I have had my PR5 for over 8 months
now. I was in the market to trade in
my awful, terrible, never buy one,
Mercury Cougar. I wanted a used car,
but after test driving the PR5, I was
hooked. I wanted an automatic, but
manual was all I could find. However,
the manual is so fun and easy to drive,
that I barely notice it's not an
automatic. If things go well with the
car for through 60,000 miles, I may be
a Mazda owner for life.
Steering the car is great. The
interior is attractive and functional
for the driver and front passenger.
Plenty of space in back seat and in
More Horse Power! Reduce a/c noise.
The cup holder design from the Tribute
(front and back seat) would work well
in the PR5 and would be a much welcome
We are a 1-car family and rely on our
p5 for everything. We have taken 2
1000+ mi trips in this car and a 2500+
mile trip. All with the baby. Still
like the taught suspension and great
steering feel. Fun to drive. Easy to
drive. Can get around slower traffic
with ease. Very stable and safe at
higher speeds. Interior is squeak and
rattle-free and materials are holding
up well. Easy to stay comfy driving
long distances. Still get plenty
of "cool car" comments! Needs more
power and less noise. No mechanical
problems. We will probably keep it for
4 more years or up to 2 kids. Over 2
kids, shut up and get a minivan.
Very hip little sport wagon!
Fashionable looks. Super steering
wheel. Powerful and easy to control
brakes. Logical and attractive dash
layout with nifty gauges. Easy clutch
and shifting. Handles great. Get the
Engine and road noise at 55+ mph is
intrusive. Open moonroof = super loud
wind noise. Mileage just
ok. Needs rear cup holders, bigger
trunk, 20 hp and less body roll.
I had a 99 VW Jetta before buying this.
Especially for longer distances, can't
beat the Jetta for comfort, style and
fun. The Protege5 is a great looker,
but doesn't have the nice interior
touches (lighting, seats, Monsoon
stereo, materials) of the Jetta. It's
MUCH lighter everywhere (doors, panels)
and doesn't have the heavy, German
clunk feel of the Jetta. The Jetta's
ride is much smoother...the Protege5 is
tuned to feel the road - a bit too
much - but it does corner great. But so
did the Jetta.
STEREO! Put one in that's more than
about 5 watts. No cupholders in the
back? Also, this is a big one...the
power door lock switch is located one
inch behind the door handle. It's
almost impossible to NOT lock yourself
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