2003 Mazda Protege5 User Reviews

2003 Mazda Protege5 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 33 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" 16 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews
"stiff suspension" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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

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*Handling
*Exterior
*Cargo space
*Very good factory sound system
*Just plain fun to drive!!!

Cons

Not enough power!! It takes curves like a champ but it definitely lacks power in the straight-aways. When adding a turbo kit the weak rods severely limit how much boost you can push through the engine.

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You've Just Been Passed By A Wagon! — Current Mods: Injen Cold Air Intake|OBX Headers|ProtegeGarage Mid-pipe w/ high flow cat|Racing Beat Exhaust|Unorthodox Racing Underdrive Pulley|AWR Full Motor Mounts|TWM Short Shifter and bushings|Lowered (type unknown, done by previous owner) I just plain love this car! The exterior styling looks aggressive straight from the factory and it just looks mean when lowered with some nice rims. The black interior looks very nice with a little silver plastic trim. The leather seats could definitely hug you a bit more on those tight turns but they do their job. The only reason gave the Protege5 a 4/5 in performance is its lack of horsepower. With its aggressive styling and superb handling it demands more power.

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

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Handles as good, if not better, than cars far above its class

Cons

Lacking horsepower, seats don't have big enough bolsters

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You'll Give Up Before It Does Through The Turns — With ridiculous skid pad performance who needs top speed? Or acceleration. Or a quiet interior. Definitely a driver's car.

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

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Low maintenance costs

Cons

1.6 Engine

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The Basic Car — It´s a good everyday car, not very exiting to drive but has good quality and looks sporty.

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

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Roomy and great handling. Good Acceleration.

Cons

Top speed is something to desire, and well its a wagon nobody really
likes wagons. (But I do HAHA!)

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The Car Has Overall Great Handling And Cornering Capabilitys, And If You Ever Need Road Trip Space, This Is Your Car. — All and all the car puts out when needed, great for taking corners and accelerating out of them, but not reccomened for long drag strips, unless you put either A.) Turbo or B.) Supercharge. Other than that its a good car to have around, fast, reliable, and spacious.

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amh16 writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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So much space! Fit all my belongings in there during a move PLUS a bicycle, no problem.  Super fun to drive, love the manual transmission.  I think its a super attractive car looks wise, sleek and sporty.

Cons

Nothing out of the ordinary has happened, just normal wear on the car.  Nothing bad to say about this car!

amh16
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Love It! — I love this car. It is the first car I have owned and I still love it. Super fun to drive, looks great, can fit SO much stuff in it. I highly recommend this car to anyone who enjoys driving!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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over all exterior and interior design are simple and easy to personalize and make your own. quick and agile for a little four banger , and great visibility  

Cons

cabin is very noisy and bumpy, a/c controls are loose and function spuratically

michaelmoore
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I Loveperfect For A Budget An Still Fun And Enjoyable — the only mechanical discomfort is the transmission reverse is where the non existent 6th gear should be and 5th revs too high also a lot of shift jiggle. The suspension is far to stiff and instead of adding performance it takes away

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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
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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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Louis-Philippe writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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3

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Fun to drive - cant go wrong or end up in the field.

Cons

Did I say RUST!!!!

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Dont Buy It New - Go For A Good Deal And Negotiate! — Sport drive which is good - lacks a bit of HP and steadiness in the curves at high speed. Overall very economic so can't complain! Big disappointment on the body - had to spent lot of time & money getting rid of that rust!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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

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handles great

Cons

not so speedy off the line

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Good Car For Small Family — all performance is good except acceleration. no problems very reliable. looks good fun to drive mileage so so at 31 mpg would like higher. build quality is good on par for japanese cars. interior is very good lots of good options

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Christopher writes:
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2
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Love/hate Of My Most Precious/hated Possession — I loved my car up until my irresponsible sister drove it through a puddle the size of Lake Superior and when she made my car think it was stronger than a bucket in the middle of the road. The bucket won... The part I find most interesting about my car is how it can fit nearly all of my sister's things and mine in 1 trip and still get over 30mpg. Here's a picture of it before my sister got her hands on it.

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