I have a 2001 Mazda 626. It has stopped unexpectedly while moving 2 times in the past 3 1/2 months. When it stooped (both times) it was mid-day, the a/c was on and I was moving at a low speed (between 5-15 mpg). When this happens, the gear shift locks up and the car won’t move. Then after about 15-20 minutes it starts right up!
The car has been checked by my regular mechanic both times, who is terrific, and although he ran a diagnostic both times, found no electrical problem. He’s convinced it’s some kind of simple mechanical issue but hasn’t be en able to diagnose what and isn’t inclined to just start replacing any/all possible parts without a definitive reason.
The second time the car did this the Mazda dealership also did a full diagnostic and only reported “repairing” a couple of the battery wires, did not replace anything.
No one knows what’s wrong but if the problem isn’t resolved soon I will have to get another vehicle because I no longer feel safe in the car.
Has anyone out there had this experience and figured out a solution?