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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#11923 of 24043 thinking of buying a protege es
Apr 10, 2002 (8:51 pm)
I have been looking at three cars, the protege es with a $1,500.00 rebate,the hyundai elantra GT, and the new suzuki aerio. I like hatchbacks, but the protege5 is too slow even with the manual as it weighs several hundred pound more than the es. The car will be equipped with a 5 speed and all the options, can u tell me what your experience has been with the 2002 model, Mazda made some structual and steering improvements to the car and it always wins C&D comparison tests.
Thanks for your help.
Apr 10, 2002 (9:55 pm)
I didn't think they made any changes to structure or steering from 2001 to 2002..I could be wrong though. In any case, I think you'll find that the Pro probably handles the best out of the 3 you mentioned. I haven't driven the other 2, so don't take my word for it.
I think it really depends on what you're after...handling? Speed? Etc.??
Apr 11, 2002 (5:18 am)
Get out there and drive them. I bought my ES 3 months ago and if you keep in miond that this is an entry level car, the Pro is by far the best all around of those you mentioned. I also looked at the Civic EX and Saturn SL2 and SC2. It's all a matter of personal preference. There are really not big gaps between these cars. They each are the manufacturers' interpretation of what the buyer wants. The value and overall performance is what sold me on the ES. ABS, 4 whl discs, 16" alum rims and 55 series tires stock form the factory and a great looking interior (to me anyway) sold me on the ES. Now include the sunroof standard and great financing terms and the Pro is hard to beat.
I'm sure each group for each car will tout their pluses, as they should. Just get out there and drive them all. That's what convinced me. I looked at the SER Spec-V but the interior was just plain nasty in color and there was also the extra cost. The regular SER was also so much more expensive than the Pro ES that I decided against it as well. When I compared how the Pro ES felt to the others, my mind was made up.
#11927 of 24043 Don't worry, I'm not going to turn against Proteges ...
Apr 11, 2002 (5:45 am)
... but I did pull up next to a new Corolla at a stoplight yesterday on the way home from work. First one I've seen in person. Nice looking car!
#11928 of 24043 there's a corolla parked in the garage where I work
Apr 11, 2002 (5:49 am)
first impression: it's SO TALL!!!!
#11929 of 24043 Yeah, it was kinda tall ...
Apr 11, 2002 (6:07 am)
But it had good lines too. Wasn't so overly tall and skinny like an Echo. And it seems Toyota, which recently seems to have gone a little "Pontiacky" in its use of plastic add-on body cladding, toned it down on the Corolla (er, no comment on the Matrix ...) This car actually had handsome lines. Can't say a whole lot for the color -- I would've called it "Split Pea Soup Metallic."
Apr 11, 2002 (6:33 am)
Anybody ever seen or heard of an old Mazda 323 hatchback? I think it was a GX or something like that. Really weird looking...almost looked like the end of an MX-3 rammed together with the front of the old 323s.
#11932 of 24043 I still thoroughly enjoy my Pro.
Apr 11, 2002 (6:33 am)
Even with the 1.6L engine. It's just so enjoyable.
And for the under-90mph driving I do, it's just fine most of the time. Could use some more torque when pulling out of tight turns when I'm feeling extra-frisky, but I had a ball yesterday when the weather was nice. Had the windows open, stereo blasting etc. Hee hee.
Good grief, stop being so picky. Yeah, if I didn't have an issue with blowing so much money on a car and didn't need it to be practical for four passengers PLUS their stuff, I'd get an M5 (if I could get rid of all the fancy electric c**p they put into it) or a Porsche 911. However, for my needs and parsimonious personality, my Pro fits the bill very well. It's fun to drive in the twisties, has decent pick-up in local driving, decent passing power on the freeway, economical with fuel, fits me physically, decent cargo space and has been very reliable. I'm happy. That's all that matters to me.