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Great car!
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By bmd8534
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2002 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my car used almost 4 years ago and love it! It is fun to drive, sporty, and gets pretty good gas mileage. It has enough pep and pick-up for me, but I can see how some people would want more hp. I have had a few problems with it - I've changed the thermostat, replaced both belts after they shredded, and have replaced the brakes twice. But it was a used car and has more than 80K miles on it so I figure it's going to have some problems. Nonetheless, I love my car and am looking into the Mazda 3 for my next car. Mazda delivers on its "zoom zoom" promise.


Best Features

Stylish, fun to drive, gas mileage


Worst Features

Road noise, bumpy ride, a little scary on very windy days


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My Amazing Mazda Protege LX 5spd.
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By littlemissinjured
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2002 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My parents bought this car for me when I was 15. I loved it then, and I love it now. It is more than reliable and very good on gas. On average I get up to 34 mpg - somehow. Learning to drive this car was a breeze. The clutch is great and hasn't gone out on me yet. I drive it to school and back daily, so that's at least 40-45 miles. The only problem I've had is that sometimes my gears stick and my trunk popping mechanism was broken. But, it got fixed. I highly recommend this vehicle to new drivers and drivers who want the feel of a sports car wrapped up into a sporty, fun to drive sedan.


Best Features

I love the display. The colors are so vibrant, fun, and easy to read even during the darkest of nights. The handling is great. Some may think its touchy, but I think it's easier to drive. I love that it's a 5 speed manual also. Making it a manual transmission adds more fun to the driving experience.


Worst Features

I have no suggestions other than possibly a 6th gear. Overall, this is a great car.


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This car saved my life!
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By Patrick
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2002 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car in May of 05 with only 23,000 miles on it but in Oct of 07 I was going to work and a deer ran out and hit my car just after buying very expensive winter tires. The funny part was that I made it home even after getting hit by a deer.


Best Features

Sunroof, stock CD player, loads of standard features. This car saved my life after hitting a deer.


Worst Features

Better all-season tires for 16" wheels.


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After 6 years it's still fun to drive!
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By JimmyJam
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2002 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have owned this car new since I just got out of college. I have revved the engine to redline on a regular basis (I have a stick), and maxed out at a top speed of over 140 mph (on the way to Vegas - note the throttle just shuts out till your speed drops down). I have to say that this is probably the best car I have ever owned for the price! I have only done quasi regular oil changes, one set of breaks, one set of tires, and a fluid/transmission flush, oh and a battery replacement, that's it! No lights or fuses have been replaced, I have never even replaced the batteries in my remote keyless! The spare set still looks brand new! She is paid off, and I am keeping her and getting a CX7!


Best Features

Love the white face gauges.


Worst Features

Quieter interior.


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excellent car
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By joel
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2002 Mazda Protege Sedan DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I love this car. Got it used but have had no problems with it. It has dual overhead cams which means a more powerful than average engine. Car handles very well and has enough power even with a full load of passengers and a full trunk. Get about 23 mpg in the city and about 29 mpg highway which isn't bad for a 2 liter engine.


Best Features

Strong reliable engine and tranny.


Worst Features

Better fuel economy.


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