really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 5
Average Mileage:
83,967 miles

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1998 Mazda 626 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 132015


  • 173,735 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Mazda 626. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the ignition failed to release the key. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V674000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 173,735. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 232016


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Mazda 626. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V674000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact stated that the check engine warning light and other warning lights were illuminated. The vehicle also made a warning sound and emitted a burning odor from the front end. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue.

- Clackmas, OR, USA

problem #6

Jul 032005

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The caller said the transmission needed to be replaced. While driving the engine revved without warning. The caller said it would happen mostly in stop and go traffic. She had the vehicle towed to a mechanic shop. Dealer said she needed to get a different year transmission, and she will have to update the computer. Manufacturer said there was no recall on her vehicle and offered no help for free.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


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 #4

Oct 052004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
My 1998 Mazda 626 is unreliable. It has been in and out of a dealers service department to get them to find out why it cuts off in the middle of operation or why it will only crank sporadically. They check, say they have identified the problem, charge us for a repair (because it is out of warranty. It rarely works more than a day after it has been repaired and then it is on the blink again. The reported problem from day one has not changed, it will not work properly due to failure to crank. We want it fixed and we expect trained technicians to know what to look for to fix it. We have now paid out over $1000 with parts and labor and still we have a car that will not work. North park Mazda, jackson, ms has all of the recent service records which back up what I have stated.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #3

Oct 072004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer, who placed it on a diagnostic machine. Mechanic determined that the computer needed to be reset. Consumer informed the mechanic that this problem occurred more than once and had not been resolved.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 112001

626 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I purchased a car in April 2001 (a used car) and have an extended warranty for it. Car started giving me problems in 2002 so I decided to use my extended warranty to get the car fixed once it broke down on me on the highway; I found out that the warranty company never heard of me and that my warranty never existed. The place that I brought the car from went out of business because of fraudulent activities, but they did have one other car place that was still operating, so I called that place and explain the problem to them. They assured me that they would take care of me. They tried twice too fix the problem and supposedly fixed the problem, the car is still the same way it was when I brought it to them. They are giving me the run around. My extended warranty is suppose to last 60 months or 100,000 meters which ever comes first. I used my car daily because I have small children and it seems like the company still wont honor the fake warranty that I have that was given by them. My transmission on the car is worse than before. The company is dick gidron Ford/Cadillac. They were all over the news for fraud. Please help.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had repeated electrical and fuel/transmission related problems with this vehicle. Dealership responds with this is normal. Other mechanics question frequent visits however agree that the services are needed.

- Cary, NC, USA

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