2000 Mazda Protege User Reviews

2000 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 26 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"power" 11 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Carguysam writes:
2000 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Reliable and good 4cylinder engine

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Bumpy ride, small interior, funny horn

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Okay — It is a good but small car. Reliable, but a very bumpy ride. The little horn goes MEEP-MEEP at the top of it's lungs! It's a nice car, but it's not a really good family car. Small interior, only 4 people can sit. But large trunk.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Christopher writes:
2000 Mazda Protege LX Review
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The fuel effeciency.

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If the backseats are loaded with people, its a little sluggish.

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Highly Recommend This Vehicle!!!!! — This car is bloody amazing. Like really. I bought it for $1200, with 4 snows on steels. When i bought it, it had 299,987 kms, and that was in august 2010. Now, january 2011, its got 312,848 and still runnin like a champ. Its my first standard and i pretty much learned how to drive it myself. A few hiccups; new plugs and wires due to a cylinder misfire, but really other than that, it needed a lightbulb over the licence plate to pass ontario saftey regulations.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Micah writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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Great gas mileage

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Needs more power

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Mazda Protege — 5 Speed gearbox needs a better 5th gear for highway driving. 3800rpm in 5th gear doing 120kph seems high. Quality has been great, all around, and very low maintenance. A few more bells and whistles would be nice, and there isnt much of an upgrade or tuner market, but its a grocery-getter.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lnny writes:
2000 Mazda Protege LX Review
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3

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was reliable
inconspicous looks
an alternative to what everybody was driving
gas efficient

Cons

boring
lacked torque
manual transmission severely lacking
wore out quickly

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Clark Kent Bought A Kryptonite — The 2000 Mazda Protege' tan was about as boring a car can get. I bought it brand new with 5 speed manual transmission. My personality and lifestyle at the time was very conservative and it was probably why I gravitated to this conservative sedan. Probably the only daring thing I did in choosing it was opt for the tan interior. I would say like me my choice of car in this point of my life was severely lacking in personality. I used it purely for commute to work and on weekends slapped a bike rack on the back and rode my mountain bike more. I was enmeshed in the daily grind just like everyone else. All trips were only around Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Germantown, MD. I did not venture much out. I was a homebody and a nobody, kinda like the Protege. All was fine in surburbia. Then tragedy struck me and it centered around the Protege. Nobody got hurt but me. Eventually I moved away from Montgomery County. Also, I must mention in my opinion the Protege was not built to last. Little things started falling apart on the vehicle like rod bar on the wheel/axle and things under the hood started to prematurely corrode and wear out. I even took it to a prominent Mazda dealership for an oil change and they forgot to replace the cap and oil got on everything under the hood. As opposed to past vehicles, the Protege was not fun to drive and manual transmission in the thicket of I270 traffic made it a chore. This vehicle also for some reason made me sad so I sold the pity for a pittance.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dana writes:
2000 Mazda Protege DX Review
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Cute car that runs great! I adore it!

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It has a small engine problem and the 'Check Engine' light came on recently. I'm hoping to get it fixed soon!

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My Mazda! — My Mazda handles greatly and the brakes aren't sensative like the 1993 Geo Prizm my family has. The only problem my Mazda has is the engine problem, we haven't been able to fix it since we bought it last year. The overall appearance looks almost perfect on the exterior except for a few poor dabs of paint job here and there, but that ain't noticable; there's also scratched paint on the front driver side bumper. The interior is nice and cozy, nuff said. Cutest car I've ever driven but I'm biased on that because I own it and I know that owners of their first cars (If those cars are nice enough) will say that their car's cuter than anyone else's.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Carl writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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Gas mileage, no maintenance performed besides regular maintenance (oil changes, etc)

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Somehow has a scratch or dent in it every other time I turn around. Not really a fault of the car but...

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I Love This Car. — Performance - everything is very good considering this is a $4000 car and I am getting a steady 30 mpg. Of course nothing is overly impressive but, isn't a let down either. Build Quality - Most of the car parts are light: doors, trunk, etc. The car in general is built very well though! It has needed no repairs. Only routine maintenance has needed to be performed. I have had this car for about 3 1/2 years now and it has been a daily driver. I have probably put close to 50,000 miles on it since I bought it. It is now pushing 140,000 and is still running like the day I bought it. Cost of ownership - for anyone who has to drive a lot and doesn't want to have to worry about a high maintenance vehicle, this is perfect! I consistently get 29-31 mpg with a mix of city and hwy driving. Fun Factor - 8 of 10 on country roads with 2 or less people in the car. Any more than that and the acceleration starts to decrease drastically. It is a 5 speed and it grips the road well. Also has a sun/moon roof.

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Justin writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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5

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Everything that has been done to it has made it into a car I love to drive and will likely not get rid of.

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The potential for rust spots down the road. Other than that the weaknesses have been eliminated mostly.

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Slotege Reviewed — Great acceleration, braking is okay, handling is amazing. Build quality is pretty good except the weak spots in the body where it tends to rust. Fortunately this protege has had very little rust poke out. I personally like the look of my compact 4-door family car and all the mods compliment it a lot. Gas mileage with the v6 motor that is in it now is around 30mpg highway and 24mpg city. Regular maintenance and doing the work myself saves on cost. The car is just an overall blast to drive anytime and anywhere.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tom4514 writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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cheap and good looking

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slow as a turtle

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Gangster Mobile — It definitely could use better acceleration and handling but it only needs the basic maintanence when ever it needs fixing, so its a very solid car. In my opinion its a very good looking car (does not look like the picture anymore) way better, gets great mileage and yes it is fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michelle writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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It's mine...paid for.. no one has owned it but me.

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She's a-gettin old

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Zoom Zoom — Two words.....zoom zoom... 10 years and still running great. I love it as much now as I did the day I drove it off the lot. Just wear and tear now, nothing major. Almost 200k on it. I drive it like it's a race car...Getting another mazda for sure!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Grandville_33 writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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driftingggg

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you cant keep up

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N/a — faster than average 4 doors, ram intake, exhaust, new transmission, new clutch, new flywheel. HID kit. strobs, neon, leds, accents. fog lights...25 mpg, 5 speed manual. pioneer/ infinity/ audiobahn audio system installed. tweeters, subs, amp, head unit. pioneer premier. yeah.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1989 Mazda Protege Reviews

This Car Is Really Good On Gas By mudonthetires

This car gets excellent gas mileage. It is a pleasure to drive and handles great to be as old as it is. Only problem i've had is the clutch. I've put new tires,headlights and a battery in it. That's a... Read More

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1990 Mazda Protege Reviews

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A very solid, depandable, basic car that could be amazing with some modifications. It won't die no matter how poorly you treat it. Excellent fuel economy, and the DOHC engine has lots of potential. St... Read More

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1991 Mazda Protege Reviews

Fantastic Car! I Love It! By James

Acceleration is great with the 5-speed manual transmission. Brakes work very well, even in the snow and on some ice. Cornering is a breeze. I have had some repairs, outside regular maintenance, but I... Read More

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1992 Mazda Protege Reviews

Look It Over Real Good Before You Buy One By Kyra

The ratings are based specifically on my Protege, not the make in general. It had the capabilities of being a decent car. It ran great, would've stopped better if I could have afforded to replace all ... Read More

Great For The Price. I Was Just Lucky Enough To Find One With Very Low Mileage On It. By ProteGeoff

I was fortunate enough to find one of these hiding out at a small dealership a week ago with only 55k miles on it. picked it up at a very affordable price. I recommend this car to anyone who can find ... Read More

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1993 Mazda Protege Reviews

Reliable Little Beater! By muschke

My husband and I purchased this car at Christmas time in 2008 because we needed something more reliable than what we were driving to make it out to our family gathering. A rather plain and ugly looki... Read More

"old Faithful Green Machine" By mkgill719

I love this car and it is my 1st option to drive between the two vehicles that I own because it is very fuel efficient and reliable. It is also fun to drive. If I had to sell it, I wouldn't ask for ... Read More

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