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Mazda is a poor man's Toyota in quality. by Pork Pie on 01/24/2004. Trim: 2001 Mazda Protege LX, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Ton's of underhood corrosion. A bad battery, a defective window regulator, and rust on rear emblems and wrear window frames. This with only 28K miles. IF you live in snow country, and want your cars to last, buy a Toyota instead. I believe that Mazda Japan ( I'm in the car business ) trys to be environmentally sound and thereby does NOT use the most durable chemicals and components that can be had. This might make them good earth stewarts, but a poopy car company IF you live in the snow belts. This is my last Mazda product and I own this, and a 2002 Miata.
Cons: see above.
Overall review: Buy one used as they sink like a rock.
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Refuses to die. by timv from Vancouver, BC, Canada on 08/10/2012. Trim: 2001 Mazda Protege LX 2.0, Owned 9 years.
Pros: This car needs little-to-no maintenance, and will run trouble-free for a long time. I have 260,000kms on it, and beat it like a rented mule: I drive it on BC logging roads where no 2wd car should be, bottom out on potholes, used it as a 'work truck' for a few years, you name it.
Cons: Ugly, but that is my own doing -- I didn't repair dings, dents, scratches and other damage. Heck, I even busted the rear driver's side quarter-window (the triangle one) with an ice axe, because I locked my keys in the car out in the middle of nowhere. It is not fast, and labours up steep hills under moderate loads.
Overall review: I am basically still waiting for the car to die, and it has not yet! If you are looking for a car that will provide you with years of low-maintenance service, this is a good bet.
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Just Right by 30-Something from San Jose,CA on 02/26/2003. Trim: 2001 Mazda Protege LX, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Stylish yet practical, handles nicely, very comfortable
Cons: a little slow on the "giddy-up"
Overall review: I love this car! I think the styling stands out from the crowd and I love the gas mileage. It's sporty and fun and practical all at the same time--perfect!
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nimble and fun by A CarPoint Consumer on 05/10/2002. Trim: 2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Very peppy, great handling and economical
Cons: (No data provided)
Overall review: great car, best in class!
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Great car by Caravan on 01/18/2002. Trim: 2001 Mazda Protege LX, Owned 1 year.
Pros: (No data provided)
Cons: Interior looks nothing special
Overall review: Generally, great car in its class
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