By Rob on
Vehicle2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI have 110K on my car, bought it new and do the req. maint. on time. Only ever had two complaints about this car. The first was the original tires that came with it... TERRIBLE. They were Dunlop tires and 2 of the tires developed bulges in the side walls. They also had terrible traction, especially in the rain. The other is gas mileage. For a small car, with a 2.0L engine (5 speed manual trans.) the best it can do on the highway is 32-35. I had a Honda Civic (5 spd.) that routinely got 40-45 and a Dodge Stratus (5 spd too) that got between 35-40 hwy. Otherwise, I LOVE this car. I drive it everyday. It's reliable, comfortable and fun to drive; handles great with the new Kumho tires
Best FeaturesComfortable ride, very reliable, quiet (with Kumho tires), handles well. Decent power. Versatile with 70/30 folding seats, decent leg room. Intuitive, easy to reach controls. I have 110K miles on this car and have only performed the sugg. maint. and replaced the tires. No mechanical issues at all.
Worst FeaturesGet rid of the Dunlop tires and equip it with Kumho tires from the factory. Lower the RPMs at highway speeds and increase MPG.
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