2003 Mazda Protege 5 from North America
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
14th Nov 2007, 07:23
I looks like you kept this lemon for 4 years. That is very high endurance rate.
13th Dec 2009, 20:54
Just adding to previous posts. My 2003 Mazda Protege 5 up and DIED on me today. Tow truck driver said it's the alternator. Stopped for a red light... DIED... hazards, radio, lights, door locks, NOTHING WORKED. Stuck on a busy and dangerous expressway. Pouring down rain... had to lift the hatch and stand out to divert traffic from hitting my car. No AAA prompt service. Slow alternate service... BAD AREA for breakdowns near the Newark airport in New Jersey!! Car is only at approximately 85 thousand miles.
No more Mazdas for me!!
2nd Aug 2010, 21:37
I have an 03 LX sedan, no problems at all. There was a recall for my model, but Mazda was more than happy to take care of it at no cost to me. 43000 and loving every minute. Oddly, I have zero fiberglass on my Protege, not sure why you do?
30th Apr 2011, 18:02
Sell, sell it. Please, my god, sell that piece of crap. Do a big service to yourself and your wallet. It's my duty to tell and express to everybody not to buy a Mazda. It will be kind of a new religion, a call of duty. Do not, I mean do not buy a Mazda of any kind!
25th Jul 2012, 01:16
I'm sorry about your luck. I have an 02 Protege that's at 320000 k, and no major issues. Of course I'll buy another Mazda!