2002 Mazda Protege ES 2.0L from North America
Beats the pants off a civic or corolla
There was a TSB that was easily and quickly fixed by the dealer. it was a minor clutch problem that was noticeable, but didn't interfere with operation.
If you're looking for a Japanese economy car, the Protege is head and shoulders above the rest. I sold my old protege (a 1990 I had in college) with 225,000 miles on it, and seriously thought about buying it back with 240,000 miles... it was that good. it never gave me an ounce of trouble, and I didn't even treat it that well.
I've had my 2002 ES for 64,000 miles now, and I can't say enough good things about it. my only complaint is that it could use a smoother, more powerful engine, but the interior is great, the suspension is wonderful for a $16,000 car, and the brakes are the best I've ever used. they are amazing. and it looks a lot better than most Japanese economy cars.
You can't go wrong with a protege..."zoom zoom zoom" is not just a slogan!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2006