pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
124,355 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. oil based rustproofing (1 reports)
2003 Mazda Protege body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Mazda Protege Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 072016

Protege LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199,000 miles


I purchased this little car for $1500 from a wholesaler to use as a second vehicle for work. It is mechanically sound with 204,000 miles on it currently. I bought the car with 199,000 miles back in October and I have done nothing other than topping off fluids, and an oil change. Everything works great, and it has never left me stranded. For a $1500 car, I am AMAZED by it's reliability and overall durable powertrain.

HOWEVER.......there has been two major issues with my Protege.

When I first purchased the car, I attempted to take the car to Grismer for service. About 30 minutes after dropping it off for it's first overall check-up and service, Grismer called me to inform me that the SUBFRAME in the rear was completely rusted.....they weren't joking, and refused me service due to liability.

So, not only is the vehicle technically a road hazard, I was forced to service the car on my own. (I still drive the car everyday because I personally trust it.)

I am still driving the car daily, as the frame everywhere else appears to be solid. IF you have rust on the back wheel-well of your Protege, or you are considering purchasing a used Protege that has minor rust on the body, odds are-it is probably COMPLETELY rusted underneath.

- , Coal Valley, IL, US

problem #1

Nov 042008

Protege LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,710 miles

Mazda is very prone to rust, and should be rustproofed as soon as purchase. Unfortunately rubber and plastic parts on Mazda and Honda are easily damaged by oil based rustproofing.

- , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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