2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege User Reviews

2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"handling" 13 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"turbo" 2 reviews

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2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege 4 Dr Turbo Sedan (2003.5) Review
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The color, handling of the car, sporty look, just awesome

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Turbo means more maintenance and expensive oil. You have to know how to drive a manual especially this one as it has a racing clutch.

Coley0429
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Sporty But Fuel Efficient Fast Car — I love my car. Best car I have owned. From the color to the motor to the handling, the car is just perfect. No issues with anything on it. It is my favorite color. Gas is super awesome. about 600 miles to the tank.

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

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Excellent handling, good fuel economy, reliable 4 door sport car.

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Small cargo space, not great for a growing family

lechu004
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Fun To Drive, Small Affordable Sports Car — Loved the acceleration and speed of this car, excellent handling on all road conditions. Too small for my growing family and all of our travel necessities. However extremely fun to drive and affordable. Highway gas mileage at 27 MPG or better.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Good power and great price

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Always breaks down

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Msp — Can be fun but always breaking down. Stock internals are weak and cant handle very much power, gas milage is pretty good as well as handling. My car is very fun to drive it's making about 220 H.P to the wheel with CAI, Hibosst front mount intercooler, 3 inch open downpipe and an HKS BOV and boost set at 9 PSI.

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

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2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege 4 Dr Turbo Sedan (2003.5) Review
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Handling and Performance

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Awesome Road Racer, Goes Fast In A Straight Line And It Sticks In The Turns. — Absolutely amazing car, fun to drive, and man it will turn on a dime. I think that the weakness of this car is the limited slip. I had it snap on me with about 32000 miles on the car. I did autox race a bit with it though, to be fair. I wish I had more time to drive it, but I was deployed for 15 months in 07-08. Right now I have a little over 9000 in parts and upgrades all under the hood or suspension. Still less than 40,000 miles on it and looks damn near stock.

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

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2003 Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege 4 Dr Turbo Sedan Review
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bang for buck sport compact car for the young enthusiast crowd

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Unless you have the money to keep it happy, stay away..lol

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It's Fun To Own When Its Modded. But Be Prepared For Issues And Have Money Set Aside For Repairs — 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 could be faster. Compared to other platforms out there, this car needs some work to compete with the big dawgs. But, the car is more fun to drive with simple bolt ons and some tuning. The car should have came with forged internals from the factory so the car would be more boost friendly. Too many have blown the motors in these cars while modding them. Some have even blown the motor completely stock. For decent numbers, you would need full bolt ons, forged block, turbo upgrade, transmision work and if you really want to push it, headwork and a standalone EMS. Cost to own isn't bad, KBB is around $6500 now. Gas mileage...hmmm depends on how fast you wanna go..lol. Build quality, the car has its quirks, coolant leaks, overheating, suspension clunk/ squeak, LSD snaps, factory motor mounts suck, factory CD player and sub/amp suck, and the list goes on. Appearance is great. I love the cars looks, especially since I have added a couple of new things to the cars exterior and there is lots more carbon fiber to come. You would really have to know everything about this particular car if you were going to start putting money into it. But overall, it is a great car to drive.

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

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Fun on/off the track its kinda rare so a head turner as well

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if you don't have the time or money to do constant repairs but still a great car

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Great Car All Around If You Do Get One Go Ahead Drop Some Money Replace The Parts For Well Built One — Preformance: Good preformance acceleration and handling are good are a big step up from the regular protege. Buil Quality:Lacking any really quality everytime I turned around I had to fix something else maybe every every other month at MINIMUM! Apperance: I loved the styling I thought bith the interior and exterior were put together really nicely. Cost of Ownership: Good gas milelage and cheap to buy on the lines as sports cars go. But with the repairs and maintenace it kinda takes away from that. Fun Factor: TONS OF FUN! Great for weekend crusing.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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quick & nimble handling, love to mod

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if you don't like working on cars

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Fun Out Of The Box, More Fun After Some Tweeks — Performance - stock it isn't that fast, but is on rails. With modifications can be a scream. Build Quality - Mazda dropped the ball on some key things with this car, however for a limited production "concept" it is a hit...just need to have patience & build it up. Appearance - Love the look of this car, aggressive, clean lines. Cost of Ownership - does modifications count? LOL Fun Factor - 5/5....this car is a blast to drive....love it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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RPM Sensitive Steering makes wheelin a lot more fun.

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don't avoid it.. just don't abuse it.

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I Love It!!! — I absolutely LOVE this car. She is by FAR the best car I ever owned!! :) Not only is she easily modified, but a dream to drive. Whether you're going down the track, or daily driving- she's a dream! If you ever get the chance to get your hands on one, I would suggest buying it!!!

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

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Fun, decently fast, good handleing, sexy

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Cop magnet and lacks cruise control.

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Mazdaspeed Protege — Decent take off and acceleration, handles corners amazingly! Looks good. Inside is nice and cozy, missing some features like cruise control, but is a very fun car to drive and LOVE the color. Gets about 28 MPG and the only thing I've had to replace on it in my 2 1/2 years of ownership is the blower motor.

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

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Driver's Car

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If You Take Care Of Her, She'll Take Care Of You — Though it has some factory weak points, the car is a pleasure to drive, and is a great compromise. 4 doors, sport, 93K on it with only one major repair... comfy, sporty, nice lines, and with the stock spoiler off, very inconspicuous.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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