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2003 Mazda Protege

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 22/Hwy 28/Comb 24 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 472 Ratings for the 1999 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

goes and goes

By on Saturday, August 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 310,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Basic car that is very reliable. Handles well."

Cons: "Noisy interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One minor repair in 310,000 miles. 34mpg combined. Roomy for small car, especially trunk. What more could you want to get you where you're going?"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

From point A to B with No problems

By on Saturday, August 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "I got the car for only 1000. Great gas milage"

Cons: "Low Value, Bad in the winter."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I like this car. It isn't fancy, stylish or incredibly comfortable but it hasn't broke down so far as I have put 10 000KMS on it. It had 249 000, now it has 260 000kms. Its cheap to run. The alignment on the car is off and I have noticed that it is burning my right tire funny."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Excellent commuting car

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, great gas mileage, easy repairs/maintain"

Cons: "Not for speed, basic car, all manual features"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've owned this car for 12 years and have had very minor repairs. I get approximately 21-22 MPG on city drive and about 25-26 MPG on highway drive - pretty good for a 13 year old car. I changed the sound system with after-market radio, speakers, and sub-woofer so the sound has been great for years."

GREAT CAR!

By on Thursday, July 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 188,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned this car nearly 15 years and had relatively no problems with it. Tranny replaced, timing belt replaced, and that's pretty much it. It just rolled over to 188,000 miles and still going strong! They don't make them like this anymore. I anticipate I'll have this car 20 years before it finally gives out... maybe more!"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned

By on Monday, July 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 195,950

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "This has been the best car I've ever owned!"

Cons: "No rear seat cup holders, hard to work on yourself"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car used back in 2002 or 2003. It had 36000 miles (now has 195950) when I bought it. This has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. Other than some normal minor repairs (brakes, shocks, oil changes) it has held up very well! Even my mechanic was shocked when the original clutch FINALLY went out only 5 years ago. I didn't know they still made reliable cars like this one has been for me! A+ to Mazda on this car! The only down side to this car is that it's hard to do things like change your own oil because the motor is so compact...but it seems like everybody is making their cars like that now so that you have to take it to somebody (they hope you bring it to them) for regular work. And there are no rear seat cup holders...kinda a pain if you have kids who sit in the backseat."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great value for this car

By on Saturday, July 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,572

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good price"

Cons: "Needs new tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Truly owned by a little old lady from Seaside. This is my Mom's car that she has been driving no more than 5 miles from her home for the last 5 years. Just had a tune up. Runs very well. Could use new tires."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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