Premature automatic transmission failure is common. Diagnoses of the fault will be necessary to determine if repair or replacement is the proper repair.
Car Problem Reports
Mazda 626 Transmission Failure Common
Mazda 626 Problem
Drive Train Affected: Automatic Transmission
Average Mileage: 120,500 mi (65,000 mi - 158,000 mi)
Visitor, 1996 Mazda 626, Automatic Transmission, 82,000 mi
The auto trans in this car is a complete piece of crap. It literally went through it's original trans, a replacement, and a rebuild in less then 6 months. I found out after all of this that the auto trans is the same one that comes in the Ford Taurus of that time frame and it failed repeatedly in that car as well. If you buy one of these cars make sure you get the manual transmission or avoid it like the plague.
Visitor, 2000 Mazda 626, Automatic Transmission, 106,000 mi
Transmission failed and the only working gears were 1st thru 2nd and Reverse. Warranty covered the replacement, however the rebuilt replacement also has issues. Specifically overly firm shifting.
Visitor, 1997 Mazda 626, Automatic Transmission, 127,000 mi
Visitor, 1998 Mazda 626, Automatic Transmission, 152,000 mi
transmission leaking from top and bottom o rings I have not been able to fix yet is it expensive to fix
transmission broke, got it repaired for an outrageous ammount
car will not move forward or back,rev engine does nothing-shifted perfect, parked for one hr, now will not shift, also power windows do not operate, they did prior to parking.
Visitor, 1998 Mazda 626, Automatic Transmission, 158,000 mi
It will drive fine for a few blocks the the car will not go. The engine runs great.