Gearbox Mazda GF4A-EL

The Mazda GF4A-EL or Ford 4EAT-G 4-speed automatic transmission has been assembled since 1991 and is installed on a number of the most popular models, including those with powerful V6 engines. A simplified modification of this transmission formed the basis of the very famous CD4E gearbox.

Mazda gearboxes: F3A, G4A‑EL, GF4A‑EL, F4A‑EL, AW6A‑EL, FW6A‑EL / GW6A‑EL, SJ6A‑EL.


Production years since 1991
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 4
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 3.0
Torque output, Nm up to 260
Recommended oil Dexelia ATF M-III
Oil capacity, liter 8.8
Replacing the oil every 70,000 km
Replacing the filter every 70,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~250 000

Gear ratios Mazda GF4A-EL

Using the example of a Mazda 626 1998 with a 2.0 liter engine:

Main 3.820
1st 2.800
2nd 1.540
3rd 1.000
4th 0.700
Reverse 2.330

The transmission was installed on:

  • Mazda 626 IV (GE) in 1992 – 1997; 626 V (GF) in 1997 – 2002;
  • Mazda MPV II (LW) in 1999 – 2002;
  • Mazda MX-6 II (GE) in 1991 – 1997;
  • Mazda Xedos 6 (CA) in 1992 – 1999;
  • Mazda Xedos 9 (TA) in 1993 – 2002.

As 4EAT-G was installed on:

  • Ford Probe 2 (ST44) in 1992 – 1997.

Disadvantages of the Mazda GF4A-EL gearbox

  • This is a fairly reliable gearbox and malfunctions begin at a decent mileage.
  • Typically, owners are concerned about progressive vibrations due to wear-out of bushings.
  • The valves in the solenoids wear out relatively quickly and shocks appear.
  • The automatic transmission electronics are afraid of overheating; it is necessary to monitor the cleanliness of the radiator.
  • The remaining problems of this automatic transmission are associated with oil contamination by dust from the clutches.

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