2003 Mazda Protege 2.0L from North America
A perfect car for everything
This baby purrs like a kitten, and I drive it hard. I put Mobil 1 oil in it and do service it as recommended. Has been perfect.
This is a sporty car that get approx. 31.5 MPG, and All I did was drop in a K&N Drop in Air Filter.
The car is almost 6 years old and gets more MPG than the book lists.
Throw this car into a corner and it feels great.
It could use more power, which aftermarket parts can fix.
The tower strut bar seems to help a lot.
The car has 60/40 fold down seats in the back, which allows me to haul things from time to time.
Placement of controls is great.
4 wheel disc brakes, 16" rims with Kumho tires, very sticky.. but do not last long (a lot of that is my fault.. I drive it hard through curves.
This is a great car that I would recommend to anyone. Remember, there are bad Mazdas just like bad other brands.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2008
26th Jan 2009, 13:26
Mine leaks oil. I bought it from Hertz when it was a year old, so I don't know how well it was treated before I bought it. I burn about one and half quarts per 400 miles and it drives smoothly still. However, it emits a cloud of smoke the first start-up of the day. After that no obvious smoke comes out the tail pipe. I got 112,000, but was hoping to get over 150,00. Anyone else have this problem?
4th Mar 2013, 14:03
If it burns oil upon startup, and then stops, it's probably worn valve guides, which does not rival the defense budget to fix. New valve guides, a head gasket, and (as I remember) a slightly expensive head gasket kit, plus a couple hundred labor, should do it.