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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#39 of 110 Reliability important, but remember driveablity
Dec 11, 2002 (7:11 am)
I think all of these cars are very close in reliability. I certainly haven't had any problems with my Protege. There are more important issues in my mind.
Having driven the Automatic versions of the 2003 Corolla, Civic, and Protege5 (and 2001 Protege sedan) this week while shopping for a new car for my wife, I can say that the Honda and the Mazda seem tighter and more solidly built. The Corolla was quietest on the highway, but it is a buzzy affair getting there. The Civic had the best engine/transmission combo and highway ride. The Protege had the best seating position by far(don't even get me started on the Corolla), best handling, and scored poorly only in fuel economy. Well, I will take the hit in fuel economy to actually have a car that is comfortable to drive, especially over long distances. When talking about Japanese (the Protege being the only one actually built in Japan any more) economy sedans, these are the issues that are important. Reliability was perfected by these companies long ago.
Dec 11, 2002 (8:46 am)
Come on people, the horn trumpeting regarding the Protege is hilarious. I see a lot of Corollas and Civics on the road each day and I am lucky to see one Protege every two weeks or so.
If the Protege was as great as everyone says it is, how come customers are not flocking to Mazda dealerships in the hundreds? A month or so ago, I so zero percent financing by Mazda for 5 years,
how come I haven't seen Protege's all over the road?
Mazda was trying to give them away and no one went for the carrot. The next thing you people will start telling me is that the Yugo was the forerunner to the Protege and it was just as good a car!
Dec 11, 2002 (9:01 am)
Sales volume = Best car?
What makes the Civic and Corolla so much better? Do they handle better than the Protege? Are they more fun to drive? Do they look better? Are they a better value? Are they built in Japan? Do they come with 4 wheel disc brakes? No, no, no, no, no, and no. Thanks! Come again!
#43 of 110 and that means what?
Dec 11, 2002 (9:38 am)
Dec 11, 2002 (9:38 am)
you're way off with no basis for your opinion.
Just because you may not like Mazda doesn't make you right. And you don't have any idea how many Mazdas were sold - you're quoting statistics from what you see on the road - not very scientific for a basis for an argument.
And, no, I don't own a Mazda.
#45 of 110 Fewer Protege's on road = ??
Dec 11, 2002 (9:53 am)
I would like to say it reflects the IQ of today's car buyer, but I cannot since I think the Civic is a good choice for many people. I think Mazda suffered a corporate identity crisis when it tried to compete head to head in the realm of generic automobiles with the likes of Toyota and Honda. Luckily, they seem to have overcome this with a slew of unique, fun to drive vehicles like the Protege5, RX-8, and Mazda 6.
#46 of 110 mott - here are the #s
Dec 11, 2002 (10:16 am)
#1 sold car in Quebec
#3 sold car in Canada
#47 of 110 #s in Canada
Dec 11, 2002 (10:36 am)
Protege must be good in snow and resist rusting.
#48 of 110 Protege is...
Dec 11, 2002 (10:52 am)
ok in snow -like any other car
As for rust, old PROs are in better shape than old Civics. I used to have a Civic - it had rust holes in it by 2000 (it was a 93 model).
Canadians prefer smaller cars than Americans -there really is no need for an Accord, when a Civic will do the same job but for less. That's just my opinion, but then again, I like small European cars and detest large sedans, minivans and trucks (aka: SUVs).