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Mazda Protege Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

Mazda Protege repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (21%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (2%)

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Mazda Protege transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (26%)

Chart based on 140 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

90644 mi

C $800
Car making clicking sound for a few days. Then screeching metal sound. Lifted car up and wheel not spinning. Took to repair shop and driver side bearing, hub, and lower control had to be replaced. Hit a bad pothole... 

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2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

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

66740 mi

C $1100
centre bearing on passenger side driveshaft 
98000 mi

US $905
Solenoid inside transmission replaced 

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2003 Mazda Protege

Engine not specified

94240 mi

C $500
cardan bose (universal joint) 

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2003 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

75300 mi

US $1000
LSD Welds broke. Replaced LSD. 
65000 mi

US $2000
Transmission LSD failed, replaced with aftermarket transmission and LSD to prevent this issue again in the future. Could have been repaired for 500 dollars. 
72000 mi

US $1800
differential repair 

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2003 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

75000 mi

US $600
Replace CV joints/axle shafts, replace front brake pads 
62000 mi

C $700
Transmission oil leak, needed to lift slightly to replace gasket 

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2003 Mazda Protege 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

69000 mi Driving to work, car went into first gear and wouldn't shift. Had it towed to used car dealer; they installed (used/junkyard) tranny. Paid by them because it was under warranty that was offered when purchased car. 

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2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

96900 mi

C $2000
Clutch was wearing out. It kept seizing up and couldn't shift. Problem was the worst on lower gears. Replaced clutch. 
75020 mi

C $1500
Replace third gear, fork, busing and rebuild transmission 
87000 mi synchro are wearing out 
156000 mi

US $350
Leaking driver side axle seal. R&R seal. 
111000 mi

US $800
Clutch spring broke, required replacement of entire clutch kit. Previous clutch kit lasted only 45,000 miles on mostly light highway commuter driving. 
106000 mi

US $550
Clutch replacement. Turns out clutch was fine (had lots of life left!). Bearing freezing up was the cause of the problem. Mechanic discovered that the transmission mount broke and needed replacement. 

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2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

133000 mi

US $350
problems shifting into higher gears, transmission fluid flushed and spark plugs / cables replaced. Transmission now dead. 

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2002 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

122760 mi

C $110
Bushings in clutch where worn out and needed replaced. 

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2001 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

93000 mi

C $1400
5-speed, broken 3-4 shift fork. Car stuck in 4th gear. Required transmission drop and rebuild with new fork. New bearings installed as well. 

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2001 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

153000 mi

US $600
The Overdrive light was flashing a code. Transmission cleaned and solenoids replaced. 
161000 mi

US $2100
Third gear was replaced and the trans rebuilt. 
184000 mi

US $1
Transmission failed and sold car as is. 

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2001 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

103-horsepower 1.6L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

108000 mi

US $1300
Automatic transmission would start in second gear when cold. First gear would engage only after a 5 minute warmup. Transmision was rebuilt. 

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2001 Mazda Protege 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

116000 mi

US $600
Blown Transmission. Performed transmission swap myself. 

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2000 Mazda Protege 4dr Sedan

122-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

105000 mi

US $250
Brake warning light. Was losing brake fluid, but no puddles outside car. Fluid leak found inside, behind clutch pedal. Replaced clutch master cylinder. Brake and clutch worked fine even with partial fluid loss. 

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2000 Mazda Protege 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

153760 mi transmission problem. got rid of the car. not worth fixing it 

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1999 Mazda Protege 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

110360 mi

C $1200
Clutch replaced, but linkage is not responding. Clutch pedal will not release, possible issue with feed system between brake master cylinder and clutch master cylinder. It's definitely a Ford design. 

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Mazda Protege Transmission Problems

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