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The passages for the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system can become restricted or clogged causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. The EGR valve will need to be inspected and the passages cleaned.

Mazda Protege5 Questions and Answers

edwards, 2002 Mazda Protege5, Chester, VA

I hear one click when I turn my key then nothing else, all my dashboard lights come on (battery, engine, gas etc.) but the car never starts. It happened a couple diffrent times but I just tryeda fe...

lmchopper28, 2002 Mazda Protege5, Loveland, CO

my car will not start the only thing that will turn on are my front hazard lights and the interior dashbord light the radio and over head lights will not funtion

scjimmy, 2002 Mazda Protege5, Easley, SC

spec for installing timing belt

boosted555, 2002 Mazda Protege5, Clemmons, NC

Got a misfire code on cy 3. Changed both coil pack and plugs. NGK plat. I have been having a problem since the timing belt has been replaced. They removed both coils to remove the valve cover and a...

mazdashakes, 2002 Mazda Protege5, Los Angeles, CA

Anything past 100 km/hr and it shakes bad and pulls to right - nervous - just bought car

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Mazda Protege5 Reviews

My car fells like something is holding it back think my differential is damaged could it be that everything else is working gears are going in ,engine idling good ,at a lost?

Very sporty wagon for family transport!

Love my MP5. But agree with other reviewer... lots of rust starting to form. I live in MA and we get brutal winters. Other than that, great car. Had to put some money for basic things like brakes, battery, rotors and exhaust is on the horizon too, but you have to expect that once you get to 100,000 miles. It's at 135,000 miles and still going strong. I think it can go to 200,000. Not a bad deal for 7,000 bucks.

I've had my Protege5 for almost 8 years now and I still love driving it. Out of all the vehicles I've owned or driven, this car has the best handling. Over 113,000 mi., it still runs like new.

Likes: Handling is phenomenal. Quickest handling car I have ever driven and as a vehicle test engineer I drive LOTS of different cars. Fuel economy is adequate. Interior/eterior styling fit and finish is very good. Love the way it looks. Reliability has been overall very good. This is my 2nd small sport wagon and I love the utility. Mine is fully loaded with sunroof, leather, 6 CD changer, ABS, etc.. etc.. AND a 5 speed manual. This is a very inexpensive car to buy and own. I paid $11.5k for mine with 22k mis on it. Original sticker was over $19k.
Dislikes: DO NOT BUY THIS CAR if you live in an area with real winter and salt on the roads. It will rust everywhere. The corrosion resistance of Mazdas is absolutely the worst in the industry. Car is geared very low so it really winds out the engine at 70 MPH which hurts the economy and makes a lot of engine noise. This car should have had a 6 speed. Power could be more, 108 BHP is just not enough. Ride quality is stiff but that gets the good handling. Overall I would not buy this car again because of the rust issue. Mine is a 2002 and the rear wheel wells are almost rusted through and I have seen this on almost every other MP5 in my area. (SE Michigan). I probably won't buy another Mazda unless I can afford a "winter" car also.

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