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2000 Mazda Protege Sedan


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Mazda Protege Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 105 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/31 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2000 Mazda Protege

  • When it comes to small, snappy sedans, the Protege is a tough act to beat.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Attractive styling, comfortable interior, peppy acceleration.

  • Cons

    Odd interior details, no other body styles other than sedan offered.

  • What's New for 2000

    Front-seat side airbags and an improved ABS system are new to the LX premium and ES premium packages. The LX and ES also get illuminated…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (51 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The most reliable/most boring car

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Vehicle: 1999 Mazda Protege

I've owned and driven this car going into my 3rd Michigan winter, and aside from routine oil changes and brake maintanence, have had ZERO problems with this car. It's been a rock solid little go-kart. It's also totally boring. I might think higher of it with a splash of color (as mine is silver with grey interior), and it has no fun toys to speak of (typical PW/PL/cruise) but I can count on it to run and run well. Engine still has some 'zoomzoom' even after 170K miles. Very impressed with this thing's longevity.

Best car i've ever had

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Vehicle: 1999 Mazda Protege

Bought it new in 2000, only repairs have been new brakes, alternator, battery and rocker arm. I've only put 90,000 miles on it, luckily, but it just keeps on running. Gas mileage has consistently been 27-28. It's a little loud on the freeway, but not bad for an inexpensive small car. Only disappointment has been the radio.

Stylish, fun to drive daily

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Vehicle: 1999 Mazda Protege

Background: My parents bought the car in 1999 and I got ownership by mid- 2005. The car is still doing well but starting to show its age. Despite being intended as an economical vehicle with great mileage, it looks beautiful in green and has above average handling for its class, making driving a more enjoyable experience. The fun is enhanced by its features such as cruise control. Driving on hilly roads can be a bit of issue due to small engine but it was a needed sacrifice for better mileage. Reliability is rather average as the car needed some costly repairs during these eleven years.

Gas Mileage


  • 25
  • cty
  • 31
  • highway
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Full 2000 Mazda Protege Review

What's New for 2000

Front-seat side airbags and an improved ABS system are new to the LX premium and ES premium packages. The LX and ES also get illuminated power window switches. Chrome plating has been added to the inner door handles, and a Mazda symbol now appears on the steering wheel, the parking brake button and the automatic transmission shift-lever button. The Twilight Blue Mica exterior color has been discontinued and replaced with Midnight Blue Mica.

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I have a Mazda Protege 2000 SE that I bought in the beginning of 2001 with 15km on it. It has been a great car to us. I have a regular mechanic that my family has been using for 20 years and have alwa...

My 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS just died with >172K miles. We are buying a house, so money is tight right now. I am thinking about purchasing a 2000 Mazda Protege with <100K miles for $1000 but wo...

I bought a 2000 protege (auto) and has only 34 K miles. It runs fine but when I stop on a traffic light or the car is stationary it makes an audible rattling sound. This sound is not their when I am n...