2003 Mazda Protege5 Consumer Review: Protege/prodigy

2003 Mazda Protege5 - Consumer Review

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

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By bob green on


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


If you want some fun on a budget try prying one of these away from some one. This is my sixth Mazda (including a '91 Miata) so you may sense a bias. However this car is so easy to drive enthusiastically, my only regret is that I can't drop the top! Corners flat, easy to drive in city traffic. Peppy without the AC going, OK with. Cruises happily at 75 plus, no problem. Fuel consumption is about 30, but can be stretched to 34 with a lighter foot. Still no rattles or squeaks. At 50,000, feels like it's just breaking in. No defects, one minor factory recall. My wife likes to sneak away with it once in a while. What else can I say? Find a good one used and drive it 'til it drops (200,000+)

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Steering, handling, solid build.
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