11 Mazda Protege results
Mazda Protege OWNER RATINGS & REVIEWS
Write a review
Practical and reliable
I bought this car used four years ago for $800, and the owner said it was a piece of junk. It was not pretty and the rear struts needed replaced. I got it home. It had two quarts of oil in it, but it ran fine. The engine was still in good condition. I gave it a tune up and oil change, and it has purred like a kitten since. Like I said it is not pretty but has no rattles and the interior has held up great for 19 years, with no rips or cracks. The heater works fine, but the A/C condenser fan does not work. It was that way when I purchased it. The doors still shut flush and the trunk is clean and spacious. The paint faded a bit over the years but does not have a spot of rust which is not normal for a car that is 19 years old. There are no leaks and all the windows work fine. The radio and sound system still work like new. The steering is tight and the brakes are phenomenal, but I think they were all rebuilt. The transmission has developed a leak and is starting to slip. I must add fluid to keep it from dying. The wheel alignment has stood up and my tires last a long time. It gets incredible gas mileage at 37 mpg on average. I would recommend this vehicle if it can be bought at a reasonable price to anybody.
Kansas City, Kansas
Overall Decent Car
Overall the Mazda Protege has been a reliable car. The car now has about 197,000 miles on it. The car has been driven in all types of weather conditions and has faired well. The car is fun and easy to drive. I feel safe and comfortable while driving it for long distances. The car has a sporty and fun look to it.
Mount Vernon, Washington
Cheap dependable car
For an early 2000's vehicle my Mazda Protege has been superb. I have tormented and abused it for years and years and it has yet to ask for more than regular maintenance. The paint, interior and trim have all held steadily despite my many attempts to mar them. As a somewhat large individual it has been comfortable cross-country and fit friends with ease; through 150,000 miles I couldn't have asked for a better vehicle!