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2001 Mazda Protege

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.0

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Cute but demanding

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Feb 13, 2008 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Acceleration, looks, trunk space, interior layout
Cons: expensive tires, jarringly tight suspension
The Bottom Line: This is a good first car for someone who wants a little pep and doesn't mind getting his teeth jarred out of his skull occasionally.

I bought a used Protege LX 2.0 (with automatic transmission) about 3 years ago. I liked a lot of things about it. It was in my price range, it had a sunroof, and it had sort of sporty styling. Looking back, I'm still glad I bought this car, even ... read more

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Peppy, comfortable, good handling

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Mar 11, 2005 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Comfy, love the sunroof, attractive interior, peppy, fun
Cons: Not as responsive when downshifting to pass someone, stiff suspension makes for bumpy ride sometimes.
The Bottom Line: The only reason not to buy one of these is that you'll have that silly "zoom zoom zoom" song stuck in your head all the time.

I just bought a used 2001 Mazda Protege LX 2.0 with a sunroof, spoiler, CD player and alloy wheels. It's a pretty sweet little car. I did have one problem though; about two weeks after I bought it the car overheated and I ended up having to replace ... read more

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No Complaints

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Nov 25, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great value for money. ESGT model looks great.
Cons: Engine and heater/AC fan is loud.
The Bottom Line: A perfect car for someone who is value conscious, but doesn't want to sacrifice look and relative performance.

I bought this car new and over two years later we still fully enjoy our 4-door, standard transmission, '01 Mazda Protege ESGT sedan. As my wife and I live on the West Coast of Canada this car was built in Japan we are very happy and impressed with ... read more

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A Solid Performer

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Mar 26, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Very economical to drive, well designed interior.
Cons: May not be the ideal automobile for long drive.
The Bottom Line: Nicely styled interior and exterior, very economical to drive. A great car to drive around town.

A Solid Performer Mazda protege SE, 2001 For 2001 Mazda increased the power of this highly rated compact sedan. They have done away with the 1.8-liter engine and replaced it by a 2-liters one that will develop 130 horsepower ... read more

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2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0

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Oct 30, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great Handling, sporty look, easy on fuel, enough leg room
Cons: needs horse power thats about it.
The Bottom Line: Highly recommended. Great looking, sporty, good sound, nice radio, great handling. Good economical, cheap car.

2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0, Black Mica, 5spd, Power windows & locks. This is one of the best economy cars out there. I test drove all the competitors. This one had more bells and whistles for the money and just looked better. Before I bought this ... read more

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Mazda Protege ES 2.0 (GT)

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Oct 30, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great Handling. Very nice sport look. Interior design and space.
Cons: Need more power. Fuel consumption is average.
The Bottom Line: I have try Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the protege has a better look and a great feeling when driving.

Very nice car. I have it since 14 months and I had no problems so far, except for some little plastic noise around the dash that has been correct. Very good handling: it take curves really fast without problems. The ES version with GT package ... read more

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01 Mazda Protege

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Aug 24, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty and fun,excellent safety features,& good power at a reasonable price
Cons: Thin paint and not enough after-market products available
The Bottom Line: Having owned the car for more than 2 years and having had no problems from the car, I would have to say this car is a wise investment.

Having one in my driveway was somewhat of an accident, having just blown the engine in my last car I had to find a replacement fast. I also did not have much money to play with. I checked with the Mazda dealership first because I was thinking of a used ... read more

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Mazda Protege ES 2.0

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Aug 15, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Excellent Handling Great Gas Consumption Nicely Powered. Great Design
Cons: None if a compact car is your forte
The Bottom Line: Great reliable product. No wonder they continue to fly off the lots!

This 2001 model year Protege has been nothing short of fantastic. The only trips to the dealership in its first year of use have been for oil changes and tire rotations. Exterior: Nice looking vehicle, compact. Interior: ... read more

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2001 Mazda Protege LX

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Jun 13, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: great on gas smooth ride good warrenty
Cons: not enough standard features
The Bottom Line: I recommend the Mazda Protege to anyone who is looking for a new car. Its a great ride for a fabulous price, and its worth every penny.

I got my 2001 Mazda Portege in June, 2001, and it hasn't let me down yet. Its a perfect economy car for anyone that doesn't have the money for the more popular VW golf or Honda Civic or accord. The Protege offers a smooth and ... read more

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2001 Protege LX 2.0

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Apr 15, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Peppy 2.0 engine Good interior room
Cons: Could use little more power
The Bottom Line: This model is very overlooked in this class, its a sleeper of a hit.

I consider myself fortunate that I was able to get a good deal on my 2001 Protege LX 2.0. Back in April 2001, Mazda had a 4.9% financing rate so I jumped at it, but ofcourse, events have happened and the rate even dropped to zero, but still it was a ... read more

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2002 Mazda Protege5

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Feb 21, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great handling, impressive features, very comfortable, decent gas mileage.
Cons: Sport suspension good, but rough, needs a few more HP, CD/radio not up to par
The Bottom Line: Mazda, which makes an excellant car in general, has a good, well-balanced and fun vehicle in the Protege5. Can't wait to really wind it out this summer!

The 2002 Mazda Protege5 is an impressive little hatchback, geared towards the 20-something audience. At the outset, it comes fairly well loaded with sunroof, CD player, 16" tires, chrome trim, power locks, windows, and other features for a very realistic ... read more

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Much better than I thought

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Jan 21, 2002 - Updated Jan 22, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Chassis, driving dynamics, reliability, cost, looks, engine, transmission
Cons: Noise, odd option packages
The Bottom Line: Like to drive? Need a cheap car? Dont like cheap cars? Get a Protege.

The comments I am making below are in reference to the Mazda Protege ES. Some, but not all apply to the LX 2.0. They do not apply to the 2001 DX which is a stripper and not what I was looking for. In essence, I was looking for a commuter so it needed ... read more

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Excellent vehicle for the money...

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Nov 8, 2001 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty engine, good gas mileage, large interior for a compact, WELL STOCKED!
Cons: Not the highest gas mileage on the market.
The Bottom Line: The best car and features for the money.

My purchase of a 2000 Protege LX was the result of a year of research. My criteria were: gas mileage, engine performance, features and back seat room (I often carry four, sometimes five people). In the final decision between the Mazda and the Nissan ... read more

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It's Average, But it's a Winner.

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Sep 4, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: efficient, zippy, handles well
Cons: seems like you're driving a tin-can (lighter weight construction?)
The Bottom Line: If our budget hadn't allow for an extra $2000 to step up to the Honda Civic price range, the Mazda Protege would've been a good choice for us.

Back when we were car shopping, we almost bought a Mazda Protege. Instead we went with another Honda Civic (see the reviews). However, on our last vacation, we rented a Mazda Protege sedan and spent 10 days and 1800 miles seeing the sights of Nova ... read more

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Not my first choice, but a good choice.

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Aug 26, 2001 - Updated Aug 27, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Consumer-sporty looks, solid feel, lots of interior room.
Cons: Unresponsive highway driving with 1.6 liter.
The Bottom Line: With the 2.0 liter engine this would be a great car!

Due to my business travels, I tend to drive a variety of cars. When a model I haven't driven yet is offered, I like to make it my choice... As such, this will not be a review from a "long time owner" but rather like an unbiased test drive bullet-point ... read more

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Zoom Zoom Zoooooooom!!!!

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Aug 10, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Excellent handling, 130 hp engine, great styling, lots of room inside
Cons: Average resale value
The Bottom Line: I love this car. It's a tight race in the compact car world, but in my opinion, the Protege wins the race!!

The car I own is a black 2001 Mazda Protege 2.0L LX 5-speed manual. The options I have are power door locks, ABS, and air-conditioning. Dual front 2nd generation air bags are standard. Side air bags are not available in Canada, but they are in the US. ... read more

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Drives okay, but lacks quality in many areas
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Feb 28, 2008 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 
Pros: Good handling, strong core engine
Cons: Sloppy manual tranny, gas guzzler after 60mph, poor quality egr valve and coil packs, plastic
Enjoyed the car when purchased, and I still like the way it handles as I prefer a tighter, stiffer, ride. The engine is still very strong after 100k. However, I'm disappointed in the quality in a lot of areas. Highway gas consumption suffers since ... read more
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5spd ES is a great perky little car
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Oct 5, 2005 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: ES has a sporty look, great on gas and inexpensive.
Cons: revs high on highways and vibrations at high speeds
The 2.0L 5 speed Protege ES is a great little car. The "not too big" spoiler adds a sporty look and does the white gauges and the bigger wheels. The ES is 130 horse power. But with the manual transmission it feels quicker. The interior looks sporty ... read more
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i love my protege
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Feb 21, 2005 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: peppy, cooler than most, gas , etc
Cons: need more power cause after 70 acl is slow
i bought my protege back in the summer of 04 and sense then i have had NO problems and the only maintenence was oil changes and i got new tires love the handling and space i heard it wad a class leader in space and compared to some mid-size cars ... read more
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Overall this is a Great Car! But do your Research first!
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Nov 15, 2004 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Sporty, Sleek, Nice Interior, Good Gas Mileage
Cons: Hidden fees: Expensive gas, specialized tires.
I own a 2001 silver Mazda Protege ES 5-speed manual. It has 2.0L I-4 130HP, and gets decent gas mileage 25 city, 31 highway. Overall I am very happy with it. However, one thing I didn't know when I bought it were the hidden fees I would have to pay in ... read more
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2001 Protege
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Aug 24, 2004 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 
Pros: Good handling, adequate interior and trunk space.
Cons: Lots of brake maintenance, transmission problems.
We bought this car a little over three years ago. At first, it was a good car, seemed solid and reliable with little maintenance. Over time, this has proven to be misleading. After little more than 12 months, the digital display for the radio/CD ... read more
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Great Economical Car
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Jul 24, 2004 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Great car for price. Lots of compliments and spacious cabin
Cons: AC could be much colder and some AC troubles in some Protege sedans.
I bought this car new, a 2001 ES and it has some zing to it. I got it with a 5 speed manual. Handling has been really nice, as it hugs the road unlike any other sedan I have been in. Brakes are top notch with 4 wheel power assist, you feel as though ... read more
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Will never buy a Mazda again
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Apr 26, 2004 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 
Pros: Large trunk.
Cons: Everything but the trunk.
I started out LOVING my Protege. I thought it was wonderful- it handled so well, gas mileage was great. It was a super fun little car. Now that it is nearing 36 months old, I am having another opinion. At only 32000 miles, the tires need replacing ... read more
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Zippy fun little car!
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Jan 9, 2004 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Zippy, great turning radius, great options, good gas mileage, no-hassle car
Cons: Not much legroom in the rear, not too comfy for long trips
Right out of college and needing a car, I test drove lots of different vehicles but this car won me over for the value for the price. I got the alloy wheels, moonroof, spoiler, premium sound package and CD player. It is a fun car as long as you're ... read more
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