hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,941 miles

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problem #56

Oct 092010

626 4-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
Transmission downshifted while driving on the freeway. While trying to maintain speed to exit the freeway, the engine started to overheat. As soon as I was able to pull into the local gas station parking spot, the engine died. The transmission appears to need a rebuild.

- Firestone, CO, USA

problem #55

Sep 302010


  • 107,000 miles
2002 Mazda 626 transmission broke on me at 107,000 odo.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #54

Sep 222010


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission failure.

- Miami Gardens, FL, USA

problem #53

Aug 282010


  • 125,000 miles
Auto transmission has constant problems with leaking and shifting. Tons of complaints online of problems with these cars. Why cant something be done about this like a recall?

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #52

Feb 122010


  • miles
Failure of transmission, 2002 Mazda 626, twice in last 6 months. Car lurches, stalls, will not shift into gears, have been stuck on busy freeway. Also fuel pump just cuts off and car will not start.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #51

Dec 232009

626 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Transmission failure, 2002 Mazda 626 4cyl. Transmission began slipping and shifting hard between 2nd and 3rd gears. 97,000 miles but had regular "harsh conditions" maintenance as it was being operated in the AZ desert heat. Transmission was rebuilt but now shifts hard 1st to 2nd in addition to 2nd and 3rd despite being sent back. There are widespread failures of 626 transmissions but Mazda was never forced by the government to issue a recall. The transmission is too small for the weight of the vehicle per some reports. $2,500 for rebuilt transmission. I've never had a automatic transmission go out this soon and I have been driving for 35 years.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #50

Aug 102009


  • 72,000 miles
2002 Mazda 626 transmission chain failure. Car has only 72K miles on it, needs entire re-built transmission costing over $1900.

- Wilton Manors, FL, USA

problem #49

Jun 062009


  • 75,000 miles
Transmission failure at 75,000 miles.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #48

Apr 012009


  • 94,000 miles
94,000 miles on my 2002 Mazda 626 and the transmission is shot and struts were worthless. Was stranded on the road when the car would go in reverse but was difficult to operate in drive and at slower speeds and stop signs/lights.

- Childress, TX, USA

problem #47

Aug 062008


  • 53,000 miles
I have Mazda 626 year 2002. It had around 53,000 miles on it. Very low mileage and well maintained. One day, while driving on the highway, there was sudden jerking motion and od light began to flash, after which the car slowed down and was moving at a very slow speed. (on the highway). As and when I stopped/slowed, the car had difficulty to gain speed. Some how, I got it home after which, it would not move forward. Neutral and reverse gears worked fine. Took it Mazda dealer in troy, and they said a bad transmission. First they said that they will get a new transmission and they were charging exorbitantly. Later they said that it would be rebuilt for the same amount of money. I took my cart to a transmission shop and got it repaired. I have read online that there are numerous numerous people who have had issues with transmission with Mazda 626. I called up Mazda company and complained about it. But my words fell on deaf ears something needs to be done, Mazda knows about this issue and has not addressed it.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #46

Jan 082009


  • 160,000 miles
2002 Mazda 626 transmission burnout. Purchased used Mazda with 138000 miles, previous owner said he'd replaced the transmission once before. At around 160 K miles my transmission went out, I had a shop replace with rebuilt trans, but more problems resulted. 2000 dollars later, plus rental car fees and the "new" transmission is on the blink still, has been back in the shop three times. Symptoms are well documented in the internet, bucking, no power, high RPM's, flashing O/D light, spewing oil. If this car is ever drivable again I will sell and never buy Mazda again.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #45

Mar 102008


  • 78,000 miles
Mazda 626 was built with a bad transmission that has had problems since 50,000 miles. The car started forcefully shifting, and now will have problems accelerating. This happens every time I drive it since 50000 miles with conditions getting worse. Nothing has been done yet to fix the problem accept my mechanic says I need to either rebuild this transmission or put in a new transmission.

- Oviedo , FL, USA

problem #44

Jul 052008


  • 12,300 miles
I have a 2002 Mazda 626 and on July 5,08 my car trans stopped working while I was going uphill. I had to swerve the car to keep it from rolling backward into another car.

- Phiadelphia, PA, USA

problem #43

Jun 272008


  • 77,800 miles
No events lead up to my failure. We own and have a well maintained Mazda 626 and it stopped driving the other day. No warning or problems prior to this - just stopped running. While we were driving the vehicle it started to not accelerate or shift erratically and roughly.

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

problem #42

Jun 142008


  • 96,328 miles
The transmission in my 2002 Mazda 626 has began making noises now. It is clicking and jerking the car.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #41

Mar 212008

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am truly disappointed in the service and quality received by Mazda. When I bought my 2002 Mazda 626 in 2005 I took my car in approximately 1 week later to let them know that my engine shakes. Mechanic says that's the way it is supposed to me (although no other car that I've been in did that). As time went on & things got worse we discovered that our engine mounts were broken. We seem to have to change our brake pads every 3 months. We took our car in today because our car was "jumping", find out our transmission is shot. Im a single mom and do not have a 6 figure job, but has had to dish out $ all the time for the repairs on this car. It is merely a work vehicle and I don't travel much other than that. I've been put behind on bills and now is told to replace my transmission it will be $2000. It is frustrating. Its no wonder why so many people love Toyota and Honda.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #40

Feb 282008

626 4-cyl

  • 63,642 miles
For the past week I have been having trouble with my vehicle's automatic transmission. I own a Mazda 626 2002 4 cyl. My vehicle has 63,642 miles and for the past week while driving my vehicle would shift out of gear into a lower gear. It would stay in the same gear and not shift (this occurs mainly in the lower gears when the vehicle is in drive). The O/D off light would blink on and off after this occurs and the check engine light came on when the problems began. Yesterday after parking the car I am unable to put the car in reverse. The vehicle will not go backwards. I looked online and there are apparently numerous documented issues of Mazda 626S having transmission failure.. I called the Mazda customer support center and was told that there is no powertrain warranty offered and my vehicle is out of the manufacturers 3 year/50000 mile warranty.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #39

Nov 102007

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,200 miles
I have a 2002 Mazda 626 4cyl with 71,200 miles. I had just paid it off last month and come to find out my automatic transmission is going out on me. When accelerating it sounds as if gears are grinding. There was a couple times over the last 3 months my check engine light came on. I took it in and was told my battery connection was loose. Other than that there was no events leading up to this and happened all of a sudden. I have tried to change transmission fluid and the defected transmission is still in the vehicle continuing with grinding noise. Took it back in and told me the transmission is about to need rebuilding I have read many problems online dating back to 1996 regarding these 626's transmissions and here is another one.

- Santa Fe, TX, USA

problem #38

Jul 132007

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,700 miles
I own a Mazda 2002 626 LX with an automatic transmission. It was purchased on December 12, 2004 and has only 43,700 miles on it. The routine maintenance on the car has always been performed as outlined in the car maintenance manual. On July 13, 2007 the transmission started to have problems. Some time when shifting from park to the reverse gear it will make a screeching noise and the gear will not engage. On July 14, 2007 I called two Mazda dealerships and was told that the transmission was out of warranty (time wise, not mileage wise) and there were no recalls related to the transmission. On July 16, 2007 I took it to an aamco shop. A day later I was told by aamco that the transmission had to be re-built. It cost me $2510 to get the transmission re-build. This was a huge unexpected expense because transmission completely failed at such a low mileage due to some inherent defect.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #37

Aug 282007

626 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The car is a 2002 Mazda 626 with approximately 90K miles. The car was not in a crash or incident leading up to the issue. August 28, 2007-driving on I-5 on the way home from work the O/D light began to flash. I was approximately 1.5 miles from home so I continued on. The next morning I started the car and backed out of my driveway. It would not go into gear at all. Reverse works just fine. It was towed to the mechanic and we have been told that the transmission is completely dead and needs to be replaced. The cost of this is going to be $1350 for a rebuilt/remanufactured transmission and labor ($650). This is a total of $2,000 not including tax. There were no used transmissions available at the time. Based on my research this is a known issue with Mazda 626S and they've issued a technical service bulletin # 05-005/02 deals with one specific circumstance: After extended highway driving, the O/D off light is blinking and code P1783 is set (excessive atf temperature). The tsb requires that a cooling kit be installed due to overheating within the transmission the kit is installed at the cost of the owner which is approximately $1,236 (quoted by senator Mazda). The problem is that the cd4E was meant for the Ford Contour/Mystique which is much lighter than the Mazda 626. In addition, the manual doesn't mention any servicing requirements for the transmission nor have I been contacted as Mazda's due diligence to reach out to their 626 owners to fix the problem as a peremptory strike.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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