The Protege 5 is fun and reliable with
lots of "get up and go." I bought mine
with the roof racks which I use to cart
around two 16-ft Kayaks. Even with the
Kayaks on top (which act like two huge
sails), the gas mileage is great. The
fold-down seats provide extra cargo
space when camping or hauling materials
for my many home remodeling projects.
Additionally the Protege 5 comes
equipped with a great sound system.
The cup holders need improvement. Drinks
tend to tip over ocassionally -
especially in the larger of the two cup
holders. Add a cup holder behind the
arm-rest for access from the back seat.
When the seats fold down, they should
provide a "level" surface.
I am the type of person who sometimes
experiences "buyers remorse". One thing
I do know is that probably one of the
smartest things I have ever done is buy
this vehicle! I can honestly say I
never have experienced "buyers remorse"
with the purchase of this exciting &
fun to drive vehicle. If there was
only one thing to complain about, it
would be the somewhat noisey drive, but
that's what the stereo is for!!:)
I love the handling & sleek looks of
this car. Need I say more??
The ride is somewhat nosiey as far as
hearing the road when driving.
I've had my mp5 for almost a year and I
love it. The build quailty is great, no
squeaks or rattles, and the engine has
run flawlessly. I drive around 50 miles
per day, on country roads, and get 28
mpg. It's a great looking "economy car"
Interior and exterior styling. Peppy
engine. Gas milege.
More ponies-(180-200hp), Tougher paint
(scratches easily), Better access to oil
Overall I am very satified with my 2002
Mazda Protege5. It is extremely fun to
drive. Looks great. I have 3
complaints about the car and they are:
1. Moonroof very noisy. Can not drive
with it open.
2. Cup holders not deep enough,
bottled water tips if full.
3. Difficult to drive on roads with
water. In FL we have heavy downfalls
of rain..when roads are wet with still
water, vehicle is difficult to handle.
Must travel at very low speed.
Love the look of the vehicle, the
dashboard at night is cool, fun to
drive! Hatchback is very convenient,
throw back the two back seats and
vehicle will hold two adult bikes
without a problem.