2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege Overview


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4.45 stars

Based on 24 reviews

It's Fun To Own When Its Modded. But Be Prepared For Issues And Have Money Set Aside For Repairs by Mario
 — It is an overall fun car to drive. Handling is outstanding. This car is great for Autocross and navigating on some twisty roads. The car has a little pep in its step with the llittle T25 turbo, but it... Read More
The Mazdaspeed Protege In A Nutshell. by Chris
 — They don't call it the Civic killer for nothing. Out handles a Integra Type R. It has issues though. Mazda should have beefed up the engine internals before boosting it. You can add more boost but you... Read More
Excellent Car. Buy Cautiously. by Aaron
 — Well other than the fact that the Proteges throw motors for giggles, the car is great. Out of the factory, the build quality is alright, but over the long term its not great: The stereo has had to be ... Read More

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege Overview

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2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege

Available for only one year, the MAZDASPEED Protege was the first limited-edition, high-performance Mazda to feature a special tuning package from MAZDASPEED, Mazda's own in-house motorsports and aftermarket tuner. Based on the standard production Protege, which was in its final year of production, the MAZDASPEED Protege was powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which produced 170 horsepower -- up 30 hp from the standard Protege.  
Other upgrades included a suspension tuned by Racing Beat, larger four-wheel disc brakes, special headlight housings, and 17-inch Racing Hart wheels, as well as more than 1,000 additional modifications.
The custom interior included a two-tone steering wheel, high-bolstered bucket seats, alloy pedals with rubber grips, and an alloy shift knob wrapped in leather. Additional features included power steering, power door locks, a keyless entry system, dual airbags, power exterior mirrors, and a premium Kenwood 250-watt audio system.
Drivers gave the MAZDASPEED Protege high marks for its handling (especially around corners), styling, interior appointments, and stereo system (which also garnered high praise from reviewers and critics). On the downside, some drivers noted that the car wasn't as fast as they expected from a high-performance automobile, especially when compared to its competitors.


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Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege Questions

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Overheating, Losing Coolant But Don't Ever See Any On Ground Or In Oil. Par...

Any ideas what might be going on and if the two freeze plugs coming out might have caused damage. It should have been empty because I was having to fill it up completely with water before I drove ...

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If My Car Was Parked With Barely Any Water In It But Enough To Push Out Two...

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I Just Bought A 2004 Mazda Protege And When I Bought It The Timin G Was Off...

starting problems on a 2004 mazdaspeed protege.

80 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)

How Do I Change Out The Blown Kenwood Speaker In The Back?

The small sub in the back is blown and I have already unscrewed and unbolted the box from the top of the trunk and I can't get to the speaker.

1,528 views with 7 answers (last answer 6 years ago)


What is anyones opinion on the performance of the speed Protege (mainly talking engine but overall is cool too).

179 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 years ago)