8th Generation (1999—2003) Protege Problems

This generations ranks 20th out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (20%), interior (10%), and the body (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Voltage Regulator Damages Alternator and Battery 2 complaints at an average of 40,874 miles in the 2000 Mazda Protege.
  2. AC Not Working 2 complaints at an average of 94,183 miles in the 2002 Mazda Protege.
  3. Caliper and Brake Issues 3 complaints at an average of 42,476 miles in the 2002 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 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 11 4 50 1.85
2002 19 4 53 3.76
2001 3 5 55 0.95
2000 13 3 54 2.36
1999 2 3 65 0.53

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