7th Generation (1995—1998) Protege Problems

This generations ranks 18th out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (38%), engine (23%), and the interior (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Air Bags Deployed on Their Own, With No Accident 1 complaints at an average of 120,000 miles in the 1995 Mazda Protege.
  2. Transmission Slips 1 complaints at an average of 85,000 miles in the 1997 Mazda Protege.
  3. Engine Runs Hot When Ac Is On 1 complaints at an average of 110,056 miles in the 1997 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 1995 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1998 5 2 54 0.61
1997 4 2 68 1.13
1995 4 5 53 2.27

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