My husband and I have owned our Protege 5 for almost 6 years now and it has been nothing but a headache. The sub frame has rotted practically off the car and has been fixed twice already. There are recurring problems with the check engine light and the dealer cannot determine what the issue is exactly. "spend $1000's and still not know if the issue(s) is fixed". Mazda does not stand behind their vehicles AT ALL. Sub frames rotting are a real safety issue and maybe they should look at how Toyota solved this problem. Our other car is a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire and it does NOT have rust issues. The Mazda has even been undercoated more than the Sunfire! Do not waste your money!
Stop making crap and using sub par metals to construct your vehicles. Try to stand behind the vehicles you sell. After all, your name is everything and word spreads fast especially when it is BAD
Had similar problems with a 2002 Mazda Protege 5 and the Mazda dealer located in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Perhaps our problem was more that the dirty dealer who sold a car that already had holes in the frame and then serviced the same car for almost two years without telling us about the frame issues. The first mechanic we went to after the warranty period was up was frightened to let us drive the car away because the frame was so bad. Disgusting for a dealer who boasts "Pride in Customer Service"...maybe we misunderstood and should have bent over a little farther for the service. We will NEVER own another Mazda and spread the word to all we know.
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