2001 Mazda Protege 5 2.0L from North America
Really fun to drive
Driver side mirror vibration at highway speed. Dealer replaced, but still vibrates.
A dashboard rattle was fixed.
Finish on all 4 rims bubbled at ~35,000 km. Dealer re-finished.
Ball bearing replaced in front driver's wheel at 41,000 km.
Handling is excellent.
Despite modest 130 hp / 135 torque it "feels" quick.
9-11L / 100 km fuel economy.
Air-conditioning struggles to keep things cool when it's 30+ celcius.
Upholstery is not durable.
Stereo / speakers are average at best.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th July, 2004