Transmission failure requiring complete replacements of transmissions are common in Mazda 626 and Tribute models, specifically years 1995 to 2001 for the 626, and years 2001, 2006 and 2008 for the Tribute, according to RepairPal.com and CarComplaints.com. These problems typically occur when the odometer is between 80,000 and 125,000 miles.
The transmission problems seem to only occur in models with automatic transmissions. In the 1998 model of the Mazda 626, transmission failure cost owners an average of $1,900 to repair, with many people spending a lot on repairs before it failed completely. Warning signs include issues with the overdrive light, shifting problems, whirring noises emitting from the transmission, and severe vibration.
Reported transmission problems in the 1997 model of the vehicle amounted to an average repair cost of over $3,500, according to CarComplaints.com. Costs to repair transmission failures in the 2001 Mazda Tribute averaged just over $3,400 for owners, though one owner reported that he was able to save a significant amount by using the extended warranty he purchased. One owner stated that he went through three transmissions with the vehicle. Repair costs for the 2008 model were very similar to the 2001 model's, but the average amount dropped to $2,300 for the 2006 model. Most of the vehicles experienced the same signs of transmission failure as the Mazda 626 models.