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By Bryan Lipson
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Vehicle

2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Had my protege almost 1 year now and have enjoyed all the driving. Racked up 16000 miles on road trips and driving to work and has been clear sailing thus far. Milage is still improving on all types of driving averaging about 28mpg and I don't get too uncomfortable even after 6 hours of straight driving. Babied this car the whole way and it is built to last. Can't beat the deal they offered late in the model year. Moonroof, 6-disc, abs all great options on a bargain car. Solid driving on sunny days and very controllable on snowy streets.


Best Features

Drives great, can't ask for much more on milage, styling is fine. Great value, solid built car, fun to drive. A car that will last.


Worst Features

Pockets behind seats would be nice, auto lock not lit up at night, cup holders need more space (kinda tight). Add some more power, 130 is ok but more would complete the package. Another gear would be nice for H/W...RPM's above 3000....


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Run it to death
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By Canton Chris
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2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This vehicle is my workhorse, as far as packing on the miles. In 1.5 years, I have put 47,000 miles on this car. New tires, front brake pads, and periodic oil/air filter changes are pretty much the only costs so far. Gas mileage keeps getting better are the car gets more miles on it. I love the pickup it has in traffic and around town. It is zippy when you need it. It's a great car.


Best Features

Comfortable seats and steering wheel. Ample trunk space.


Worst Features

Exterior styling is not very good, but the new line of Mazda 3's seems to have taken care of that.


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2003 protege
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By dcastillo
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Vehicle

2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This car is more than what i expected. It has great looks and enough power to move in and out of traffic on the freeway. Handles beautifully.


Best Features

Body style catches the attention. Shaped much nicer than honda or nissan cars.


Worst Features

Maybe a little more takeoff power.


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King of the compacts!
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By wetcoaster
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Vehicle

2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought the Protege as a replacement for a totaled Corolla. Suffice to say, the Toyota isn't missed too much! Mazda has done well with its Protege series, blending attractive, if not standout, looks, sporty performance, and a good range of features. The Protege is great fun to drive around in with its tight handling characteristics. Its comfortable interior is well-appointed and coordinated for a car of its price range. All in all, it's a good-looking car that's equal parts practicality and sportiness. Let's hope Mazda is able to maintain this balance with the new 3. So who says nothing good comes out of an accident?


Best Features

Crisp steering and tightly tuned suspension make for a great drive. Exterior and interior layouts are clean, attractive, and easy to use. Very well-equipped for a compact. I greatly appreciate the height- adjustable driver's seat which is rare for a car in this class. Visibility is also a plus.


Worst Features

Power is adequate, but the Protege isn't the quickest off the line. It revs a bit too high at cruising speeds for my taste (~3000 rpm at 70 mph, in OD). Fuel economy has also been somewhat disappointing given the Protege's size (23-25 mpg).


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Great performer for the price
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By D-rock240
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2003 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought this car after my Subaru Legacy was totaled by a tractor trailer and was very impressed. I had my reservations about getting a protegé because I didnt like the mid 90's styling. Out of all the cars that I test drove this was the best. This has excellent driver feedback, especially the steering. It turns and stops on a dime and there is no steering looseness whatsoever. With the larger wheels and v-rated tires this car hugs curves. I find myself taking freeway on/off ramps at 40mph just because it sticks so well and there is minimum body roll. The interior is very roomy and the layout is simple and functional. This is the best handling car in class.


Best Features

Handing, sleeper looking design, very roomy and comfortable interior


Worst Features

Since the protegé has been discontinued there will be no improvements. Get one while you can!


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