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.
We have consistently gotten a 36 mpg average with mostly city driving. On long trips with lots of open road that goes to 40 mpg.
Considering that this is a very high mileage little economy car, with no major work ever done on the engine, I can't think of anything more I could ask from it. It really is a great car.
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.
Fun to drive... the car just zips around. The gas mileage is still fantastic too
None - American automakers and today's auto industry needs to make a car like the 1991 Mazda Protege DX again.
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
Reliability and gas mileage. More fun
to drive than most econoboxes.
Had to replace radiator a few times but
bought one with lifetime warranty so no
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!!!
It has surprisingly great performance,
stick shift is a blast to drive. Great
acceleration and handling - just point
Sturdier chassis and softer ride would
be nice. Awful blind spots in any rain -
all windows fog up.
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.