2002 Mazda Protege5 User Reviews

2002 Mazda Protege5 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 34 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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"ride" 16 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"storage" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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Adam writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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Reliability, performance, economy

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Very few really

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Great Car — Have had several Mazdas. This is a super cool car, fun to drive, reliable, economical, low maintenance, cheap and easy to repair, What more can you ask for? Only minor glitches really- rear brakes wear out faster than average, low profile tires are very expensive, etc. Take care of your Mazda and it will take you anywhere anytime!

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Gabriel writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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Looks good, drives great.

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Gas mileage isn't great.

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Mp5 Review — Performance: Peppy little car. Good braking... but emergency break does not hold up to abuse. Handles good with right tires on. Build Quality: No complaints. A plus for car guys is it's loud. That would be a downer for non-car-enthusiasts. Appearance: At that point it was the best looking car that Mazda had made in a long time. Cost of ownership: Not great on gas, needs the usual maintenance... rust proofing is a good idea. Fun: Yes, but needs more power... lots more.

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Justin writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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Gas mileage not bad. Space is exceptional. Nice mid-range power.

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Needs more torque for off the line performance. Interior often noisy.

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Awesome Handling Out Of The Box But Needs More Power — This car has so much storage space, some have claimed to fit entire queen sized mattresses in them. If you want a reliable car that handles corners well than this car is for you. Great aftermarket parts are available and there is large following for the original zoom-zoom machine. Interior is also great, controls are easy to read and guages are sporty orange a-la bmw. Stock stereo needs upgrades, but great acoustical value for audiophiles. Farthest throw headlights in its halogen class, standard roof rack and 16'' alloy wheels.

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Alan writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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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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Mark writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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Great looks, very sporty.

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Too much road noise, weak audio setup.

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Frank The Bumblebee — First off- its not a station wagon; its a sport wagon. I call it The Bumblebee or Frank. This car is very fun to drive and looks great. It's not very fast from the factory, but it gets good gas mileage and the engine is very solidly built. It handles well- sporty and stiff but still streetable. The stock shifter is spongy and tall. I upgraded to a TWM Performance short shifter and it was well worth the money. There was too much road noise for my taste (I'm a music fanatic) so I have begun wrapping the inside of the car with Dynamat to reduce road noise and improve sound quality from my speakers. The car was not built with the sound system in mind. It's going to take a lot of work to improve the audio, including adding a subwoofer because the small speaker sizes in the doors aren't capable of producing the low notes. Overall the car is great, it just needs some fine-tuning and customizing to get it how I like it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Christopher writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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Electrical system

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A Neat Little Car — Had some small electrical issues with the windows, not to mention the lowpro tires that came with the car only last 10,000 miles. Throughout the life of the car I had alignment issues and brake issues. Oh, and the aerodynamics of the car are kinda weird. You can't open both rear windows without some weird vibration and "thump-thump-thump" sound filling the car. However, I loved owning this car most of the time. Surprisingly quick, great handling, big inside, small outside.

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mustangleader writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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Dependable, great in corning, looks, good gas mileage

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None after 220,000 miles

mustangleader
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Miata In Wagon = Protege 5 — I have written reviews on Edmund.com so I make this brief: if you think the car lacks speed, have the computer reprogramed, add K&N cold air intake and add Megna Flow Turbo exhaust, and now you have a car that has more than enough power in the low and high end to match its cornering abilities. Original clutch still and only things recently like new ignition switch, fuel pump sensor (burned out) and water pump at 80,000 miles. Now that is a dependable car. Car sounds great and though I'm sure it's still not that fast, it feels so and always has been fun to drive daily. I prefer driving it daily over my 2007 Mazda Speed 3! But if I want speed, then it's the MS3 which is faster than the current version due to gearing and weight. Both great cars for different reasons.

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mikey2me writes:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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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:
2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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Nice looking sporty car with great handeling.

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Rear wheel wells rust.

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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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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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