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 8 of 14)

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problem #140

May 222004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,666 miles


Transmission seized abrubtly during a highway drive at 45 mi./ hr. Locked up no reverse on my 1998 Mazda 626. Near accident, none resulted fortunately. This will be the second transmission in less than a year. Will be taking in shop for replacement 5/24/2004.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #139

Feb 182001

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had my Mazda in the shop 5 times in the past year and a half all transmission related! it has cost me so much money, inconvienced me and just given me major migrains! I have had the transmission rebuilt twice, the differential barring replaced, a seal which was pouring out fluid and caused me to be stranded on interstate replaced. This car is a joke! Mazda you should be ashamed to have your name on this car! I just got it out of the shop Tuesday and I'm on my way to trade it!! I still owe on this car and I am not a happy and satisfied customer. Why there is not a recall on this car is unbelievable! I have been so emotionally stressed out because I never know where or when my car is going to break down next. This Mazda is history!!!

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #138

Apr 052004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,666 miles
Transmission failed in Mar 03. Rebuilt. Failed less than 10,000 miles, brought back to service, failed again after another 10,000 miles on Apr 5, 04.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #137

Apr 032004


  • 56,046 miles


When accelerating from a stop vehicle hesitated then jerked forward before accelerating. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #136

Mar 032004

626 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
Hi.my name is nazmi pirraci.I bought my Mazda 626,1998 from Nissan dealer rated number 1 in santa barbara California.when I bought the car the odometer registered 82500 miles.I payed 9800 to buy the car.after driving only 10000 miles the car broke down.when I took the car to the mechanic he told me that the transmission broke down and that was going to cost me 2300 to replace it.when he found out that my car had only 10000 miles after I had bought from the dealer he asked me to take the car to the dealer and see if thay can help me with the cost.so I took the car to the dealer and explained what had happened.thay told me that I didnt had warranty and that they could do nothing to help me.so I ended up paying 2300 dollars for my car.I feel that I have been cheated and I this model Mazda 626 should definitely be recolled becouse lots of people that I know have the same problems with their Mazda (transmission break down).

- Goleta, CA, USA

problem #135

Mar 092004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
1998 Mazda 626 - total transmission failure at 91000 miles. With proper fluid levels and fluid change at 50K miles, the transmissions still experienced a major meltdown! numerous parts destroyed inside the transmission when the differential gear fell apart. I'm very upset with the $2,800 bill to repair something that should have never failed. While calling numerous transmission repair shops, I quickly found this is a very common problem for the cd4E transmission. I was also very disappointed at Mazda's response to a problem that's been ongoing for years! basically..."sorry, not our fault". hopefully this complaint can be used to help make Mazda more responsible for a product they know to be bad.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #134

Mar 162004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,445 miles


Transmission went out on car. Well maintained. Serviced regularly. Mazda dealer is charging $2,700 to repair.

- Doswell, VA, USA

problem #133

Jan 232003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
I brought my Mazda 626 LX on 6/1/01 with about 33,000 miles, since then I had to replace my timing belt at 44,000 due to the tension pin.meanwhile, I have made numberous amounts of repairs to this car. At about around 70,000 miles my transmission started having problems. Sounded like it was making a popping noise and the car began jerking when under 30 mph. Now the O/D light flashes on and off and my car starts smoking.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #132

Nov 212002

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
1998 Mazda 626 has been in the auto shop about 8 times in the last 6 months for transmission problems. These incidents have begun since Nov 2002 and ongoing to this day, Mar 08 2004. Since I can not afford to buy a new automobile, I feel deeply angry that Mazda has not recalled, my car and thousands of others. My mechanic see's many Mazda's 626's 1998's in his shop. I really hope anyone help me with this. I hope the dealership that sold me the vehicle can relay this information to Mazda corporation. Both the dealership and the manufacturer should try to stand by what they sell. Marcos sanz.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #131

Feb 272004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,078 miles
I own a 1998 Mazda 626 and the transmission just went out on it. I have done a little research and found out that this is a common problem among these vehicles and I feel that Mazda should start taking some responsibility. I have to pay $2,004.50 to get it rebuilt and I have only owned it for 2 years. My vehicle was 100 feet from the train tracks when it decided to stop working. It could have been a very bad situation as the train came by a couple minutes after my transmission failed.

- Fall River, WI, USA

problem #130

Jan 012002

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


My cd4E transmission failed. It has been denoted by mechanics and by consumers that these cd4E transmissions are defective. I'd just like to make a complaint against Ford/Mazda for supplying this transmission to my 1998 Mazda 626.

- Albany, LA, USA

problem #129

Feb 272004


  • miles
I have an extended warrenty on my car. I own a Mazda 626 (1998). When my car's transmission failed, Mazda replaced my transmission ( I had around 74,000 miles) which was still w/in my extended warrenty period. Now at 90,000 the new transmission failed again and I have to pay for it!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #128

Feb 262004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,400 miles
Transmission needs replacing at the ridiculously low mileage of 68,000 miles. After checking various web sites, I discovered that the problem is endemic for Mazda 626 cars with automatic transmissions.

- Falcon Heights, MN, USA

problem #127

Sep 202003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My son was given a 1998 Mazda 626 with 70,000 miles by his grandmother. We knew the history on this car, it had been well maintained and we thought it would be a good safe first car for him. Before my son even got his licence we started having problems, the car appeared to be slipping in and out of gear, the RPM's would jump and the vehicle would lurch forward. We put the car in the shop and were told it would need a new transmission. We are thankful the problem appeared before my son was out on the road alone. I have read numerous complaints about Mazda transmissions and some of the things that have happened could have been fatal in the hands of an inexperienced driver. Mazda has been made aware of the problem but seems to be ignoring it. Do we have to wait until there are fatalities before something is done?

- Archdale, NC, USA

problem #126

Jan 312004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,687 miles
Transmission failed at 67,687 miles. The vehicle stalled in the middle of an intersection.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #125

Jan 172004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
Transmission failed in my 1998 Mazda 626.

- Hazlehurst, GA, USA

problem #124

Jan 132004

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,500 miles
Replaced transmission on 1998 Mazda 626 at 72,500 miles. Along with multiple repairs in the last 2 years, including abnormal burnout of tires, 3 windshield replacements and alignment issues.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #123

Dec 192003


  • 83,000 miles
The vehicle's transmission failed without warning. The part was replaced however the problem still exist. Please provide any additional information.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #122

Dec 022003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,126 miles
I own a 1998 Mazda 626 with approximately 76,000 miles. The transmission has failed and Mazda said it will cost $4,000 to replace.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #121

Nov 102003

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,047 miles
The transmission is totally shot and I will have to replace it at a cost of about $2500 while I hear that if Mazda had just informed the owners earlier they could have added about $100 cooling kit and saved all the cost and hassle.

- Dayton, OH, USA

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