Maybe the perfect "cheap" car
By FenderCalderon on
2003 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
A picture of this car should be alongside the dictionary entry for reliable. In 5 yrs the only unexpected repair was the main engine belt -and it was probably my fault. After owning a lemon it feels great knowing you can rely on this car. As far as routine maintenance goes you can DIY and save even more money. The interior materials won't be winning any prestigious awards but regardless for a car in this price range the interior is more than ok. I like to have fun when I drive and this is a good car for that; just don't expect to have great gas mileage this way. Sometimes I think the car may be boring but when I find an open stretch of road to let 'er rip I always end up smiling.
The handling makes this car just plain old fun to drive, the front view, the layout of all of the car's controls is great, huge trunk for a compact car, fitting into a parking space is never a problem.
Definitely the road and wind noise, when driving on non smooth roads their is some rattling in the interior, gas mileage and acceleration should be better for such a compact car, when you're not able to drive "fun" (when stuck in traffic or residential area) the car is boring.