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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,225 miles

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2002 Mazda Protege fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Mazda Protege Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 032015

Protege 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Protege. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the brake pedal was applied and the vehicle lunged forward. The vehicle then accelerated up a hill and suddenly stopped. The contact had the vehicle towed to a tow yard. Later, the vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame was bent and the fuel and brake lines were destroyed. The vehicle was unable to be repaired and was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 11/09/15

- Mahoneycity, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010


  • 156,000 miles
The car began to shutter and dropped from 50 to 25 in seconds. The check engine light (cil) starting flashing and the car began to stutter like it was going to die, I pulled to the side of the road and the car died. Started car again the cil continued to flash, it only would accelerate to 25 miles an hours even with my foot all the way down on the gas. I took it to the a mechanic and the codes were P0421, 171, 300. The mechanic did everything from engine flush, spark plugs, oil, air filters and installed a new catalytic converter but the problem persists. Its now a year later and the car is doing the exact same thing.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #2

Sep 242008


  • miles
I have been working on this car for maybe 2 years and the last few months it has been misfiring on cylinder 3. it seems that many other people have had this problem but cant seem to figure it out. I have replaced everything that had to do with electrical and now I think it might be something to do with the fuel injectors. Also the seat belt would stay locked for about 10 minutes or so.

- Richmond Hill, 00, USA

problem #1

Mar 242003

Protege 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,900 miles
Gas streaming from leaking gas tank from 2002 Mazda protege5. Second incident, first occurred one day after initial delivery on Nov 2, 2001.

- Durham, NC, USA

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