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2003 Mazda Protege5 User Reviews

2003 Mazda Protege5 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 31 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • 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: 4.4 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
"ride" 15 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Chris writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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4

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handling, appearance

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road noise

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03 Mazda Protege 5 — My '03 Mazda handles like a much higher-end car. Its quite tight and responsive, with surprising power for a 4-cylinder engine. The factory stabilizer bar really adds to its handling. The exterior is as sharp as it ever was. I have always liked the eye-catching design, and the Laser Blue Mica color is still one of my faves. As the car has aged a bit, I notice some of the interior finishes not holding up as well as they should. However, Mazda has done a great job in upgrading interior materials in their more recent models. A couple of annoying and potentially expensive things have popped up, i.e. a bum airbag sensor and a sprung seat belt latch. Other than that I have spent next to nothing on this car other than normal maintenance. For my next car I plan to upgrade either to the CX-7 or CX-9.

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Dave writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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4

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Fun to drive, Economical, Good space, reliable

Cons

Cheap options

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Laser Blue Pro5 — This car was great, just reminded me too much of the economy car of which is was based. It was peppy and fun to drive. The engine provided adequate power which was enough for such a small car. I loved the colour of Laser blue and I had the Tiptronic sport tranny which i enjoyed using.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joe writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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Fast, stiff clutch, great handling, great brake, a real roof rack, it fits all my gear, good mpg

Cons

Rusting....... thats it

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I Love My Little Speedy Yellow Car! — I love this car. It's fast enough to get my kicks in and it can hold ALL my guitar equipment so its just the right size. It gets 27-40 mpg depending on how aggresive I drive. Also the clutch is really stiff which I love so much. It is rusting but I can't complain because it still performs.

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Aaron writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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4  disc brakes, fog lights, stock "body kit", light clutch pedal, relatively easy to mod, pretty stiff ride for a stock car, nice cornering!

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not anit-lock brakes (came as an option), nothing else really other than poor motor mounts (only reason build quality did not get 5 stars).

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Mazda Says It All: Zoom-zoom — Made a nice first project car. I think I've invested too much into it...but it's too late to stop now! The car is a lot more roomy than it works. I've fit 4 adults and packed the back full without a problem. This is a great car to have, it could be faster, but then I'd just get into more trouble.

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Jay writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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handling, size

Cons

Rust! and the seats are not comfy (lots of backaches)

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5-door Grocery Getter That Feels Like A Go-kart — I bought the car new in 2003 for it's handling, looks,equipment and unparalleled value at the time. It's been a fun car, handling daily tasks well, being practical and making a good long distance companion. Now thanks to the depreciation it's worth nothing, but makes a great commuter car for the daily 905/416 struggle.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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anubis44 writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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3

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styling

Cons

body/brakes/wheels

anubis44
35

I'll Never Buy Another Mazda Due To Poor Service At Dealer (i Think This Car Was A Lemon) — Purchased in Dec. '04 w/ 16k. Had vehichle rust protected by dealer since I live in ON & use salt brine in winter. Still a rust bucket. ABS/ ebrake sensors gone @ 40k. Brakes done 4x under 70k. Im thinking itsa lemon!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Denis writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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fun performance

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nil

35

Don't Hit Anything — Awesome little Japanese car that perform very well against lancers, hondas etc... on all facet. it is an eye turner very well built, worry free that was fun to drive, i'd buy an other one but the Aussies don't have that model.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jerrelle writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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4

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Practicality and fun in one package

Cons

Not very fast

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Absolutely A Great Vehicle To Own, Love It To Death — Quick but by no means fast, great craftsmanship and build quality, no rattling or poor components, nice color and style, cheap to own and maintain, and has lots of space and is great to drive. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone.

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

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Karl writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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4

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good mph, good looking, fun to drive

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tires are little on the pricey side, could really use a turbo version

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Has Been Fun And Reliable — Thats a good combo. Been across the country, delivered newspapers, and never a major repair, outside of general service

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marswife writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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Super responsive steering.

Cons

A little small, but suitable for short distances with five adults in it.

marswife
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Sporty Hatchback With Cute Styling — Loved the car. With four doors and a hatch back we packed quite a few people and stuff in it at different times. We thoroughly enjoyed the drive. Cornered like it was on rails. Parallel parked like a dream. Super responsive steering. It was a 5-speed manual so we pulled all the power we needed, when needed. *Very* fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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