I've had this car less than a week and
I'm already in love with it. The
handling is great, the fuel economy is
better than advertised and the comfort
is better than the VW I used to drive.
I also have no reservations about
strapping in my daughter's carseat and
putting her in the back seat.
I'd recommend this car to anyone
looking for a fun, fuel efficient and
Easy to reach controls. Great
handling. Nice styling inside and out.
Quiter ride and more power. ABS as a
standard feature. Repositioned
cigarette lighter for use as power
Purchased a leftover 2003...can't
believe it was still on the dealer
lot. Haven't owned a Mazda in 14
years...and had forgotten what I was
missing, obviously. Selected the
Protege over the Civic and Corolla.
Peppy engine when mated with 5-spd
trans. Excellent driver's position.
Armrest really serves no useful purpose
other than as a cover for the storage
container underneath it.
I bought my Black Mazda Protege ES in
December 2003. the retail price was
$18,050, I got a $2,500 rebate and
hagggled hard. I got it for 13,000
before taxes. I think that is
remarkable. It came with every option
except sunroof and anti-lock brakes,
but the 4 wheel disc brakes have
massive stopping power. It has 16"
aluminum alloy wheels and Dunlop tires!
Halogen headlights! All around a great
car and I feel I got alot of car for
the money. Much cheaper than honda
civic and toyota corolla. But they
can't compare to this car. Mazda should
have never stopped making this car. I
would ONLY purchase the ES. It is a
finely made, fun to drive, easy to own
The best features are the styling, it
looks great now that I have the windows
tinted. the rear spoiler is nice and
lowkey. The car handles incredibly as
normal and very high speeds. I love the
sport automatic transmission which
gives me the option to shift like a
The improvements I would like to have
are more horsepower and a premium sound
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