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not that great
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By justen
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Vehicle

2002 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought the 02 Protege new and had it only 2 days when the stereo shorted out. Then the CD player broke after they fixed it. Five months later the stereo went out again and then driving the car from Arizona to Chicago the engine blew because of a bad head; now when the car goes above 60 it shakes very badly. The rims also rusted, more than any other car I have owned during winter. The heater also smells very bad when it gets to about 30 degrees outside.


Favorite Features

Interior.


Suggested Improvements

Build quality,engine performance,handling,stereo.


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Adequate performance and reliable
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By lzp
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2002 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

It's my first car. Bought it new in August 2002. Have been driving it ever since then and no real problems occured. If I have to be really picky, then here are some minor issues: (1) twice in winter morning, with temperature at around minus 20 celsius (I live in Toronto), the stereo stopped functioning --- the problem disappeared next day. (2) experiences over snowy roads is not as good, especially when making turns, the car could slide sideways. (3) My girl friend complained that air circulation is restrained in certain modes; from reading the reviews here that seems to be a common complain, but it didn't bother me that much. Overall, the car has been fun to drive and reliable.


Favorite Features

The exterior design. I like the look of Proteges better than the newer Mazda 3.


Suggested Improvements

More horepower out of 2.0 L -- that seems has been done in Mazda 3. More powerful air conditioner. Better fuel economy.


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Classy
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By Racer1978
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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought this car to replace my old 2002 Toyota Celica GT (engine went at 19,000mi). I had looked at other cars, namely the Audi A4 but decided against it due to high maintainence costs. Then I looked at this 2002 Mazda Protege ES which provided a BMW like driving experience along with an attractive, sporty interior/exterior. I have had this car almost 7 months; there have been no problems whatsoever. Which is suprising since I learned to drive standard on this car. You would think all the bucking, stalling and over revving would have damaged it, I guess not. The car is as strong as ever *knock on wood.* Great car for the money.


Favorite Features

Sporty interior; handling is exceptional for a car in this class; attractive exterior; very comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

More horsepower; Better gas mileage.


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02 Protege
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By jetskier111
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2002 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Been a great, fun and reliable car. I really enjoy the look of the exterior and the interior has done extremely well. It runs solid and true, may not be the fastest out there, but then again that wasnt its goal! If your looking for something that isnt a driving appliance- has reliability and is safe, check this one out.


Favorite Features

The seats (to me) are very comfortable. Had a bike accident a short while after getting the car, really messed up my back and sitting for a long period of time is tough...but not in this car- great support where you need it.


Suggested Improvements

TIRES...these stock Potenzas wear out quick! I only got about 30K from them when I was honestly expecting around 50K. I have BF good's on there now, so heres hoping for longer life. The stock cd player has a mind of its own at times...otherwise the rest is great


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Great car!
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By g8rforester
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Vehicle

2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

As of today I have 54683 miles in less than two years and not one problem with the vehicle. I do primarily highway driving and I change the oil every 5k. This is the first Mazda I have owned and it will NOT be the last!!


Favorite Features

For an economy car this thing handles like a dream!! The steering is taught and responsive. I find the interior to be great too. Whether it's the fat steering wheel, or the seat fabric, or the white gauges, I like it!!


Suggested Improvements

Better fuel economy would be nice. I average 25-27 mpg on the highway. The car runs 3600 rpm at 80 mph in 5th gear. So, there's a lot of engine noise and I also think that contributes to the poor fuel economy.


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