Bought it from the original owner with 52000 miles; have added 3000. 5-speed manual rocks! Have not had any problems so far....and it's more than 4 years old. I really love this car. It's "pimped up" without looking like a teenage car. It won't win any races, but it's still fast or at least feels fast. I've yet to feel a need for more power! Cornering is fantastic, ride quality is great (I enjoy feeling road bumps gently but not harshly). This is for folks like to "feel" their car. The Protege5 balances sportiness and comfort perfectly....you feel the engine and road bumps pleasantly but never uncomfortably. I couldn't be happier with my PR5!
Styling, sporty handling, trunk space, reliability, engine revs easily to well above 5500 rpm and sounds great.
Serious problem: mediocre fuel economy (about 23mpg city). Minor issues: stereo is not loud at all (I will soon install an amp), needs a 6th speed to reduce revs at highway speeds and improve economy.