Great car that is low on power.
Beware of an annoying auto trans whine
between 24 and 38 mph with light
throttle. Mazda states this noise is
normal for auto trans models.
195/50X16 Dunlops are good tires, but
usualy takes a few days to locate.
Handling,Interior quality and layout
More power. Better customer support
for dealer service problems. Mazda
told me they would not help, to chose
Before buying this car I test drove
EVERYTHING in similar classes- it took
me a year to buy a new car. This was
the most functional and fun to drive
car of them all. The year that I've had
the car has confirmed my initial
impression & I'm very happy with my
purchase. The suspension is tight which
gives it a rougher ride than others but
as a result it handles way better. Good
driver's car with great visibility and
manouverability. No mechanical problems.
My Protege was my first new car and it
was the greatest decision I ever made.
A year later, it runs great and I got a
good deal on it. It is so comfortable
and stylish. When considering vehicles
to buy, the Protege stood out as the
best all around value for the options I
could get for the price. I don't regret
anything about buying my Protege and
definitely recommend it for someone
buying their first car.
Power assisted rack and pinion steering
give you great control of the car while
Tinted windows finish off the stylish
look of the car. Definite yes on tined
window all the way around.
I purchased the 4 door 2002 ES Model in
Seabreeze -(Light Aqua/Green) as a
leftover in Jan of 03. This was a great
move, the car is reliable, good price,
GREAT looking inside AND out, and ALOT
peppier than youd expect. Also very
comfortable. The 6CD changer and
sunroof make great toys for the price.
Safety is covered with the airbags and
brakes... I highly recommend this car!
Great visibility through the windshield-
wide range of view, Great Body Style,
Stylish Interior, refined spoilers:
sporty but not gaudy, and HUGE trunk!
I drive ALOT everyday, and notice that
a tank of gas doesnt last very long, so
Im refueling more than Id like to, but
like I said, I drive ALOT.
This is the first new car that I have
purchased. I have enjoyed the car! It
is roomier than it's competitors. With
a family and a busy schedule, that is
really important. I am still getting
high gas mileage even though the car is
a year old. It was difficult at first
to get used to a 4 cylinder, but this
car still has enough horsepower that I
don't seem to notice it anymore.