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Mazda 626 Transmission Failure Common

Mazda 626 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Drive Train Affected: Automatic Transmission

Average Mileage: 125,639 mi (53,000 mi - 184,236 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 127,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 123,000 mi

    trans only 1 and 2nd gear and reverse works. trying to find someone to fix it now

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  • 16embeb, , 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

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  • robertdickhudt, , 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.

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  • rog760, , Automatic Transmission, 110,000 mi

    trans keeps going out and having to be fixed a lot , in this year of car and the make , it has ford trans in it by factory and its a mazda 626 i really need this fixed its been a problem that never should of been , mazda parts for mazda cars , ford parts for ford car , you see this has been a problem for a lot of people that have mazdas from the years 98-2004

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 130,000 mi

    It skips. Press accelerator but car didn't move and suddenly it moves with quick jerk. Got engine light for problems in torque converter. Transmission rebuild costing $1300.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 184,236 mi

    Transmission is slipping in Drive. 2,1 and reverse work

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