Mazda 626 Problems

Transmission Failure Common on Mazda 626

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Mazda 626 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 131,322 (140–230,000)
Drive Train affected: Automatic Transmission
8 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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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?
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.
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.
The Transmission shifts hard between gears 1st and 2nd and makes a loud buzzing noise that increases in sound as you excellerate.
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.
tranny is sliping and not shifting reving real high and slaming into gear
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
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.
trans only 1 and 2nd gear and reverse works. trying to find someone to fix it now
Car will go in gear a couple times then it won't. Changed neutral safety switch but same problem! Any suggestions
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.
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,
Will back up but won't catch in drive, 1, or 2..... was driving to work and I stopped at ared light.... what happened??
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.
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.
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.
Well its not driving in 1,2,d rev works fine no diagnosis yet I was told not worth the time