2002 Mazda Protege 5
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Reliable, fun,cheap!!simply just a great car .

by from Chicago on August 30, 2017

I drive this car for my personal work "courier" I put in no lie about 1000 miles in 6 days ,I used it and abuse it on the road ,highway ,city streets and he takes it and doesnt mind it.j drive it for ...
I drive this car for my personal work "courier" I put in no lie about 1000 miles in 6 days ,I used it and abuse it on the road ,highway ,city streets and he takes it and doesnt mind it.j drive it for about 8 hours a day and I still don't get tired of driving or have lower back pain as in such cases with other small cars,Am 250 lbs 5"9 big guy and don't have issues getting in and out of the car ,I simply love it ,it's great for what I do ,doesn't back off from anything ,only issues I've had were some rust problems but I can overlook that just because of how good of workhorse it is .fun to drive always ,,love the car plain and simple
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Great car !

by from on April 21, 2017

We were very impressed with this hatch it is a great car. It was roomy and comfortable and very easy to drive.
We were very impressed with this hatch it is a great car. It was roomy and comfortable and very easy to drive.
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Reliable, sporty hot hatch.

by from Richmond, VA on April 8, 2017

We owned our Mazda Protege5 for 15 years and it always provided driving excitement & great utility. This car has taken us everywhere - beaches, mountains, cross country... 5-speed manual transmission...
We owned our Mazda Protege5 for 15 years and it always provided driving excitement & great utility. This car has taken us everywhere - beaches, mountains, cross country... 5-speed manual transmission makes it a fun to drive and sporty hatchback. great fuel economy too 25 city/31 hwy.
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Race Car Feel Reliable Winner

by from Los Angeles, CA on October 25, 2011

Bought the car new in 2002. Compared it to the Toyota Matrix which had the 6 spd, 180hp. There was a $8,000 difference which I couldn't justify when I tested the two cars. Though the PR5 had 50 hp les...
Bought the car new in 2002. Compared it to the Toyota Matrix which had the 6 spd, 180hp. There was a $8,000 difference which I couldn't justify when I tested the two cars. Though the PR5 had 50 hp less than the Matrix and 5 spd manual transmission, it was a better all around driver due to its gearing which gave it a lot of low end torque. The PR5 drives like a sports car more in line with the Mazda Miata. You can go into a curve, down shift and push the pedal down in the turn and come out like a sling shot with full safety control. It's the great suspension on the PR5 that makes this car unbelievable. The downside it rides rough on a rough road. But that's a small trade off. I get 25 mpg in town and 31-32 mpg highway at 76-78 mph. I have 202,000 miles on the car and only had to replace a water pump at 80,000 miles and an alternator just recently. Everything else is normal maintenance. Even more surprising, the original clutch is still working. I have a 2007 Mazda Speed 3 as well and use both cars driving back and forth from Southern and Northern Cal. But whether for daily driving or 350 mile trips to each of the state, this car is remarkable. Too bad Mazda only produce this car for 2 years replacing it with the Mazda 3 which doesn't drive with the same "fun" factor. A friend of mine who works for Mazda said they still feel the PR5 was one of the best cars they made.
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pretty good but not best in class

by from western ky on May 11, 2011

Rust prone. Watch the lower front of the rear wheelwells. Brakes weak front rotors warp easily. Engine is underpowered but seems reliable. Car handles well but lots of road noise.
Rust prone. Watch the lower front of the rear wheelwells. Brakes weak front rotors warp easily. Engine is underpowered but seems reliable. Car handles well but lots of road noise.
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GREAT CAR

by from Los Angeles, CA on February 27, 2011

I bought the car new in May 2002. Now have 195,000 plus miles. Very reliable car. Besides normal maintenance, only had to replace water pump at 80,000 and just replaced alternator a month ago. Though ...
I bought the car new in May 2002. Now have 195,000 plus miles. Very reliable car. Besides normal maintenance, only had to replace water pump at 80,000 and just replaced alternator a month ago. Though I found the stock engine adequate, I added a K&N cold air filter, a turbo exhaust system & had computer reprogrammed. I now have more than enough power computing back to Northern Cal and Southern Cal. HWY mileage has been like advertised: 25 city/31 hwy. Just drove the 2011 Mazda2 which costs about what I paid in 2002. PR5 is a far better car. Mazda should have kept making the PR5. It's a sports car feel in a small size wagon. Lots room to haul stuff when back seats are folded down. Does have a hard ride over rough roads due to sports suspension. On smooth surfaces, it glides. Best overall daily car I've own and I have own many cars over the last 40 years!
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It really IS a Sport-Wagon

by from Flaherty, KY on February 26, 2010

The precursor to the Mazda3 five door hatch and made for two years, `02-`03. I bought mine at 129,000 miles--a 5 Speed manual that?s stiff and a bit finicky. Rear seat bottoms fold up and upper seats ...
The precursor to the Mazda3 five door hatch and made for two years, `02-`03. I bought mine at 129,000 miles--a 5 Speed manual that?s stiff and a bit finicky. Rear seat bottoms fold up and upper seats fold down to create a flat bed. When the seats are down there?s a LOT of hauling room. The engine is a 2.0, four cylinder, the largest of 3 available in the Protege (1.6, 1.8 or 2.0 in the sedan). There?s a good amount of power, though it?s no dragster. Interior materials, including the very comfortable seats, are plush and of high quality. The steering wheel and some of the trim are either real leather or a good imitation. There's a little ?carbon fiber? trim around the center stack. The CD player is pre-mp3. The radio reception is less than you might expect. Replacing the CD player isn't hard but does require Ford/Mazda removal tools (4 because it's a double-din). The front driver?s seat adjusts three ways. There?s plenty of leg and head-room for passengers. I?m over six foot tall and have plenty of room everywhere. However: This is a Sport-Wagon--the suspension has been lowered and stiffened. If you?re not used to feeling every bump in the road, you will now! I?ve never had a ?sport? suspension before, so it?s taken me a little getting used to. On the upside, the car corners fantastically. It also has low profile 16? tires that are more expensive and rare than I?m used to. My neighborhood tire shops only have one option (each) available for this vehicle and they?re twice the cost of the ?regular? tires I?ve purchased previously. Gas mileage varies between 24 and 28 mpg per tank. Highway driving alone will get better numbers. Also, this car has two (2) catalytic converters, a very expensive one to replace that comes right off the engine and a less expensive one which follows a couple of feet later. Finally, Mazda made Ford Escorts for years and if you?ve ever owned one, especially an Escort wagon, you?ll notice similar parts. The Protege5 is what would happen if you took a Ford Escort Wagon and ditched all the ?blah? and replaced it with Zoom-Zoom. The end result is a great improvement?just be prepared for a tighter, bumpier ride and a little more ?out of pocket? upkeep expense. I use this car for everything, driving 30-40,000 miles/year.
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Excellent Vehicle

by from South Florida on November 7, 2009

I bought a 2002 Protege5 in November 2001. It was my 5th car - a few Toyotas, Saturn, Suzuki... it is the best car I've owned, hands down. Reliable, sporty, handles extremely well, and no major proble...
I bought a 2002 Protege5 in November 2001. It was my 5th car - a few Toyotas, Saturn, Suzuki... it is the best car I've owned, hands down. Reliable, sporty, handles extremely well, and no major problems. Oh, and it does my Metallica and Zepplin CDs justice... It eats tires but that's my only complaint (and living in S. Fla. doesn't help). Mine now has 105,000 miles on it and I'm giving it to my son in January because I know it'll keep him safe. Am contemplating a Mazda6. Just don't love the exterior body style. But I would not hesitate to buy another Mazda.
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Great road trip to the mountains or beach car

by from on October 25, 2009

Reliable. No problems in 7 years. Fun to drive. Hot little machine. A little noisy at highway speeds. No problem, I just turn up the tunes.
Reliable. No problems in 7 years. Fun to drive. Hot little machine. A little noisy at highway speeds. No problem, I just turn up the tunes.
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Excellent Mazda

by from Cleveland, OH on February 3, 2009

I purchased the Protege 5 in 2003 and have had no problems. Very reliable after 50k, a great vehicle. Great on snow/ice but need snow tires. The only problem in the price of new tires due to low profi...
I purchased the Protege 5 in 2003 and have had no problems. Very reliable after 50k, a great vehicle. Great on snow/ice but need snow tires. The only problem in the price of new tires due to low profile. I just bought a second 09 Mazda6 and love it. Great Protege 5 and a great 09 Mazda6. Zoom Zoom....
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