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Protege 5 was an Ok car
By zoolander on
2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I've owned the car since new. The original Dunlop tires were worn out quickly and would have been expensive to replace had I not put new rims and all season tires on the car. Brakes, especially the back brakes have been a sore spot with me. The rear brakes have seized on several occasions and usually I need to replace rotors and brakes all around every year. That is far too frequent to be acceptable. The car has quite a bit of rust around the rear wheel wells and a spot on the hatch door. Paint has faded badly. Plastic parts, like the bumper, are of a different color than the paint due to aging and bleaching from the sun. Fuel economy isn't great.
Curb appeal. Engine and tranny are bulletproof even at 200K. All power toys and AC still work well.
This is a car that is pretending to be a sports car. Brakes and body integrity need improvement, rear window wiper motor quit after 5 years and is quite expensive to replace. No need for expensive low profile tires. Ride is noisy from both engine and outside sources. There are better small cars.