Avoid automatics at all costs
By HankMcStanky on
1998 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan
This was my second 626. The engine has
been mostly fine, blew a head gasket
at 85,000 but that feels like a fluke.
The door seals, mentioned by many
others, are annoying but no big deal.
The trouble, as you've guessed, is the
automatic transmission, made by Ford,
which completely fell apart at 90,000
miles, took $2500 to fix, and has been
back in the shop 3 more times in the
next 12,000 miles. Some apparently
break as early as 60,000. It's sad,
because I really liked the car up
until the fateful day it was towed to
the shop. Look for a manual, which is
what I'll be in the market for as soon
as this one breaks again.
Handles nicely, lots of cabin room,
huge trunk, smooth 4-cyl, big gas
tank, comfortable seating.
Figure out how to make a reliable
automatic transmission, do a better
job with the glue on the door gaskets.