The 8th generation of the Protege has a cumulative PainRank™ of 1.9. That can be compared against other Mazda generations. Shopping for a Mazda? This generation is generally a good bet.
Owners of the 1999–2003 Protege model years have sent in 48 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (20%) followed by the interior (10%) and the body (10%).