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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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Displaying 21 - 30 of 31 2003 Mazda Protege5 reviews.

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

Pros

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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Patrick writes:
2003 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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2

Pros

good handling

Cons

SLOWWW

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Pay The Extra 2k And Get A Mazdaspeed Protege — bad acceleration, bad (AT) transmission, cheap all around, not bad looking, good small-mazda like handling

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Darlene writes:
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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

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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

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

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reletively inexpensive to run, great gas mileage, good looks, comfortable

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$200 dollars for one foglight, are they nuts!!!

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Great Car, Handle Awsome — I'v had this car since august, even though being ripped off by the dealer in the way of safety concerns I am happy with it. I need to upgrade the tires from the poor handling Dunlop SP's, but will be looking at adding 18 inch rims, cold air intake, and a racing stripe to add to the syling. The fog lights set this cars looks up nicely, but mazda need to learn not to rip people off on parts that can 't be found eexcept from the dealer

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

Pros

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

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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

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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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