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By tdb3 on
2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
We're in Nova Scotia w/ moist salty air.
Cars rust here; but this is the worst I've ever seen.
Model is famous w/ mechanics.
Body rusted - started w/ back wheel wells.
Got fixed for $800, but rest of car covered in rust.
Struts rusted - Got those & few other things replaced for $1000.
When I bought car it had used engine.
Within 1 wk, water pump failed & 2nd engine failed. 3rd engine lasted two years before it failed.
When I took it in, mechanic said to junk it b/c the frame had totally rusted out underneath.
Didn't believe him, so looked myself.
There were holes the size of my fist all over the FRAME of the car, rest was SOFT.
Scrap yd doesn't even want it b/c has too many of them!
I bought this car because it handled far better than the Vibe/Matrix.
It had great gas mileage; it was solid, stylish for its age; and very practical.
I had no idea how much trouble it would cause me!