Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Mazda Protege Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • protojasonprotojason Posts: 13
    $13,708.23 + ttl

    For that sum I drove away with a new 2003 Pro-5.
    Considered the Matrix of course, but I couldnt pass up the deal. (seemed like one to me anyhow!)

    No leather interior, but did get the in dash 6disc cd and a sunroof. Doesnt seem overly noisy as per the reviews either...course I've been accustomed to an F-150.

    Seems like I got more than most civic owners would at that price level. I'm pleased. Now to learn the proper way to "break 'er in".

    PS. this is my first post, please forgive the lack of lingo etc etc other errors.

  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Congrats on your purchase. Looks like you got an excellent price.

    I agree with your assessment of the noise levels in the P5. It is not like we are driving Lexuses, so I am not sure why people expect that level of quiet. Personally, I like to hear the noises my cars make.

    Not much involved with breaking in a P5. The owners manual mentions some precautions for the first 600 miles or so. If you want to be really anal, you can follow this guide to breaking in Miatas, but I really doubt it will make any difference:
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Too bad we live so far away from each other ... my wife drives a white 2002 Protege5.

    (My car's an Emerald Mica 2000 Protege ES.)

    Meade in Virginia
  • md_rocksmd_rocks Posts: 41
    Best I've been getting is $15,700 + ttl

    6 dash CD, moonroof, yellow, auto, polished wheels. Is the regional difference that great as to where Proto scores one for $13,800?

    Sorry but a $2K difference on a car with a low price to begin with seems crazy to me.

    Looking very hard at a yellow or laser blue one with auto.
  • salc1salc1 Posts: 12
    Hi all:

    Just put made a deal on an ES w/ auto, moonroof, 6cd, abs, side airbags. Got a price of $16350 + tax. This a $0 down, 0% finance. Dealer has to locate my color (laser blue), otherwise I think I could have done a little better. Any thoughts on this price?
  • loolalaloolala Posts: 19
    I helped my friend on getting a Laser Blue P5 today. The options are: Moonroof w/ 6 disc CD, Auto Transmission, Rear Bumper Guard, and Alarm. Other items listed as STD are: 16" Alloy wheel and Roof Rack. She paid $16,500 out the door (approximately $15,000 + 8.25% CA tax and fees) with 0 down and 3.9% for 60 months. Tell me it's worth my time spending 5 hours at the dealership! We were new at this, but we did our homework.
    They have about 20 P5's on the lot, and with our color choices (Blue, yellow, silver), only one had the ABS/side airbag, but it was a 5 speed, which was out of the question for my friend. I am quite happy with her purchase, and hope I'll get to zoom ZOOM once in a while!
  • morphx22morphx22 Posts: 5
    The MSRP was like 17000 for a LX with moonroof/6-cd changer. He put it down to 14000. Then with tax + the other junk it was 15000, then since i was a recent graduate i got 500 off. So total was 14500 out the door. Pretty good deal. I could of went without the 6cd changer cause im installing my mp3 player, which i heard taking out the stock radio is REAL annoying, but oh well.
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Congrats on your new Protege!

    Taking out the stock radio is a breeze. All you need is 2 pairs of the Mazda/Ford radio puller tools and a flat head screwdriver wrapped with tape.

    Putting something else in could be less easy, but with the right installation kit, it shouldn't be too difficult. Just be sure you don't get something too deep. I think the max depth receiver you can put in a Protege is around 6.5". When you are finished with the install make sure you post about it in the Accessories and Modifications forum. Also, I would recommend replacing the speakers while you are at it. A nice head unit deserves some nice speakers. The stock speakers are the same crap almost all auto manufacturers put in their cars. I recommend the Kenwood 6x8s and 6x9s that Mazda sells. The price is good and they are pre-wired to go in your car. A good place to buy them is Good Luck!

    Drop me an email at There is something else I would like to talk to you about. Thanks!
  • morphx22morphx22 Posts: 5
    Hi, thanks for the tips. Why do I need tape around the screwdriver, is it to get the sidings out and not scratch the car?

    I think I am going to use the stock speakers right now, im used to a 1985 oldsmobile speakers, so I think anything better will do, even if its stock right now :) I am pretty sure my receiver will fit; its a JVC KDSH99 mp3 player thingie and it fit in the oldsmobile. Now to order the kit and wiring harness, which is about 17 bucks. Not that bad. My local audio car place wanted to charge 60 for labor and 90!! for the parts. I dont think i will be going there for it; ill just give it a shot on my own :)

    Ill tell ya how it turns out, thanks!

    Oh yeah, where can I buy those puller things to uninstall it? I found a webpage where I can make it out of hangers, but I think i would rather have real stuff :)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    They cost $3-5 at any auto parts store. I got a pair from Wal-Mart.
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    The tape around the screwdriver is to keep it from scratching the dash when you are taking the 2 small strips of plastic off to expose where the pullers go in. :)

    PS - Be sure to e-mail me. I have some other information for you.
  • morphx22morphx22 Posts: 5
    Hi boggse, I cant find your email address, but you can email me at

    Thanks :)
  • 2003 Protege ES with Automatic Tran., auto Dimm rear view mirror, side airbags and abs.

    MSRP 18,185 +600 "dealer prep". Paid 14,100 which includes a 2500 incentive, 500 college graduate rebate.

    I saw similar ES with moonroof and 6 cd, auto tran. + a few other features for 14,885 +ttl from a dealer in MD. My local dealer said he would match it.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)

    Good deal. Great car! Welcome. :)
  • timrick8timrick8 Posts: 3
    ex-rental from Hert Car Sales

    27K miles, standard LX configuration.
    NO ABS or side airbag

    Final cash price 10330 including a 4 year 48K extneded warranty, and tax, registration, etc.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I'm curious. Rental fleets usually don't keep cars in service that long. Decent price with that warranty. AT, right?
  • timrick8timrick8 Posts: 3
    The condition is very good, new tires and front break pad. The Car price (w/o extended warranty, tax, registration, etc) itself is $8595.

    I think Hertz has a policy of ridding their cars once they reach 25K. Most cars I saw on the lot are between 24-27k. Some are as low as 20K. My 2002 came to service in 11/01 according to their record, and was destined for sale in 05/03.

    They have Protege and 626; and there is little price difference bwteen them. I was surprised to see many Japanese cars in their lots.

    You can check their inventories online at
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I guess they figured out the lower maintenance cost was worth getting them. Plus, I prefer them when I rent, so it works for me too.
  • 99tj199tj1 Posts: 2
    Im in Toronto and I called a dealership on a 2003 protege LX,air and auto, MSRP = $18,750. The sales rep on the phone said he can let it for for $17,000 + air/gas tax + destination + admin fee($1500) = $18,500 + taxes. I feel if I negotiate I can probably get the price down but are the air and gas tax legit. Thanks
  • Just got a 2003 LX on Saturday, AT, AC, 6 cd changer, moonroof, alloy wheels, all the other stuff, keyless entry, alarm, for 12.9 + tax/license...not too bad. I really like it (of course it only has 100 miles right now). Hope it will give me some good years...the sunroof especially rocks.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Little confused...

    I priced up a Pro LX with AT, ABS and CD/Sunroof and it came out to: 17,915. Carsdirect has a price of 14k on the car. With grad cash I'd be looking at 13,500. You guys are getting far lower

    BTW, is the ES worth the extra dough? You get better brakes and the shiftable AT and 16 inch rims. Anything else that's actually noticeable?
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Off-Black Interior, tweeters, fog lights, rear spoiler, 195/50R16 V rated tires, silver interior accents, amber lighting, silver gauge faces, just to name a few.
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    fog lights & 4 wheel discs too.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    So essentially, it's 800 ducks for bigger wheels and disc brakes. Bummer. Not really concerned about cosmetic stuff. If they threw in ABS on the ES, I'd be all over it though.
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    The spoiler isn't functional??? LOL.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I'm sure the spoiler becomes functional at about 130. too bad the the pro can't break 115. :)
  • Someone else mentioned that they bought theirs at Quirk Mazda in Quincy, MA - aren't they slimy?

    Anyway, I went there, because they said they'd give me $2500 off MSRP plus 0% financing, and I had yet to see that someone had finagled that, so I thought I was so cool. *sigh*

    Anyway, MSRP was $18,315 with the AT and no other options - I paid $15629, which is $2686 below MSRP, but then got slapped with their bogus $299 "Documentary Preparation" which is a crock, add tax, title, etc., and I'm now up to $17,200.

    It seemed OK to me, because it's still below Edmunds TMV, but you guys blew me out of the water. I was new at this, it being my first car and all. Want to give me some pointers for next time? (Not that that will be anytime soon.)


  • Then why does the speedometer go up to 140???
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Room to grow. View it as a challenge.
  • i was wondering waht kinda deals people have gotten on a used protege. im thinking of geting a 00 or 01 Protege
This discussion has been closed.