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By Bruce on
2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I wrote a review at 165,000 miles. Drives like a go kart due to tight suspension. Doesn't like rough roads but smooth twisties, it's a dream. Normal main. only except for H2O pump at 80,000 miles. Original clutch. People complain about lack of power but overall comfort, fun to drive and cargo space outweighed the hp. I added turbo exhaust, K&N filter and had the computer reprogrammed. Sporty sound now. May have added 10-15 hp and car is fast as I want to maintain 31 mpg/hwy. Better daily driver than my 2007 Speed 3. 5 speed is much smoother than the 6 speed of the Speed3. Rough ride on harsh roads due to sport suspension, still better than Speed 3. The car is a keeper if you take it.
Sporty feel due to suspension. Driver's seat very comfortable. 25/31 gas mileage is great. Low maintenance.
None for me since I made aftermarket adjustments to increase power for less than $800. Maybe 17 inch wheels but 205s on 16 rims are just fine for cornering.