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Automatic Transmission Problems of Mazda Protege



Mazda Protege owners have reported 40 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Mazda Protege 1
Failure Date: 09/06/2007

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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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 2
Failure Date: 10/06/2006

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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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 3
Failure Date: 05/26/2006

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 4
Failure Date: 01/07/2006

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Mazda Protege 5
Failure Date: 11/20/2005

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 6
Failure Date: 04/13/2005

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 7
Failure Date: 01/06/2005

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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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 8
Failure Date: 10/07/2004

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 9
Failure Date: 02/27/2004

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 10
Failure Date: 02/25/2004

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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Mazda Protege 11
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 12
Failure Date: 12/20/2003

Failed transmission at around 37,000 miles.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Mazda Protege 13
Failure Date: 10/28/2003

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 14
Failure Date: 10/23/2003

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 .

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 15
Failure Date: 09/15/2003

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).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 16
Failure Date: 09/14/2003

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 17
Failure Date: 08/21/2003

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 18
Failure Date: 06/11/2003

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 19
Failure Date: 12/31/2002

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Mazda Protege 20
Failure Date: 08/10/2002

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 21
Failure Date: 05/10/2002

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Mazda Protege 22
Failure Date: 03/29/2002

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 image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 23
Failure Date: 06/14/2001

Car will thrust forward, jerking car & passengers - manufacturer says detected in 1996-1998 models as normal.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mazda Protege 24
Failure Date: 08/01/2000

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Mazda Protege 25
Failure Date: 04/19/2000

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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 26
Failure Date: 11/01/1999

The over drive light malfunctioned which caused the vehicle to drop into a lower gear, an the engine acted as though it would stall and then bucked erratically.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 27
Failure Date: 01/05/1999

I have returned my car for repairs a total of six times since new purchase in July 1998. The converter was replaced, but the car still has an egg smell. It also hesitates when shifting at low speeds. I filed a lemon law complaint in may 1999.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Mazda Protege 28
Failure Date: 12/28/1998

No summary.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 29
Failure Date: 12/02/1998

Automatic transmission has not completely failed, car is still being driven due to fact that dealer is 90 miles away. Problem is most noticeable when car is still cold. When vehicle is slowed for an intersection or stop sign, if you don't come to a complete stop, there is a very hard "thump" felt upon acceleration. Has been getting noticeably worse with time. As far as the door handle is concerned, one day it just stopped working, the handle moves in and out, it just doesn't open the door.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 30
Failure Date: 12/01/1998

Transmition hesitates and jerks when shifting,and shifts into passing gear at any time. It has serged ahead from stop nearly causing loss of control.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 31
Failure Date: 11/03/1998

Mazda issued service bulletin 014/98 dated 12/9/98 regarding automatic transmission "shift shock" problem on the vehicle, most pronounced in 1st and 2nd gear shifting. Dealer (neil huffman Mazda in louisville, ky) attempted repair on 12/29/98, per bulletin, but problem arose again 500 miles later. Problem now worse than before repair. Took car back to dealer on 1/26/99, but they claim that hard shifting is normal. Dealer would not take further action. Plan to contact manufacturer within next 7 days regarding problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Mazda Protege 32
Failure Date: 08/11/1998

Automatic transmission hesitates and jerks when shifting from first to second gear.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mazda Protege 33

For 5 non-successive occurrences now, while driving between 35 - 40 mph, I encountered a severe sudden deceleration which felt as if the vehicle undercarriage scraped an invisible bump. The decel is sudden, harsh and very unsettling. My best guess is that it is due to a transmission problem. I already contacted the dealer about this problem, and they told that no one else has experienced this issue. I could not show the problem to the dealer since it occurs in happenstance.