Mazda Protege owners have reported 40 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mazda Protege based on all problems reported for the Protege.
The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Protege. While performing an emissions inspection, the dealer noticed a leak caused by a faulty transmission seal and stated that it was a defect. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 77,000.
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I just spent 2200 on repairs to my transmission. My vehicle had been lunging forward while I was driving and the repair shop thought it was the transmission. They found major damage to the transmission. It was fixed and now my vehicle is lunging forward again. It just started again today. If I had been driving too close to someone, I would have hit them. Mazda needs to step up and fix this and do a recall. Now I have to go and let the shop try to see why this is going on. I may be out more money. I hate this car and I will never recommend Mazda. And just note this vehicle only has 59000 miles.
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2000 Protege lx accelerator pedal was stuck in the depressed position. As a result of the accelerator pedal sticking the consumer was involved in an accident. On Feb 21, 2000 the vehicle was taken to the dealer because the consumer heard a high pitched ping noise coming from the vehicle. The dealer was unable to duplicate the noise. The left rear door lock assembly was defective. The vehicle would accelerated and jerk while accelerating.
As I accelerated to 30 mph, the "o/d off" light on the dashboard flashed and the speedometer stayed at zero, even though I was driving as fast as the other cars on the street. It felt like neutral gear. The manual indicates the flashing light is due to an electrical problem with the transmission. I remembered that within a few months of purchasing this new car, the transmission was replaced due to peculiar sounds, so I worry about the quality of this component since I do not drive much.
My 2002 Mazda Protege has 61,000. The transmission has completely gone out on it. When I called the dealer to inquire if this was 'normal' because I had only once before had to replace a transmission at 120,000 she said, "OH yeah we get them all the time. Then wanted to charge me $4,500 to fix it. " I went into the Mazda dealer to try and replace the said car and I told him about my situation and he also said, "yeah, 61,000 miles, just after the warranty expires, they timed that right. " I can not believe the transmission has gone out so soon.
I took my 2000 Mazda Protege to the dealer to have the rear bumper repaired. I had been hit from behind. While the car was at the dealership I asked to have the oil changed . The service man contacted me, and told me the transmission gasket had a leak. I called several automob ile repair shops, and found the cost of repairing the gasket cheaper than at dealership, especially since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. I was told by the repairman that it was not just the gasket, but the pump - basically the entire transmission. The cost was over $2200 to be repaired. I purchased the car new, and it only had about 36,000 miles on it now. The car has received regular maintainence. I think there was a major defect for a car with so few miles on it to have an entire tranmission replaced.
I am now having to put the 3rd transmission in my 99 Mazda Protege, the first two were at Mazda expense and I feel the 3rd should be as well since this is a known problem with this vehicle and this model.
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The contact stated that about a year transmission was replaced. Now the engine light is coming on. The brakes are not tight enough and they are not working.
I owned a 1999 Mazda Protege that had the original transmission replaced at 49500 miles. Approximately 24 months later at 85000 miles, the replacement transmission went out as well. In both instances the problems was the axle breaking the restraining clip causing the transmission to move out of position. The transmission would then leak causing slipping and lurching. The replacement transmission installed by the dealer was a rebuilt transmission that only had a 12/12000 warranty.
Automatic transmission problems. Vehicle downshifts for no reason. Intermittent times car will downshift to lower gear when foot removed from accelerator pedal whether on streets or freeway. Car is renderd unusable by wife.
See all problems of the 1998 Mazda Protege.
Under low acceleration between 1st and 2nd and between 2nd and 3rd gears there is a very low frequency noise that sounds like it is generated by a vibration. This has happened since the car was purchased new. I have had it in twice for repair to no avail and the dealer refuses to keep the car overnight to investigate the issue further.
See all problems of the 2003 Mazda Protege.
Failed transmission at around 37,000 miles.
While driving automatic transmission didn't shift properly, none of the gears worked. Dealer inspected vehicle several times, and could not duplicate or correct the problem.
While driving down a hill transmission seized, throwing the passengers forward. Consumer contacted dealership on two separate occasions; however, dealer was unable to resolve the problem .
1999 Mazda Protege with 40k miles automatic transmission. Car purchased new and cared for, at recent service vehicle was tested and found to have slippage in 2nd and 3rd gear and trans will not "lock up". Rebuild starts at $1700 and goes up. Mazda seems to have problems relating to transmissions and not standing behind their products. Transmission shop indicates Mazda's transmissions are extremely expensive to repair (as much as Lexus).
2000 Mazda Protege. At 64000 miles the o/d off indication started blinking. At 70000 the vehicle was diagnosed by Mazda and trans service CO. To replace the trans.
The car hesitates before taking off after stopping. When it does switch into the right gear and move forward, it is as if you have been hit in the rear because it jerks forward hard. The car then does not accelerate very well.
Problems with vehicle transmission. The vehicle's transmission had to be replaced a 32600 miles. The vehicle's warranty had expired and the consumer had to pay for the replacement. The consumer request reimbursement.
I bought a new Mazda Protege in 1999. I have taken every precaution to make sure my car was taken care of. I did all the maintenance that was suppose to be done when they were due. After all the care I took, my car's transmission went out on Dec. 31, 2002 with only 66,000 miles on the car. They said it would be $2200 to replace a transmission. I feel the car should have lasted longer than 66,000 miles. Should there be a recall on these cars? I also feel the manufacture should be liable.
We purchased a new 2002 Mazda Protege lx in 08/2002. Within days we were having problems with the transmission. Sometimes just hesitation in acceleration and shifting. Frequent failure to shift at all or failure to shift for prolonged intervals (sometimes miles). Occasional slamming into gear and car lurching forward. We have had 3 incidents that almost lead to accidents. We have had car in for repairs on 5 separate occasions, but dealer said they could not find anything wrong. Letter of notification of defect to manufacturer sent to Mazda corporate on 3/22/03. Car was taken into dealer for final chance to repair. Dealer still says they can find nothing wrong. We purchased a 2nd Mazda Protege lx at the same time, and we have had no problems with its transmission and it shifts smoothly and properly. Even though this is a dangerous and potentially life threatening issue and this car is clearly a lemon, Mazda has done nothing to replace this car.
While traveling about 20-50 mph on highway and without prior warning, vehicle jerked into reverse and became uncontrollable. Dealership was aware of problem. Gear shift remains in drive occurring everh 2-3 months. Dealership could not find problem, but states 4-5 other owners have the same issue.
Transmission locked up while trying to shift to 5th gear, vehicle stalled while going through an intersection near a quarry, had to pull the emergency brake to stop vehicle, almost went into a ditch.
Car will thrust forward, jerking car & passengers - manufacturer says detected in 1996-1998 models as normal.
Whenever car comes to a stop and takes off there's a violent jolt like getting hit in rear. Consumer states when traveling at 40 mph there will be a violent jolt as if someone hit you from behind, it almost feels like the vehicle jolts foward consumer states the first time it happened he thought he had been rear-ended.
While vehicle is in reverse and then switches to drive, vehicle will jump without a warning. One time resulted in crash into a cement wall, driver was injured.
See all problems of the 1997 Mazda Protege.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Overdrive Light On problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Automatic Transmission Gear Indicator problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||
|Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problems||
|Clutch Pedal/linkage problems||