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Great Car For the Money
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By mung35
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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

After having gone 1500 miles in the last month in this car, I've come to know it fairly well. It has a lot of zip and performs great in all conditions. Awesome cornering and acceleration, great build quality and everything feels like it was made from premium materials. With that said, it has a few quirks. Clutch makes a strange noise when engaged below 1500 rpm. Also, fabric of the seats charges up your clothes and you so that the car shocks you everytime you reach for the door. Gas mileage isn't up to par with the Honda/Toyota counterparts; however those two lack the zip necessary to make a car fun. Being a previous Civic owner, I can vouch.


Best Features

Suspension, stock sound, decent engine, standard spoiler, brakes, overall look, I'm one of the few people who loves the tail lights, orange-faced gauges at night, good steering response, very well thought out interior (ex. holes in sunroof plastic to let heat out when tilted open), keyless entry.


Worst Features

Shorter throws, clutch engaging under 1500 rpm, less static-y cloth on seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, ability to see odometer and trip meter simultaneously, cup holders too big for anything I've ever put in there, high revs on freeway. 3500 at 77 mph. Better gas mileage from a 2.0L engine.


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Great lil' mobile
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By ann80
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2002 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I really like this car. It's fun to drive, good in the snow, takes turns well. I take pretty good care of it and it takes better care of me. I would recommend this Mazda to anyone.


Best Features

The sunroof, though i hardly use it. It looks great and makes me feel like i have luxury items!


Worst Features

A trunk "popper" on the keyless remote.


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Reliable Family Sedan
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By CGR
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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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If reading about this car being underpowered worries you, then don't buy it. There is not much low end power, and at high revs it's not very smooth or efficient. It's not a sports car, find something else if that's what you want (that's why I am selling mine after 2 months). As a family car driven sensibly, the Protege is comfortable, solid, handles well and stops quickly. It has plenty of room for 4 adults, and generally it's pleasant to drive.


Best Features

Solid feel. Easy to drive in the snow on all-season tires.


Worst Features

More torque. They have addressed this in the 2.3 Mazda 3.


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GREAT, SNAPPY & SAFE HANDLER
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By BOB FISHER
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2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This compact is wonderful to drive. It has great appointments, lots of room and comfort for front and back passengers. The upholstery is very serviceable. The drop down rear seatbacks allow me to carry 8' 2X4's when needed. I tried laying down to see if I could sleep in the car, but the trunk section is about 3" lower than the seat backs and the top of the opening to the trunk is not high enough to clear me lying on my side with an air vent under me to cushion the drop-down into the trunk. Oh, well. I miss my van, but the 28 mpg average is not hard to take. I love this car.


Best Features

Fast acceleration for passing, at all speeds. Won't tip markedly like the Ford Focus when suddenly swerving. Holds the road beautifully. Nice car.


Worst Features

Need more illumination on the instrument panel for day and night. Softer arm rests needed, and a drivers assist handle like the passenger has. I would prefer a compact style antenna instead of the pull out roof mount. Fog light recesses for adding-on later would be nice, too. Need trunk light switch.


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Civic Alternative
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By Brian Burchanowski
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2002 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought this car used in Jan 06 with 26,000 miles. This car is a bargain compared to the Civic--you get the same quality and reliability without paying for the name! Plus, the Protege has a 2.0L instead of a Civic's 1.8. My car has the five speed and acceleration is excellent for an economy car. The engine is peppy and revs freely, with a satisfying exhaust note. The car is fun to drive and is easy throw around back roads. Steering feedback and braking are also excellent (it might be worth splurging on the ES to get rear disks though). As for reliability, between the previous owner and myself the car has only ever needed oil changes and one set of rotors and pads.


Best Features

Reliability and fuel economy are Civic-esque. Power and handling are superb for an economy car. The Bridgestone Potenza tires virtually glue the car to the road.


Worst Features

Better gearing--in 5th gear at 65mph the tach is at 3250 rpms! This seems a bit high for such a regular speed, plus the engine is also making excess noise.


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