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Excellent value: Quality car worth the money. by An MSN Autos Consumer on 01/24/2009. Trim: 2000 Mazda Protege ES, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Price, quality and reliability, clean interior, good driving visibility, power windows and mirrors, nice sunroof, sufficient trunk, good handling. Sufficient power for needed acceleration. Good paint. Sunroof works well and does not leak. Nice, clean gages. Accurate fuel indicator and car health (check engine) monitor system. I like the way it looks, straight lines, sporty.
Cons: Gas mileage could be better for 1.6L manual. Somewhat noisy on the highway, tires you out on long trips. Suspension is a bit bumpy; it is more of sports suspension setup.
Overall review: This is good car for local commuting. Pretty good mileage. Reliable. Clean. Comfortable. Inexpensive and good retail value.
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Still Has It's Zoom-Zoom-Zoom by Rose from Maryland on 03/16/2005. Trim: 2000 Mazda Protege ES, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Small yet spacious car. Good on gas and has some "zoom-zoom-zoom" about it. Very reliable. Plus, it is not listed on the "Top Stolen Vehicles" list (like the Civic is).
Cons: The transmission went out the first 6 months. Afterwards, it was fine.
Overall review: Great car for young single people (like myself) or a young starting family.
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GREAT AUTO FOR THE MONEY.........................VERY RELIABLE AUTOMOBILE by JO on 12/08/2013. Owned 3 years.
Pros: I bought it used at a great price 3 years ago and it has been a reliable car. No major problems except the check engine light now comes on. I priced used and new cars and I am trying to keep this car as long as possible. Going to get a complete maintenance on it the next two months. I got a dynamite car for the money. It is paid for. kept on the maintenance tune ups, oil change. i AGREE THIS IS A KEEPER AUTOMOBILE. GREAT JOB MOAZDA......................................
Cons: For the price and reliability no complaints from me. The check engine light comes on and needs repair it is an lx 1.6L
Overall review: I HOPE TO HAVE THIS AUTO FOR A LONG TIME. ONLY DRIVE WHEN NEEDED. WANT IT TO BE MY LAST AUTO. GREAT PRICE FOR THE MONEY
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Perfect small car by mari on 10/16/2013. Trim: 2000 Mazda Protege ES, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: It has been a very good car for me..I'm still drieving it and will be selling it because of MY age. The car still runs fine.
Overall review: Best of all small size cars..I'd buy it again in a minute!
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At 143,000 miles by JP on 07/16/2013. Trim: 2000 Mazda Protege ES, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Nothing really bad about it overall... I like the quality paint job and the layout of the controls. Cloth material used in interior is nice. Roominess and trunk space are pretty good for this kind of car.
Cons: Cons are mostly really minor... the main thing I dislike is that the seats are bad for my back, and adding cushions only helps so much. It also isn't as efficient as you would expect for the size, but so many cars these days are like that. Power lock on driver's side no longer works, but that's not a big deal for me. I am not real keen on the styling... it's not ugly, just really plain. Hard to find in parking lots. Oil filter hard to get at without special tools, so I can't change the oil on it myself.
Overall review: Purchased with around 100,000 miles on it and now at 143,000 miles. Has broken down a couple times but problems were easy to diagnose and $400 or less to fix. So... I'm not sure, does that make it reliable or not? Maybe. Engine still sounds great, transmission and clutch still work great. Interior, paint job, and most electrical accessories still great after years of normal use. Would I buy it again? I dunno, there's very little wrong with the car but I guess if I had to do it again I'd buy something that had comfier seats and less boring styling/handling. I didn't think I cared about things like styling but after 2 years with no horrible problems I just feel "eh" about the car... could take it or leave it.
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