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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
153,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. proper replacment belt (1 reports)
1998 Mazda Protege electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Mazda Protege Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 102010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,896 miles


When I kept buying the belt from Canadian Tire ( an OEM dealer ) , the belts kept on burning and eventually breaking. After going through 4 belts and replacing my alternator, I then did some research and found out that the part # on the belt that you get from Canadian Tire is the wrong one, in fact they don't even carry the right one! You have to go to the Mazda dealership and pay around $40.00 to get the proper belt. The belt that was burning off had a groove depth of 0.80 and the pulley was made for 1.00 depth. The belt from Mazda is 1.00 depth, that is the one you need to replace it with.

- , Fredericton, NB, canada

problem #1

Dec 272007

Protege LX 1.5L 4

  • Manual transmission
  • 182,105 miles

had a bad squeal in the alternator and then i started breaking belts. i replaced the alternator and 4 belts and it still dose it. when ever i put the car under a load it starts shutting down. and the alternator dose not charge the battery.

- , Unityville, PA, USA

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