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Mazda Protege

Consumer Reviews

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

Great car!

By on Friday, June 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

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

Pros: "zoom zoom zoom vehicle and I'm in my early 60s!"

Cons: "none"

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

"I purchased this car from a dear older woman who had to give up driving. I bought it in 2006 with 10,070 original miles with a rear spoiler on it. It currently has 79,213 original miles. I have been quite pleased with the car. It's great on gas mileage around town and long distance. The only negative about this car and I've seen with another in the complex I live in, is that the driver's side passenger door wheel well rusts. It's a defect in the manufacturing of the vehicle, otherwise a great car. Here's my unfortunate thing, a person speeding rear-ended me, and in turn I hit the car in front of me. I am hoping the insurance company does not total my car and it can be fixed, if not I'll be so sad as it's been such a wonderful compact car for me!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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