2002 Mazda Protege SE 1.6 from North America


Used? Buy a Cavalier or Focus; it'll cost less and you'll have just as much problems with it..


Bought new... In the first year;

The Rack (Direction) did a weird knocking noise when turning the wheels - had to replace it. (Thank god it was under warranty 'cause = 1500$ job)

Front Wheels bearings broke down.

Weird noise from suspension - Still not fixed (Mazda didn't find the problem)

The car must be made with very cheap/thin metal because it was in a hail storm and it was the only car on the street with damage.

3rd year;

The shifter bushings had to be changed (350$ job) - I know this is a common problem with Proteges.

The battery is already leaving me, but, not as frustrating as other problems listed above.

General Comments:

I had small cars before; 1987 Corolla, 1992 NX-2000, Volkswagen, Chevrolet...

And it is by far the most UnderPowered car of all. It's like driving a car from the 30's. I tryed the 2L Engine and it is just as bad.

Overall reliability is average.

The service in Mazda dealers is really poor and they take a lot more time to fix the problem than regular garages.

Comfort is average too. I enjoy the quality of the dash board. Definitely a +.

Handles very very well in snow. I never got stuck with it, and it endures Abitibi/Qu├ębec snow falls.

Handling is very fun when the car is new, but it gets old fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th February, 2006

28th Apr 2006, 20:18

You stated that there is a weird noise coming from your suspension. I have a 2002 Protege LX which recently has a "weird" noise coming from the suspension when the steering wheel was turned. The faulty component was a "link" arm which connects the front stabilizer bar to the control arm. The ball joint grease dried out and the ball joint rusted. Fortunately the part only costs $60 CAN. The labour to change it is about an hour.

2002 Mazda Protege DX 2.0 from North America




Transmission gave out at around 120,000 miles. Had a new transmission put in, but that too gave out just with barely 6,000 miles put on it!! What a pain to deal with!!

General Comments:

The car was nice when I first bought it, but now that it has given me major problems (transmission)...I hate it! Should have just purchased a Honda or Toyota!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th December, 2005

2nd Aug 2007, 11:13

How many miles did you expect to get out of your first transmission??? What are your driving habits? who installed the second tranny? Didn't they warranty their workmanship or product? Maybe we should do a review on your driving habits. I'm thinking you might not be as good as you think.

2002 Mazda Protege 5 2.0 from North America


Very, very noisy engine! on all Proteges..


Nothing major has gone wrong with the car, although the brake calipers tend to rust really quick on these cars. Mine got to the point that they looked like a ball of rust. But than again, I did not have the car for long enough to experience any problems.

General Comments:

The handling on this car is really superb, although a bit on the stiff side.

Fuel consumption is quite good if you keep your speed below 100km/h; anything past that, and the car has some serious appetite.

Overall, I was really disappointed with this vehicle. The car is really loud on the highway at anything above 100km/h, and the engine sounds like it's about to explode! I have no idea why Mazda does not do anything about it... but the engines on these cars are very, very noisy, to the point that on a long trip it gets really annoying, not to mention the wind noise!

Another problem is the rust! I had one of those electro-magnetic rust modules installed, and the car was already beginning to show signs of rust, especially on the welds.

On the plus side, the seats are comfy and the cabin has a sporty touch to it. But this was not enough to convince me to keep the car, and I got rid of it just after 3 months!

If you get this car, be prepared to invest in some serious ear plugs or a big bottle of Tylenol for your head-aches!

Currently I purchased a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder, and I absolutely love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th December, 2005

25th Dec 2005, 23:31

Many years ago I bought a brand new Mazda 323 and was so disappointed. The rotten thing rattled from every corner of the interior, and the manual gearbox felt like an iron bar in a bucket of rocks.

Like you, I put up with it for 3 months, then traded it.

Mazda have an undeserved good reputation achieved mainly via clever advertising.

I would never consider owning one again.