This next car is a Mazda Protegé5 . Not a Mazda Protegé..space..5 or a Protege 5. It is actually the Protegé5 and this predates Mazda’s current obsession with everything having a numeric name..but this pedantic nomenclature hides a very capable eighth generation BJ Familia/323 wagon. This next car isn’t the Mazdaspeed version, it does look to be in remarkable condition and is offered by a dealer who (despite an exhaustive application of ArmorAll) claims it is a 1-owner vehicle and it does have a manual gearbox. Find this 2002 Mazda Protegé5 offered for $5000 in Shingle Springs (yes, that is a real place, and no it isn’t a good name for a retirement home) CA via craigslist.
The 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege was the first offering from the Mazdaspeed name plate. It was to be Mazda’s hot rod shop ala Mercedes AMG, BMW M-series, Ford’s SVT, etc. The Mazdaspeed was spawned from the righteous handling 2001-2 Protege MP3 model. The MP3 name was derived from the audio MP3 file (think Napster) which was […]
The eighth and final generation of the Mazda Familia was released as the Protegé for the 1999 US market model year. It continued the basic econobox formula from previous years, but was actually becoming a well polished basic sedan that threatened Honda and Toyota for basic transportation needs. However, the Protege offered a fun factor […]
Back before Mazda released their factory tuned track rat Mazdaspeed 3 and (more useful, but less fun) Mazdaspeed 6, they had a little family car called the Familia/Protegé that made some waves. The basic Protegé was capable, but focused on frugal driving — however, in the final year of production the wizards at Mazdaspeed teamed […]
The term 10 second car gets tossed around by the Fast and Furious crowd as some kind of goal that can be accomplished by bolting on enough shiny aftermarket parts and their accompanying stickers (NOS baby NOS!!). The truth is that it takes much more, chiefly, the total destruction of any potential transportation capabilities of […]