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Love my Protege
By Zoom Zoomer on 04/16/08 11:36 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Hands-down, this has been the very best car I've ever owned and driven (and I've owned 5-6 other vehicles). The gas mileage on trips exceeded the expected number. I've hauled dirt, plants and lumber in this thing. It goes on long trips with winding wet roads and steep inclines. It has been driven "off road", and has taken a beating over the last several years (2 hail storms, 2 hits, juvenile delinquency carvings). All that and it is still great looking and great moving. Zoom Zoom Zoom. I want another one, and am less thrilled with the Mazda 3 and 6.
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Great car
By Zuumer on 04/10/08 19:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought my Protege new and have had very little trouble with it. I usually get 32-33 mpg on the highway (occasionally 35-36) and 25 in the city. It accelerates well and handles great. Plenty of head room and great visibility. Sunroof still works perfectly after 7 years, no leaks. CD player's LCD screen often goes partially blank until I push on it. Right rear door power lock broke around 60k. Replacement tires (195 55 15) are expensive.
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Mazda Good, but Needs Improvement
By Freebird on 08/02/07 19:28 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Quality car, with great handling, solid build quality and lots of interior room. Handles like a $25000 sports car. This is a reliable car with great mpg. Problems include constant idle shake, LR power lock went at 65000 miles All 4 suspension links failed around 80000 miles. Come on Mazda! Suspension is also a bit jostly on bumps. Seats are also uncomfortable on long trips. Trunk is too small.
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Dependable
By Big John on 07/17/07 13:42 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan DX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Needs more head and leg room. Only one problem, the ground wire on the wiper motor broke and I fixed it myself. One new set of front brakes put on at 80000. Interstate MPG up to 39 at times. Great little car unless you're a great big or tall person.
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Unbelievable car for the money
By nyminute on 06/01/07 21:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have a 2001 Protege LX 2.0 with a 5 speed, bought it Sept. 01. It has over 150,000 miles and still runs great. But what's really incredible about this car is it still gets 30 MPG on the highway and other than brakes, tires, timing belt (which you should do before 120K) and an oil change every 8-10K miles, it has not been one single problem! Never in the shop, never on the side of the road, starts right up every day for almost 6 years and still runs like a champ! Same battery even!. Great car, if you can get one with the optional 2.0, buy it!
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Mazda missed some small stuff
By CoronaRob on 05/12/07 04:13 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

A fun and sporty car to drive. Replaced a '90 Protege. The 16" tires are nice but the originals (Dunlaps) only lasted 30K. Bought replacements online (Kuhomo) that are 2x better at half the cost. Could use a 6th gear or taller 5th with 3500 rpm @ 70mph the hwy mileage is low 30s. Cup holders only in front and are terrible. No variable setting on the wipers. A lot of road noise (just like the '90). Would have liked a trunk release on the remote. There should have been a power lock switch on the passenger side. Even with the shortcomings I would buy this car again in a minute. My kids are fighting over who gets it when we get rid of it.
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Not that Great
By protege666 on 04/26/07 14:32 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan DX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I just paid off my Protege and I am sooo ready for a different car. I bought it for the four door and fuel economy aspect. Those two things aren't disappointing...pretty much everything else was...teh electronics were always if-y and the drivers seat kills your back...theseat belts in the back have all but ceased to function. It's just NOT THAT GREAT of a car.
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Gets ahead, stays ahead
By Daro on 04/15/07 19:55 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan MP3 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Have you ever taken the curves on Lower Wacker Drive or on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago? Have you ever tried to enter a busy metropolitan expressway at the speed of traffic - say, 75 mph before the end of the entrance ramp? This car does it. It adheres tightly to curves and accelerates smartly into traffic. Great gas mileage, strong performance, enduring reliability, roomy interior, and distinctive looks combine to make the MP3, all at once, both affordable basic transportation and a pleasurable driving experience.
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2001 Mazda Protege LX - Minor Problems
By kevin111 on 07/16/06 21:30 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Quality compact with excellent fuel mileage. 35 mpg on a trip with automatic and the air on. Overdrive sips gas. Tight build quality. Great handling. Impressive interior room. Stylish exterior design. Relatively quiet except when engine is pushed. Very compliant ride. Quality car but Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic might be better.
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Awesome Car
By Liz on 04/28/06 08:36 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Great car for a woman! NEVER have any mechanical problems; the only thing I do to this car is the routine maintenance that it needs. It already has more that 100,000 miles and is still running like the first day I bought it :)
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