2000 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Caution Purchasing this vehicl

2000 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Caution Purchasing this vehicle
By Paul on


2000 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


Exercise caution buying this car model. It ran fine until it hit the 7 year mark. In the past year I have had to replace all four suspension links, gears 1-2-3 and bearings in the transmission, front exhaust pipe, rear right suspension, an oxygen sensor, and now the brakes are going bad. Also, Protege's are not built for salty winter road conditions! It appears as though the lemon age for these cars to go sour is around 6 years. Inquire about prior repairs before buying. Not recommended - it reminds me of my first car, a 1994 Ford Taurus. I will not be buying a Ford or Mazda again in my lifetime.

Best Features

Interior looks nice, roomy in the back seats, nice trunk space, and easy on gas.

Worst Features

Poor mechanical design, rusts easily in Canadian winters (even when well cared for), bad transmission, expensive on repairs.
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