What's Wrong with the Mazda Protege?

Protege owners have made 66 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (24%), followed by the electrical (13%) and the interior (9%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Protege.

Comparing Protege Generations

Watch out for the 8th generation's (1999–2003) 1.9 PainRank™, which is the worst of 3 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
8th Gen Protege 1999–2003
48 1.9
7th Gen Protege 1995–1998
13 1.34
6th Gen Protege 1990–1994
5 0.27

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The Worst Protege Years

This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 1999 (2), 1992 (2), 1993 (1), 1994 (1), and 1990 (1).