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Mazda comes with a few surprises
By mediterrenean on
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2003 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
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Good deal at its price. Acceleration is ok but the inside ergonomics is one of the best I have seen across compact cars. The exterior paint is so thin that it chips away surprisingly fast. If your bumber touches another surface, get ready to see black streaks on it. Both driver and passanger door rubber seals came off and ripped apart after a year. May be it is because of how weather in CA. However, that is totally unacceptable. The dealer agreed to fix it under warranty, luckily. Make sure you show them exactly what is needed, because they do not check the car on your behalf and offer service.
Favorite Features
good handling at curves. Very clear and appealing interior design. Fun to drive.
Suggested Improvements
The rear design does not look sporty compared to whole design concept. The 4th gear is adjusted to too much torque causing unnecessary revving at highway speeds of 65mph. Deep exterior paint coating in definite need
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