6th Generation (1990—1994) Protege Problems

This generations ranks 8th out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (60%), brakes (20%), and the fuel system (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Stalls After Running for Awhile 1 complaints at an average of 116,000 miles in the 1994 Mazda Protege.
  2. Hard to Start, Flooding 1 complaints at an average of 135,000 miles in the 1990 Mazda Protege.
  3. Loud Clanking Noise and Shaking 1 complaints at an average of 125,000 miles in the 1992 Mazda Protege.

What Protege Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 1992 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 1 1 16 0.32
1993 1 1 17 0.1
1992 2 1 17 0.37
1990 1 1 19 0.28

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