by bond_fanatic18 on May 17, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege LX 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
My dad bought a gold '01 Protege brand new when I was a kid. It was never driven much, mainly used as a backup car. When I got my licence it was my ride to high school and in general as I hated driving my mother's van. I drove it for a year before my dad traded it for a 2012 Honda CR-V. It did its job fine, got me to school and back without fuss, was fun to drive with the 5-speed and great on gas. The only problem I had was the alternator crapping out in the middle of the freeway and I had to have it towed. Apart from that it was pretty reliable. I'd recommend it, just watch out for rust problems and keep it to a meticulous maintenance schedule. Also not the best car to learn stick on.
by 200kcarsonly on Jul 1, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I have zero regrets about keeping this car for 130K.
I have had to put new struts on it to rejuvenate the ride but it was worth the expense.
If you are looking for one, I suggest trying to find an ES because it has ABS and side airbags.
The ABS saved me from a collision once for sure.
If I am going to drive around in a little car I need a few modern safety features.
The ES does require more expensive tires but Kumho makes a tire that fits the ES rim that has been a decent tire me.
Unfortunately, this car is not good in snow with the factory rims/ tires.
I bought snow tires on steel rims to put on in winter when the car was in Wisconsin.
by shizzel12 on Jul 16, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Protege LX 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Good quick car to get around the city and beat other cars to a parking spot. handles good and can take tight turns that you couldnt do with most vehicles. For a 4 cylinder this car can move when you need it to. Most 4 cylinders dont have the best highway driving but this car accelerates good at higher speeds and passes with ease. I dont recommend it though if you will only be using it for highway driving because the ride is a little bumpy. I dont really care much for the mpg because for a car this size you expect it to have better gas. When i bought this car i was a little skepticle but it turned out to do what i needed it to do and i gave i just sold it in good condition with 173000 miles.
Already one of the best-looking economy sedans on the market, the Protege receives freshened exterior styling for 2001. ES models now have standard 16-inch wheels, and 15-inch wheels are optional on LX models. A larger 2.0-liter engine replaces the previous 1.8-liter engine. All Proteges get a revised interior and improvements to ride comfort, braking effort and steering feel. Front seatbelt pre-tensioners are standard.