2003 Mazda Protege5 Consumer Review: Great Used Car

2003 Mazda Protege5 - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great Used Car
By Kubus_gt on


2003 Mazda Protege5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


If you are looking for a good used car, P5 should be on the list if you can find one with low miles. I bought mine a year ago moving up, yes up, from Explorer. P5 was on my short list of cars as one of few small Wagons. The first day, I took it down twisty, country road and finally remember what I was missing out on. P5 is well designed inside, seats are comfy, all the switches, knobs and gauges are in the right places, and has the right gadgets too. Engine with 130HP is not too peppy but manages to get by, especially when kept above 3K rpms. It is very reliable engine. I have the autostick tranny which was ‘03s addition over ’02 model. Smooth shifts when not under power in auto mode.

Best Features

Ride is nice, very tight and steering is precise. Back seat room is enough for a child seat and an adult. Trunk space is just enough, holds couple boxes of diapers, seats fold flat to give a lot more room (as in 720 sqft of laminate floor with padding from IKEA) Excellent brakes, no fade.

Worst Features

There are few quirks to this car. 3 speed wipers, front headlight bulbs have short life, only few choices for tires (Kumho is good and cheap), some people had problems with EGR vales (stalls) not mine, engine noise (I like it, has a nice tune), cost and quality of replacement parts - go Mazda OEM.
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