Mazda missed some small stuff
By CoronaRob on
2001 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
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.
Styling, handling, sun roof, spoiler, gauges, fog lights, cruise control.
Variable wipers, better cup holders, more power, 6th gear, less road noise.