2002 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: I Recommend the 5sp Man DX

2002 Mazda Protege Sedan - Consumer Review

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I Recommend the 5sp Man DX
By marty on


2002 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Got this car for $12K after factory rebate and negociations(A/C and CD
included). Fun to drive. Good fuel economy. Makes my wifes 97 Altima
seem sluggish. Brakes are very good. Handling is very good and gives a
real sense of confidence. Takes a few weeks to become accustom to the
stiff shocks. Seats are comfortable but seem to be of cheap build quality.
Mazda appears to have great customer support.

Best Features

Excellent leg/head room and driving position. Combination of sportiness and fuel economy is very well balanced. CD player starts cd where it was before the car or radio was turned off just like a tape player. Digital odometer, Map Lights, Trunk Light, Floor mats. MADE IN JAPAN.

Worst Features

The manual 5 speed should have a Tachometer. Thicker sheet steel.
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