I have had my 2 vehicles prior to the
purchase of my Mazda bought back on the
NY State Lemon Law. Needless to say, I
am a fanatic about quality with my
vehicle experience. This Protege has
NEVER had a problem. EVER. Period. We
have had it for 3 years now and it has
5-speed is fun to drive.
The 16" rims are REDICULOUS! We had to
get new tires. They had to be
specially ordered. It cost a fortune
to replace the tires. This would be
the only reason I wouldn't buy this
vehicle again. (make sure you get 15"
rims if you decide to buy this vehicle.)
I just recently purchased my '01
Protege, so I may seem biased by
posting a review quickly. However, it
was one of two vehicles and the
Protege was the one I prefered NOT to
have. After a day I noticed the ride
was smooth, the interior console was
sleek, and it has a style of class all
it's own. For those who want a car no
one else really has, this will make
you stand out with shimmering beauty.
I recommend this to anyone looking for
more quality per buck.
Incredible stock sound system, if I
were to add anything to it it would
just be a 10 or 12 with the stock amp
in the back. The class of the look
makes it a beautiful ride.
At 130 hp @ 5500 rpms, I'd prefer
something with a more engine, but how
much more can you get from a 4
cyl./2L? Acceleration is about a 6.5
on a 1-10 scale, so I'd like to see a
boost in that as well. Of course if
you want something with sport, try the
Nearing 2 yr mark, 42k mi, just repl.
plugs and air fltr for first time. Not
one defect or problem other than usual
wear. AC could be better (I often
drive in wool suit). Aftermarket
window tint has helped dramatically.
BMW 3-series-like handling. 2.0 Engine
not in BMW class, but low-rpm torque is
very good. MPG would be much better
with 6th gear for highways (only 5sp
man). Trans works well if not too short-
geared and long-thrown. Overall, a fun
to drive, practical, sexy small sedan
that's also a good value.
16" rims, wide tires, stiff, 4-wheel
discs w/EBD, great road-feel,
power-everything. Durability excellent--
car is driven hard and fast. Quiet--
even with tight suspension, no rattles.
Best factory sound system in it's class
with largest speaker ports, 6x9&6x8.
Unusual tire size is hard to find and
expensive. AC needs help, although car
is black. Add a 6th gear! More power
and better feel to the accelerator
pedal would be nice.