2001 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Bugdet Beemer!

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


Purchased this car new in 2001, initially impressed with fit and finish, sharp ride and handling, good braking. It whines on the highway at 3500rpm in 5th gear going 120km/h (a 6th gear would help) The 2.0 litre engine has more potential and at a conservative 130 hp, it chews up more gas than it should. With 83000 km on the clickler, I've since had minor corrosion around the tops of the door frames, my brakes are squeaking, tires are balled, the manual shifter is choppy after starting in cold weather until I warm it up, The radio display is starting to fade in and out, dealer service personel need help identifying problems!

Best Features

Initial quality, zippy ride for the buck, standard cd player, factory speakers are adequate, interior room, ergonomics, simple controls/displays, BIG exterior brake lights, dependable engine.

Worst Features

6th gear is a must in manual tranny, fuel economy, driver seat lumbar needs more support, wiper speeds are too basic, wheels/tires rare for the type, Built in Hiroshima! is my car radio- active??
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