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Mazda #5 by hans on 09/12/2011. Trim: 2003 Mazda Protege LX, Owned 9 years.
Pros: Bought it new oct'02. Easy choice since my '91 protege gave me 306,000 miles without problems. Dealer paid me to keep that one, donated it. '03 is my fifth Mazda! The steering is very responsive, the geometry is so good that I cannot get a squeal tearing around on-ramps.
Cons: Desperately needs 6th gear. The 2 liter is torquey enough for a taller drive. sway bar links rrattle after 70.000n miles,replaced easily.
Overall review: Love it.
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ES could mean "excellent sedan" by Geoman on 03/25/2008. Trim: 2003 Mazda Protege ES, Owned 6 years.
Pros: A sharp looking, reliable, fuel-efficient vehicle with go-kart handling
Cons: needs a sixth gear. horn sounds like a wounded goose squawking through a cloth sack. exterior paint very "thin" (easily penetrated by stones).
Overall review: Currently at 170,000 miles (and I am the original owner) and only significant repairs ahve beeb=n a new battery and ne wbrake pads and rotors (once.) I consistently get 30mpg even with aggresive acceleration and ave. cruising speed in 60-65 mph range. Stereo is very good, suspension and interior are holding up well and aside from one rattle somewhere in the dashboard the car seems to be as tight as the day I picked it up new at the dealers lot. A solid candidate for a used car bargain, if you can find someone who is willing to part with theirs!
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My Mapro! by Wade from Minden on 04/15/2007. Trim: 2003 Mazda Protege DX, Owned 2 years.
Pros: I bought it 2 years ago cause I knew they got good gas milage. Now, the more I drive it the more I like it. It started out being a work car. Now I go everywhere in it. For the 1.6 liter, the accelartion aint bad. But the handeling is where I say it shines. It is a lot of fun to "drop back 2 gears" and take on a sharp curve in it. The car is real responsive. Lot of fun to drive with the 5 speed. And did I mention 35 mpgs! You can cram way more stuff in the trunk and back seat than you think you could. The looks of the car isn't all that bad for a small 4 door sedan. Me and my wife have always had (and still have) sports cars and a big truck. Don't look bad next to them.
Cons: Have had a few mechanical problems. Of course bought it used no telling how, who drove it before I got it. Had to have new bearings in transmission and a new clutch put in. And I need to have some front end work done. It has a little more road noise than what I like. And the back seats do get kinda small with a baby seat in it. Word of advise for you parents with baby seats in the back. Put the child seat in the middle of the seat. That way you want have to "eat your knees" The baby don't care if they are in the middle. Little odd putting them in the mid. but well worth the leg room. Other than that not too much bad to say about the car.
Overall review: All in all I love the car. Great gas milage, don't look all that bad, runs good, and handles great. More room in the interior than you think. User friendly on the inside. Would recomment to anybody. I love my Mapro!
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Love Our Mazdaspeed Protege by YoshiSpeed on 06/14/2013. Trim: 2003 Mazda Protege MAZDASPEED (2003.5), Owned 10 years.
Pros: My husband has owned this car for almost 10 years and it still looks and feels brand new. He bought it new from the dealer when it had 9 miles on it and it now has over 110K on the original engine.
Cons: If you fiddle with the boost, the engine won't last long. It's not meant for huge performance #'s but it'll do the job at an auto-x.
Overall review: I love this car but it's not for everyone. You have to take it for what it is and enjoy it. Trying to get 1000 HP out of this car will leave you frustrated and disappointed. However, you can't push a car outside its limitations. I mean, you can't be disappointed that you can't turn into a unicorn no matter how badly you might want to; why blame a car that cannot perform like a Ferrari?
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1996 Mazda Protege by Detra, Atlanta Georgia on 05/21/2013. Trim: 2003 Mazda Protege DX, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: I have a 1996 Protege that I purchased latter 1996 early 1997 which is a very dependable/reliable car. This car has over 309,352 miles and still works great. When I purchased this car it had 24,000 still smelled like new also has it's original engine never. Only things have had to replace where minor things that need to be replaced after time. Other than that great car thus far. If you take care of it in return it will take care of you.
Cons: nothing much
Overall review: Would purchase another Mazda in the near future, until that time comes I will continue to drive this one until she has had it...LOL! Listed below they ask what year the car was purchased doesn't go back that far.
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