Transmission Failure Common on Mazda 626

Premature automatic transmission failure is common. Diagnoses of the fault will be necessary to determine if repair or replacement is the proper repair.

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Average mileage: 130,039 (16,000–230,000)
Drive Train affected: Automatic Transmission
8 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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2000 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 189,000 mi,
09/14/2015 - Driving down the road on lunch the car started hesitating from stop to go. Made it back to work and let it sit for 4 hours. Leaving work I was able to reverse out of my parking spot but no forward gears work. Hard shifted from Park to Drive and nothing. Shifted into lower gears D1, D2 and slowly moved forward. Replaced transmission completely (from a junkyard transmission) and same problem still exists. New Fluids and torque converter were installed. Could have pulled a transmission with the same problem or I just wasted about $150. Possible electrical issue?
2002 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission
Transmission suddenly started slipping O/D light started blinking"
2000 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 144,000 mi,
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.
1998 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 187,000 mi,
Transmission one day just quit shifting on my way home from work. I stopped the car shut it off then started it and made it another couple hundred feet did this till I made it home. While trying to get home at 3:30 in the monrnig, the overdrive off light atarted to flash. I parked it and haven't driven it since. I have started it and moved it in the driveway a few times but not down the road. I don't know how far it will make it.
2001 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 16,000 mi,
My mazda 626 won't drive in D what should i do
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.
2001 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 168,000 mi,
Transmission wants to rev up And at times slips reverse I bought it and raised the RPMS and tranny fuild changed and it helped But now it wants to kick and speed up a little not sure how to fix or what it is Do I need it rebuilt I Also had a sound like something losse The big problem mazda u need to recall the seat belts those belts are so not car ready Let me know
2001 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 123,000 mi,
trans only 1 and 2nd gear and reverse works. trying to find someone to fix it now
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.
2002 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 130,000 mi,
The Transmission shifts hard between gears 1st and 2nd and makes a loud buzzing noise that increases in sound as you excellerate.
1997 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 47,000 mi,
While driving on the freeway, the od light started flashing and the car started jerking everytime it changed gears. When I got to my destination, I let it sit for a few hours and when I got back in only the reverse gear worked.
1997 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 127,000 mi,
NEVER AGAIN.
2000 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 160,000 mi,
tranny is sliping and not shifting reving real high and slaming into gear
2000 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 53,000 mi,
Bought new, problem started within a month of purchase... manifested by an abnormal delay when shifting from reverse to drive, which oftentimes resulted in the accelerator being depressed before the transmission engaged. Carried to dealership numerous times; dealership claimed to have found nothing abnormal with the transmission... the service manager finally told my wife that if the transmission failed it was covered under warranty and could be replaced then. Finally failed completely during a similar maneuver. Sitting in my garage because Mazda refuses to repair.
1995 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 143,392 mi,
Well its not driving in 1,2,d rev works fine no diagnosis yet I was told not worth the time
1999 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 230,000 mi,
If you're in Drive suddenly it will just keep on accelerating but not running until u stop right in the middle of the road. Start in the morning you shift to Drive, wait for a minute or 2 u will hear a loud thud then it will move, same thing in Reverse,
2000 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 190,000 mi,
Car will go in gear a couple times then it won't. Changed neutral safety switch but same problem! Any suggestions
1995 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission
Was drovind down the street the car made a jerk like something locked up. Then we pulled over to check it out. Not the car doesn't go in reverse. It only goes forward. Transmission fluid was low bit I just bought it and didn't think anything g of it. Replaced transmission fluid bit the problem still persist. The wheels are locked up. I notice when the tow guy towed it.
2000 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 87,000 mi,
Problem started when it would not start sometimes. Turned over, wouldn't catch. Then power locks make horrible grinding noise and I cannot use the remote clicker to open the doors or trunk anymore. Shortly after that, I put it in gear and all it does is rev up the engine but no go, in any gears. Shop says new tranny needed but they didn't pull it apart to look at it. They want 2,500 to fix. Sheesh.
1998 Mazda 626 - Automatic Transmission 130,000 mi,
transmission broke, got it repaired for an outrageous ammount