2000 Mazda Protege Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2000 Mazda Protege - Great car. I have no complaints.

Bryan
Springfield, Massachusetts
Overall
4.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
I really liked the gas mileage. There are a lot better options these days though. But for a 20-year-old car, it did great on gas. I did not have to repair the car often. When I did, the costs were reasonable. All the tires for it are all-weather tires, which are better. A negative about the car is its size. its on the smaller size, so there's not a lot you can do with it. We have owned our 2000 LX with auto transmission for 14 years and 227,800 miles. Other than a new ECM about eight years ago, we have only completed oil changes every 3k miles and the occasional brake job (all completed by me). At 225,000 miles, I decided it was time to replace the original timing belt (which, believe it or not, didn't look too bad). At that time I also replaced the following: valve cover seal, spark ... (more)
Pros
Gas mileage, repair costs, and lasted a long time.
Cons
Size

2000 Mazda Protege -

M.C.J.
Denton, Texas
Overall
5.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
I bought my Mazda Protege about 10 years ago, gently used from a friend. In the beginning, I was a little intimidated by it because it's the sport version and I'm not a great driver--I had never owned a vehicle that could go that fast! However, I have logged about 100,000 miles on that car without any memorable incident or problem, and I have come to love it so much that I would certainly buy another Mazda, maybe even another Protege. The Mazda Protege is a great car for women and older people: it is easy to drive, has excellent acceleration (fast) when passing someone, and one feels very safe driving it even if one is not a great driver. It is sturdy and mine has only broken down twice in ten years (although both repairs were in the $1,000 range). It is also quite forgiving if you'r... (more)
Story
My car is silver and its body shape is not unique, and I'm absent-minded! So I had to put quite a few stickers on it to make sure I could find it again in the huge parking lots of our supermarkets and shopping centers.
Pros
Good performance: the Mazda Protege drives smoothly and accelerates fast. It is not very noisy at all--to the extent that you'll notice any abnormal noise immediately, which is useful to get it to the garage and repaired fast. Practicality: That car is easy to park, not too large to fit even in a slightly exiguous parking spot. However, it is also roomy enough inside to fit five people without too much squeezing, and the trunk is of average size (I can fit five large grocery bags and the rather large repair kit my husband has equipped me with, plus a small fire extinguisher--also a husban... (more)
Cons
I've experienced only one serious drawback with my Mazda Protege: a few years after I bought it, the radio quit on me (the volume control broke), and it's not important enough to spend money on, so it's still broken.