by keyframe on Feb 3, 2010 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
Fantastic car for a purist. Well-balanced. Has the most wonderful steering feel ever. Reliable. Doesn't rust as much as my other car--the 1996 Honda Accord. 8.5 secords to 60 mph, .8g skidpad with stock tires, 16.9 seconds to quarter mile... but oh, how heavenly does it corner. I even prefer its engine sound to the newer Proteges. 30 MPG highway.
by Regretful on Aug 30, 2008 Vehicle: 1991 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
I really loved this car -- it was my first new car. I loved its performance, it was great on mileage, lots of room, well designed ergonomically. My experience with this car is that these cars are built to perform, but not to last. My story: the car started to burn oil at 45,000 miles and the issue was a valve problem following a $1200 valve job (thankfully the extended warranty covered it sans a $200 deductible) then 2000 miles more and another valve job (same $), it still burned oil. Fed up, I decided to dump the car for an Acura Integra which I'm still driving at 150,000 miles.
I traded my beloved Emerald Mica 5-speed 2000 Protege ES on the car. The Protege, which I owned for 91,100 miles since purchased new in May 2000, was a highly enjoyable, entertaining, sporty, and -- ...