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Mazda Protege, Mazda Protege5, Auto Body, Paint, Sedan, Wagon
#48 of 100 Re: same rust problems [carhunter2011]
Jun 02, 2011 (10:15 am)
103K for a 2003 Mazda Protege5 ... rotors replaced twice
I'm assuming that is 103K miles (or roughly 170K kilometres). To me, that does not sound bad although I am sure there are people out there that will say they have much better durability. Brakes are maintenance items; for example, they need to be cleaned regularly to extend their life.
starting to get the same rust in the rear wheel wells. If I just spray wd-40 in there, will that stop it?
I feel your pain but I'd be very surprised if WD-40 works effectively to inhibit rust on automobiles. As far as I know, the best rust prevention method is to have a rust inhibitor applied as early as possible to the vehicle and then to regularly (i.e. annually) have it inspected and reapplied as necessary. In my 2002 Protege5, I held back the rust by the annual application of the Krown from its first year. The car still looks good after 10 years. Honestly, there is rust on the car but it has been held in check to the point that it has not affected its mechanics or looks. I learned this the hard way on my previous car (a Toyota) which became a rust bucket after about 6 or 7 years.
#49 of 100 02 Mazda Protege with awful rust:(
Jun 08, 2011 (8:44 am)
Ugh... my dad's (now mine) 2002 Protege 5 started rusting around 40,000 miles which come on, is ridiculous. Wrote several letters to the head of Mazda USA who ignored the problem. Oh, and he is a Ford retiree so he was even more po'ed at how Mazda handled the situation.
The rear fender area near the wheels was rusted through to the point of having holes, which was covered in the warranty, and they refused to fix it. I am now buying my first new car and as much as I would LOVE a new Mazda 3, I am settling for a 2012 Ford focus hatch instead. I refuse to ever buy another Mazda because of how poorly they handled the rusting that was a result of a defect, not "outside conditions" as they called it. My protege 5 is SO fun to drive, I am really going to miss it... but now the rear brakes are shot, crack in the frame, hole in the rusted gas tank. So sad.
#50 of 100 Re: 02 Mazda Protege with awful rust:( [wedge837]
Jun 08, 2011 (9:39 am)
They have not taken this issue seriously all. I feel your pain. I love most aspects of the car. It was expensive. I expected more from a car that listed close to $20k. I paid less on account of a cousin who worked for the Blue Oval the time. I am putting Mazda the very bottom of my list for future car purchases. They have dropped the ball on this one. Big time. We got all the options available the time, except the self dimming mirror. Bought it new. Very disappointing. I hope others read these posts. I wish Mazda would, too.
#51 of 100 rusting mazdas
Aug 13, 2011 (6:03 pm)
no matter how you say it.... no car should show any signs of rust anywhere after only 40,000 on it.... the car business is the biggest scam (I work in it I know) besides the medical field (cancer etc.) very sad this world... greed!
#52 of 100 more mp5s w bad rust
Aug 14, 2011 (4:50 am)
Have been on the lookout for more 02-03 MP5s w rust & each & everyone of them has the same rust pattern over the rear wheels and where the bumper meets the sheet metal. Otherwise good cars. Still on the road, being driven regularly. I have noticed this w all colors, too. Mazda, you should be ashamed of yourself. My wife says she will not even consider another Mazda, and we will probably be in the market soon. My 02 Subie has zero rust on it!
#53 of 100 Re: more mp5s w bad rust [02mazda]
Aug 15, 2011 (11:54 am)
02-03 MP5s w rust & each & everyone of them has the same rust pattern over the rear wheels and where the bumper meets the sheet metal. Otherwise good cars.
My 2002 Protege5 had rust in the places you note. In 2005 I had the rust removed and the affected areas repainted but not surprisingly the rust returned every subsequent year, so it was an ongoing battle. However, when I passed on the car this year to my nephew it actually did not look bad considering its age. My Corolla had a similar rust issue.
My 02 Subie has zero rust on it!
Kudos to Subaru!
#54 of 100 Rust after 16 years
Oct 24, 2011 (6:49 pm)
I have a '95 Protege LX. I bought it new in March '96. It has 230K+ miles. I have driven it hard with frequent 4x8 utility trailer pulling (firewood, ATV) and gravel/dirt road use. It has also been outside every day for 16 years. I do all of my own maintenance, and it was washed and waxed frequently during the first 10 years but maybe once or twice a year, as of late.
Just in the last year I have had some rust spots popping the paint up on the rear fender wells. I noticed it several years ago, but it wasn't as obvious. I will take care of it myself, and I really don't fault Mazda that much considering the age of the car. This seems to be a weak spot with Honda sedans too.
#55 of 100 Re: Rust after 16 years [jrdwyer]
Oct 28, 2011 (8:23 am)
in the last year I have had some rust spots popping the paint up ... I really don't fault Mazda that much considering the age of the car.
For a 16 year old car that is impressive.
#56 of 100 how ironic
Nov 05, 2011 (9:30 am)
If it's not broken, fix it. New Mazda ad campaign. Hello! Once it is out of warranty and it rusts away to nothing turn your back on the customer who shelled out $19k on the thing. Very ironic. We build Mazdas: See what drives us. Obviously chasing the quick buck and not providing any customer service once the warranty is over drives you. My last Mazda. Nice ad. Just walk the walk, too, sinverguenzas!
#57 of 100 Re: Rust after 16 years [autonomous]
Nov 05, 2011 (9:31 am)
You were fortunate. My Mazda started rusting at year 5. Not 16. It is garage kept, waxed 3x a year/at least. Washed in the winter. Only 55k miles on it. Now. Good on you, mate.