2002 Mazda Protege5 User Reviews

2002 Mazda Protege5 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 36 reviews

  • 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:4.2 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
  • 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" 17 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 12 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews

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Guinness5 writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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4

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Fun to drive.

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Not great in the snow.

Guinness5
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Zoom Zoom — It is simply fun to drive. Tight corners, aggressive gearing, and low to the ground. Not great for baby car seats or driving adults in the back seats. As the car aged, it got a little louder on the highway too.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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JHarrison123 writes:
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5

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Too many to list!
Perfect balance of power and fuel economy!

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Parts are a smidge more than a Toyota or Honda, but way less than BMW, American or any other car!  still Japanese, inexpensive to drive!

JHarrison123
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My Mazda Protege 5 — First off, it is rated 4.8 stars out of 5 on Edmunds! They only had the car for two years, very rare and popular. also if you read the reviews, you read how people regret selling their car. The stick much sportier, and a lot more fun! Better gas too! if you drive it right

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mikey2me writes:
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4

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The lil red cargo rocket has been my favorite Mazda of the four I've owned. It did all I ever asked of it, from hauling three huge kayaks to puddle jumping through Northwest weather. It had great steering, brakes, leather(if you're into that - ooh, kinky) and hauled everything I ever tried to fit in it.

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The engine was wee under-powered. You had to maintain a fairly high rev line to wring all the horses out of it. It also didn't do to well in snow. I spun a full 360 on more than one occasion. But that's just me.

mikey2me
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Mazda's Little Hustler — The lil red cargo rocket has been my favorite Mazda of the four I've owned. It did all I ever asked of it, from hauling three huge kayaks to puddle jumping through Northwest weather. It had great steering, brakes, leather(if you're into that - ooh, kinky) and hauled everything I ever tried to fit in it. Overall I recommend this car enthusiastically.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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MazdaPro5 writes:
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5

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Nice looking sporty car with great handeling.

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Rear wheel wells rust.

MazdaPro5
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Nice Looking Sporty Car With Great Handeling. — This car has lots of potential for after market upgrades. It's a great looking car that handles more like a sports car than a wagon. Also has lots of upgrade potential. Also has a lot of room in the back with the seats folded down.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Markrswan writes:
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The car has been dependable, fun to drive with good handling and pickup, great for cargo storage with rear hatch and best of all over 30mpg fuel economy.

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Repairs with dealer have tended to be expensive, EGR valve replaced twice. I've done the brakes myself, difficult. Several windows switches have problems.

Markrswan
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Good Starter Car For Someone Who Wants Great Mpg And Is A Backyard Mechanic Or Knows One. — Great fuel economy, handling and pickup. Practical cargo storage with rear hatch. Good car for backyard mechanic or for someone who knows one. Was expensive to repair with dealer. Had problems with EGRValve and brakes. Good looking car. Silver, best color.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Biggplanns writes:
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Fun to drive

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Small

Biggplanns
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Silver Bullet — Been to four states and I've owned it since 2009 . Few trips by myself and a few with others. Love my bullet gets me where ever I need to go. AC was fixed last year and new struts the year before and brakes also. I grill a lot and everything fits in one trip

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Marvin writes:
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Rides and looks good

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Little slow

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Very Very Nice Car — Just got the car not that long ago.But i think its the best car i have ever owned in my life.I will drive this car till the wheels fall off of it i plan on buying one more soon..I tell all my friends if there looking for a used car the find a mazda 5

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alan writes:
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Its utility.

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The lift gate supports but no big deal.

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Works As Good As It Looks. — Seems to get about 44 MP Imperial G @ about 98 kilometers per hour (cruise on).. I think it is an attractive 4 door car. Rear lift gate supports don't last. I'm OK with the car especially since mounting 195 - 60r 15 Triple Tread tires, they improved the general feel a great deal from the smaller tires it had when I bought it used.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gina writes:
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Fun, handling, comfortable ride

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Great Car For The Money...fun & Value All Rolled Into One — This car is fun to drive. It handles well. A lot of torque gets you out there. A good driver can do a lot with it. It has been relatively cheap to maintain. The only things I have done to it was add wheels and exhaust. It came with a cold air intake. I've replaced wear items...Tires, brakes, oil, timing belt, water pump, belts, & clutch. Gas mileage is about average 28 mpgs. I just enjoy driving it daily.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cyrille writes:
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it's good torq

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support moteur

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Good Handling — acceleration, braking, handling is very good. The Interior is not cheep good quality and i like exterior. This car it's so fun to drive. This car is the best 2002 car of the year , is good price not to cheep

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

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Zoom! Zoom! By Screen245

This is my mothers car. She loves the look, comfort, utility, build quality, gas mileage, performance, and handling. It is just plain fun to drive. I would recommend it to anyone who is in need of a g... Read More

Love It! By amh16

I love this car. It is the first car I have owned and I still love it. Super fun to drive, looks great, can fit SO much stuff in it. I highly recommend this car to anyone who enjoys driving! Read More

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