2003 Mazda Protege User Reviews

2003 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 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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"power" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"noisy noise" 2 reviews

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Super Sexy and is easy to mod.

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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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2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Interior looks pretty nice.

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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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Plenty of room.  Great pick up when needed.  Solid body.

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Wish it were 5 speed.

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Dependable And Economical. — Never met a Mazda I didn't like.

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2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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acceleration
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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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2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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quick response and not bad acceleration

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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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2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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Brakes, Suspension, engine is "playful".  Interior quality and lack of rattles and such.

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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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Nice Car, Pretty Fast.

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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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2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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Great first car

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Not a car for bad weather

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Great! — I love my Mazda. I also have a 2001 (LX) too that just keeps going and going and going - and it's at 230000 miles at the very least! And it's like a tank. Got into a slight accident and it took it like a champ but completely messed the other car up. The only thing about my ES is that you sometimes have to buy 2x the parts (recently replaced boots and wires, had to buy 2 different sets of wires that were more expensive than that for an LX). Other than that it really is great car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Very Sporty, drives and handles very well. Quick turns and goes around curves very well. Take-off power is great, no lag in quickly coming to a good rolling speed. ES trim with Auto Tans comes with the "slap-stick" - optional Manual Trans. if you are in a playful mood :)

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Small 2.0 4 cyl block not so much of a problem, but would be better as a 2.5. Gear ratios are horrible on the Automatic Transmission

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Go-cart Ride For A Daily Commute Or Quick Trip Around Town. — Overall, a great Compact Auto. Ranks well in its class. Automatic Transmission - 1 and 2 are great, but the rations on 3 and 4 are not good for higher speed driving. On the interstate at gear 4 at about 75 MPH you will be at about 3,000 to 3,500 RPM (NOT good for gas consumption) Would be better served if the stock 4th gear in the Auto Trans would have lower RPMs at 80 to 90 MPH. At these speeds, you can watch your gas hand move (Yes, I do speed sometimes when travelling, but I am a cautious and courteous driver)

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2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Nice looking car, powerful enough for daily commutes or occasional travels. Nice interior, easy accessible controls, FM, Compact Disc, AIR, Cruise, Fog Lights, Remote Entry, Intermittent Wipers, Dual Air Bags. Comfortable ride. Car has rear-spoiler and rear tinted window. Easy handling, responsive.

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No Anti-Lock Brakes (only came as an option), interior noise can be loud.

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Mazda Protege' 2003 Lx. Overall A Good, Dependable Car. — The Mazda Protege' 2003 LX is an overall fun car to drive. It's responsive, handles great, gets good gas mileage, and I feel safe it's a safe car. The controls are easy to access without taking your eyes off the road, a big plus for me. The only downside is this model didn't come with anti-lock brakes as a standard option. Overall, I like it and think it's a great little car!

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2002 Mazda Protege Reviews

Sporty Family Car With A Decent Gas Economy By Krassimir

Like the low cost to maintain, visibility, sport style, acceleration, fits 5 comfortably, has ample cargo room, reliable engine, moon roof, good sound system. Has overdrive. Breaks really well. Little... Read More

2002 Mazda Protege Manual By gonzalezd15

This car is a blast to drive! truly a perfect daily driver for anyone on a budget. The car is sporty too as it comes from the factory with a sporty stance. The car really can move if you give it gas. ... Read More

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2001 Mazda Protege Reviews

An Excellant Car And Fun To Drive. It Has Power,acceleration And Good Braking Power. By Mazda544

This car is fun to drive, it has power.Other than normal maintenance it does not cost me a lot of money to maintain . Had MAZDA come with a solid wheel hubcaps, and uses 87 octane gas, I would give th... Read More

Love This Car!! By Schus8507

blind spots are a minimal worry, proformance is better than expected, car looks great!, all and all... this car is the best purchas i've made since college classes. i would highly recomend this car to... Read More

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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

Slotege Reviewed By Justin

Great acceleration, braking is okay, handling is amazing. Build quality is pretty good except the weak spots in the body where it tends to rust. Fortunately this protege has had very little rust poke ... Read More

Clark Kent Bought A Kryptonite By Lnny

The 2000 Mazda Protege' tan was about as boring a car can get. I bought it brand new with 5 speed manual transmission. My personality and lifestyle at the time was very conservative and it was proba... Read More

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1999 Mazda Protege Reviews

Ford Escort With A Mazda Symbol On It. By Mark

The car was fantastic on gas with the 1.8L under the hood. The Protege that I owned had a 5-speed manual transmission. Aside from the great gas mileage, it's the only other reason why I kept the car a... Read More

Bottom Line For The Moneys Worth This Is A Great Car For Any Beginner Driver By Gary

performance 1.8l engine that can be easily modded to suit anybody's needs. acceleration is a bit slow at first but can be changed through performance add ons. breaking and handling was designed to t... Read More

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1998 Mazda Protege Reviews

Good Ride By spnorman

If you want a good car for basic transportation with low maintenance and operation costs, this is the answer. Good room inside and decent performance. Good mileage. Fun to drive. The car will keep... Read More

Perfect By Joelle

l love evrything hate nothing everything is great about this car except the horn sounds like a ladybug my kids say.. this is the perfect car for your growing family and also as a first car for the k... Read More

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