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Mazda Protege5 a good commuting car?
I recently started a new job where I'm driving 100 miles round trip every day! Currently I'm driving a 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. To put it bluntly, this thing is no good for the commute. I am looking at buying a new, smaller car but I am also getting married and looking for a house so I'm going low budget.
I started looking at mazda3 hatchbacks, but I have started seeing a lot on the protege5 hatch's and I really like what I'm seeing. The low price would really help me out and I've seen several on craigslist for around 4,000 with under 100k!
So, anyway, to my questions!
- One of my big complaints with my current vehicle is it is ridiculously loud going down the hwy. I can barely hear my phone sometimes. I've read that the p5 is "noisy." How loud we talkin here?
- Am I just being cheap and stupid opting for the cheaper p5 over the mz3? There is a solid price jump.
- I drive a car that's over 20 years old, so 2002 doesn't sound that old to me. Can I expect to get a reasonably high amount of miles out of an mp5?
Thanks in advance for any replies!