Whatever you call it, the design is downright functional, as a growing number of buyers are rediscovering. No salvage but real title from previous owners. Tires wear out fast, and are expensive to replace because of their unusual size. Been driving too much going back and forth to Northern and Southern Cal. The front disc brake calipers may become rusty and need replacement if the brakes are worked on sloppily the piston seal may become damaged. Model year 2002 Year of manufacture 2001 First year of ownership 2002 Most recent year of ownership 2009 Engine and transmission 2. The two new Mazdas show just how much a manufacturer can vary the look and feel of a single platform in its bid to attract different buyers.
Gas mileage is about average 28 mpgs. And for a 4 cylinder, it has a lot of pep to it! The setting is, in a sense, appropriate. It did all I ever asked of it, from hauling three huge kayaks to puddle jumping through Northwest weather. Also has lots of upgrade potential. Good car for backyard mechanic or for someone who knows one. Indeed, head gaskets often times don't ever fail unless there is something else wrong with the engine like warpage or overheating. All I did was changed all the fluids, belts and real brake pads.
Ride quality is comparable to larger, pricier cars. Only non-routine work has been the timing belt, which I had replaced at 70,000. It handles great and it's pretty well built. Yes Review Date: 17th December, 2013 Faults: Note: this was a car with 201000 miles on it when I got it. Performance also is appealing, especially when equipped with the manual shift and larger engine. And the trunk space is ridiculously huge for the size of the car I love that.
It's a great looking car that handles more like a sports car than a wagon. My Mazda Protege 5 — First off, it is rated 4. My impression of having the car for a total of about 10,000 miles. Safety Side-impact airbags, antilock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution are available in an option group. Model year 2002 Year of manufacture 2002 First year of ownership 2011 Most recent year of ownership 2012 Engine and transmission 2. Also, 6th gear in Mazda 3 had no juice to it and had to down shift to 5th going up the Grapevine.
The sedan starts with the base, four-door Protégé, but the star of this show, if you will, is the Kenwood 919 audio system. The interior is more hushed with substantially improved insulation and anti-vibration measures, and the interior has been revised for enhanced convenience. The only problem I had was with the dealer. More power is available through the addition of an optional 2. Were it not for all the mechanic troubles, it's a fun car to drive that handles really well.
Bought new tires after the used ones that came with the car gave me 17,000 miles. The Protege5 also gets the 2. Interior volume amounts to 92. The water pump at 110,000 a standard repair that didn't raise any eyebrows. Nice Looking Sporty Car With Great Handeling. The motor seems reasonable for a 2L and the overall mechanical integrity is great.
Practical cargo storage with rear hatch. Can't tell you how reliable car is if in cold weather or used to drive only in town. Other than that, the Protege is a solid little beater that will keep on ticking if you let it. Though already outstanding, the Mazda Protege got a major makeover for 2001. This car has spent its entire life outside and used on short daily commutes in stop and go traffic.
The bodyworks are modified with a new front fascia, modified side panels and a unique rear wing. . Primary Use: Commuting to work Good Starter Car For Someone Who Wants Great Mpg And Is A Backyard Mechanic Or Knows One. I have a long commute and it averages 31 mpg on highway. Faults: I had to replace the starter and battery at 60,000 miles. Yes Review Date: 21st March, 2012.