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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon

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Base 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (293 reviews )
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just purchased
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By Haynes338
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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

love the car best deal yet


Favorite Features

sporty style yet very economic


Suggested Improvements

none


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By dori14
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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

super fun to drive, everyone thinks the car looks great and sporty.


Favorite Features

love all the features and options for the great price of the car.


Suggested Improvements

the interior needs help with the few rattles it has, otherwise it's a great car.


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the pro 5
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By mazdap5
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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Ever since i was 16 i had 4 pontiacs ,my mazda is my second new car and first import, being almost 21 i love my mazda pro 5


Favorite Features

I love the look of mycar inside and out and i love the way it handles


Suggested Improvements

how about mud flaps for the car and a dark green color for them and the tribute


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Best in Class
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By RJBJAB
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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The initial quality was flawless. It has more interior room than any other car in it's price class. It handles likes your driving on rails due to the precise steering, tight suspension and 16 inch tires. The automatic/manual transmission makes it so fun to drive!! It can go from 40-70 mph faster than any small car we have ever driven. The road noise is far less than our Saturn SW2 and is more agile and the turning radius is incredible. The visibility is good because your not sitting on the floor boards like the Saturn. It also has a standard 48000 mile 5yr bumper to bumper warranty. We are VERY happy with our purchase!!


Favorite Features

Lots of head room!! Automatic/manual transmission Simple instrument cluster Adjustable seat belt angle independant 40/60 rear seats big glove box (that doesn't dump your stuff when you open it)


Suggested Improvements

It would be nice if you had the option for a larger engine.


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Great Car But Beware of Problems
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By jjkarns
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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Don't know where to begin. I love the car as its a fun to drive compact wagon. However with all the problems involved with the car it is wearing out its welcome. Engine gets terrible fuel economy, shakes and vibrates like crazy, has no power, and the transmission is already in need of replacement (clutch chatter that of course the dealer can't recreate. Third gear grinds already and pops out of gear sometimes when you put it in there!?! Of course Dealer can't reproduce problem). Interior door fabric is already worn out and the paint chips like crazy on the front.


Favorite Features

Great handling car. Gets you through the "hate the earth" SUV slalom easily. Attactive car with decent looking interior.


Suggested Improvements

Engine: more power reduce rattles/vibrations. Transmission: Least Reliable Transmission I've owned. Browns Fairfax from what I've experience doesn't want to fix these cars under warranty. This might be my last Mazda now that I hear Ford is starting to rebadge them back and forth.


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