2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0L from North America
Great car to drive... when it wants to!!
A lot of things have gone wrong with this lemon:
Automatic transmission changed at 17000 km (no more 4th gear)
Kept stalling at red lights once every 2 or 3 months. No check engine light. Supposed fixes include twice the EGR valve and the alternator. Hasn't occurred in last 6 months.
Suspension front driver side. Multiple fixes.
Rapid burning head lights (bulb)
Radio CD (even the smallest bump on the road caused it to skip)
Battery only keeps low charge (haven't changed it because only not started once last winter, so far so good this year)
Rear passenger ABS Sensor.
Fast break wear.
This car is fun to drive, but the fact that I got a lemon basically prevents me from fully enjoying it.
I am now selling it as I'm very disappointed with the long term cost to keep it.
Mazda Canada has done nothing to try and help. No more warranty... no help. My dealer was better when they gave me the replacement alternator.
I think Mazda has a nice car design, but it stopped there. Some of the problems occuring should be firing up a check engine light, but don't so end up breaking more pieces and having to bring your car to the dealer twice or more to get it fixed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th February, 2007
Update, a couple of days later, the cat converter just went. Fortunately, this was covered under the engine warranty.
Just one more headache.
If you have bought the car new, it does sound like lemon, every make and model is bound to have one. If you bought it used, I suspect it was in an accident. As to the battery, I replaced mine last year as it wasn't giving out enough juice to crank the engine during cold days in winter. Went to walmart got a new battery, changed it, took the core back. Took 30 min max. Battery is one of the consumable part in cars, so you should really get it tested and replaced. It doesn't cost that much. My mechanic told me that if I do get battery from Walmart (and probably any store brand) stay away from the cheapest, lowest product line (Read: Junk). I got the best I could get, the Maxx line (yellow in color) and it has been good.