Used Mazda Protege Ratings

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    1999 Mazda Protege

    Never a problem with this car

    Pros: Reliability

    Cons: small back seat

    I bought this car new and have 100,000 + miles on it now. Never had any problem or any major expenses.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2002 Mazda Protege - ES (M5)

    Pros: Getting rid of it ASAP!

    Cons: The fact that the factory does not back up its product, except with apologies.

    Advice: DO NOT BUY!!!

    If you like yourself at all, do NOT buy a Mazda. Rod bearings went out after less than three years, requiring engine overhaul costing $2,000.00. I took excellent care of this car, always meeting service requirements. After 50,000 miles you are on your own. Buyer beware! I wish I would have bought a different brand, because this one was a LEMON!!! I will NEVER buy another Mazda vehicle again!!

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    2003 Mazda Protege - LX (M5)

    Pros: I've had this car for almost a year and I still I love practically everything about this car. It's spacious in the front and back seats, which I appreciate the most.

    Cons: I wish the front passenger had an automatic door lock control.

    Advice: With this car, you get the most for your money without settling. It's great quality for a whole lot less than a Civic.

    After test driving the Protege, Cavalier and Civic, I thought this car had the most to offer. It really hugged the road for a 'sporty' feel.

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    2003 Mazda Protege - LX (M5)

    Pros: Good handling and design

    Cons: Everythink except for the two things above

    Advice: Please, do not consider this car at all.

    I bought this car two month ago for some reasons. But so far my car's been in garage 10 times. Still less than 3000 miles. I'm upset of Mazda which refused to admitt the car's defects. First, Mazda is notorious of the rough idling, and this protege is no exception. It's due to the faulty EGR valve. You can't fix your idle problem forever. Give up! But if you're not sensitive, you can't detect the symptom forever. So be ignorant. I can't understand why people here like this car. Don't believe such people. I was a mechanic in army. Because of the EGR the acceleration is horrible. Riding is too stiff. And because of the poor mechanical queality(it is a japanese car?), the car squeaks everywhere. Transmission is the worst(it's ford's) Last word, you can't fix these problems. Be ignorant or do not buy it. There is no recall for this car. I don't like Mazda. (P.S) I bought this car because of its design. I'm more horrible...)

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    2003 Mazda Protege - ES (M5)

    Pros: Lots of pep for a small car.

    Cons: Cupholders need some work.

    Advice: If you want a car that can hold a turn, this is it!!

    Others think this car is a little rough, however I disagree. If you want to know what rought is, drive a Kia Sportage, the Protege will feel smooth.

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    2003 Mazda Protege - ES (M5)

    Pros: 4 wheel disc brakes

    Cons: no back seat cup holders

    Advice: be careful of getting speeding tickets, its fast

    Amazing performance for a compact car, handles great, tight construction, and a ton of options at a reasonable price.

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    2003 Mazda Protege - DX (M5)

    Pros: Quiet engine, sweet handling, great looks

    Cons: the ride is stiff (but this is deliberate- it is meant to be 'sporty')

    Advice: If you are looking for a soft ride, this is not it. If you want sports car-like handling in a low-priced Japanese vehicle, then check it out.

    Well, first of all, I tested a number of cars: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Cavelier, Nissan Altima, etc. The Mazda won hands down. To begin with, the car is most definitely sleek- the civic just looks plain next to it, and the Cavelier...well, it looks no better than any of Chevy's other models. Also, the car came with Bridgestone Potenza 190/55 tires, which look great with their low profile. The motor is has DOHC, 130 hp/135 ft lbs torque. For the size of the car, it serves perfectly. I got the car up to 80 mph with no sweat, and I know that it could easily do more. Braking and steering are very responsive- in fact, I detected no body roll at all. The automatic shifts quite smoothly. All of the dials are placed logically, and the car is pretty nice looking from the inside. I love the chrome accents, thick steering wheel, and the two-toned dash. Gas mileage is wonderful. I don't know what the other reviewers are talking about when they complain about this car- maybe they don't know how to drive properly. You see, there are tricks to getting good gas mileage, and if you get good enough at it, you can get good mileage with any vehicle. Also, please don't put down the Mazda because you are biased. They are the guys that created the RX7- widely considered one of the best Japanese sports cars ever. If I have any compaints about the car, it's that the ride can be a bit stiff. Expect to really feel the road with this vehicle...but that's the price to pay with the sports car-like handling. In fact, I am already starting to become quite accostomed to it, and appreciate it now. Anyway, as you can see, I love this car, especially for the price. It's at least every bit as good as a Honda or Toyota (and cost me close to $4000 less), and a hell of a lot better than any modern Chevy. As for reliability? My dad's 1989 Mazda is still on the road, with over 200K- and it runs great. Never hesitates when starting, and has a motor that is more quiet than many modern cars. I am confident that my Mazda will do no worse...