2001 Mazda Protege User Reviews

2001 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 22 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 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
"ride" 8 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews

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Michael writes:
2001 Mazda Protege MP3 Review
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4

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one of a kind

Cons

its a mazda

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Not Bad But Better Cars Out There — This car was also a numbered car, they were either blue or orange the power in this car wasnt the greatest it had 145 hp but 101 hp to the wheels it was great on the hwy but crap out of the blocks

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Edwin writes:
2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0 Review
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4

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Cheap and good.

Cons

Not much.

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Meh. — This car is average. It is not the best. It won't make you cool but neither would it embarrass you. Performance is okay. The appearance is fine with me. These kind of stuff are pretty subjective. So, yea, overall, I give it a 3.5/5. :D

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jennifer writes:
2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0 Review
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5

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Great gas mileage. My top recorded was about 35mpg

Cons

A few finicky things can go wrong, but easily fixed.

25

I've Put Over 50k Miles On The Car Since I Got It, And It Still Runs Excellent At 170k. — The car has been great for the last 4 yrs. I bought it when it was 4 yrs old. Only thing's I've had to replace were a coil pack, spark plug wires, and intake manifold gasket. The dealer told me it was bad. Ended up getting it fixed for free. Great car overall. Love the body styling. Great power for what it is. 2.0 engine in a manual is fun to drive! One downside is the bottom of the front doors is starting to rust. Not sure if it's a manufacturing thing or not.

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Philip writes:
2001 Mazda Protege MP3 Review
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4

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Amazing Handling and long lasting style.

Cons

Lack of accerlation power.

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2001 Mp3 — -One of the best handling car in the market. -Unique style, color (laser blue) back to the year 2001. -First car in North America that comes with a stock MP3 head unit. Also comes with Kenwood amp and subwoofers. -Limited production, only 250 ever made and sold across Canada. -Made in Japan. -Lack of power (2L N/A), but good on corners with Tokico Shocks and Racing beat Springs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Vincent writes:
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5

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reliable

Cons

not that many convenience options

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My Protege — Above average exterior and interior styling Decent performance No major repairs, except for a window pane that did not roll back up, and a fuse in the AC system that blew. Gas mileage so-so, does not match EPA Definitely a fun car to drive! Cost of ownership is cheap.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rich writes:
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3

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a Work in progress still

Cons

get a manual not auto... i have to drop 2k in a tranny rebuild.

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Awesome Car To Learn On ... Lots Of Possibilities. — performance - 0-60 in roughly 5s. Custom built Cold air intake. 1.6l v4 FWD. Handling- great handling... breaks need a little work. Green outside base coat with a tan interior. Painting exterior black and custom dying the interior myself. Home made hydrogen fuel cells installed... roughly 58-60 mpg. soon getting a kl-ze shipped in with a tranny rebuild.

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Wil writes:
2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0 Review
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4

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Good mileage, all the extras, very dependable

Cons

CD player skips

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01 Protege, Work-car — Fantastic work car. Gets good mileage with a low-geared transmission (designed for the smaller engines available). All the basic extras, handles well for a FWD, alloy wheels, etc. My first car with a sun roof, although its a small sunroof. The factory CD player has issues with skipping, but that's really my largest complaint.

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Peter writes:
2001 Mazda Protege MP3 Review
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4

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Unique

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Not the quickest

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Mp3 — Unique, Only 1000 others like it. Not the quickest but it handles pretty well. Its overall a fun car to own. It hasn't been the worst to maintain. Its great in the snow. My bridgestone blizzaks are the best. I have owned it for four years now and can't complain too much.

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Jason writes:
2001 Mazda Protege DX Review
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3

Pros

Handling
Small
Efficient (great MPH)

Cons

Poor build quality felt cheap

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Not Exactly The Best — This was an alright car at best. Performance. Braking: good good response Handling: very good, turns like it's on a track Acceleration: good, beats most 4 bangers I've seen out there Build quality: bad, as you can see from the picture above, this was a 20 mph crash and the radiator/intake had completely been destroyed Thank god Mazda doesn't make these anymore

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Blake writes:
2001 Mazda Protege MP3 Review
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5

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Look, suspension, sound

Cons

speed/hp

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Excellent To Drive. Lacks Hp & Accelleration — This car is tuned by racingbeat with an aftermarket suspension. Stock with 17's and 7-speaker system. Runs off a 2.0l 4cyl engine with advanced timing to put out only 140 hp which is probably its biggest shortcoming. Other than that it handles like a dream and is fun to drive.

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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

Overall, a great Compact Auto. Ranks well in its class. Automatic Transmission - 1 and 2 are great, but the rations on 3 and 4 are not good for higher speed driving. On the interstate at gear 4 at abo... Read More

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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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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

Slotege Reviewed By Justin

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 ... Read More

Clark Kent Bought A Kryptonite By Lnny

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 proba... 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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