2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Mazdas worst car.

2003 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Mazdas worst car.
By thejackal86 on


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


The transmission went out early on, which started a chain reaction of other problems months to follow.
This car was nothing more than a money pit and certainly not one worth investing in.
I've replaced just about everything in the car besides the engine, which I hear is something Mazda actually does fairly well.
I ended up finally trading the car in at around 153k miles.
It seems like a lot, but not considering maintenance costs.

In addition to the reliability issues, the interior was cheap and started to literally fall apart.
Poor mpg as well.
The only positive thing I can say about the car is that it was kind of fun to drive and had nice acceleration.
It felt like a go-kart.

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Acceleration and responsive handling Interior space

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Mpg Reliability Interior quality
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