2000 Mazda Protege User Reviews

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    2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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    75

    Slotege Reviewed — Great acceleration, braking is okay, handling is amazing. Build quality is pretty good except the weak spots in the body where it tends to rust. Fortunately this protege has had very little rust poke out. I personally like the look of my compact 4-door family car and all the mods compliment it a lot. Gas mileage with the v6 motor that is in it now is around 30mpg highway and 24mpg city. Regular maintenance and doing the work myself saves on cost. The car is just an overall blast to drive anytime and anywhere.

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

    Pros: Everything that has been done to it has made it into a car I love to drive and will likely not get rid of.

    Cons: The potential for rust spots down the road. Other than that the weaknesses have been eliminated mostly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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    2000 Mazda Protege LX Review
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    125

    Clark Kent Bought A Kryptonite — The 2000 Mazda Protege' tan was about as boring a car can get. I bought it brand new with 5 speed manual transmission. My personality and lifestyle at the time was very conservative and it was probably why I gravitated to this conservative sedan. Probably the only daring thing I did in choosing it was opt for the tan interior. I would say like me my choice of car in this point of my life was severely lacking in personality. I used it purely for commute to work and on weekends slapped a bike rack on the back and rode my mountain bike more. I was enmeshed in the daily grind just like everyone else. All trips were only around Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Germantown, MD. I did not venture much out. I was a homebody and a nobody, kinda like the Protege. All was fine in surburbia. Then tragedy struck me and it centered around the Protege. Nobody got hurt but me. Eventually I moved away from Montgomery County. Also, I must mention in my opinion the Protege was not built to last. Little things started falling apart on the vehicle like rod bar on the wheel/axle and things under the hood started to prematurely corrode and wear out. I even took it to a prominent Mazda dealership for an oil change and they forgot to replace the cap and oil got on everything under the hood. As opposed to past vehicles, the Protege was not fun to drive and manual transmission in the thicket of I270 traffic made it a chore. This vehicle also for some reason made me sad so I sold the pity for a pittance.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: was reliable
    inconspicous looks
    an alternative to what everybody was driving
    gas efficient

    Cons: boring
    lacked torque
    manual transmission severely lacking
    wore out quickly

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    2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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    Great Car Worth Every Penny — comfortable car good like even better when modified , mine was manual and it was doing the job , after 11 years still as good , easily sold (in my country don't know about you). repair costs were not the cheapest in the word but still cheap. the car's acceleration is good if you keep looking after it braking and handling are brilliant easily controllable , safety is good never had big accident to be certain.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Comfortable , cheap , very good when modified

    Cons: if you are tall back seats aren't high enough , you have to take care of it (above average)

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    2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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    Good First Used Car For New Driver — Great first car, has a nice kick to acceleration. Decent look to the car and only needed a couple repairs in the 2 years I had it. Not a bad car to drive. Hoping for the gas mileage to be a little better, but I live in the woods so there isn't much highway driving.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Handling, acceleration

    Cons: How old it is!

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    2000 Mazda Protege LX Review
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    Highly Recommend This Vehicle!!!!! — This car is bloody amazing. Like really. I bought it for $1200, with 4 snows on steels. When i bought it, it had 299,987 kms, and that was in august 2010. Now, january 2011, its got 312,848 and still runnin like a champ. Its my first standard and i pretty much learned how to drive it myself. A few hiccups; new plugs and wires due to a cylinder misfire, but really other than that, it needed a lightbulb over the licence plate to pass ontario saftey regulations.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: The fuel effeciency.

    Cons: If the backseats are loaded with people, its a little sluggish.

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    2000 Mazda Protege DX Review
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    35

    My Mazda! — My Mazda handles greatly and the brakes aren't sensative like the 1993 Geo Prizm my family has. The only problem my Mazda has is the engine problem, we haven't been able to fix it since we bought it last year. The overall appearance looks almost perfect on the exterior except for a few poor dabs of paint job here and there, but that ain't noticable; there's also scratched paint on the front driver side bumper. The interior is nice and cozy, nuff said. Cutest car I've ever driven but I'm biased on that because I own it and I know that owners of their first cars (If those cars are nice enough) will say that their car's cuter than anyone else's.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Cute car that runs great! I adore it!

    Cons: It has a small engine problem and the 'Check Engine' light came on recently. I'm hoping to get it fixed soon!

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    2000 Mazda Protege LX Review
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    Okay — It is a good but small car. Reliable, but a very bumpy ride. The little horn goes MEEP-MEEP at the top of it's lungs! It's a nice car, but it's not a really good family car. Small interior, only 4 people can sit. But large trunk.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Reliable and good 4cylinder engine

    Cons: Bumpy ride, small interior, funny horn

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    2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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    Zoom Zoom — Two words.....zoom zoom... 10 years and still running great. I love it as much now as I did the day I drove it off the lot. Just wear and tear now, nothing major. Almost 200k on it. I drive it like it's a race car...Getting another mazda for sure!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: It's mine...paid for.. no one has owned it but me.

    Cons: She's a-gettin old

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    2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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    Mazda Protege — 5 Speed gearbox needs a better 5th gear for highway driving. 3800rpm in 5th gear doing 120kph seems high. Quality has been great, all around, and very low maintenance. A few more bells and whistles would be nice, and there isnt much of an upgrade or tuner market, but its a grocery-getter.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Great gas mileage

    Cons: Needs more power

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    2000 Mazda Protege ES Review
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    N/a — faster than average 4 doors, ram intake, exhaust, new transmission, new clutch, new flywheel. HID kit. strobs, neon, leds, accents. fog lights...25 mpg, 5 speed manual. pioneer/ infinity/ audiobahn audio system installed. tweeters, subs, amp, head unit. pioneer premier. yeah.

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

    Pros: driftingggg

    Cons: you cant keep up

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

    Good Small Car By brad_isu

    Sporty, handles well (except in snow and ice), reliable, and roomy for a small car. Road noise is a bit loud though. Gas mileage is between 20-30 MPG. Haven't had much maintenance other than standa... Read More

    Great! By dash147

    I love my Mazda. I also have a 2001 (LX) too that just keeps going and going and going - and it's at 230000 miles at the very least! And it's like a tank. Got into a slight accident and it took it lik... Read More

    2002 Mazda Protege Reviews

    Sporty Family Car With A Decent Gas Economy By Krassimir

    Like the low cost to maintain, visibility, sport style, acceleration, fits 5 comfortably, has ample cargo room, reliable engine, moon roof, good sound system. Has overdrive. Breaks really well. Little... Read More

    2002 Mazda Protege Manual By gonzalezd15

    This car is a blast to drive! truly a perfect daily driver for anyone on a budget. The car is sporty too as it comes from the factory with a sporty stance. The car really can move if you give it gas. ... Read More

    2001 Mazda Protege Reviews

    An Excellant Car And Fun To Drive. It Has Power,acceleration And Good Braking Power. By Mazda544

    This car is fun to drive, it has power.Other than normal maintenance it does not cost me a lot of money to maintain . Had MAZDA come with a solid wheel hubcaps, and uses 87 octane gas, I would give th... Read More

    Love This Car!! By Schus8507

    blind spots are a minimal worry, proformance is better than expected, car looks great!, all and all... this car is the best purchas i've made since college classes. i would highly recomend this car to... Read More

    1999 Mazda Protege Reviews

    Ford Escort With A Mazda Symbol On It. By Mark

    The car was fantastic on gas with the 1.8L under the hood. The Protege that I owned had a 5-speed manual transmission. Aside from the great gas mileage, it's the only other reason why I kept the car a... Read More

    Bottom Line For The Moneys Worth This Is A Great Car For Any Beginner Driver By Gary

    performance 1.8l engine that can be easily modded to suit anybody's needs. acceleration is a bit slow at first but can be changed through performance add ons. breaking and handling was designed to t... Read More

    1998 Mazda Protege Reviews

    Good Ride By spnorman

    If you want a good car for basic transportation with low maintenance and operation costs, this is the answer. Good room inside and decent performance. Good mileage. Fun to drive. The car will keep... Read More

    Perfect By Joelle

    l love evrything hate nothing everything is great about this car except the horn sounds like a ladybug my kids say.. this is the perfect car for your growing family and also as a first car for the k... Read More

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