by brotherben on Jun 20, 2009 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
Friends at church gave us this car. I replaced 1 tire that had separated. It has a smashed front fender from a previous wreck. It handles like a go- cart and has plenty of pep. I am 6'3" and near 300 lbs and this car is comfortable enough for long trips. It has the 1.8 litre engine and 5 speed manual transmission. With 210,000 miles,the oil still looks like new when changed after 3000 miles. At about 190,000 miles the radiator was replaced due to a crack. Soon after that the water pump went out. I did the work myself. It is a well used beater but still drives like a new car. If I had to buy a small economy car for a college student, this would be it.
by Bob on Nov 10, 2008 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
I now have 254000 miles on my 1991 Protege DX. The car is simply the best vehicle I have ever owned in my lifetime. The only major replacement was an exhaust system at 175,000 miles. Other that that its been the simple wear and tears such as brakes, etc. I was a freak with the protege a bit. I would always change the oil at every 1500 miles. My goal is to reach 300,000 with the baby. Her body is still solid and I get compliments from the Mazda dealers on her all the time. The only problem I have is the same as others I read...when it rains bad the windows also fog inside too. That has only started to happen within the las 8 months.
by FHanson on Nov 10, 2003 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
Bought in 1993 with 25,000 miles on
it. Ten years later with 202,000 miles
and it still runs great. Mostly just
regular maintenance, brakes, oil etc.
Cheap to fix and easy for do it
yourselfer. Fun to drive and it always
runs. Air still cold and never
serviced. Little if any rust and never
by ATM on Nov 7, 2003 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
This was the first car for my younger
brother, sister, and now me (im the
oldest), and the poor thing has been
through a LOT - 500+mi road trips, spin
outs (both intended and not). Great
reliability (no major break downs), but
at 156k miles, starting to show its
age, of course. Needs new shocks and
front disks, horn went out, replaced
exhaust system. Overall a great car!!!
by Leanne on Jun 1, 2002 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
Our Mazda has been extremely reliable
with basic maintenance (oil change,
replace timing belt etc.) We had to
replace the radiator at about 100K due
to insufficient maintenance. Replaced
the CV boot a couple of years ago.
Starting to have a little trouble with
the A/C blower -- but this is the first
time in 11 years. Minor oil leak.
175,000 miles and still going strong.
by MaxA on May 8, 2002 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
After 126,000 in 11 years, my Protege keeps on ticking. It has been such a
thrifty little car with no rust after living in snow a salt county for 10 years.
Here is what has gone wrong with the car in 11 years: Panasonic radio died
and was replaced completey free under warrantee, brake were repaced
twice, exhaust replaced twice, A/C compressor replaced. That is it along
with regular tune ups and oil changes. The car runs perfectly, not a single
squeek or thud has emerged over the miles. I am completely satisfied with
this well built econo-box and will buy another Mazda when the time comes.
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