Your Projects: Secondhand Protege

By Ed Higginbotham
Jan 10, 2018 | Mazda

Okay, who doesn’t love a good wagon? Forum member Recon1342 received this 2002 Mazda Protege5 as an anniversary gift. For now it’ll serve transportation duties, but Recon says it’ll start seeing some upgrades soon.

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Carsandbikes New Reader
1/10/18 5:04 p.m.

I have thought a few times of getting one of these but the few times I have seen one on Craigslist it has had an automatic transmission.

jdoc90 New Reader
1/10/18 7:23 p.m.

I had a 2000 automatic protege .It was a fun zippy car ,great gas mileage , great handling , unfortunately ny salt got to the trailing arm mount area and i had no garage to use my welder in to fix it .I am looking down south for a rust free model in the future ,5 speed , and not gold/beige lol 

te72 New Reader
1/10/18 7:46 p.m.

Enjoy the car! Fiance has a 2006 3, and the chassis on those is brilliant, so I would think the Protege would be a similar experience. Throw some sticky summer rubber under them and feel free to show up much more sporting cars in the canyons. ;-)

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