2000 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Last Mazda For Me!

2000 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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

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Last Mazda For Me!
By Lamrin on


2000 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


This was my first new car. I regret the purchase. I should have gotten a Corolla. Gas mileage is a joke for a small 1.6L auto. I had the rad replaced twice under warranty. At 3 yrs I noticed rust on the bottom front passenger side door. I now have rust inside both rear wheel wells (winters are harsh where I live). AC no longer works and never blew very cold. CD player is extremely finicky. Sometimes it plays, sometimes not. I think it might be related to temperature and humidity. Volume goes up when turning it down. The OD button doesn't work anymore. Some dash lights in the tach are blown. The car is very reliable. It's never broken down on me. I like the interior and trunk space.

Best Features

Interior layout and colors. Trunk space.

Worst Features

Gas mileage, better sheet metal to resist rust, upgrade the CD player with volume buttons that actually work.
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