2003 Mazda Protege Reviews - Page 13 of 17

2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0 gas from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 gas Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired145 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Great handling, styling, reliable, economical car at a low price

Faults:

Nail through tire.

General Comments:

Excellent car, especially for the price ($13,900 new). This car handles very well. The brakes work great. The engine is a bit noisy and underpowered. The fuel economy is good, 30-32 mpg. It is the best handling, sharpest car I've found for the money. I am very happy with the car. I only have 21,000 miles, but it seems like a reliable car. I much prefer it to my '94 Jetta GLX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2004

2003 Mazda Protege ES 2.0 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired37 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

Reliable and fun

Faults:

Front disk brakes lasted to about 33,000 miles as expected.

General Comments:

The car handles extremely well with stock tires that were absolutely excellent. Overall the car is a little underpowered, but most of the time it isn't an issue. It still has enough pep to pass and get up and going very well on the highway.

Car is really fun to drive, handles corners like you wouldn't believe.

The interior is surprisingly roomy, at 6'4" I have absolutely no space issues.

It's a wonderful car, and it gives me a wonderful feeling knowing I don't have to worry about something breaking every few weeks.

Highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

26th Aug 2004, 13:06

I completely agree about the cornering. I also have an ES and it always puts a smile on my face when I turn. It's so precise and for a car for that price-range, you can't get any better.

2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0L from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance21000 kilometres
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

Great car despite some problems

Faults:

The finish on the rims started to chip after only two months. All four rims were replaced, but it took three visits to the dealer before they did it right.

The sport shift automatic transmission failed after 4500 Ks due to a defective torque converter. I had to wait two weeks for a replacement transmission.

General Comments:

Really like the car despite some early problems.

Handling, steering and braking are excellent, but could use an extra 20 horsepower to improve acceleration.

Car is very fun to drive.

Great style and a very nice interior for such a cheap car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th July, 2004

2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0 liter 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired28 miles
Most recent distance7950 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Versatile, reliable, economical and fun

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I really love this car. I've been a devoted VW guy for a good while and decided I was tired of visiting the mechanic so often. It's bright red with very classy black upolstery. I think the fit & finish of this car is top notch.

The handling is better than any of my Volkswagens. Very tight and more German than Japanese... very BMWesque, I think...

It could use a little more oomph, but I like getting decent gas mileage. It makes me feel a little better about driving a car from an environmental stand point.

I test drove the Honda Civic, VW Golf, Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Impreza and Ford Focus for comparison. The Protègè won me over hands down.

The folding rear seats are wonderful. It's quite nice to be able to haul that much cargo. I jokingly refer to this car as my "SUV".

Overall, I would highly recommend the car. It's truly the best I've driven.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Great performance and value

Faults:

The stock tires do not perform especially well on wet roads.

There is noticeable wind noise at highway speeds.

General Comments:

When looking for a replacement for my very competent 1994 Toyota Corolla Wagon, I researched and test drove a number of cars including the Matrix and Ford Focus.

The Protege 5 had everything I was looking for and is a blast to drive. I must agree with previous reviews in that while it may be a bit underpowered, you hardly notice when you drive it. The suspension is very tight, so it corners amazingly well. However, you do feel every crack in the road as you drive over it.

This car is a great combination of fun, practicality, comfort, and value. I've averaged about 30-32 miles per gallon in the first 25,000 miles, and have no problem recommending it to others.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004

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