My first experience with a Mazda
vehicle was my neighbor's 1992 Protege
LX with 175,000 miles on it. My GM
vehicle with 80,000 miles on it had
broken down, and I had to use her car
to go get parts. I had so much fun in
that car with 175,000 miles on it. It
also felt better put together than my
GM vehicle. Since I was in the market,
I immediately researched and purchased
a 2000 Protege ES. I am now a proud
owner of a 2002 Coastal Blue MPV ES,
and I feel just a strongly about it.
Just as the Protege is the most fun
small car, the MPV is the most fun
minivan. The fact that it looks so good
only cinches the deal in my opinion.
Decent stereo, 17" wheels, very
stylish, small enought to be nimble,
large enough to be useful. Able to
deal and get a good price.
Like everyone else, fix the shifter
(some push buttons on the steering
wheel would be nice!), make the rear
seat split/folding, seat heaters for
leather seats, and make a deal with
Jaquar to put the 230 hp 3.0 with the
exact same transmission in the MPV.