2003 Mazda Protege User Reviews

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Robert writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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4

Pros

fun to drive

Cons

don't know yet

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My Protege — i just got the car today, but so far i love it. i love all the options on it, its got auto locks and windows, a sunroff. Got to love the 5sp. its a little fastest than my cavalier. i put more words about it later.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tibor writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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5

Pros

Braking, handling, taut suspension, light weight

Cons

Power, traction on track, annoying sun visors that won't stay put

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General Review Fo My Car — I purchased this car 30K miles used, my first used car purchase, in mid-2005. It now has almost 90K miles and has enjoyed a couple road trips across country and survived a flooded parking lot at work where I was able to limp it out of the drink while other cars were left totaled. Overall, it's been a good car. Air con and temperature controls failed under warranty. Original owner told me no warranty work was required while he had it. Three power door lock mechanisms have died this year, but they're mounted near the bottom of the doors and I suspect they died a delayed death due to water exposure in the flood. Driver-side window also expired, last year. Replaced the brake pads around 65K. When you buy an inexpensive compact you're gonna have to deal with price-oriented compromises and this is no exception. It's the perfect compact for me, though, as its lows are mildy in the arena of ride quality and amenities, and especially in sound deadening, but that money was spent on making it athletic. 4-wheel-disc brakes (ES trim only), front and rear sway bars, taut tuning to the 4-wheel-independent suspension. The car's very responsive, and I view that as a requirement when procuring one. It has a little push to the balance, which is probably for the best on public roads. I autocross raced it a few times in '08 and very much lamented the lack of a limited slip differential (and RWD!) leaving the corners with the hammer down, but it eats up back roads like as though the boys at Mazda custom designed it to do so (and maybe they did) and is a blast to drive otherwise. Very good handling, exceptional braking, but only adequate acceleration. It has a very lightweight, athletic feel to it. It came shod in pretty worn OEM Dunlop "ultra high performance" all-seasons, which I never got near that mileage out of from the Khumos of the same rating I'd driven since. I'm a damned spirited driver, though! Now switching to Pirelli's for a little extra $$. All in all it's been a good car, reliable, pretty efficient, and an absolute driver's car as long as said driver looks for balanced performance rather than straight-line thrills. I recommend also looking at the newer Mazda 3 if you're looking for a used car and have the funds to buy one, simply because Proteges are old enough that finding a low-mileage one is unlikely and you'll never know how the previous owner maintained it. Nitpick: The fold-down sun visors are annoyingly inept. Move it to block the sun at your left and take a left corner hard -- and fix your hair when it swings in and hits your head. Even Car and Driver expressed annoyance at them back in the day!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Angela writes:
2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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5

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It was just made for me.

Cons

Plain and mainstream.

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It's Just A Good Little Car, If That's What Your Into... — This is a solid little plain car. It was like putting on a glove driving this car because of the previously owned 323! It's a tad more powerful (if you want to call it that! lol) But it's so darned cute and handles exactly how I want a standard enjine to handle. I'm disappointed with the mazda 3 as popular as it is. I had to chance to drive it and I didn't love it. Also what was up with the lack of view. How did the small car suddenly feel big? Is that what people want? I can't see out the damn rear window or over the hood. Although more power!! lol! I'll be sad when this protege goes, I like the old fashion standards, not semi automatics (it's really an automatic folks) and not steering wheel shifting. Those are for driver wannabes! I like to DRIVE.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
2003 Mazda Protege Review
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4

Pros

Stickshift

Cons

we need to buy new tires all the time

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Mazda And The Inexperienced Driver — It is a stickshift, so it gets a little complicated for an inexperienced driver, but on the other hand it handles like a sports car and has some power to it. It is actualy my parents car so im learning to drive it.

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Emily writes:
2003 Mazda Protege Review
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4

Pros

Nice Car, Pretty Fast.

Cons

Its A Older Version.

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Our Mazda Protage Is Awsome. — I think most mazdas are awsome. Ours is very fast, quiet, and gorgeous!

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Michael writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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4

Pros

Brakes, Suspension, engine is "playful".  Interior quality and lack of rattles and such.

Cons

lack of total power (could use 40 more hp), no Ipod connector available, FWD

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Enough Fun To Keep Me From Going Nuts, But Practical. — Over the past few years this car has been my mainstay. I got it after selling my last 240 and I needed a 4 door car. I tried the Civic, Corolla, and Sentra. The mazda however didnt feel as rubbery inside, and the brakes, suspension, and snappiness of the gearchange were far superior to the traditional budget vehicles. it dosent have enough power for the grip the car has (I run Hankook 212's) but its enough fun for the moment..

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Kevin writes:
2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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5

Pros

quick response and not bad acceleration

Cons

stock it's ok but with many upgrades it's even better.

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Good Car For Your Money — I've had mine for a few years and i'm just starting to add parts to it and i know the car will be better.

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Kevin writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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4

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acceleration
spoiler
interior design/comfort

Cons

clutch

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Sports Car With Inline 4 And Good Handling — good sports car with enough handling. Could be faster, clutch is a little slippery. Interior is good, exterior is somewhat sleek. Spoiler is nice.

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Kevin2907 writes:
2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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2

Pros

Interior looks pretty nice.

Cons

Intake manifold sucks... battery always dies...

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It Ok For A Cheap Car... — Kinda weak performance, and not built very well. Gets you from point A to point B.

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Stefan701 writes:
2003 Mazda Protege Review
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5

Pros

Super Sexy and is easy to mod.

Cons

E.G.R. Valves, Wheel Bearings and End links are trouble.

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Drive A Winner! — Over all a deadly old car. Wicked on gas, easiest standard I've ever drove. The few trouble spots that the proteges are famous for are fairly cheap to fix. It is easier to mod the 2.0L then the 1.6L because parts are more common but it is all fun and easy to work with.

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