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About Mazda Protege

Being also marketed prominently as the Mazda Familia and Mazda 323, Mazda Protege was built by a prominent Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation, commonly referred to as simply Mazda, between 1990 and 2003 as a small family car. Originally introduced as a model in the sixth-generation Mazda Familia (BG), Protege was also known as the replacement for the Mazda 323 sedan in the North American market. After being available for about three generations covering fourteen years old, the production of the Protege was ended and it was replaced by the Mazda 3.
The second-generation Mazda Protege (BH) was produced from 1994 to 1998 and debut in North America for the 1994 model year when the Familia was in its seventh generation. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door sedan but came in three trim levels, Base (SE/DX), 4WD and top-line LX. In 1996, the Protege also received a facelift with a newer somewhat more aggressive style. During this generation, Mazda Protege was powered by a 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 144 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque and power was sent through 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels. The more recent Protege (BJ) was introduced on 29 September 1998 as a 1999 model. It came in DX, LX and ES trim levels back then and introduced the limited-edition Protege MP3 featuring a new sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch Racing Hart wheels as well as a Protege5. Mazda Protege got power from a 2.0 L I4 producing 130 hp and 135 lb-ft of torque or an updated 2.0 L turbocharged I4 on Protege MP3 good for 170 hp and 160 pound-feet of torque. And the transmission choices remained the same.

Mazda Protege Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Even backed by the famous Mazda who is famous for superior craftsmanship, it is no way that Mazda Protege is a disappointment. But as the accumulation of mileage, you have to know these common problems will finally find your Protege:
First, engine cranks and doesn't start rank first among all other problems on Mazda Protege according to the information collected by car repair statistics site repairpal.com. This is obviously an engine problem and you have to pay enough attention to it in case it causes the breaking down of the vehicle. Experienced Protege drivers warn that once the engine makes strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling, oil leaks on the ground and burnt oil odor fills in the compartment, you should keep a close eye on the engine, which will soon have performance issues including running roughly, misfiring, stalling, hard starting or inability to start. Before the vehicle dies completely, it will also see a reduction in power, acceleration and fuel efficiency. Once the Check Engine Light comes on, you had better get the Protege oil filter, spark plug, engine control module, oxygen sensor, air filter, fuel pump, exhaust manifold gasket and valve cover gasket inspected thoroughly.
Second, another horrible problem that troubles Mazda Protege drivers a lot is the braking failure, which could drag you into any fatal accidents easily. Every driver knows the significance of a well-functioning braking system to a safe ride and to help them diagnose and solve it before it is too late, these recognizable and simple symptoms of it provided by professional Protege repairmen would be helpful. When the brakes become noisy and poorly responded, if the brake pedal pulsates heavily when being depressed, if the brake rotors are covered by score marks, if the rear brakes get locked up on the wet surfaces, if the parking brake could not hold the car properly and if both the Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Light come on, you should ensure if the Protege brake pad set, brake disc, brake drum, brake rotors, brake line, brake proportioning valve and parking brake cable are working properly.
Moreover, for a perfect ride on your Mazda Protege, you are advised to maintain the Protege seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, cabin air filter, antenna, fog light and headlight routinely as they work hard to create a safe and comfortable driving environment under harsh conditions.
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