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2003 Mazda Protege5

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 257 Ratings for the 2002 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Great car, never a single problem in 13 years.

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This one was built in Japan. I bought it when it was 1 year old in 2003. Nothing has ever failed or malfunctioned, this car does not even have a rattle. I replaced the timing belt/water pump and associated seals and parts. Also replaced the front struts when I figured they were worn, and realized I'd forgotten its super handling ability. It corners like it's on rails. Learn the transmission and when to shift, and it's a fun quick little machine... or don't bother with fun and it's a grocery getter that will never fail."

Very quick and comfortable to drive.

By on Sunday, January 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great styling and fun to drive."

Cons: "None"

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

"This car is very fun to drive, gets great gas mileage, even when pushed hard. Great styling interior and exterior. You can take this car to the track on the weekends and have a fantastic time. It rides like it's on rails. I have no complaints about my car at all. One of the best cars I have ever owned, and I have owned over 50 cars. I highly recommend this car to anyone lucky enough to find one in good running order with service records."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

TOP 10 OF MY CARS OWNED

By on Saturday, November 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort with horspower"

Cons: "Tireing in traffic with 5 speed"

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

"I have used this car on long distance drives and it is very comfortable. It has no problems climbing hills and is a thrill if you get it on the back roads where you can run it through it's paces through all road conditions. I get many compliments on mine because she gets much love and almost all my attention. I own 5 Hondas, and I would rather drive this Mazda. It is a bit hard on the left leg and into the lower back being a 5 speed in the city and traffic during rush hours, but overall, it is a crown jewel in my collection."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

great car, sporty yet econimical

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "performance, reliability, craftmanship"

Cons: "seats could be a tad more comfortable"

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

"Ive owned my mp5 for 4 years now and have not had to deal with a single issue that was not regular maintenance related. I still rate this car above your other imports from Asia, for the simple fact that Mazda has proven time and time again to be reliable, while giving just a little extra for performance. My protege5 corners like its on rails, my civic LX cant take any same turn at 1/2 the speed, at least not with stock suspension. is it the quickest car for its year/class ? probably not, but for overall performance, Id take a Mazda any day of the week and twice on Sunday."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Thursday, September 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
8/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "responsive, reliable, fun to drive"

Cons: "noisy"

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

"See the pros below. The car had a serious problem that was fixed by replacing the ignition coils. Car runs better than new, with the same gas mileage as at purchase."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

dependable, good, well founded, soundly built

By on Thursday, August 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 236,570

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable to drive and also be a passenger in."

Cons: "Cup holders and window buttons, wrong spots."

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

"Almost 250k I have done bare minimum to this great machine and I know I can get in, start, and drive every day. Oil change, tires and a few belts. My car still runs with great gas mileage. The places this car has driven to and from. Coast to coast and back again... and yet again."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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