Top Mazda Sedan For: Mazdaspeed Protege

2008 Mazda Mazda3

2008 Mazda Mazda3

$5644

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

10 Jun

Shopped Civic Si, WRX, Altima Coupe, Mazdaspeed 3 and GTI; chose a Mica Copper Red Mazda3s Touring 5M for price, fuel mileage (premium fuel not required) and versatility.

9 Jan

I've had Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas and the Protege before, and this car is by far the best for handing, acceleration, and just pure fun.

6 Jun

My mom had owned the 323 and a Protege for as long as they've been around, and this Mazda 3 has the same peppy driving feel.

12 May

Seats not as comfortable as the older protege,

13 Feb

I have owned Mazda vehicles since 1984 and the 3 series (GLC, 323, Protege, Mazda3) have always been the best when it comes to value, performance, and style in sedans.

5 Dec

Overall a nice jump in interior room from the old protege.

6 Dec

noisy, interior wears down easily, lock on door broke quickly..

18 Apr

My only complaint is that over time, it has become more noisy with highway driving, and the driver's seat a bit more uncomfortable.

9 Oct

Only draw back is road noise.

9 Jul

Noises from trunk, moved everything.

11 Dec

Not for everyone; trade-off for handling is harsher ride, for light weight is more interior noise and, because the car encourages the driver's involvement, the gas mileage is not like a Civic or Accord.

16 Dec

it does have a minor amount of wind noise

10 Jul

Noisy at highway speeds (wind, tire noise, engine) 2.

21 Oct

Road noise is present

26 Nov

A bit noisy at speed

1 Aug

Fun to drive.Road noise is a bit above average on the highway.

18 Nov

Ultimately, this one failure of using poor materials on those specific parts is a shame, because the rest of the vehicle truly holds up.

9 Jul

The worst is transmission failure at 79K miles.

9 Jul

When I mentioned to them that this repair obviously failed again they said they were not responsible to do this repair a 2nd time as per government guidelines.

17 May

"Just as so many of them, my engine failed at just 28k very light miles.

22 Mar

I've had some problems, such as air bag system failure, peculiar engine noises at idle, and paint chipping.

24 Nov

No rattles or initial failures the first month.

28 Aug

I've never had any major issues, other than routine maintenance on oil changes, tires, filters, 1 transmission fluid change and 1 fuel injection treatment.

15 Sep

This car now has over 214000 miles on it and the only things that have been replaced are brakes, tires, shock/struts, and a few light bulbs! Impressive!

27 Nov

Tires are expensive as it's considered a sport car.

10 Jul

Noisy at highway speeds (wind, tire noise, engine) 2.

7 Dec

I had to replace my front tires after hitting some massive potholes, so I can't really blame Mazda for the latter issues.

15 Jan

the OEM tires are absolute garbage.

24 Mar

The soft compound, speed rated tires are very expensive to replace and will bubble or blow out when even a small pothole is touched.

24 Sep

To start, the tires had to be replaced at 22,000 miles, my rotors are warped, and my a/c stopped working this summer because I had an issue with the thermostat.

1 Aug

Stock Goodyear tires are junk.

9 Oct

The tires are a bit skittish in wet conditions

2007 Mazda Mazda6

2007 Mazda Mazda6

$5365

POSITIVE REVIEWS
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10 Jan

If you want blistering acceleration, buy another car, like a new V6 Mazda 6 or a Mazdaspeed 6.

21 Jan

It's always low on oil when she takes it in.My Mazda protege was a much better car.This car has been well taken care of

29 Mar

This is my second mazda I purchased a 2003 mazda protege es and also loved that car.

23 Jun

Besides that, it's been mechanically sound except for a few front steering issues and the front wheel bearings creaking,

25 Sep

If you own the V6, it makes the nicest sounding noise I can think of for a car in this price range.

26 Apr

There is almost no clearance between the control arms and the actual tire, so you get A LOT of vibration even at low speed with snow chains.

9 Mar

Road noise, tire noise on coarse surface. 2.

9 Mar

It has also been having popping noise like a motor mount is went out.

4 Dec

1) the road noise is very obvious 2) the car seats are not comfortable 3) the interior is nice,

9 Nov

Have had oil pan seal replaced, rear interior lites repaired, exhaust mounts had to be lubed & needs again - rattling/squeak, steering shaft had to be lubed, squeaky seat fixed by removing a clip, passenger front window motor replaced.

3 Apr

N/A

1 Feb

Only problem- steering creaks when going slow-dealer said not a safety issue, greased fittings per tech bulletin, seems better.

16 Aug

Road noise is fairly high and presents a stiff challenge to the meager standard stereo.

16 Jul

Warranty is long gone, pretty much stuck with it..Seems to go thru tires, all four have to be replaced every 20k with alignment (michelin tires).

19 Apr

Poor tire clearance on body.

26 Apr

There is almost no clearance between the control arms and the actual tire, so you get A LOT of vibration even at low speed with snow chains.

9 Mar

Road noise, tire noise on coarse surface. 2.

10 Jul

The tires are a very weird size which make replacement fairly expensive.

29 Mar

but the tires are awful.

9 Jun

The only real complaint we have is the Pirelli 18" tires that came on the grand touring are noisy,

2006 Mazda Mazda6

2006 Mazda Mazda6

$5267

POSITIVE REVIEWS
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26 Nov

And the exterior with the Mazdaspeed rims couldn't ask for better car

3 Oct

Since I was rear ended so horribly in my Protege and escaped without injury, Mazda was definitely tops on my list and the car has not disappointed.

17 Jan

I was ready to trade in my '00 Mazda Protege after 130,000 very satisfied miles for something with a few more comforts, and would have been hard-pressed to go with another brand.

23 Jun

Besides that, it's been mechanically sound except for a few front steering issues and the front wheel bearings creaking,

28 Oct

N/A

31 Jul

N/A

16 Jan

N/A

11 Jun

Build quality is great with exception of a buzzing noise from under the right front of the car at 65 mph.

18 Mar

The car doesn't have enough insulation to keep out surrounding noise.

15 Mar

Nothing major, just this annoying tweedle noise from under the car that they couldn't find.

25 Jan

The car started a tapping noise from the motor at 2000 miles.

10 Nov

4,700 miles and so far not a squeak, rattle or problem.

21 Sep

but the turning radius is horrible and the suspension will rattle your teeth when the road is bumpy.

14 Dec

The BCM will let me drive it now, use the windows and radio

13 May

The Bose Radio leaves a little to be desired with subpar sound for the brand and an extremely limited audio display.

3 Nov

The radio stunk as it didn't play mp3 discs and didn't have an aux input.

1 Oct

After driving it, I like the radio control on the steering wheel.

11 Sep

My only discomfort is that I didn't add the Navigation system, and the radio is built in (which prevents you from adding an aftermarket CD/Navigation system.

4 Jul

N/A

29 Jun

Best part of the design is the radio controls on the steering wheel.

14 Dec

The BCM will let me drive it now, use the windows and radio

13 May

The Bose Radio leaves a little to be desired with subpar sound for the brand and an extremely limited audio display.

3 Nov

The radio stunk as it didn't play mp3 discs and didn't have an aux input.

1 Oct

After driving it, I like the radio control on the steering wheel.

11 Sep

My only discomfort is that I didn't add the Navigation system, and the radio is built in (which prevents you from adding an aftermarket CD/Navigation system.

4 Jul

N/A

29 Jun

Best part of the design is the radio controls on the steering wheel.

12 Oct

Aside from a headliner that pulled away from the rear window and breakage of the lumbar support about 400 miles prior to expiration of the warranty, and somewhat early replacement of the battery, the car has been trouble free.

27 Nov

For the last 2 years I've been around 30 times to dealerships, I changed the transmission twice, trunk shocks 4 times, battery, changed tires twice and so on.

25 Nov

N/A

25 Aug

N/A

31 Jul

The air conditioner had to be replaced.

16 Jan

I bought a mazda 6 GT fully loaded in April 2006, and I had some small problems (rear defroster stopped working, lights went out)

25 Sep

I've had problems with the fuel pump, transmission, A/C and even the key fob.

2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6

2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6

Price Unavailable

POSITIVE REVIEWS
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23 Jun

In the 2.5 yrs ive had it, the Mazdaspeed 6 has proven to be a very versatile vehicle.

16 Jul

The Speed Protege was basically a race car in street clothing, only lacking more horse power.

2005 Mazda Mazda3

2005 Mazda Mazda3

$13680

POSITIVE REVIEWS
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12 Jul

My brother actually wants to drive it over his Miata with a brand new mazdaspeed engine in it.

5 Apr

Out performs the Protege ( which was my first Mazda purchase), excellent acceleration, everything on the dash is convenient, plenty of room.

19 Feb

My son has a Protege and introduced me to the world of Mazdas.

19 Feb

My son has a Protege and introduced me to the world of Mazda's.

19 Mar

A lot of the reviews you read online say that they don't like the engine noise when your accelerating.

3 Sep

Slight vibration with 4A tranny at idle-still shifts good.

3 Mar

The car is overly noisy going over puddles and water.

3 Feb

Relatively quiet until you hit around 70MPH and then you hear more road noise.

16 Dec

The road noise is quite annoying too.

20 Jan

Not sure about low-profile tires that came on car - they seem a bit noisy and not sure how much they add to performance.

23 Dec

The microfiber seats build static on your clothes and the glove compartment squeaks.

21 Oct

Lots of interior squeaks and there is a clunking in the back after only two weeks.

4 Oct

I have found road noise to be a little distracting,

21 Aug

Engine, transmission and A/C are rather noisy.

31 Aug

O2 Sensor needs to be replaced (etc.

23 Nov

I even threw in an OBDII scanner connected to my phone and what the sensors gather for outputs on mileage is not what the odometer and tank show.

23 Nov

I even threw in an OBDII scanner connected to my phone and what the sensors gather for outputs on mileage is not what the odometer and tank show.

14 Jun

One time was so they would tighten the wiper blades and the other was a sensor that was throwing faults.

13 Sep

The dealership says there was a leak at the temperature sensor that was not mounted flush.

2004 Mazda Mazda3

2004 Mazda Mazda3

$13680

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

12 Jul

Excellent car and looking to replace it with either the MX-5 or a Mazdaspeed 3.

27 Feb

The engine provides adequate power for the price, and if you want more, wait for the Mazdaspeed edition to come out!

18 Nov

I have driven the Mazdaspeed protege and the SER spec V The 3 feels like it has more power than the nissan, i havent got to drive it hard yet because of the "break in" period.

11 Jan

After driving a Protege for 10 years and 250,000 miles, the 3 S seemed like a great car until I used a Jiffy Lube and cracked the poorly designed oil cartridge housing on the car.

10 Aug

I've owned a Protege before, and it was very reliable.

16 Dec

N/A

27 Mar

However,I always loved the protege for its reliability and fun to drive personality, and for that reason I purchased a 3 two days ago and loving it.

25 Mar

It is almost as fast as the MS Protege, handles on par (for my tastes atleast), and doesn't ride like it is a go-kart.

19 Mar

My old Protege w/Michellin X1s could go up a steep hill covered with 7 inches of snow without a problem.

25 Jan

I just picked up my new 3 (hatchback), and there is no comparing this car and the car it replaced, the long-lived Protege.

18 Jan

I TRADED IN MY 2003 PROTEGE 5 FOR THE NEW 2004 4 DOOR MAZDA 3S NICE RIDE;) THE BIGGER ENGINE IS WORTH THE DRIVE&PURCHASE ALONE, NO COMPARISON TO THE PROTEGE 5 OR PROTEGE.

18 Nov

I have driven the Mazdaspeed protege and the SER spec V The 3 feels like it has more power than the nissan, i havent got to drive it hard yet because of the "break in" period.

24 Mar

It makes weird noises, the a/c is terrible even with all new equipment.

16 Mar

The worst thing about her was the road noise and she was a little bit of a bumpy ride.

30 May

My only gripe with the vehicle is its noisy pulley near the serpentine when it first starts and a whizzing noise around 2000-2500 rpm, this is supposedly normal.

12 Nov

Negatives include weak AC, high road noise, ride can be firm on broken pavement, only one intermittent wiper speed, tires are expensive to replace

17 Jun

You are vibrating the whole time on rough roads.

10 Jun

but it cost lot of money bad buy.the engine is very noise the brake easy.

21 Apr

Now look at any Mazda, no door dings = thicker metal = less road noise.

19 May

My only complaint is some road noise;

27 Mar

Well it's been 16 months and 7000 miles since I bought my Mazda 3s and the car is just as firm and tight as the day I drove it home for the first time, no rattles and vibrations (which I hate in a car).

10 Nov

power steering is noisy, tires appear to wear quickly, doesn't get the gas mileage claimed, (28.5 hwy on recent trip), the a/c doesn't get super cold (tint the glass, fixed!

18 Nov

Ultimately, this one failure of using poor materials on those specific parts is a shame, because the rest of the vehicle truly holds up.

25 Aug

The last few years have brought wear and tear issues on appearance items such as the paint beginning to fail and the seams of the seats coming apart.

7 Sep

I finally took it to another dealer with a better service department when the first failed to identify the problem.

26 Nov

Also, the CD plyr is faulty and hates most CDS, old or new.

24 Nov

The mechanical issues are too numerous on the 2004 and it is annoying to be continually running to the dealership for various mechanical failures.

16 Mar

However, the automatic transmission failed after 1,500 miles of normal driving, and am currently waiting for a brand new transmission.

31 Aug

O2 Sensor needs to be replaced (etc.

21 Apr

Only one issue in 2 years (seat belt sensor) was fixed immediately and has not reappeared.

7 Jul

The first set of times, they finally changed some sensor and it corrected the problem.

7 Oct

I was let down on 4 occasions already with the *@!# engine coming on every 200 miles or so and after replacing 4 major enjine parts like O2 sensor to Purge system it has made me decide never to buy a Mazda again.

2003 Mazda MazdaSpeed Protege

2003 Mazda MazdaSpeed Protege

$19980

POSITIVE REVIEWS
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7 Nov

the mazdaspeed is the awesome itsgot good power sounds crazy itsawsome for roadtrips im on my second one i still have the first and turning it into a racecar lol i bought a new one and its awsome i driveit every day and i love it to death

17 Aug

Out of all the cars i've owned my mazdaspeed protege is my favorite.

17 Aug

Out of all the cars i've owned my mazdaspeed protege is my favorite.

2003 Mazda Protege

2003 Mazda Protege

$3468

POSITIVE REVIEWS
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4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

29 Sep

i have a 2002 Protege, it has been one of the most dependable cars i have owned.

4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

2 Dec

A Mazda protege is a great car for getting from point A to point B.

20 Feb

The car is very reliable, 2003 Protege is probably the best Protege that Mazda ever made and the last of its kind.

9 Aug

What I love about the Protege most is its handling.

5 Feb

The Protege ES is a great car.

26 Sep

Take a look at the Protege - it'll smoke a Civic in the turns!

2002 Mazda Protege

2002 Mazda Protege

$3317

POSITIVE REVIEWS
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4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

29 Sep

i have a 2002 Protege, it has been one of the most dependable cars i have owned.

4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

2 Dec

A Mazda protege is a great car for getting from point A to point B.

18 May

I picked the Mazda Protege instead of the Civic and Corolla because I found the accelaration much better in the Protege.

2001 Mazda Protege

2001 Mazda Protege

$12765

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

29 Sep

i have a 2002 Protege, it has been one of the most dependable cars i have owned.

4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

2 Dec

A Mazda protege is a great car for getting from point A to point B.

2000 Mazda Protege

2000 Mazda Protege

$12215

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

29 Sep

i have a 2002 Protege, it has been one of the most dependable cars i have owned.

4 Jun

My car is the lx doesnt have the nice leather seats of the mazdaspeed or mp3 protege and the cloth seats that come in it are not the most comfortable for long trips

2 Dec

A Mazda protege is a great car for getting from point A to point B.