Great Car For the Money
By mung35 on
2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
After having gone 1500 miles in the last month in this car, I've come to know it fairly well. It has a lot of zip and performs great in all conditions. Awesome cornering and acceleration, great build quality and everything feels like it was made from premium materials. With that said, it has a few quirks. Clutch makes a strange noise when engaged below 1500 rpm. Also, fabric of the seats charges up your clothes and you so that the car shocks you everytime you reach for the door. Gas mileage isn't up to par with the Honda/Toyota counterparts; however those two lack the zip necessary to make a car fun. Being a previous Civic owner, I can vouch.
Suspension, stock sound, decent engine, standard spoiler, brakes, overall look, I'm one of the few people who loves the tail lights, orange-faced gauges at night, good steering response, very well thought out interior (ex. holes in sunroof plastic to let heat out when tilted open), keyless entry.
Shorter throws, clutch engaging under 1500 rpm, less static-y cloth on seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, ability to see odometer and trip meter simultaneously, cup holders too big for anything I've ever put in there, high revs on freeway. 3500 at 77 mph. Better gas mileage from a 2.0L engine.