2003 Mazda Protege Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Mazda Protege

2003 Mazda Protege Problems

Engine Cranks and Doesn't Start

An electrically shorted air flow sensor can cause a crank-no start condition. Diagnosis may show that ignition spark is normal, and there are no trouble codes stored.

Idles Rough, Misfires, and Possible Check Engine Light

A loose or corroded ground terminal on the driver's side of the cylinder head can cause a rough idle, misfires, and there may be trouble codes. Restore the ground to the cylinder head.

Engine Stalls when Coming to a Stop

If the engine stalls when coming to a stop, check the automatic transmission fluid (ATF) level. Low ATF fluid level can cause the torque converter lock-up to stay on, stalling the engine.

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2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

This is my second Madza Protege. I liked the first one so much that I got the second in 2003. I wanted one with a sun roof. The two things I am not happy with is the placement of the door lock as it interfers with the door opener (drivers side). The second is that there is not a smooth transition when down shifting from 5(overdrive) down to fourth. I often ground gears slipping toward reve...
Great car... bought it with 14,000 miles on it, now have 190,000 miles. Used it for daily two hour commute (each way) for five years. Did have to replace alternator twice. Gave it to my son to use at college and got it back from him a year later. Fun to drive. Only con, a bit noisy on the road.
Been a great little car with No big repairs yet at 110000 miles

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