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

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Carl writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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5

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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.

Cons

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

Cons

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

Cons

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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Lion4141 writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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Comfortable , cheap , very good when modified

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if you are tall back seats aren't high enough , you have to take care of it (above average)

Lion4141
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Great Car Worth Every Penny — comfortable car good like even better when modified , mine was manual and it was doing the job , after 11 years still as good , easily sold (in my country don't know about you). repair costs were not the cheapest in the word but still cheap. the car's acceleration is good if you keep looking after it braking and handling are brilliant easily controllable , safety is good never had big accident to be certain.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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katfogal writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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Handling, acceleration

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How old it is!

katfogal
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Good First Used Car For New Driver — Great first car, has a nice kick to acceleration. Decent look to the car and only needed a couple repairs in the 2 years I had it. Not a bad car to drive. Hoping for the gas mileage to be a little better, but I live in the woods so there isn't much highway driving.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Carguysam writes:
2000 Mazda Protege LX Review
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3

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Reliable and good 4cylinder engine

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Bumpy ride, small interior, funny horn

Carguysam
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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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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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Alberta 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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Grandville_33 writes:
2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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5

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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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Reviews From Other Years

2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

Great! By dash147

I love my Mazda. I also have a 2001 (LX) too that just keeps going and going and going - and it's at 230000 miles at the very least! And it's like a TANK. Got into a slight accident and it took it lik... Read More

Go-cart Ride For A Daily Commute Or Quick Trip Around Town. By James

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2002 Mazda Protege Reviews

2002 Mazda Protege Manual By gonzalezd15

This car is a blast to drive! truly a perfect daily driver for anyone on a budget. The car is sporty too as it comes from the factory with a sporty stance. The car really can move if you give it gas. ... Read More

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I will purchase another Mazda since driving this car. I have had the same size Nissan and prefer this over that brand of vehicle. I have spent very little on maintenance. It uses synthetic oil. I ... Read More

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2001 Mazda Protege Reviews

An Excellant Car And Fun To Drive. It Has Power,acceleration And Good Braking Power. By Mazda544

This car is fun to drive, it has power.Other than normal maintenance it does not cost me a lot of money to maintain . Had MAZDA come with a solid wheel hubcaps, and uses 87 octane gas, I would give th... Read More

Goodbye Friend By R. Narayan

This was the first car I purchased and I have maintained it pretty well. The interior and exterior look very good. The mechanicals are good and I have only spent money perishables. The car was new whe... Read More

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1999 Mazda Protege Reviews

Ford Escort With A Mazda Symbol On It. By Mark

The car was fantastic on gas with the 1.8L under the hood. The Protege that I owned had a 5-speed manual transmission. Aside from the great gas mileage, it's the only other reason why I kept the car a... Read More

Bottom Line For The Moneys Worth This Is A Great Car For Any Beginner Driver By Gary

performance 1.8l engine that can be easily modded to suit anybody's needs. acceleration is a bit slow at first but can be changed through performance add ons. breaking and handling was designed to t... Read More

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1998 Mazda Protege Reviews

Perfect By Joelle

l love evrything hate nothing everything is great about this car except the horn sounds like a ladybug my kids say.. this is the perfect car for your growing family and also as a first car for the k... Read More

It Was My Fiance's Car And I Plan To Get It Back In Shape And Keep It That Way In Honor Of Her. By Hotwire963

It has been very dependable and has a very forgiving clutch for teaching people how to drive a manual transmission. It is a very basic model and I Love that. I just wish it had cruise control, power w... Read More

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