2002 Mazda Protege 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Quick Study
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2002 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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DX Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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By markbt73 on

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

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Zoom-Zoom, indeed. I've only had it for a month, and I love it already. The new car smell is gone, it's badly in need of a wash, due for an oil change, and what I'm left with is an all-around terrific car. It just does everything well, whatever I want it to do, whenever I want to do it. I'm glad they decided to use the 2 liter engine in all models this year; it makes my humble DX as quick and fun as the more expensive versions. Mine is a 5-speed, which I recommend. Seating and visibility are great, ride is a bit stiff, but boy, does it handle.

Favorite Features

Best shifter/clutch in any small car, period. CD player sounds great. And call me a geek, but I love the little silver Mazda logo on the steering wheel.

Suggested Improvements

The cup-holders are too shallow, and are exactly the wrong diameter (too big for a 20 ounce pop, too small for a Slurpee). And even the DX deserves a tachometer standard.
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