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Pros: The handling and the comfort, sorry I know that is two features!
Cons: A little more power under the hood, but it's no bad.
Advice: Definitely get the sunroof option, not too much else it comes with so much!I have been very, very imressed with this Mazda Protege5. The car is comfortable for 4-5 adults, the interior is extremely plush and feels like a more expensive car. When it comes to performance the car handles so much better the the other cas in its class. My only wish is for so more horsepower, which was addressed with the 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege. Mazda just needs to make it in a sport wagon model too. I have recommended a Protege5 to several friend, two of which have purchased one. They too are pleased with their decision. Thanks Mazda!
Cons: back seat cup holders clunky, inconsistent with vehilces overall snug to fit look
Advice: Try it ,you will be zoomedA nifty looking vehicle with the power to back it. Looks can be fooling. Surprisingly good road handling on bumps,corners.Pretty decent brakes,need to test under icy conditions for overall performance. Snug to fit type feel internally. Good leg space behind. Good 0-60 acceleration. Smoother downshift 1-2,not sure in -20 type conditions.
Pros: the style..the zoom - zoom
Cons: stereo and bumpy ride (a drawback on the stiff suspension)
Advice: its a sweet ride...test drive one and find out!It is one beautiful vehicle to look at ! (from any angle). it drives great, handles corners very well and fun to gun it on the highways. its a bit of a bumpy ride but you get used to it. the stereo could be better especially since your not buying a striper version of the protege. i haven't tried it out on our canadian winters yet (i've had the car for only 2 months) so i'll see how well it can handle our winter climate. but so far so good!
Pros: Speed, pick-up, sound proof, seating, handling, Bose stereo, size, everything!!!!
Cons: ?storage ?
Advice: Buy the 'S' model only!!!!!!!!!!My second Millenia S. I owned a 1995. I just had to have another one. The best driving experience for an automatic. The base model is a pooch though. Don't get the base model. Quick pick-up. Great handling even in the rain on tight corners. Quiet, don't even know it's running sometime. Sounds like a jet engine when you put your foot into it. Makes driving to work a fun experience.
Pros: a great looking car thats 'loaded' at a reasonable price
Cons: 4 speakers, still has very good sound quality, but 6 would be better
Advice: get it with everything, it's worth it!I've had this car for 5 days & love it! I have the ES model in Lt. Sandlewood with the ES premium package, sport mode auto transmission, wheel locks, cargo net, and perimeter shock sensor alarm. The sport mode is fun, giving you more power with the 'feel' of a manual transmission. I've found the engine has plenty of power and is very quiet, even on the highway. I travel on I-95 everyday to work & acceleration is no problem at all when merging or passing. The low profile tires look really nice, but do make the ride slightly bouncy at times. Not a problem unless you have been used to driving a car that rides extremely smooth on the road. The exterior look of this car sure is beautiful! The tires, spoiler and fog lights really give this car a sporty look at a fantastic price! The antenna is fully retractable. My radio works when it's retracted, plus I think it looks better without it showing. The interior is roomy, attractive, and all controls are placed conveniently within reach of the driver. The seats are very comfortable and the driver seat has height and cushion tilt. I'm sure my kids will enjoy the CD player. A few petty things I will mention are the lack of cupholders and the interior power doorlock button. There are only two cup holders in the front, which suits me just fine. I don't want my teenagers drinking sodas in my new car or using the cupholders as trash cans. You name it, it was in those backseat cupholders! A lesson learned from my last car! There is only one interior power doorlock button and it's on the driver's door. It would be nice to at least have one on the passenger door also. My previous car automatically locked the doors when it was put in gear, but the Protege does not have this feature. All in all, this car has an attractive sporty look, a very nice interior, a nice ride with excellent steering and control, & ABS all disc brakes that stop on a dime! All this at 0 down, 0 APR for 5 years & no payment until Jan. '03 My previous car was a 1993 Pontiac Grand Am with a 3.3 liter V6, 16 inch alum. wheels & SE option package. 175,000 miles on it & the engine ran like it was brand new. However, I replaced the radiator, 2 alternators, 2 water pumps, some defective metal part underneath the car broke & was fixed, 6 sets of front brake shoes (I am not heavy on the brake), a tensioner arm & belt and the wand(very expensive) that operates the cruise control & headlights, due to a short in the highbeams, so the car would pass inspection. A new Grand Am SE1 is around $21K, looks great & has a powerful 3.4 V6, but don't keep it after 5-6 years if you drive a lot because you will rebuild the car! This is why I decided to go with a foreign car that's dependable & has a better maintenance record.
Pros: the 5 speed shifts wonderfully.
Cons: Finding a dealer who will not play games.
Advice: Check out multible dealers on the internet and let them bid for a lower price.Drive the Protege 5 and fall in love. Once I was able to buy the car, had some dealer problems, I have been in heaven. It drives great even in the mountains. This is my second Mazda Protege and I will buy another if Mazda keeps this car reliable.
Advice: stay awayThis vehicle is far inferior to a 1988 model which i have. Not as many features, 5 miles per gallon less on fuel mileage. Engine turning too many rpm for cruising speed. I am overall unhappy with this vehicle