2002 Mazda Protege LX 2.0 from North America
OK, for about 50000 miles
Transmission is starting to give trouble 50000 miles.
Brakes already been replaced.
Bumpy ride at slow speeds (wheels and tires are in good shape and balanced)
We bought this car last year, and until recently its been a good car. The transmission has always shifted hard and now is shifting very hard!! We have done some research on the web and found out that this is an ongoing problem with these cars. Some people blame it on Ford, but these transmissions aren't Ford. My car, transmission included has about 5 stickers on it saying the entire car was manufactured in Japan. To the best of my knowledge Ford transmissions are manufactured in Detroit USA. So much for Japanese being better. My next car will definatly be American!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th December, 2005
10th Aug 2006, 08:37
Not that I hate American cars or anything (I live in Michigan and have familial connections to Chrysler and Ford), but I wouldn't let a Mazda decide that Japanese cars are lesser. They aren't exactly the cream of the crop when it comes to cars from that island nation...
8th Mar 2007, 17:27
Don't try and stop them! Let them buy american!! They'll find out really quickly that automatic transmission fluid DOES need to be changed, and that cars in general DO require maintenance. The lesson is always best learned when it's learned the hard way.