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Pros: It's really zippy if you drive the 5-speed
Cons: Ugly interior color schemes
Advice: Be sure to drive the Sentra before you decide.I spent two or three days at the Mazda dealership--I was convinced that this was the car I wanted. But after driving the Nissan Sentra, it was a clear choice for me to forget the Mazda. Its boxy exterior and unstylish interior, coupled with a really ugly black box of a CD player, unattractive interior upholstery choices and ugly paint jobs cinched the decision. Go for a Sentra.
Pros: Brakes are very good.
Cons: The air conditioner is pathetic and dealer will not address the issue.
Advice: Make sure the air conditioner is comfortable for you under normal driving conditions. Run the AC without recirculated air to see if it cools ok.Car hesitates at low speeds and in turns. Seems to shift hard and hesitate from first to second gear.
Cons: 4 CL It would be nice to have a V6 or best V8
Advice: Look out for bad servicemen at dealership.Great handling, has perk to pass.
Pros: Braking with four wheel disc brakes
Cons: Removing rear privacy shelf when carrying large items
Advice: Don't let them promise you mud guards they're not availableI bought the Mazda Protege5 in June'01 and I love it.I haven't had to do anything to it but change the oil&filter and rotate the tires.After 9,000 miles,the car continues to be flawless.I had test driven the VWPassat and had fallen in love with it,but quite frankly didn't want to spend in the upper 20's for it. This Mazda is a lot of terrific car for the money.The handling and the configuration of the car combined with the price is what sold me. I can't wait to see and drive the '03Mazda6 Hatchback,as I wouldn't mind something a little larger. Everything I've seen and read about the Mazda6 convinces me that it will be a winner. In the meantime,I have and will continue to rave to anyone who lends an ear about the greatness of the Protege5,needless to say,all the many people that have eyed and commented on how sharp the car is.Mine by the way is silver and an automatic transmission,which I think performs extremely well.Check out this car,I think you'll be most pleasantly surprised.
Pros: Looks (Vivid Yellow)
Cons: No Mud Flaps ar made for them yet
Advice: Test DriveWhen I took my wife out for a test drive when we were looking for a car, and we had just test drove a PT Cruiser before it. When we got back to the show room, she said buy it. Since then (now this is my car mind you) she steals when ever she gets a chance and just goes out for drives. I love the way it looks outside and in. It handle like a dream and has plenty of power when you need it. I also looked at the Vibe and Matrix, but this car with the standard features. Beats out both of them hand down. The seats are very comfortable, the dash looks great and every gauge easy to read. All the controls are at you finger tips. My sugestion is test drive one, if this is the size car you are looking at. Because when you test drive it (and put it through its paces), you'll buy it
Cons: Cargo space can be a tad limiting at times.
Advice: Get ready to have fun (and yet be practical at the same time)!I absolutely love this car! I have had it for about six months. I bought it because I was looking for something that would fit my growing family (4 year old and newborn), but I was NOT going to become the minivan/SUV type of parent. I'm very much a kid at heart, and wanted a car to reflect that. The handling and performance are on a par (or better) as more expensive cars that I have test driven. At times, the cargo space is a bit limiting, but that's a rare occasion. And it looks incredibly cute....it continues to turn heads. I'm a loyal Mazda owner (my most recent was a 90 626), so I know the car is going to be a reliable performer for years to come.
Cons: little bumpy at slow speed
Advice: buy nowthis car is a 2002 millena s unbelievabale ride and performance for price of car