2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Consumer Review: 5 years and still going strong

2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege Sedan - Consumer Review

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5 years and still going strong
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2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege New 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I bought the car brand new, only had 12 miles on it when I drove it off the lot. 45000 miles later and a trip to germany and I still love this car. The turbo gives the car some great get-up-and-go when you floor it. I have had to do little to no maintenance on it. I love the interior and the short shift. The handling, well there aren't too many vehicles that handle as well as this car. Have just recently put on a new body kit, upgraded the exhaust, and threw some 18s on it to give it a meaner look. Overall great car and extremely fun to drive. Tops out at 137 mph. Also love it when someone asks if it's a lancer and the look on their face when I say "it's a mazdaspeed protege."

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Love the colors, the aggressive look right out of the dealership, rims, interior, short shift, and handling.

Worst Features

Had to replace stereo and subwoofer in less than 3 months from purchase. Other than that excellent car!!! A must own!!!
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