2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Mazda comes with a few surpris

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Mazda comes with a few surprises
By mediterrenean on


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


Good deal at its price.
Acceleration is ok but the inside
ergonomics is one of the best I have
seen across compact cars. The exterior
paint is so thin that it chips away
surprisingly fast. If your bumber
touches another surface, get ready to
see black streaks on it. Both driver
and passanger door rubber seals came
off and ripped apart after a year. May
be it is because of how weather in CA.
However, that is totally unacceptable.
The dealer agreed to fix it under
warranty, luckily. Make sure you show
them exactly what is needed, because
they do not check the car on your
behalf and offer service.

Best Features

good handling at curves. Very clear and appealing interior design. Fun to drive.

Worst Features

The rear design does not look sporty compared to whole design concept. The 4th gear is adjusted to too much torque causing unnecessary revving at highway speeds of 65mph. Deep exterior paint coating in definite need
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