2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: A 4-door Miata with Mercedes Q

2003 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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ES Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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A 4-door Miata with Mercedes Quality
By Creek Car Guy on


2003 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


This is my fifth Protege (counting my
323GT). I wish I still owned ALL of my
Proteges. This car has the fit and
finish equal to the new Mercedes I have
also owned. I use this car as a "sports
car" for kayaking and camping trips, so
it is my "escape" vehicle. I have used
some of my previoius ones as my main
commuter car with excellent results as well.

Best Features

1. Drives like a Miata 2. Fit and finish like a Mercedes 3. Absolutely reliable 4. Has more usable storage than my company car--Acura RL!

Worst Features

1. I bought the ES because of its upgraded brakes and suspension--I just wish it didn't have the spoiler! Ruins the great rear view. 2. Rear seat is a little bouncy--but I don't use it anyway!
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