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Mazda Protege

Consumer Reviews

I bought this car with 150,000 on it

By on Friday, March 8, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 289,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great on Gas, Maintenance free"

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

"I have done nothing to this car except brakes the motor is as quite as the day I purchased it."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

LOVE my '01 Protege ES

By on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

"I bought my 2001 Protege ES (2.0L engine, 5 speed manual transmission) used in 2002 with 13K miles. Now, 8 years later, at 90K miles, I love it as much as I did the day I bought it. It is a great "second" car for our family of 4 (2 kids in elementary school). The handling and performance are fantastic for this class. I'm just beginning to think about replacing "Little Red," but after test-driving the cars in today's similar class, I'm disappointed - almost none have the handling and performance I've come to expect in my Protege. (Still like the manual Mazda3, though!) Two minor problems with my '01 Protoge within the last year: (1) ABS system went out; however, the brakes still work fine (cost to repair ABS system was prohibitive, and this was my first ABS auto, so I opted to forego); (2) speedometer went out for no apparent reason. I have had NO other issues with this car. Consumer Reports still lists the 2001 Protege as a "Reliable Vehicle" used car in the $4000-$6000 class. I concur!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

2003 Mazda Protege LX

By on Thursday, November 11, 2010

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

"First car I bought when I was 16. I've had it now for 6 years and couldn't imagine any better car than this one. I've had unimaginable reliability from it. While just doing regular oil changes I've never had to take it into the shop for problems. It performs well in all weather conditions. I do recommend getting snow tires for it during the winter, but it handles well in the snow. I find it quite comfortable to drive around in, but not a big fan of the softness of the back seat. I plan to drive this car until it either gets totaled in an accident or won't start any longer. If you get the chance to find one you should get it. Best reliability, and very good car for its value."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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