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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon

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Mazda Protege5 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Mazda Protege5

  • An enjoyable compact wagon that possesses more than its fair share of sports car reflexes.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Tight suspension, powerful brakes, superb steering feel, comfortable seats, attractive exterior styling.

  • Cons

    Cargo area too small to be considered for real station wagon duty.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Protege5 now has carpeted floor mats as standard equipment, and the moonroof can now only be had with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. There's also a new color this year: Laser Blue Mica.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
/
  • 28
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Love my p5

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my 2003 P5 new...have had for 10 years now. It has 287,000 miles! I plan to get as many miles as I possibly can out of her. It is a manual trans and I've kept the timing belt replaced at regular intervals and have only ever used synthetic oil. The thermostat quit once but was a very simple fix. The headlight have always been a headache. I used to would have to replace them seemingly constantly. I love driving this car and don't feel like I will ever like another car as much as I like this one...unless it was a suped up chevelle or something :) cheap car, cheap on gas & fun to drive.




Amazing

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I drove this car for three weeks. I loved it. Unfortunately a guy turned in front of me without looking. My car got totaled. This car saved my life. The paramedics could not believe how much the car was squished and not me. Besides the normal symptoms of a crash, I am way better than I should be. This is one amazing car in all aspects.




Don't bother

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Automatic transmission died at 110,000 miles. This is pretty unacceptable for anyone looking for reliable transportation considering cars from most other makers don't have this problem. I baught this car used and did my research. I got it well taken care of and I continued regular maintenence(all fluids regularly changed including trans fluid) Changed timing belt and water pump etc. There were some minor repairs like the alternator and an intake hose too. But then the transmission started slipping and I took it to a mazda specialist. He said this was unfortunatly a common problem for these cars.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love it love it love

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I have owned this car for 10 years now and it has been nothing but good to me. I always took it to the dealership so anything related to maintenance and the few recalls were taken care of properly. I put a few modifications on it early on (Injen CAI, Racing Beat Catback Exhaust, Short Shifter) and have enjoyed even better performance and fun driving. Granted, this car is not going to win any drag races, but it is has decent pep and loves corners! Very reliable- never had anything beyond regular wear and tear in 10 years.




200,000 miles and counting...

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I purchased my 2003 Mazda Protege5 in 10/2002 and have been glad every day since! I have had the clutch replaced in the past 2 years along with the compressor and the catalytic converter and the drivers side widow thingy. I feel like after 7 years, this is normal. The head-light bulbs have been a bit of a nuisance, having to replace frequently, but being able to replace them myself, i'm just out the cost of the bulb, which isn't much. If you know the car has had regular maintenance, it will not let you down.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Absolutely love it.

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Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I work at a car rental company at an airport, so I drive brand new 2011-2012 cars all day long. This car is on par with these brand new cars, in my opinion. Everything about it is wonderful. The features, the handling, the styling, the utility, the mileage!. It's by far my favorite car to drive out of all I have driven!



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Full 2003 Mazda Protege5 Review

What's New for 2003

The Protege5 now has carpeted floor mats as standard equipment, and the moonroof can now only be had with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. There's also a new color this year: Laser Blue Mica.

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Talk About The 2003 Protege5

2003 Mazda Protege5 Discussions See all Started By

bduncanj
bduncanj
08-26-2009
Are the rear hatches on the 2003 and 2002 P5's interchageable?...


mclovin
mclovin
01-21-2008
How do i replace the headlight on my mazda protege5 2003?...


nixjag
nixjag
10-04-2003
2003 Protege5 auto with leather, sunroof, 6 disc, list $20060, paid $16200 after rebate. Hard to resist......



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