8th Gen (1999 – 2003) Mazda Protege Problems

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%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2003 11
2002 19
2001 3
2000 13
1999 2

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