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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,667 miles

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2003 Mazda Protege clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Mazda Protege Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012005

Protege 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles


2003 Mazda Protege (manual transmission); have trouble going into reverse and sometimes into first gear; also, unable to take key out of ignition; driver window feels like it is rolling off track when rolled down. Problems with vehicle first began some time in March 2005.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 102004

Protege 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Clutch apparently failed to engage transmission after being driven 15 miles to work with no apparent symptoms that it was going to fail. Vehicle has previously had a motor mount break that was covered under the terms of the warranty. I believe the motor mount failure caused a misalignment of the drive train which resulted in the premature failure of the clutch. Mazda has refused to cover the clutch as a warranty repair even though they did the motor mount repair. At the time the motor mount failed the motor or transmission was making an awful racket. The clutch sounded like it was under an awful strain!

- Ceredo, WV, USA

problem #1

Nov 012003


  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Leaking gear oil fluid at the linkage coupling.

- Macon, GA, USA

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