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
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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

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Everything

Cons

Nothing

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P5 Best Car Ever — Awesome in every way. Great selection of aftermarket everything. Turbo helps with the get-up-and-go! Practical, fun, good looking, cheap, and it's a Mazda... What else could you want from a car? Hope everyone gets a chance to drive one someday.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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It's bright yellow and unique inside and out.

Cons

It's a four-cylinder.

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The Little Yellow Bus. — It's a mostly stock yellow short bus basically. I call it a "SPORT WAGON". It is decently fast for a four cylinder. It's great on gas and responds quickly. But, I am a speed demon and like my cars fast. Too bad this one is not so much.

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Konrad writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 Review
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4

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looks, handling, practicality

Cons

stereo, hatchback, power

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Mazda Protege5 — Considering this is an entry level car, Mazda did a great job on it. For the life of the car I have never had anything break down on it. It was nicely styled and I received many compliments on it's looks. It had a nice and firm suspension and handled very nicely on the twisty roads. Power was average, but with the 5-speed manual, it was a lot of fun to drive. It handled all weather conditions well and had lot's of room to haul things and put smaller family members in. The interior was nicely designed; especially liked all the gauges in red. The biggest negatives about the car are the sound system (really could have used a better one), more power would have been nice, and a good looking coupe would have been a nice choice instead of a hatchback if it had been available, seeing as I really don't much care for the sedan styling.

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

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Looks, reliability, gas, control,

Cons

The clunk, OEM paint job

45

My P5 — According to Fairbanks Mazda, i was the first Lazer Blue Protege 5 owner in South Florida. Now, years later and living in Vermont, i still have my P5 and love it with every new day. This is my 5th Mazda and still proud. Never any issues, tons of mileage, and they all purr like a kitten. The reason for new Mazda's is the awesome looks and style. Though, have not plans to get rid of my P5 anytime soon....

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

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Handles great, fun to drive around town, very reliable (built in Hiroshima), cheap to run.

Cons

Needs a turbo like the Mazdaspeed Protege.

45

Mazda Protege5 — Bought off lease, been great so far. Very hard suspension for stock setup, planning to upgrade tires and suspension. The engine really aches for the 5spd manual, but the 4spd auto has manumatic shift. It's small and light, and very fun to run around in the city, but because of the 4sp, struggles a bit on farmside rural passing. Planning to keep it till it dies as a winter car when I get something faster for the summer. It's very cheap to run because of it's 2.0L engine and light weight, and maintenance is only a bit more compared to corolla/civics. Well worth it.

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

Pros

good mph, good looking, fun to drive

Cons

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

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Manual is fun to drive, especially well balanced handling

Cons

Somewhat noisy, especially roadnoise from default tires.

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Fun To Drive, Economical, Unexpectedly Roomy, Slightly Noisy — Overall I've been very happy with this car, its a good mixture of characteristics that produce a car thats easy to live with day-to-day.

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Darlene writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 Review
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5

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excellent in the snow, lots of room for trips on the rd. love the options

Cons

none

35

Zoom Zoom Zoom, Fun To Drive — Sporty tap shift, great acceleration, love the interior,spacious.Fully loaded , with tinted windows.

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

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Great looks. Great handling. Lots of room. Sunroof and leather! Good shift feel.

Cons

Needs more power

45

Great Handling Wagon! — It was a spacious wagon that handled exceptionally well. The 2.0 I4 left a lot to be desired. The car could've used another 50 hp. Body control was great and the tires were the only limiting factor. Road noise was also horrible, but the stereo was great. The shift feel was excellent. Great car that is for everyone!

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

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Solid build, fun, good looking

Cons

Yellow was a bit hard to sell

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Peppy, Grippy, Practical And Good-looking — It was between this car, a Honda Civic-R and a modded Ford Focus and this one won out. It's a really nice car to drive, well-rounded and a good looker. The sport wagon was appealing for space and the engine was a 2-litre (I think?) which had good acceleration. It felt very solid and it resold very well.

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