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Mazda 626



  • New poster, been lurking for a few weeks researching the 6. My .02: my 626 LX 4 cyl has been very reliable. It's the 5sp so no AT issues, but at 108,000 miles it's had exactly 3 problems (other than routine maintenance): 1) All but one of the dash lights went out over a 2 month period. Cost 150 to replace, evidently the dash has to be taken apart to replace a bunch of 35 cent bulbs. 2) Connection in the wiring went bad, causing a fuse to blow, 60 bucks to fix the connection. 3) Intake manifold gasket went bad, causing vacuum leak and rough idle. Other than that it's been just routine maintenance. Had a 6 loaner over the weekend (4cyl AT), and I'm hooked! Though I will go with the manual, the AT really seems to slow the 4cyl down. Hope to upgrade within the next 4 mos. or so.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,984
    wrong board. This is about the 626 (the vehicle that the 6 replaced). I believe you want this board.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • No, I wanted this least to describe my reliability experiences with my 626. Great car overall, reliable and great MPG - 30 in city traffic, 36-38 hwy. Very satisfied overall.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,984
    yeah, i know, aldebaron, that's why I replied to Maxx's message, not yours. ;)

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Oops, my bad, guess I need to get used to the UI on these boards...
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    thanks. I'd point you to the board which you should go to to point others to other boards, but that would be a waste of time.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,984
    geez. sorry, maxx. thought you made a mistake and wanted to talk about the Mazda 6 but posted here by accident. I apologize for trying to be helpful.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    he, he, he... no big deal.
  • lewshellewshel Posts: 37
    We got the beakes sorted out, missing clip on non-Mazda pads. No more shudder. At 73,000 miles the body is still tight, the engine smooth and the replaced transmission ok. I drove a 6 last year and found it much improved over the 626 but the interior was over-styled for my taste. In the interest of better mileage I wound up swappping our 97 626 (4 cylinder auto with its 3rd transmission) for a VW Golf TDI. If Mazda brought their diesel engines to the US I would look at them, especially in a hatchback.
  • koolkatkoolkat Posts: 2
    Only 67K mi. Transmission broken . Costs 1900.
    Not buying Mazda/Ford again (FOrd AT on Mazda)
    Also Heater/Coolant Core leaking (cost $600 to fix,
    mostly labor). Had Toyotos for 160K and 130K and
    did not have these problems!
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    As you probably know, the 4 cylinder Mazda 626 uses a Ford CD4E transmission. This is the same transmission that can be found in the Ford Contours, both 4 and 6 cylinder models. there are a few differences in the transmissions for the 6 cylinder Contours. It seems you get a transmission that goes the distance or breaks. I had one '98 Contour with 54,000 miles on it, that had all kind of trans problems. Another '98-an identical car, that has 74,000 miles on it with no problems. You can buy these transmissions on ebay for around $800.00. Or from www. Phoenix Hard parts for $1,400.00 Good luck!
  • skibry1skibry1 Posts: 174
    49,000 trouble free miles on our DoubleOught
     and where would we put this skipole handle?
  • atomtan2atomtan2 Posts: 6
    Hello, I have a 98 926 lx 4 cyl. w/a manual tranny. The vehicle is due for emissions and the check engine light is on. I went to a local Autozone which put an anylyzer on it which came up with a P1131 trouble code,lack of h20 switch,sensor indicates lean. Anyone have any idea what this indicates?
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    Lack of heated upstream oxygen sensor switch.

    In other words, you have an oxygen sensor that's gone south more or less permanently.

    You will have to repair/replace, or you will never pass emissions.
  • atomtan2atomtan2 Posts: 6
    Thanks windowphobe6 fro the reply. Which sensor do you think it is? The local car parts stores here in No. Ga. claim one of the two o2 sensors is not available which means I may be at mercy of the dealer. I read an earlier posting in this sight and someone mentioned may have the sensors for a good price. Any difficulties in getting at or replacing the sensor or should it be relatively easy?
  • phroadrickphroadrick Posts: 14
    Greetings everyone. It has been a long time since I posted because I have enjoyed many trouble free miles from my 99 ES V6. However the time has come to ask advice from the learned scholars of 626's. Should my air conditioning put out more or less volume on recirc? The volume of air is lower on recirculating than fresh air, but is much colder. Is that right? Also, the time has come (ok, actually a little past) for the 60k service. I know that the timing belt needs to be done and I may as well go ahead and replace the water pump while its apart. Anything else I should consider at this time? Thanks in advance. Frederick
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I believe you should get MORE air flow (louder) with the interior recirculated air, and yes it will be much colder, since it does not have to work as hard to cool the hot/steamy outside air.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    You should also replace spark plugs and spark plug leads at 60K miles. Also, replacing the fuel filter is a good idea at this time.

    You also need to replace the engine coolant. If you will have your water pump changed with the timing belt, they will replace the coolant as well. Make sure they use the genuine orange Mazda coolant, not the green stuff (e.g Prestone). Replacing the drive belts at 60K is also a good idea. When you replace the timing belt, I would also replace the cam sprocket seals and the front crankshaft seal.

    Many recommend fuel system service at 60K miles. You can simply run several bottles of Chevron Techron fuel injector cleaner through several tankfuls of fuel and accomplish the same purpose. Throttle body needs to be cleaned of accumulated carbon.

    I would strongly recommend using genuine Mzda parts for plugs, plug wires, drive belts and the timing belt. I had terrible experience with aftermarket cheap drive belts which constantly stretch and require frequent retightening.
  • zoomzoom626zoomzoom626 Posts: 124
    Change: spark plugs(order denso or NGK iridium plugs from, half the price of the dealership),coolant, brake fluid, fuel filter, air filter

    Don't change: no need to change spark plug leads until they go bad and you will notice belive me(they should be good for at least 120K), timing belt is good for at least 90K(even 105K, V6 are non interference engines-belt can break without damage!), change the drive belts and water pump when you change timing belt.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I had a dead battery last night. Some nice people visiting from San Fransisco bailed me out and drove me to Pep Boys to get a new battery. I think my 626 is listing to my conversations and knows that it is close to going in the trash heap. The revolt has just begun. My car also probably is whining that I don't wash it any more. I'm hoping this tin box of trash lasts until November. That is my targetted deadline for replacing it.
  • zoomzoom626zoomzoom626 Posts: 124
    next time use duracell :-)
  • phroadrickphroadrick Posts: 14
    Thanks everyone for the prompt responses on the 60k service. I do have one more question. Since my air conditioning blows LESS air in recirculating mode, what should I check? It is absolutely colder but again, blows LESS air. Any suggestions?
  • mazcarfan1mazcarfan1 Posts: 10
    I have a 1998 Mazda 626 LX 4-cyl. with the stock MAZDA AM/FM CD PLAYER, I was wondering what type of stock speakers and watts did Mazda used front and rear for the 98's? and did Mazda offer any hidden Subwoofer or AMP or just 4 speakers on the standard C.D. player in the LX? I notice my rear speakers are Pioneer 25w speakers they have awesome bass! everybody comments on them! for some reason I keep believing that the first owner replace the speakers in my car with Pioneer speakers(I bought it used) since Mazda speakers usually doesn't really doesn't sound that great.


  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    The system in my '00 626 doesn't move as much air in recirc. mode either. My wife's Outback is the same way. I consider it normal behavior, as both have worked that way since we bought them.
  • phroadrickphroadrick Posts: 14
    I bought mine used and this is the first car I have owned that didn't move more air in recirc mode. Of course I remember when you were lucky to HAVE air conditioning.
  • zoomzoom626zoomzoom626 Posts: 124
    Pioneer speakers are stock on this car, mine has them too and they are pretty good for stock speakers!
  • xraymanrrxraymanrr Posts: 34
    what is the difference in price between a new 626 base model and a used 626 coming off lease(3 years old) with a similar dealer warranty?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    The last year for 626 model was 2002. So you cannot get a new one any more. However, these cars depreciate rapidly and any used model (no matter how well equipped) will be cheaper than a new base model. For example, they were selling left over 2002 base models with 5 speed and 4 cylinder engine for something like $ 14K ($ 18K sticker). You can get a used 2002 top of the line ES V6 with auto transmission for about $ 12K, and 2002 used base model should be available for less than $ 10K.
  • branjessbranjess Posts: 5
    I have a 1999 626 2.0 5 speed which I enjoy driving. I have replaced the shift boot once about two years ago and the shift boot is again tearing.Does anyone know of a more durable after market shift boot?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I have a '99 ES V6 5 speed and it came with a soft imitation leather shifter boot which has not deteriorated to date. You may want to price that one at your local Mazda dealer. I do not think it is real leather because it has an inner lining made of cloth.(The shifter knob is made of real leather). I do not know what colors ES V6 shifter boots come in, mine is black and maybe that is the only available color. It is possible that later ES V6 5 speed models came with a real leather shifter boot, which should be even more durable.
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