Day of purchase: cd player defective and replaced week later by dealer.
20,000 miles: a/c unit floods interior of car, passenger footwell; entire a/c unit replaced.
55,000 miles: alternator dies and is replaced.
58,000 miles: right and left wheel bearings cracked and replaced.
Every 2,000-5,000 miles: headlights go out.
10,000 miles: battery dies, is replaced.
Steering wheel "timing wire (?) " makes constant noise while driving.
Multiple windshield chips.
Multiple areas where paint has chipped off to reveal fiberglass below.
Unfortunately, the Mazda Protege 5, at least the one I purchased from a local Mazda dealer, is a frustratingly expensive vehicle, many problems and repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th October, 2007