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Still Happy after 60K miles
By garv214 on
2002 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought my car new back in 2001 and have enjoyed it thoroughly. A blast to drive in day to day driving (great handling). Replaced the tires at 40K with Firestone Fusions (uprated to 205mm) which fixed the poor wet weather traction of the Dunlops. A couple of common minor gripes: burned out headlight bulbs (4 so far - what is up with that?), wind noise from the roof rack is present, passenger window rolls up more slowly than driver's side, and had to replace the coil to correct an engine miss. Overall, the car has been a joy to own. I get 28-30 mpg routinely, can fit 4 adults comfortably, and haul a bunch of stuff as needed. Add good looks and great handling and you have a real winner. =)
Snappy handling, good looks, good mechanical reliability, respectable gas mileage, good hauling capacity (people and junk), and good value.
Upgrade the tires at your earliest convenience. The 205/55/16 can reduce gas mileage a bit, but the handling improvement (especially in wet conditions) is well worth it. Besides, slowing down 5-10 mph will restore the mileage. Improve the headlight bulb life (at least they are cheap to replace).