I broke down, said the transmission was bad & needed to be replaced. 3)transmission was replaced twice, but still having transmission problems.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #24

Oct 022004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
I have 24,000 miles on my Mazda 626 4cyclinder. This is the second transmission I had put in the car. After purchasing the car, I drove the car home and it was jerking a little. I thought it was me just getting use to driving the car. The next day I drove to church and the car started going in reverse while the gear was in drive. When I got to church, I called the dealer and they told me to have the car towed. Mazda people said it was the transmission. They put a new transmission in. Two years later on 10/2/04 I was returning from a funeral and the car started to slow down (no warnings). I turned it off. The car would start, but would not move in drive or reverse. I called the Mazda dealer and they told me to call for towing. The car was towed to Mazda dealer again. Once again, its the transmission. They are going to replace the transmission again because its still under the warranty. I was surfing the internet regarding Mazda transmissions came across some very important information. 626 Mazda 1994 - 2002 have a Ford model cd4E transmission. The transmission has an over heating problem. Mazda knows about this problem but they are noting fixing it. They issued a technical service bulletin telling how to correct the problem but they are not telling the customer about it unless the customer mentions something about it. The transmission needs a transmission cooling kit. My car is at the Mazda dealer now. When I called about this cooling kit they told me that it would cost $280, only because they have to put in a transmission. If they do not have to put a transmission in it would cost more. I should not have to pay for the cooling kit. I have only had the car a little over two years. Mazda should be made reponsible to pay for all repairs and or replacements that are covered under the warranty.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #23

Sep 092004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,200 miles


I have a 2001 Mazda 626 ES, and as of yesterday, my transmission gear cable broke. I took my car to the dealership here in atlanta, and one of the reps informed me that they have been receiving quite a few cars such as mine with the same problem. A friend of mine (brenda jackson) has the exact same car as mine, and her vehicle had the same problem 3 weeks ago. All of the cars seem to have more than 50,000 miles on them, and this problem is not even covered by the extended warranty.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #22

Jun 012004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Mazda 626 transmission failure while passing another vehicle ( semi-tractor) passing gear failed to engage when passing another vehicle transmission never left drive but felt like it was in neutral, causing me to apply brakes and pull to side of road, found out by the machanic who checked out the transmission that it had burnt out at 67,000 miles! and that Mazda had a tsb out on these transmissions and did'nt bother to tell the owners of these cars nor will they hrlp in any repairs!

- Lagrange, IN, USA

problem #21

Jun 202004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,500 miles
2001 Mazda 626 transmission overdrive not working, broke at 60 mph on interstate with only 40,000 miles on vehicle and had to pull over in a hurry possibly causing an accident.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #20

Nov 152003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


O/D light flashing tranny new then fixed four times thereafter. Still having shifting problems. 2001 madza 626lx. Started at about 50,000 miles.about $1000 out of pocket expences sure to incur more.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 052004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
2001 Mazda 626 automatic 4 cylinder transmission began to fail. Overdrive light would flash, auto would not move, like trans was left in neutral. Mazda dealer said transmission was bad, $2100 to replace. In process of being repaired off warranty, will take 1-2 weeks.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #18

Apr 092004

626 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
Purchased auto in July 2001. I drive a great deal and took my car religiously in for service to the dealer. Upon getting an oil change at about 30K miles I had to get my engine replaced due to a defective oil filter. Transmission (clutch pak) burned out at 100K miles. No help from Mazda. They actually had my car for over a month and wanted me to pay another diagnostic fee for hooking the car up to the machine. No estimate was given. Mazda associates constantly were unavailable and hung up on me many times.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #17

Mar 122004


  • miles
Automatic transmission burnt out! car was towed to workshop and remanufactured transmission needed to be put in cost $3100. Was little over 3 years from purchase date, therefore was not covered under warranty. The problems did not stop there, in about 50 days, "check engine" light came on... took it to the same place who worked on the transmission. Technician reported new problem unrelated to automatic transmission, new service cost $500. The car cost me big $$$ in maintainance.... don't know if this is the end of the problems... Mazda 626 owners watch out!

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #16

Apr 022004

626 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


2001 Mazda 626 - 6clyinder automatic transmission - bought brand new and brought it in regular according to recommended maintanence schedule. After 30,000 miles the transmission is shot. Had to be replace with rebuilt transmission.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #15

May 132003

626 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
In August 2001, I purchased a Mazda 626. In May 2003, I started to experience major problems with the car. At 23,000 miles, the following had to be replaced: Transmission assembly, thermostat and radiator sub-tank. At 31,000 miles, my car was in the shop for 11 days in order to replace the following: Mass air flow sensor, fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator, valve idle air control, thermostat gasket, and the throttle body gasket. My car is nearing the end of its 3 year/36,000 warranty and I am frightened about how much future repairs will cost, as well as the overall safety of the car.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 012004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
Hello, I am writing to inform you of a transmission problem I have with my madza 626. I have taken it to my mechanic and have talked to 3 others and they all tell me the same thing. This is a common problem with the automatic transmission on the madza 626. I bought my car new in 2001 and it has almost 99,000 miles. I have been told that it will cost me $2500-3000 to fix it. My mechanic says it will be cheaper for me in the long run to trade it in and get a new car. I am forced to get a new car because my 2001 madza 626 does not run. This car needs to be recalled.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #13

Dec 302003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Mazda 626lx transmission went three times and the car is only 3 years oldmobile.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 042004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
O/D off light began to flash when vehicle's total mileage was about 76,000 miles. Informed by the dealer that transmission had overheated and required replacement. Vehicle's warranty had expired thus dealership refused to cover expenses of repairs.

- Center Valley, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 162004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,800 miles
626 Mazda LX 2001, 46,000 miles, transmission failure. Dealer diagnosed as requiring full exchange (rebuilt) transmission. Originally quoted at $2,400. However after extensive complaint Mazda representative assisted w/charging for labor $700 only. Mazda is being unfair with this car should be having this kind of failure at 46,000 miles. Looking to have entire job warranted...warranty had just expired by 3 days when incident occurred.

- W. Covina, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 132004

626 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2001 Mazda 626 esv6 transmission problems slips and jerks. The trans has been replaced in the early 30K range. It is now in the 63K range and starting again. Please help. We are being told it will cost us 2800 for repairs.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #9

May 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My car was purchased February 2001. Several months later my transmission was replaced because the transmission stop shifting.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #8

Oct 182003


  • miles
I have a 2001 Mazda 626. The over drive light began to flash, within 15 minutes I was at the dealer. I need a new transmission. My car is not showing any signs of failure. The light keeps flashing. I put an external transmission radiator and the light has not turned on. I have to replace my brakes 4 times in six months. They say it is my driving. How can this be? once it took them a week to put brake pads. That Monday they said it needed rotors and did not have the parts. That Friday I picked up my car and they said it did not need rotors after all!!! they rented me a car, 2 months later my credit card was charged for the weeks rental. Besides this the national city mile of cars wescott Mazda-Kia dealer are sexist and discriminate against women. The customer service guy (tom) called me an ass and never apologized even after I told his boss.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 262003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,005 miles
Transmission burned out at 60,000 miles. Since it's out of warranty, Mazda won┐T handle responsibility and offer help.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

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