2003 Mazda Protege User Reviews

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André writes:
2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Amazing on Gas.

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Lacks some Speed.

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2003 Mazda Protege Lx — Performance: A bit slow for my liking but handling is great. Quality: Stereo knobs are terrible and some rust under the door, but other than that its running really great at 130000 km. Appearance: Great, except for the back lights.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jerome writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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fun to drive

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fuel efficiency

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Very Good Car — good performance, good braking, very good handling, some problems with the rear suspension and electric features inside, good looking car both exterior than interior, not very good on the gas mileage, very fun to drive and easy to drive. the white color is amazing!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Donna writes:
2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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4

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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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Stratos writes:
2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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Stability, reliability

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Great Go Around Car. Safe. Reliable. — Cheap, reliable and safe. Needs to be avoided for people who need speed. Great sedan, good-looking car. great manoeuvrability, good acceleration for a 2.0L. Some parts are cheap, some are overly expensive. Easily customizable. Very fun to drive especially with 17'' 18'' wheels.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tracy writes:
2003 Mazda Protege LX Review
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5

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Fuel mileage and comfort

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A little plain-Jane on the exterior

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I'd Have 2 Of 'em If I Can Find Another One! — Zooom Zooom! Practically stole this car with 150K on it! (bought it DIRT cheap) I'm impressed by it's durability, longevity and quality. Still have a little work to do to the suspension and carpet but certainly a keeper. Awesome gas mileage and power.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Todd writes:
2003 Mazda Protege DX Review
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4

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Zoom zoom is literally correct, they zip around and handle well.

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If there is a clicking noise when you turn corners under power..

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Good Little Cars, If You Check It Over Well It Should Be Reliable. — Really reliable little cars, if well taken care of. Relatively inexpensive for parts. The performance is lackluster, but what do you expect for a 4door and 4cylinder. Mileage is a little lower than you might expect, only around 25mpg. AWESOME in the snow, hard to get stuck. Fun to drive, handles very well, especially for front-wheel-drive. Slight bit of torque-steer, due to the low gear ratio's in the lower gears.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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dash147 writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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4

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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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James writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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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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CNY315 writes:
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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Will writes:
2003 Mazda Protege ES Review
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Suprizingly sporty

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Could use a bit more power to go with the sporty drive.

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Great Commuter — Just plain fun. I have over 240k mile in this car and i just upgraded the stereo and headlights. The only reason I will not make to 300 thousand is that my kids are quite tall and I may need to get a bigger car. I love this car. We bought it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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

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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

Goodbye Friend By R. Narayan

This was the first car I purchased and I have maintained it pretty well. The interior and exterior look very good. The mechanicals are good and I have only spent money perishables. The car was new whe... Read More

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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

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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

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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

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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

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1998 Mazda Protege Reviews

Good Ride By spnorman

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