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top of the line ES
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By Unitenyc
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought my Black Mazda Protege ES in
December 2003. the retail price was
$18,050, I got a $2,500 rebate and
hagggled hard. I got it for 13,000
before taxes. I think that is
remarkable. It came with every option
except sunroof and anti-lock brakes,
but the 4 wheel disc brakes have
massive stopping power. It has 16"
aluminum alloy wheels and Dunlop tires!
Halogen headlights! All around a great
car and I feel I got alot of car for
the money. Much cheaper than honda
civic and toyota corolla. But they
can't compare to this car. Mazda should
have never stopped making this car. I
would ONLY purchase the ES. It is a
finely made, fun to drive, easy to own
auto.


Best Features

The best features are the styling, it looks great now that I have the windows tinted. the rear spoiler is nice and lowkey. The car handles incredibly as normal and very high speeds. I love the sport automatic transmission which gives me the option to shift like a manual.


Worst Features

The improvements I would like to have are more horsepower and a premium sound system.


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Better then the competition
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By Mazda Boy
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Never looked at Mazda before but am I
impressed.This car offers more standard
equipment then the competition.Love the
look of the car front and rear.checked
out toyota and honda both seem bland to
me.We bought the Lx and we always get
compliments on the color and interior
space.What impressed me most has been
the build quality of mazda.I have
always bought american vehicles but I
was impressed on how tight this vehicle
rides and corners.You won't go wrong
buying this car!!!!!! I highly
recommend it.FUN>FUN<FUN<!!!!!!!!!!


Best Features

Stle,handling,interior,sunroof,Cd changer,Wheels


Worst Features

Maybe softer ride,Cup holders in back


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A great little car
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By mollie382
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We've owned this vehicle for one year
and have had no troubles with this
car. Excellent power with the 5-speed
transmission. Handling is superb. The
only maintenance needed so far were oil
changes. Only two real complaints.
First, the car turns too many RPM in
5th gear on the highway, making for a
noisy ride. Second, the
weatherstriping on the windshield
causes an irritating whistling noise
when you're driving with a moderate-to-
strong crosswind. Slight flaws for an
otherwise wonderful car.


Best Features

Outstanding handling. Plenty of power. Upscale interior design.


Worst Features

Needs a additional gear for highway speeds. Reduce the amount of road and wind noise at speed. Change the design of the radio antenna.


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one of the best in its class
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By g man
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

i have been pleasantly surprised by the
overall quality of this vehicle it is
well built and stylish for a car in this
class .i read reviews on all car in this
class and decided on the mazda after
test drives of all vehicles and i am not
disapointed. the car handles like a
dream the best bar none in this class.
do your self a favor and take one out
for a spin.i heard alot about road and
wind noise being a problem i do not
hear it just as quiet as most cars in
this class.


Best Features

vehcle handling is the best in this class handles like a sports car.


Worst Features

the engine is adequate but could use a few more horse power to go with the excellent suspension and handling


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Not a lot of buck, but a lot of bang
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By brb588
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I totalled my previous car ('02 Chevy
Tracker) and was looking for a gently
used car/SUV. I originally wanted a
Honda CR-V, but it was way out of my
price range. Thank God I looked at
the '03 Protegé. It had about 11K
miles, and I test drove it along side
a brand new one, and they both drove
excellently. The thick steering wheel
and peppy engine were immediately
noticable. Everything was nicely laid
out, the seats were comfortable, and
the car was rather attractive for its
low price. I have had it for a month,
and I simply love it. Forget a Civic,
get a Protegé!


Best Features

Well placed stereo, alloys and cruise control on an economy car, great power, powerful brakes.


Worst Features

The gas milage is surprisingly low. I'm not getting more than 22 MPG. Also, the paint rubs off too easily. And finally, the taillights leave something to be desired. For such an attractive car, Mazda could've jazzed the back up a little more.


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