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 1 of 7)

problem #126

Mar 312011

626 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


The transmission in my 2001 Mazda 626 I4 has failed twice. The first time it failed at 118,000 miles while I was accelerating from a stop at a intersection almost causing an serious accident with the cars behind me. After having the transmission rebuilt for 2K the transmission failed again at 120,000 miles while accelerating from a stop at an intersection on a uphill slant and almost caused a major accident with the cars behind me as I backed the car down the hill to the curbside. Ford needs to recall these horrible cd4E transmissions. I have had the transmission rebuilt again and the certified transmission shop tells me Ford has redesigned the drum for these transmissions (the part that failed both times) and they only release them 1 at a time from the Ford factory to transmission shops to avoid a recall on the previous design which failed all of their cd4E transmissions prematurely. This is very poor customer service on Ford part and they should stand behind their product and not hide from their failures while sticking it to their costumers. I will not buy another Ford product again.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #125

Dec 102010


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda 626lx. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph when the transmission began to slip with severe hesitation. The vehicle was diagnosed by two different independent mechanics who advised the contact that the transmission was defective and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #124

Aug 152010


  • 108,000 miles
2001 Mazda 626. Transmission shifting cable falls off shift lever on transmission. Once occurs, can not shift out of whatever position you are in at the time of the failure. Mazda sells a new cable kit with new/adequate cable to transmission connection device ($180). You can not just buy the connector. Mazda parts person said, "we sell a lot of these" indicating numerous failures for same cause. Being a mechanical engineer, I resolved the issue with a axle nut as used to hold wheels on a child's wagon, etc.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #123

May 232010


  • 108,000 miles


O/D light blinking, wont stop, cannot engage or disengage O/D function.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #122

Jan 122010


  • 135,000 miles
O/D light flashing, and gears slipping.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #121

Nov 012009


  • 80,800 miles
My 2001 626 (4 cylinder) transmission needs to be replaced at under 81,000 miles!!!! the only warning sign was it wouldn't shift into reverse one day, then boom, it barely moved forward again. I have never had a problem with this car and I have mostly owned Mazda's so imagine my surprise and disappointment that it happened just after I lost my job. Now I have no job, no transportation and no means to get a job without it. Mazda apparently knew there were problems with the transmissions and chose to do nothing about it. I will never purchase or recommend a Mazda ever again! as a result of your blatant failure to inform your customers you have lost at least one good customer forever.

- El Cerrito, CA, USA

problem #120

Jun 152009


  • 144,000 miles


The transmission on my 01 Mazda 626 is broken. It won't shift from third to fourth gear. I know this is a problem with almost every 626 that has a cd4E transmission. So the transmission is obviously defective.

- Rexburg, ID, USA

problem #119

Apr 152009


  • 94,000 miles
I own a 2001 Mazda 626 4 cyl. My car's transmission usually runs in third gear on long trips and doesn't shift to the over drive. Also, there is a delay when shifting from second to third and from third to overdrive. It works fine shifting from first to second gear. This is a really annoying thing coming from this car. I already did a transmission flush to solve the issue but it worked fine for just a couple of days and it is just as it was at the beginning. I hope someone takes care of this because there is a lot of disappointed customers due to this common issue in this vehicle.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #118

Jun 012001

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles
2001 Mazda 626 4 cylinder automatic transmission failed. The car will not drive anymore. After driving it for a distance of 60 miles one day, I parked it, tried to start driving it again and it wouldn't go.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #117

Apr 072009


  • 126,341 miles
2001 626 Mazda 4 cy. Transmission is going out and due to the number of issues reported by consumers about transmission problems, costly repairs and even additional problems. When is Mazda going to be forced to do something about this issue? if they do not - this will be my last Mazda.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #116

Dec 202006

626 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Transmission failed, even after proper maintenance. 2nd transmission also failed 13 months later. 2001 Mazda 626 ES V6 2.5L automatic transmission.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #115

Apr 062009


  • 98,000 miles
Transmission failure occurred the first time in early spring of 2003. My 626 had just turned over 53,000 miles when the transmission went. Called for a tow, transmission place said that it was likely to have to be a full rebuild. I called dealership, they called Mazda and Mazda paid for new transmission and tow, even though the car was out of warranty. This weekend, driving car, no sign of any issue, just had a fluid flush done on the car 6,000 miles ago so I know that is fine. Come home after a weekend of city driving and go to get in the car the next morning when the car will not shift. Stays in park no matter what gear I move shifter to. Taking it in again with only 45,000 miles on the ~new~ transmission that Mazda paid for the first time round. Car only had 98,000 miles on it and has suffered 2 different transmission failures.

- Harvard, IL, USA

problem #114

Feb 012009


  • 95,000 miles
My 2001 Mazda 626 2.0L LX has 104,500 miles on it. Around 95,000 the transmission started shifting roughly. The problem got worse over time and at 104,500 miles I now need a transmission rebuilt. Every mechanic I have taken it to and talked to knows the problems with this Ford cd4E built transmission and are shocked Ford/Mazda has not done a recall on them. I am now looking at 2000 dollars in repairs. Please forward this complaint to Mazda along with all of the others and make them do what is right. So many people have been affected by these horrible transmission failures. Please help us all.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #113

Dec 082008


  • 115,258 miles
With only 115,000 miles on 2001 Mazda 626, the transmission needs replaced per professional assessment. Took it in after the overdrive function stopped working and the only way I was able to drive the car was by turning off the overdrive function.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #112

Oct 252008


  • 105,000 miles
I have a 2001 Mazda 626 with only a little over 100,000 miles and now the transmission went out. I had it looked at and was told that the chain inside the transmission was skipping links. The service man who looked at the car told me that he believes that there was a recall on this transmission because this problem was happening to alot of Mazda 626 transmissions. The car is just sitting now because we can not afford 2000 dollars to get this fixed but if its possible to be looked at I was told that we could get it replaced for free. We really need assistance with this because we have a 10 month old daughter and one running vehicle and really need help getting this problem fixed.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #111

Aug 252008


  • 116,000 miles
I bought a 2001 Mazda 626 in 2002 with 23,000 miles up until now haven't had any problems. I was driving down the freeway and my overdrive light started blinking, the car made it home I took it to the shop and they said my transmission needed to be rebuilt. There is only 117,000 miles on the car, so I got online and searched the problem and come to find that there are pages upon pages of Mazda 626 owners with automatic transmissions who have or had the same problem's. the shop that I took my car to said Mazda/Ford made a bad transmission for several years!!!. I wish the car manufactures would make up for there mistakes and not keep passing them onto the consumers.. thanks tim keblis

- Rodeo, CA, USA

problem #110

Sep 052008


  • 25,574 miles
2001 Mazda 626 with an automatic transmission. I purchased the car from a Mazda dealer, it was a 1 owner trade-in with only 25,000 original miles. The vehicle went through a 100 point inspection from their service department. I only had the car for 5 days before the transmission went out. When I placed the transmission in reverse or drive, it just remained still as if it was still in park or neutral, it was towed to a Mazda dealer and diagnosed with a torque converter failure. This is apparently a major issue with most Mazda 626's, old and new!

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #109

Aug 262008


  • 125,000 miles
I have a 2001 Mazda 626 LX with automatic transmission. The car has worked great but at 125,000 miles the transmission went out. Many other people have had similar problems with this transmission and still no recall? I took the car to a reputable mechanics shop and was told that the transmission needs to be replaced and not to waste my money on it because it is known for failures. I took it to a shop that specializes in transmissions and was told the same story except they felt they could fix the situation with an aftermarket valve kit that solves the problem. Why are Mazda and Ford (the transmission was built by Ford) allowed to ignore this problem?

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #108

Apr 152008

626 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
My Mazda 626, year 2001 has a problem with the transmission. At first the car would not go into reverse, then the entire transmission failed. I spoke with a co-worker that had the same problem with her Mazda 626. Is there a recall on the Mazda. Please help me with the repairs, I can't afford to get the vehicle fixed.

- Opa Locka, FL, USA

problem #107

Mar 122008


  • 145,930 miles
Automation transmission went out on car. Have found out sense this happened that it happens alot on the Mazda 626S because it uses the Ford cd4E transmission that Ford has issues with.

- Princeton, MN, USA

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