Mazda Protege 5 is a great value for younger drivers seeking a long distance car with space!
Reliability: vehicle has had no issues other than an 02 sensor going out, and a solenoid issue. However, other than general maintenance, the car has been wonderful. Has a minor leak, however. This is at 175k miles. Performance is great in the manual transmission. The car feels sporty, but gets good gas mileage. I've been able to take the car to and from mountain trips with ease with full camping gear and a friend along with me. Comfort is good; The ride isn't the greatest, but it's okay for long distance trips and doesn't wear you out. You will feel some of the tires and the road but overall I think that' due to the somewhat sporty tires. It is by no means uncomfortable, however. I love the ride personally because like a car that I can feel. The car features a manual transmission, 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine w/ 135 hp, automatic windows and locks, alarm system, 6 CD changer, automatic sunroof, roof racks, 4 doors, hatchback, and airbags. The car does not come with ABS and i wish it did, however, it drives well.
Andre, the protege. It's sunlight silver remains through dark & sunny days.
I have very little problems with my Mazda protege ‘and I have been driving it for over 14 years. I must say I have not taken extremely excellent care of it, the paint looks good and I still say, when I look at it “that’s a good looking car. ”. It still has a lot of pep going up the pa hills. There no worn spots on the upholstery and the rugs are original and only drivers side is worn where protege tag is sewn on. One of the salesman at my car dealer asked me more than once if I were ready to sell it. His son saw the car and would like to buy it. If I somehow had to sell it I would be very unhappy it is really the only car I know. I love it so much I gave it a name. Andre” the protege.
The most important thing is that it is a manual transmission.
My vehicle was working great when I first got it five years ago. Once I moved to Washington about two years ago some problems like my o2 sensor, a coil in my engine broke, and my front left brake caliper came off, but I think that was just something a mechanic didn't correctly fix. It performs really well when I didn't have any of those issues. It was very reliable for me in the past but it is starting to become less reliable the more miles I put on it.
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Moderate Overlap FrontA
Driver-side Overlap FrontN/A
Driver/front passenger airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
Front safety belt pretensioners w/force limiter
3-point safety belts for all positions
Child safety rear door locks
Child safety rear seat anchors
Front/rear side-impact door beams
Trunk entrapment release system
Triple H steel reinforced body construction
* Optional Safety Feature
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