really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,667 miles

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problem #3

Feb 102010


  • 67,000 miles
I've owned my 2002 Mazda protege5 for 7 years now. It's always had a vibration while braking. Even after having out brand new brakes, rotors and calipers. I'm very anal on how my car looks and drives. If I feel something out of the ordinary, I know something is off. This has happened ever since I've had the car. It does cause me to drive more cautiously especially in the back roads along with wet pavement. The steering wheel shakes while braking as well. As for the body of the car, the paint is faiding fast. It's yellow, and I hand polish and wax it once before spring, summer, and winter. I use maguires wax and polish every time. And it's also got a rust spot along the back left wheel lip. I am the second owner of the vehicle. And when I took it to the dealership to be repainted after I played for the car. It was magically only 24 hours from the warranty covering it. Other than that, it's been a great car. I would purchase another if I can find one. Something needs to be done about both of these concerns. Please fix and I would drive this car until it hits 1 million miles. As long as you keep maintenance up on it, it last forever.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Sep 012015


  • 118,000 miles
Underneath the car is nothing but rust. It is affecting the undercarriage, the ball joints, the control arm, and the car's frame itself. I have replaced both ball joints both control arm shock and the car is still hard to steer

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 132002


  • miles
Consumer feels that the design of the hard plastic piece which is located on the front driver side windshield frame of the vehicle is unsafe. If the piece is impacted in a crash, it could cause serious injuries to the driver. Consumer indicates "the plastic piece could break off becoming a hazardous weapon".

- Baltimore, MD, USA