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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PROS
"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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Krassimir writes:
2002 Mazda Protege LX Review
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5

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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:
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4

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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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5

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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:
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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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5

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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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Andrew writes:
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5-speed manual, fun to drive, excellent gas mileage

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It is getting older and need repairs more often

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5-speed Manual, Fun To Drive, Excellent Gas Mileage — I have the 2.0 liter 5-speed, so it has some pep for a little car. It has drum brakes in the rear, and I wish it had 4-wheel disc brakes. I drive it fairly conservatively so the brakes last almost a year between brake jobs. It has handled pretty nicely until recently. It is in need of new struts, but it has 135,000 miles on it. The interior and exterior are fairly basic, but not boring. It gets excellent gas mileage, 34 mph on the highway and 30 in town. The cost of maintenance is not terrible. Overall, it is very fun to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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It can go through tough turain

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it falls apart after a while (120,00 mi)

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Fun — -Performance= it can drive on ice, snow, and bumpy roads, but it falls apart easy. -Build Quality= It has needed repairs and is getting another soon. -Appearance=My opinion is that it is too wide and needs to be thinner . -Get 30 to the gallon if well-maintained -it is awesomly fun to drive

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

Good Small Car By brad_isu

Sporty, handles well (except in snow and ice), reliable, and roomy for a small car. Road noise is a bit loud though. Gas mileage is between 20-30 MPG. Haven't had much maintenance other than standa... Read More

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

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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

Love This Car!! By Schus8507

blind spots are a minimal worry, proformance is better than expected, car looks great!, all and all... this car is the best purchas i've made since college classes. i would highly recomend this car to... 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

Good Ride By spnorman

If you want a good car for basic transportation with low maintenance and operation costs, this is the answer. Good room inside and decent performance. Good mileage. Fun to drive. The car will keep... Read More

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

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