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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon - Consumer Reviews

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Base 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (294 reviews )

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Great Car But Beware of Problems
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By jjkarns
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Vehicle

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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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My P5
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By Jana D
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Vehicle

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


Review

When I went looking for my first brand
new car- I was expecting a lot from the
car I chose. The only specific ideas I
had were that I wanted a hatchback, but
I also wanted four door. I wanted a
sporty yet comfortable car that I could
play in on the weekends and that would
be reliable in any situation. It took
me five months of research to find the
car I eventually bought, and I must say
it was worth the time and effort I put
into finding my new car. I am more
confident in my driving because of it.
I love that the back seats lay down for
extra cargo room, but it isn't a
huge "soccer mom" car that most people
picture when you say "wagon". I love
my car!


Best Features

the extra cargo room you get when laying down the seats,The easy access feature of the "keyless" entry, the white backing and orange glow of the dash components- the six speaker system and the stock 16" rims


Worst Features

I am only five foot two inches tall, and the driver seat adjustments sometimes are not adjustable enough


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Must have sport compact car
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By CRSMP5
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Vehicle

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


Review

I have had the car for less then 3
months and put 9000 miles on it. I had
a V-6 Accord with several aftermarket
parts before I bought the P5. The P5
will out-handle the Accord any day of
the week. The car is much more stable
cornering and gives you confidence
entering any corner. The car is under
powered, but not terribly slow. Not
going to win any drags with this car.
The 5-spd revs high and is enjoyable
to drive. reat stereo and looks are
additional compliments. I have owned
Honda's for 10 years now and this was
my first Mazda. I am a big fan of the
company now and would recommend this
over a Civic anyday. Give Mazda a
shot - they won't let you down!!


Best Features

Handling - great car to take on the back roads. Excellent stock stereo - with subwoofer and 6-cd player. Sharp looking car for price.


Worst Features

It could you use slightly more horsepower. Need to really rev the engine to get the most out of it. Controls on steering wheel for stero (like the MPV has). Xenon headlight option.


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Great Standard Options
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By skier
on

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


Review

I have this car about a year and a half and
have put a little over 20,00 miles on it. We
like snow sports and take long trips almost
every weekend. It is comfortable for me and
my 6'2" husband. With the seats down it is
very roomy and the uneven split back seat lets
you carry people and your skis, boards, etc.
The standard options for this car include
power windows/locks, a.c., and CD player. I
find it very peppy (standard trans) and fun to
drive. The interior has held together perfectly
considering the use we give it. Gas mieage
and acceleration are great for long trips.


Best Features

The back seats very easily fold down to give you cargo room.


Worst Features

The plastic bumpers could be improved. Four-wheel or all-wheel drive would be great.


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ZOOMZOOM_18
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By ZOOMZOOMALLDAY
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2003 Mazda Protege5 Wagon 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

HAD THE CAR FOR 2 DAYS NOW. LOVE THE
SERVICE I RECEIVED,NO FUSS NO HASSLE.
THE CAR HANDLES AND PERFORMS GREAT FOR
A 4 BANGER! I LOVE THE
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR. THE LEATHER IS COOL
AND 6 DISK CHANGER ROCKS! I GOT A GREAT
DEAL FOR ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES.


Best Features

BODY STYLE,PERFORMANCE,HANDLING,LEATHER,6 DISK CHANGER,AND EVERRRRRRRYTHING ABOUT IT!


Worst Features

ARMREST BETWEEN THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER. 1ST AND 2ND GEAR WEAK. A LITTLE MORE HORSES.


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