definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,947 miles

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1998 Mazda Protege exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Mazda Protege Owner Comments

problem #5

May 312002

Protege 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,737 miles


Vehicle failed emissions inspection due to a crack in the front exhaust pipe and mid-pipe. Dealer replaced both at my expense.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012003


  • 60,000 miles
The vehicle's exhaust manifold developed a cracked which greatly reduced the engines performance and power.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 052003

Protege 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Exhaust manifold crack in 1998 mazada Protege. Recently there has been a burning smell in the cabin. My mechanic found that it is due to the exhaust manifold crack and told me that it is a common problem for 95-98 Protege. He thought it might be in the bulletin. I took his suggestion and called the dealer, but the answer was negative. I am very concerned because the monoxide from the exhaust could potentially kill a person in silence. I have been driving the car with the window open most time, just to be safe. I hope that Mazda will place a recall on

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 012001


  • miles
Called Mazda dealer in regards to cracked exhaust manifold basically told me that since it wasn't under warranty anymore there was nothing they could do. I have called 25 different salvage yards in Georgia and this seems to be a hot item right now because I can't get one. To buy one from the dealer will cost me over $300. I know there should be a recall on this.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 251998


  • miles
Re:manifold. A crack begins from the engine side.dealer stated the first it happened a stone must have come up & hit it. This is an imposibility. Now after replacing it it has occurred again.crack is in the same place.beginning from the engine side. Every time this occurs, exhaust fumes enter the passenger compartment.re: Windshield.wipers do not clean the driver side & have never done so since I purchased the car.wipers have been replaced & does not help.in a driving rain I have to slow down to 50 mph to wipe clean.

- Sidman, PA, USA

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