2003 Mazda Protege

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2003 Mazda Protege

Key specs

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4 trims

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


I am first owner. Still driving, Unbelivable!

This car can go for another 5 more years, very reliable. I hope Mazda will sell protégé again. I paid $20,000 (new car) in year 2003, almost fully loaded, so far, only changed alternator, oil pan, oxygen sensor, and regular maintenance, almost everything is original parts. the mileage is almost 30,000km, no burning oil.


An Old Friend

My family bought a 2003 Protege in 2014 with over 200,000 miles on it. It was not necessarily my car, but I drove it whenever I had the chance. It was a fun car to drive with the manual transmission and handled like a dream. Of course, the exterior wasn't flashy nor did support a racy-type look to the body, but it was a car I loved to drive. It took corners great, had a little zip in the acceleration, and handled well in the rain. We had the car for around four years and put another 80,000 miles on it before it broke down and was not reasonably repairable. Me and my younger brother drove it about It about 70 miles a day to and back from community college Monday through Friday. My brother drove it on the weekends to and from work as well. It didn't have a major breakdown once between that time. We had to replace the battery once, but that's just regular maintenance. Reliable beyond comprehension. But when the car decided it was time to retire, it did so pretty much in a week. But it was a good long haul before it decided to retire. Now I am thinking about getting another car and was hoping Mazda continued the line of Protege's, but unfortunately, it appears they have not. Once I realized they stopped the Protege production, it was like I was missing an old friend whom I haven't talked to in a while.


Easy to fix and fun to drive

This car is perfect in every way. Simple design, easy to fix, very reliable, and great fuel economy. Only downside is the fact that parts may take a few days to be obtained.

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New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles

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