This is my 2nd Mazda 626. I'm not sure I'll buy another one and think I need to look at getting rid of the one I have in another year or 2. My first was a '94. When it was 6 yrs old the transmission went out, I had just replaced the blower and a few other things so thought I'd better get rid of it. I got burned. Bought a '97 in 2000. My mechanic said it did not have the same transmission it originally started with. In July 2003 the transmission went out. A used one was put in. This baby is only 6 yrs old and has it's 3rd transmission. I've heard of others who have had to replace transmissions alot in 626's also. What's the deal? I bought this so I WOULDN'T have to do all this. Are they turning into lemons or just the 97's? My true blue independent mechanic only works on foreign cars. But now I'm tempted to go domestic.