Almost bought one in 2002. It was a toss up between a loaded Civic VS Protege5. Ended up with the Civic simply because I was able to get a better deal. I finally bought one recently because I found a good deal. Pros: Fun car - excellent handling and braking Reliable Looks great Cons: Overall quality isn't great *Interior feels cheap (it's a regular protege underneath the shiny stuff) *Interior ergonomics is almost non- existent *Motor mounts are poor quality *Poor rust protection *Horrible paint quality (some colors were single stage paint) *Whiny motor
Handling suspension is excellent brakes are great manual transmission is fairly close gear ratio but the car still gets reasonably good fuel economy
overall quality was very crude and rude. this car lacks comfort but much of that was fixed when the mazda3 was released
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