2001 Mazda Protege 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - This car makes me grin.
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2001 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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This car makes me grin.
By WriterGuy on

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

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The protege is a blast to drive. Its chassis responses are smooth and quick, and the steering is nicely weighted. Only problems have been the EGR valve, which stuck and caused a stalling problem, the brakes, which tend to squeal (but stop amazingly well), and the clutch, which has some chatter in cold weather. My protege has 60k miles on it and still feels new.

Favorite Features

Steering. Brakes. Style--this car looks great. Roomy interior.

Suggested Improvements

AC could be colder. Would be nice if less tire and wind noise entered the cabin. Could use taller 5th gear (engine winds out to 3500rpm at 70mph). Shifter could be more precise. Oil filter is difficult to get at (under intake manifold by the firewall).
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