Car stopped accelerating past 60 mph and then stopped

Asked by May 30, 2016 at 08:31 PM about the 2003 Mazda Protege LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Subject vehicle: 2003 Mazda Protege LX, stick shift, 211,000 miles.

Bought this car new and have had it for 13 years now. Car has been great
to me. Just today, I was driving down the highway at around 70 mph and all
of the sudden speed started dropping. I pushed gas pedal and car wouldn't
go over 60 mph. RPMs would not rev up. After about 15 minutes, the engine
shut off. No Check Engine light on at all untl it stopped. I perceived a short-
lived burning smell but no smoke came out of the engine. Water and oils
levels were fine. Car would not start after that. I waited and tried starting it
several times but It didn't start. It cost me $415 (142 miles) to tow the car
back home.

What could be the problem/solution?

Thank you all!

2 Answers

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Electrical Burning smell is not good, most likely your problem. Scan the car for the code since the light is on now to should pinpoint you to what circuit burned.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thanks Tom. My mechanic just stopped by to look at it. He thinks the timing belt broke. I am bringing to the shop for a final verdict.

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