My Protege 5 is everything I've ever
looked for in a new car. It looks
good, handles well, is dependable and
gets fabulous gas mileage. It has all
the interior space we need when
traveling cross country or just to the
recycling center. I've gotten
compliments on its looks.
We're getting nearly 40 miles to the
gallon with our 5-speed stick on cross
Reduce wind and road noise. The cup
holder location is inconvenient.
Mazda has created a car with tight
steering, good pickup (with the manual
transmission) and a sporty appearance.
However, check this list roofrack loud
road noise, new auxiliary fan, rusted
rear brake caliper pin, new EGR valve,
poor power window performance, new
rotors needed at 18,000 miles, and A/C
turning on without me pressing the A/C
button. Gas Mileage is poorer than on
the sticker and exterior paint and
sturdiness is less than adequate.
At 1 year, my trade value was $9K.
I spent over $15K. It's a shame because
the car is fun to drive and
looks great but steer clear of Mazda.
Sound system is great (needs to be to
block out the road noise), interior is
sporty, great handling, good amount of
power from the manual transmission.
Don't make rotors "thinner" so that
they are not as heavy and therefore
save on gas mileage. Check wind noise
on hwy before releasing to the public.
Has "Mazda testing" tried to have a
conversation while in the car on the