2002 Mazda Protege Mazda Protege 2002

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2002 Mazda Protege repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (4%)

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2002 Mazda Protege body repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (62%)

Chart based on 13 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

123000 mi

US $125
Rear wheel-wells and under rear passenger seats had some rust cut out and replaced with bondo/sheetmetal. 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!  
96500 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 
99200 mi

C $400
rust under the car with approx 2 inch hole near front passenger wheel. took it to a shop that sanded down some of the rust, welded metal plate under the car and did an all-over rust-proof spray 
92000 mi RUST....did not repair 
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. 
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. 
111600 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.... 

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2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon

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

126700 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

77500 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

127100 mi Had rust around wheel wells and bottoms of the doors. 
27280 mi

Driver side interior handle broke. 

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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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