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
We've owned this vehicle for one year
and have had no troubles with this
car. Excellent power with the 5-speed
transmission. Handling is superb. The
only maintenance needed so far were oil
changes. Only two real complaints.
First, the car turns too many RPM in
5th gear on the highway, making for a
noisy ride. Second, the
weatherstriping on the windshield
causes an irritating whistling noise
when you're driving with a moderate-to-
strong crosswind. Slight flaws for an
otherwise wonderful car.
Outstanding handling. Plenty of
power. Upscale interior design.
Needs a additional gear for highway
speeds. Reduce the amount of road and
wind noise at speed. Change the design
of the radio antenna.
i have been pleasantly surprised by the
overall quality of this vehicle it is
well built and stylish for a car in this
class .i read reviews on all car in this
class and decided on the mazda after
test drives of all vehicles and i am not
disapointed. the car handles like a
dream the best bar none in this class.
do your self a favor and take one out
for a spin.i heard alot about road and
wind noise being a problem i do not
hear it just as quiet as most cars in
vehcle handling is the best in this
class handles like a sports car.
the engine is adequate but could use a
few more horse power to go with the
excellent suspension and handling
I totalled my previous car ('02 Chevy
Tracker) and was looking for a gently
used car/SUV. I originally wanted a
Honda CR-V, but it was way out of my
price range. Thank God I looked at
the '03 Protegé. It had about 11K
miles, and I test drove it along side
a brand new one, and they both drove
excellently. The thick steering wheel
and peppy engine were immediately
noticable. Everything was nicely laid
out, the seats were comfortable, and
the car was rather attractive for its
low price. I have had it for a month,
and I simply love it. Forget a Civic,
get a Protegé!
Well placed stereo, alloys and cruise
control on an economy car, great
power, powerful brakes.
The gas milage is surprisingly low.
I'm not getting more than 22 MPG.
Also, the paint rubs off too easily.
And finally, the taillights leave
something to be desired. For such an
attractive car, Mazda could've jazzed
the back up a little more.
Bought my protege with the year end
incentives. Could'nt resist the Zero
percent financing. Drove the Civic,
Focus, Corolla...but they were not as
fun to drive. The Mazda doesn't get as
good of gas mileage... but it's way fun
6 CD-Changer, Moon Roof and alloy
wheels option was worth every penny!!!
These are minor... but would suggest
moving the cup holder and the door lock.