Used 2000 Mazda Protege Sedan Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2000 Mazda Protege Sedan - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

88 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Protege model:

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
Caution Purchasing this vehicle
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Paul
on

Vehicle

2000 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


Review

Exercise caution buying this car model. It ran fine until it hit the 7 year mark. In the past year I have had to replace all four suspension links, gears 1-2-3 and bearings in the transmission, front exhaust pipe, rear right suspension, an oxygen sensor, and now the brakes are going bad. Also, Protege's are not built for salty winter road conditions! It appears as though the lemon age for these cars to go sour is around 6 years. Inquire about prior repairs before buying. Not recommended - it reminds me of my first car, a 1994 Ford Taurus. I will not be buying a Ford or Mazda again in my lifetime.


Best Features

Interior looks nice, roomy in the back seats, nice trunk space, and easy on gas.


Worst Features

Poor mechanical design, rusts easily in Canadian winters (even when well cared for), bad transmission, expensive on repairs.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Ok
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Vince
on

Vehicle

2000 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan


Review

Just bought this used to act as commuter car. Styling is more boring than white paper. Engine is very loud at highway speeds. For a small car, gas mileage isn't too impressive. Probably due to the fact that engine is around 3500 RPM's when cruising @ 70 MPH. Fairly agile and nimble. Fun to drive backroads, unless you have a lot of hills, then expect a struggle. Not too shabby as a commuting car, but I'm glad this isn't my pride and joy.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

2000 Mazda Protege LX automatic
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Josh
on

Vehicle

2000 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


Review

Car is going strong at 95,000 miles. Only repairs done to date are new door lock actuators, the radio/CD player, and recently replaced EGR valve. Gas mileage is great for an automatic, between 30 and 35 MPG. I even averaged 40 MPG once. My only complaints are the small engine and placement of rearview mirror which obstructs vision.


Best Features

Definitely the great gas mileage and sporty handling.


Worst Features

Increased horsepower and more cupholders.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Fun to Drive for so little
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By ozman406
on

Vehicle

2000 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan


Review

I got a great deal on this car at end of year. I wanted every option available. I log lots of highway miles due to commute. This car is a hoot to drive. I put better tires on it and it handles beautifully. I perform all scheduled maintenance on time and have had no issue except for the ABS brakes. The last time I had them replaced about 10k miles ago, the dealer didn't even do a test drive. I started to drive off the lot and the noise and grabbing was unbearable. Lost another day without it until they fixed the issue.


Best Features

Moonroof, handling capability, trunk space and fold down rear seat for carrying.


Worst Features

Improve noise reduction at highER speeds (not saying that I go over the speed limit!), better brakes.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Nothing but problems
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Kassie
on

Vehicle

2000 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan


Review

This is my third and final Mazda that I will ever own. I have had nothing but problems with it in one way or another since I drove it off the lot.


Worst Features

The mechanics of the car need to be evaluated. I have had problems with the air conditioning, the radiator, the waterpump, the belt, the fuel filter... need I say more.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

  • SUV
  • Sedan
  • Truck
  • Convertible
  • Minivan
  • Hybrid/Electric