2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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Great car, Dont push it though or the Zoom Zoom will go BOOM!
By chad92 on 02/07/13 09:45 AM (PST)

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2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

I bought the car with high mileage, around 114,XXX. I bought the car with some bushing issues and some tuning issues. I fixed the bushing issues, but let the tuning wait for a bit. If you dont know, these cars have problems with their bushings as they will go bad every 5-10k miles, the stock tune on these cars is rubbish, and the turbo system they put on the car is excellent, unfortunately they just stuck the system on a stock protege engine, I found this out after I put ~500 miles on it. I was driving in third gear around 3500 rpms, and the engine let go. No warning, no temp spikes, just exploded. Fortunately, I liked the rest of the car enough to spend some elbow grease/$ on a new one!
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Revolutionary driving saloon.
By aufmitter on 01/03/09 11:34 AM (PST)

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2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

Our Mazzy was my wife's car (purchased used) from 29,000-56,000 miles and there has not once been an issue of any negative sort, only smiles and excitement. We've driven the car across the entire continental states and can only commend its taut responses, thorough feel and a connection with pure motoring passion. Though I do believe that the entire turbo unit applied to this MZR engine is a bit rubbish. The car seems to still move quite efficiently but the turbo has long since expired in its duties. :-( Currently there is the need for moderate powertrain 'make-over' including the rebuild of said turbo system, but otherwise an utterly reliable, efficient and fun source of transportation!
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'03.5 msp
By Denis on 12/18/08 10:05 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

I bought this car to out-manuever drivers on cell phones! Handling is fabulous. Get dedicated winter wheels and you're good to go. Radio is painful to adjust; display way too bright at night. Other than that, just a wonderful car. Add a K&N air filter and noise-proof the trunk space.
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Fun on Four Wheels
By Maestrokneer on 06/20/07 22:03 PM (PDT)

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2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

I bought this car for a fun daily driver, and 4 years later have not been disappointed. There is seemingly nothing this car can't do well when it puts its mind to it. A perfectly balanced front-wheel drived car that neither pushes nor oversteers when at its limit. Not many cars can say they beat anything but a Lotus Elise through the slalom (including all of Italy's finest), but this is one of them. Weight transfer superb, steering responsiveness superb, and with a $30 manual boost controller and some other minor modifications, pick-up will press you in your seat. Just a blast to drive! I love my Mazdaspeed!
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MSP
By Boostr65 on 03/29/05 19:10 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

Excellent car for the money. Outstanding grip and packed with features. Made for the curves and packs some boost. Responds well to modifications, i.e. intercooler upgrades, boost controller, exhaust, etc. I would buy this car again. No regrets.
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i love speed
By ilovespeed on 10/09/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

awesome speed, power, handling, character, unique styling, limited production, what else can i say...
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BUY THIS CAR IF YOU GET A CHANCE
By johnny123456777 on 06/14/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

Extremely fun to drive. Everyone loves orange cars. Scare people with the blow off valve. THIS CAR IS A MUST HAVE.
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2003 Mazdaspeed Prorege
By ghgmis on 05/11/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

Fun to drive car. Many problems. Very Very cheap paint. Very thin will scratch and chip wat too easily. Bad computer program that mazda fixed somewhat. Brake rotor warping problems. Rear sway bar bushings wearout and get very loud. The windshield is so thin that pebbles will chip it and rocks will crack it.
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Speed 03
By JPBlackmsp on 01/11/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

Nice car...in black only for 03 model...not 03.5 I am partial to it's performance and many impressive add ons that increase it's handling prowess.. IMHO. :)
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Really good car
By Collins on 12/31/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

I have had my cars in the past, even a civic. I can say this is the most fun I have ever had driving. The orange color is so tight I love it. It is fast, and sure it might not be as fast as a WRX STi or a EVO but look at what it comes with in stock trim, Companies like, Sparco, Racing Beat, Tokico, Garrett, Kenwood, Racing Hart, CAN ANY OTHER CAR SAY THE SAME THING????. By the way Injen came out with a cold air intake and this is a MUST, it increases the power by 11 horses, and makes the turbo LOUDER and the Blow off it alot louder as well. Too many Civics, Accords, Acura's. They see me and say "DAMN THAT WAS A MAZDA PROTEGE?"
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