2003 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: THE budget sedan for sports ca

2003 Mazda Protege Sedan - Consumer Review

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THE budget sedan for sports car lovers
By Mike in St Louis on


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


My wife wanted a "small" car to replace
her 97 Civic EX. With that in mind, we
found this to be the best car
I love the way the Protege handles.
It's not as fun as my Miata, but much
more fun than any of the above
mentioned cars. More power would be
welcome, but I'm willing to trade off
some power for the excellent handling.
While I would prefer to have the 170HP
Mazdaspeed model, it was going to cost
close to $6000 more (dealer markups) &
we couldn't have got the 0% interest
Bottom line....if you prefer sports
cars but need a sedan, and if your
budget is under $20,000, get this car.
You won't regret it.

Best Features

1) excellent handling, 2) good brakes, 3) great reliability history, 4) sporty exterior styling, 5) buttery smooth shifter, & 6) not a million of them on the road like the Civic or Corolla.

Worst Features

1) Please give it 20 more HP, 2) Fix the factory alarm....it is going off at random & we're going to have to get it adjusted by the dealer
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