By RK on
2003 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought the car new, 5 speed trans. running fine, going on its 6th year. I have driven it across country three times and have had no issues. Always changed oil between 4k-5k use synthetic. With clean air filter on the highway I've gotten 32 MPG. Control is tight and a blast to drive on good roads. Suspension may be to stiff for some on bumpy roads. Very happy with interior, sunroof and 6 CD deck (all work fine). Also like the red interior lights (good on the eyes.
How the car drives on good roads, overall design. Happy to see re-sale value almost 50% of what I paid after 6 years.
As others have mentioned in 5th gear the engine RPM is to high (for those of us who drive around 75), With a little more horse power initial pick up could be improved.