2001 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: My Second Protege

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My Second Protege
By Motorhead on


2001 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


The first "Protee" I had got 240,000 on
it before the trannie blew...rebuilt it,
and and original engine has 300,000 on
it. But it had become a little cranky
over the years, so I thought it was time
for a new one. (I sure got my dough out
of the first!)

It's a great little urban runabout,
ultra-reliable and I get about 25 MPG
city, 31 HWY. Seems to have enough pep
with the 2.0 for Southern California
freeways. The ride's a little stiff,
and it transmits a bit of noise on rough
freeways (which is nealy all of the
local decrepit Caltrans freeways), but
overall a very nice handling machine.

Best Features

Air conditioning seems very good. Don't ever let anyone tell you you don't need it in San Diego! Sanity prevailed and a BLACK trunk liner was used. Thanks!!!
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