By therealdeal on
Vehicle2001 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewPurchased 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
need help identifying problems!
Best FeaturesInitial 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 Features6th 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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