By mark on
2000 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
Bought car new. Have never had any problem in 5 years. Everything has always worked perfectly. Has excellent steering feel and corners well. I like the stiff springs. It can carry 4 people without noticing the extra weight. Gas mileage with stick shift is about 30 for the worst city conditions and 40 for the best highway conditions with very careful driving using 5th gear often. I use 92 octane gas, because 87 octane will knock slightly when accelerating up hill. Engine will last longer with 92 octane. Road noise is high on coarse surfaces.
Steering feel. stiff springs. fold down rear seat.
More power. Vinyl upholstery. Rubber floor instead of carpet. More durable bumpers. Improve gas fill pipe. Gas pump shuts off 3 gallons short, and takes 5 minutes to fill last 3 gallons at trickle speed. Use heat reflective glass and less window slope to keep out heat from sun. Less road noise.