2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: my new ESSA

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my new ESSA
By Curt1962 on


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


Overall, a very fine small car. I miss a stronger A/C that a V6 would provide. The handling is excellent and the ride is just firm enough to feel the road, but not so rough that my wife can't sleep while I am driving. The exterior design is sharp! I really like the 4 year/50,000 mile warranty also. I have a lot of faith in the Protege so I don't expect to use the warranty, but it provides peace of mind. This is the only new car I have ever bought that I have not had to take back to the dealer several times right away for minor stuff. Built solid!

Best Features

4 wheel disc brakes, ABS, rear view mirror compass/dimmer.

Worst Features

5th gear in the automatic transmission, redesign the key fob so I am not always setting off the alarm.
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