2003 Mazda Protege Reviews - Page 10 of 17

2003 Mazda Protege LX 2.0L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance67583 miles

Summary:

Love it!

Faults:

Haven't had any issues with the car.

General Comments:

Bought it new, looking for better gas mileage and love it. Great MPG and reliability. Will buy another Mazda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2006

2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

Sell it while you still love it!

Faults:

Water pump leak, needs to be replaced. Quoted almost $600 by Mazda for this. A bit excessive.

Intake manifold shutter valve. Something about the screws that hold it on were not torqued correctly, became loose, wrecked manifold cover. Whole thing is being replaced at Mazda's expense, which is nice, but they act like they are doing me a favor. They did not bother to tell me of course that this is a pretty common problem (or why would they fix for free). And a google search of "intake manifold shutter valve Protege" confirms this. Apparently I was lucky, mine was only loose, other peoples screws came right out and entered cylinder, which wrecks the engine. At that point Mazda won't fix for free. Why didn't they check the screws during one of my many maintenance visits BEFORE I encountered this problem though? Symptoms: rough engine while in idle, ticking noise which increases with RPMs.

Both headlights went as soon as warranty expired (convenient).

Very fun to drive with just me, but throw 2 friends in, or 1 big one, and it turns into a slug.

Windshield has had 4 chips in it. Seems to chip EVERY TIME a rock hits it.

General Comments:

Car was fantastic until about 80 000 kms. Now its seems one thing after the other. I waited about 5000 kms too late to sell.

Does look good, very roomy interior.

Litres/km not quite what advertised.

Not really a reflection of the car, but service is horrible!!! Maybe cause I'm female, but they treat me like I'm five years old. So patronizing. Or maybe it's just cause they know they sold me a lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2006

26th Apr 2006, 11:59

Kinda sounds like my experience with Ford over my Focus's bad fuel pump: Covered under recall... but did Ford ever call me about any recall? No. Did they act nonchalant like they were doing me some great service? Yes. Admit no fault is the way it goes.

23rd Dec 2007, 12:36

You need to go to mazdausa and REGISTER! If you do that with your VIN number, you will see that the intake valve has been recalled. Afterall, people do buy and sell cars and how do you expect Mazda to know you have bought one of their product without registering? The onus is on you.

As to dealer experience, I am sorry it happens to you. But the recall for the intake valve came out in 06 (maybe 05) so it's not like they know that since they sold the car as new. And even though the Pro5 span only two model years, only certain VIN is affected. Bottom line is if you want to keep your car in good shape, it takes one call to your Mazda dealer and you are 17 digits away from finding out any recall. If you don't like your dealer, try another one.

2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carDodge Stratus

Summary:

An EXCELLENT BUY that will last you for YEARS to come!!!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

I have never even had cosmetic problems with it!

General Comments:

I have always been a big fan of Dodge as I have previously owned 3 dodges and loved them all.

The protege 5 offers the unique style of a sporty car without the price.

It handles well. I enjoy the interior space as it is roomier than most compact cars. It feels quite ergonomic as well. Stylish and RELIABLE like nothing else I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2006

2003 Mazda Protege LX 2.0L DOHC from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance20500 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Entry level fun for all ages!

Faults:

Nothing except a recall on the exhaust manifold.

General Comments:

This car handles very well on straight roads as well as around tight corners.

As far as motor performance, it is quite quick for an entry level car, but it revs extremely high in 5 gear, even at 60mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2006

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 54 reviews