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2002 Mazda Protege body repair cost distribution

Chart based on 59 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

123000 mi

US $125
The wheel-wells (rear, left and right) and the floor under the rear seats had rusted out enough to fail inspection. Rusted material was cut away and sheet metal with "bondo" was used to fill in the gaps. Passed inspection!  
106640 mi

C $600
Subframe bolts rusted through, car disintegrating due to rust. Shop had to re-weld subframe and buy new bolts to attach tie-rod, etc. Car on last legs, it seems. 
117180 mi The car has rusted to death and must be retired. Sad. Great car. Engine and transmission remain perfect. Front struts and body rusting through.... 
168640 mi rust repair. door sills, hood and hatch seam and rear wheel wells. They repair and repaint every year as I have a lifetime warranty with my rustproof package purchase when car was new. sweet deal. I paid for first week of rental car. 
96100 mi

C $2000
2002 Mazda + rust need I say more! HAD to deal with it because windshield busted by icicle falling from power line needed replacement. Had to fix rust first around windshield, so fixed all rust dents + did full repaint 

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2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

127000 mi replace strut towers that were rusted 

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2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

78120 mi

C $40
Car is rusty everywhere. 

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2002 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

27280 mi

$50
Driver side interior handle broke. 
128340 mi Had rust around wheel wells and bottoms of the doors. 

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2002 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

157000 mi Driver and passenger front door seals. 

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2002 Mazda Protege Body Problems

191 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Mazda Protege. 9 of these members (4.7%) have reported body repairs for their car. A total of 11 body repairs to 2002 Mazda Proteges--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2002 Mazda Protege problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.