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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan

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What a car!
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By SOB
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have to say that I really enjoy owning and driving this vehicle. Mind you most of my driving miles are roughly 60-70% highway miles and I have experienced excellent mpg. I have to add that my maintenance costs have been relatively low as well, the only major repair was scheduled maintenance for the timing belt interval, two brake jobs and 2 sets of tires. I do talk highly about this car and would recommend it to someone looking for a similar type vehicle. Other notable points that maybe trivial but are annoying is the "hey your seatbelt is not buckled" alarm when you are in an idle state. It does have a stiff ride and have noticed that road noise creeps in louder as the rubber gets thinner.


Best Features

I like the sportiness and mpg.


Worst Features

I would raise the gear ratio for the manual or add a 6th gear.


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Happy owner
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By vroom vroom vroom
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had my Protege for almost two years now and it was been a joy to drive to work. It handles well for an economy car and has a surprising amount of room for my wife, two kids and my black lab. The 5-speed is smooth and precise. Steering has nice feel.


Best Features

Fun to drive. Decent economy. Not as good as a Toyota or Honda. Almost a familyman's Miata (with head room).


Worst Features

Road noise on concrete roads or bumpy roads. Relocate, enlarge the cup holders. Hard to reach the oil filter.


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Great car!
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By TRENT
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Test drove other vehicles before i purchased the Protege. Civic, Neon, Corolla, Focus. Was hooked when i drove the Protege. Hugged the road and had plenty of pep. Great on long trips, will drive all day and all night


Best Features

6-disc CD changer, moonroof, very dependable.


Worst Features

Hard to get to oil filter to change oil, gas mileage of 25-29 is what the sticker says, but not great compared to other econocars.


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The 2003 Mazda Protege is wonderful
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By Steve Ragan
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The '03 Protege DX is beautifully designed inside and out. There is plenty of space inside for CD's and other things you need within arms reach. Both doors have ample side pockets for ice scrapers, etc. Driving it is pure joy. I have a manual, and there is plenty of get up and go on the highway as well in town. The ride is smooth and quiet. It is very spacious inside.There is plenty of trunk space. It has much more room than a Sentra and other cars that fall into this sedan category. And, it is less expensive than other sedans in this category. I have had it since new, and have not had one problem.The gas mileage is very good.


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Favorite features include styling, a very spacious interior and plenty of trunk space. The engine has plenty of power. It has a smooth, quiet ride. I believe it will serve me well into the 100's of thousands of miles.


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Good Car
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By grayghost
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2003 Mazda Protege Sedan DX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this vehicle used (34K miles). Within one week of purchase, I made a 2000 mile trip with no problems. The only maintenance performed have been oil-filter changes and a front end alignment. The room inside the car is better than my previous vehicle, a 2000 Mercury Sable.


Best Features

My favorite is NO problems unlike the Sable.


Worst Features

Less engine and wind noise on highway.


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