2001 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: My Protege two years later

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My Protege two years later
By totustuus00 on


2001 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I bought the Protege after driving most
of the competition (Corolla, Civic,
Sentra). The Mazda felt tighter,
handled better and had better brakes.
It has been reliable to a fault. I now
have almost 40k on the car and it is
still running good. I had to put new
pads front and back recently and
replaced the tires. The 16" Dunlops
are next to impossible to find, so I
upgraded one size to 205/55/16
Fulda's. The car rides a bit better on
these tires.
The only faults are that with the wide
16" wheels, it can be a terror to drive
in the snow and the gas mileage could
be better (25 to 28 typical with

Best Features

Styling, handling, braking. Good low end torque with 2 liter engine. Seats are comfortable.

Worst Features

Gas mileage isn't great. Oil filter is a pain to get to. Car is a little loud on the expressway, but tolerable (when compared to my wife's Accord EX) Had to buy brake pads from Dealer because nobody carries pads for the 4 wheel disc brake ES model, Ouch!
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