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Mazda Protege Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

3 star
badrains91 writes:
Decent

I was paying more for it than it was worth and eventually I couldn't pay for it and it got taken away. Now, I just want to hopefully find something that I can buy outright that will last me at least a little while like 6 months or something until I can find better. I'm a college student and I need a vehicle to get to work and school.

4 star
alexveggie writes:
Great package!

I love the cruise control. I wish the intermittent wiper speed were adjustable. My friends can 't believe what I can squeeze into this car. It's like a clown car for space! :) ABS would have been a good feature, but I never had trouble with the brakes either.

5 star
MazdaDriver532 writes:
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Driving a older car makes sense for those of us who don't like to spend our entire paycheck on plates and insurance. I have owned my mazda for ten years and have had to do only a few repairs to it. It is beginning to show its age, but still gets me around town.

Pricing Trends

The average LemonFree listing price for a Mazda Protege in California:
  • 2003 $6,711
  • 2002 $4,995
  • 2001 $4,583
  • 2000 $3,473
  • 1999 $3,093

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2003 Mazda Protege

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

2002 Mazda Protege

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

2001 Mazda Protege

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

2000 Mazda Protege

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

1999 Mazda Protege

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

Recall Notices

1998 Mazda Protege (10/19/2015)

Campaign Number: 15V674000
Component Name: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 1989-1998 MPV, 1990-1995 323, 1990-1998 Protege, 1992-1993 MX-3, 1993-1995 929, 1993-1997 MX-6, and 1993-1998 626 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat.
Defect: If the ignition switch overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall began on December 17, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option#6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8715J.

1997 Mazda Protege (10/19/2015)

Campaign Number: 15V674000
Component Name: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 1989-1998 MPV, 1990-1995 323, 1990-1998 Protege, 1992-1993 MX-3, 1993-1995 929, 1993-1997 MX-6, and 1993-1998 626 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat.
Defect: If the ignition switch overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall began on December 17, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option#6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8715J.

1996 Mazda Protege (10/19/2015)

Campaign Number: 15V674000
Component Name: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 1989-1998 MPV, 1990-1995 323, 1990-1998 Protege, 1992-1993 MX-3, 1993-1995 929, 1993-1997 MX-6, and 1993-1998 626 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat.
Defect: If the ignition switch overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall began on December 17, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option#6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8715J.

1995 Mazda Protege (10/19/2015)

Campaign Number: 15V674000
Component Name: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 1989-1998 MPV, 1990-1995 323, 1990-1998 Protege, 1992-1993 MX-3, 1993-1995 929, 1993-1997 MX-6, and 1993-1998 626 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat.
Defect: If the ignition switch overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall began on December 17, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option#6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8715J.

1994 Mazda Protege (10/19/2015)

Campaign Number: 15V674000
Component Name: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 1989-1998 MPV, 1990-1995 323, 1990-1998 Protege, 1992-1993 MX-3, 1993-1995 929, 1993-1997 MX-6, and 1993-1998 626 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat.
Defect: If the ignition switch overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.
Corrective Action: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall began on December 17, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option#6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8715J.