2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Reliable as the Sun

2003 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Reliable as the Sun
By trogglbey on


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


I have a paper route; that is 60 miles a night of continuous stop and go with a heavy load of newspapers. This car never complains. Still has excellent get up and go with almost 150000 miles of hard driving. Never been in the shop for anything aside from a belt replacement and an AC recharge. Most reliable and solid little car I've ever owned. No rattles, clunks, or squeaks to drive one crazy. I love this car.

Best Features

The handling in amazing, the turn radius being extremely tight and takes turns like a dream. Roomy interior for its size. And remarkably good gas mileage in stop and go driving. The gear box in tight and responsive without much fuss.

Worst Features

The headlight assembly could be a little friendlier when it comes to changing the bulbs and the fuel mileage at highway speeds could be upped a bit. But otherwise its a fantastic driver!
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