2002 Mazda Protege User Reviews

2002 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"power" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews

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Richard writes:
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Good acceleration, decent looks, good on gas, reliable

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a little small for some people

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The "silver Bullet" — It's been an all 'round good car. Put it through it's paces more than once and she's always been reliable. Mazda does make a good car and it's always been a pleasure to drive. Would definetly buy another Mazda in the future

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

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Krassimir writes:
2002 Mazda Protege LX Review
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very reliable engine and transmission, low maintenance cost, very peppy engine, accelerates fast, have sporty look, can get into tight spots, maneuvers really well.

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small and noisy on the freeway

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Sporty Family Car With A Decent Gas Economy — Like the low cost to maintain, visibility, sport style, acceleration, fits 5 comfortably, has ample cargo room, reliable engine, moon roof, good sound system. Has overdrive. Breaks really well. Little bit noisy on the freeway, the seats can be more comfortable.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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gonzalezd15 writes:
2002 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Super great on gas. The motor loves to be rev'd all the way to red-line! These car are great competetors to the 2001-2004 civic. The turn in is great as well as how zippy it feels when your are giving it gas.

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A little wobbly at high speeds.

gonzalezd15
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2002 Mazda Protege Manual — 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. All shifts are smooth as well, anyone can drive this car it is super easy to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mommacatt writes:
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Great gas mileage - 30 mpg daily driving (55 mph roads) Lots of get up and go...zoom zoom!

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nothing

mommacatt
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Awesome Zoom Zoom Gas Saver — 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 am the second owner and have taken very good care of my little gem.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dason27 writes:
2002 Mazda Protege LX Review
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3

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Compact

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Runs at high EPMS

Dason27
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Nice — It's a good car to have going from point A to point B and easy to handle. I would recommend this car for in the city driving rather than a long trip because of the high RPMS. This car runs 3100 RPMS when driving at 70 miles an hour

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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justanothernotorist writes:
2002 Mazda Protege DX Review
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4

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This is an unusually good-looking car - clean and attractive without being flashy or trendy. For its small size, it was quite spacious, with comfortable seating. It's probably the best-handling four-door I have driven, and thus a lot of fun to drive. Acceleration was above-average for a small car but needed revving for best uphill performance. It is a well-built car, which I discovered to my cost when the car was T-boned to death by someone who ran a flashing red light.

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This is not a quiet car. In addition, fuel economy could be better  (it's no better than in the bigger, more powerful Kia Optima, for example).

justanothernotorist
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I Liked This Car! — The car had pretty decent power, and was easy on the eyes. It was fun to drive - tarnished just a bit by high engine noise levels. Maintenance costs were in line of what to expect - the only superfluous breakdown was a failed thermostat. It had comfortable seating and was a fair family car even for taller people. Fuel economy was a bit disappointing. I picked it up at a lowish price because it was a base model, but after three years of use, got $500 less than I paid for it from the insurance company after it was totaled. Not bad!

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Alexi writes:
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Reliability

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Underpowered stock.

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Decent Car. — Needs more power. Good thing we added a few things. CIA was added for performance as well as an engine remapping. It didn't cost us anything to run but the purchase, insurance and gas lol. And mods. Good little car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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DevonGTX writes:
2002 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Fun, lovely, well equipped

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Shoddy plastics, could use more power

DevonGTX
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Amazing — Mazda had hit the nail right on the head. Cruise control, sunroof, automatic everything, in a compact saloon! A little underpowered, the 4-cylinder, but great revs. I survived a 50 mph crash in the thing, and got out with only a broken rib. Great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brad writes:
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Read my review, excellent acceleration and handling, can autocross even stock.

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None that I can think of.

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Way To Go Mazda!! — My Protege, what can I say about it. I love the damn car!!! Its my little Honda/neon/focus/Ford F-150/(and just recently)Firebird slayer. Ive had the car for a fantastic 42000 miles and I see no sign of trading it in at any point soon. The performance of it is amazing, easy to drive, great stock sound system, and comfortable ride. WAY TO GO MAZDA!!

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Иван-Филип writes:
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Everything

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Car is addictive and you'll find yourself revving it all the time (which doesn't help fuel consumption hehe).

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Awsome Car, Even With An Auto Tranny. 2.0 L4 Just Plain Rocks — Interior is beautiful, car is super reliable, styling is very nice. Engine has a lot of torque at any rpm (including low), which makes it a better engine than the already great 1.8 l4 of the previous generations.No rust problem, NOTHING on it broke in over 6 years owning it, with the exception of a stupid anti-pollution device, the egr valve.

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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

Oldie But Goodie! By jflo711

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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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The toughest little car I ever had. I bought it used from a family member. We maintain the care regularly. I would like to find after-market performance parts. The car is really fun to drive. It... 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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