2003 Mazda Protege User Reviews

2003 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • 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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Kevin2907 writes:
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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Stefan701 writes:
2003 Mazda Protege Review
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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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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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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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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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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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This Car Is Really Good On Gas By mudonthetires

This car gets excellent gas mileage. It is a pleasure to drive and handles great to be as old as it is. Only problem i've had is the clutch. I've put new tires,headlights and a battery in it. That's a... Read More

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1990 Mazda Protege Reviews

Oldie But Goodie! By jflo711

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A very solid, depandable, basic car that could be amazing with some modifications. It won't die no matter how poorly you treat it. Excellent fuel economy, and the DOHC engine has lots of potential. St... Read More

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1991 Mazda Protege Reviews

Fantastic Car! I Love It! By James

Acceleration is great with the 5-speed manual transmission. Brakes work very well, even in the snow and on some ice. Cornering is a breeze. I have had some repairs, outside regular maintenance, but I... Read More

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The toughest little car I ever had. I bought it used from a family member. We maintain the care regularly. I would like to find after-market performance parts. The car is really fun to drive. It... Read More

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1992 Mazda Protege Reviews

Look It Over Real Good Before You Buy One By Kyra

The ratings are based specifically on my Protege, not the make in general. It had the capabilities of being a decent car. It ran great, would've stopped better if I could have afforded to replace all ... Read More

Great For The Price. I Was Just Lucky Enough To Find One With Very Low Mileage On It. By ProteGeoff

I was fortunate enough to find one of these hiding out at a small dealership a week ago with only 55k miles on it. picked it up at a very affordable price. I recommend this car to anyone who can find ... Read More

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1993 Mazda Protege Reviews

Reliable Little Beater! By muschke

My husband and I purchased this car at Christmas time in 2008 because we needed something more reliable than what we were driving to make it out to our family gathering. A rather plain and ugly looki... Read More

"old Faithful Green Machine" By mkgill719

I love this car and it is my 1st option to drive between the two vehicles that I own because it is very fuel efficient and reliable. It is also fun to drive. If I had to sell it, I wouldn't ask for ... Read More

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