Mazda Protege owners have reported 7 problems related to body (under the structure category).
Underneath the car is nothing but rust. It is affecting the undercarriage, the ball joints, the control arm, and the car's frame itself. I have replaced both ball joints both control arm shock and the car is still hard to steer.
See all problems of the 2002 Mazda Protege.
Severe rusting of left and right rear quarter panels leading into rear of rocker panels due to poor rust protection from factory.
See all problems of the 2003 Mazda Protege.
Passenger side strut tower has rusted to the point that failure of the suspension is imminent. The rust inhibitor that was applied from Mazda motor corp. During manufacturing, on the passenger front wheel well has failed and is allowing water, road salt etc¦ to enter the engine bay and cause severe rusting on the top and side portion of the strut tower where the side motor mount and strut tower brace attach to the strut tower. The failure of the rust inhibitor has now caused the failure of the steel strut tower which in-turn could cause the engine and/or front passenger side suspension to become dislodged and cause a severe accident. Pictures can be provided upon request.
Serious rust problem discovered in the windshield area of car when having new windshield installed. Several years ago, probably 1999, while the car was still under warranty, I attempted to have Mazda repair rust that was appearing on the front pillars by the windshield. Their area representative refused, saying that the warranty only covered rusting through. Now this has become a safety hazard, because the integrity of the new windshield's mounting is in doubt.
See all problems of the 1996 Mazda Protege.
Consumer feels that the design of the hard plastic piece which is located on the front driver side windshield frame of the vehicle is unsafe. If the piece is impacted in a crash, it could cause serious injuries to the driver. Consumer indicates "the plastic piece could break off becoming a hazardous weapon". Ts.
Structure: small rust spots located on all exterior surfaces.
Depressions are present in the sheet metal along the left and right side of the roof above the doors.
See all problems of the 1997 Mazda Protege.