2002 Mazda Protege 5 2.0L from North America
A great handling annoyance
Very wind noisy on hwy, especially from roofrack. And even without roofrack.
Low profile tires are $150 to replace per tire (I had to for 2 damaged by potholes)
Mileage is not as good as est. With 60% city, 40% hwy. Avg 22 mpg.
Roof rack whistles. Mazda does not have fix. Couldn't use rack.
Exterior dings very easily.
Parking bumps in city damage bumper paint very easily.
Acceleration is pretty peppy.
Handling is very good.
Hatch functionality is wonderful, especially with hard cover for hatch area.
Sound system is very good. Should be good in order to cover the wind noise on highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th January, 2003
29th Apr 2004, 06:24
I just purchased my Mazda Protege 5 and I haven't noticed the wind noise. When going 70mph it didn't seem to be as loud as my Lexus. The car handles great and it has great performance for a 2.0 engine. I don't think that any wind noise this car has should be a make or break decision about buying one.
11th Oct 2004, 19:06
Please spend some time shopping for your tires, with what is available on the internet from Tire Rack, etc, there is no excuse to complain about $150.00 ea tires!
28th May 2009, 20:49
I had 16" rims with 205/40/16's that I got for less than that price. Falken I think. It's like anything you need to shop around. The dealer (stealer) will certainly take liberties, inflating prices etc, as they only really make on parts these days.
It's a shame you gave the car, to someone who could glance at this forum, a bad rep over wind noise. Couldn't use the roof rack? Come on.