This Protege got me out of a bind and lasted me 3 years and 40,000 miles. The car ran (and still runs) great. If not for recent suspension and clutch problems, I would drive it until it died. As it is, 3 years, 400 bucks, 40,000 miles, 200 bucks in repairs (passenger side front axle) and it is still going. Beware of some electrical problems that can spring up. My horn button went out, and needed replaced (8 bucks and an hour of work) and my interior lights are on the fritz. It's a 15 year old car, and will be a GOOD 15 year old car.
I bought this car at 9 years old with
74,000 miles on it, and what a Great
Buy! I had alot of fun in this car.
Of course I had to do some routine
maintanence, had the tranny rebuilt,
and brakes replaced. It died at 12
years old, and a piece of me died as
well. I loved this car!
I loved the sun roof and how the car
was very manuverable, and zippy.
bigger trunk? I really do not have any
complaints about this car.
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.
In the 80's, Mazda offered the GLC:
Great Little Car. But my '91 Protege
has that one beat! I've driven it for
12 years/168,000 miles. Yes, it's
needed some major repairs (manual
xmission, brakes, head gasket), but
nothing else has gone wrong with it.
And, it's more fun to drive than many
so-called "sports" cars. Great
handling; wonderful sounding engine.
Fairly comfy seats. Good ergonomics.
Can't beat it!
The DOHC engine, above all: sweet-
sounding; responsive above 2,500 rpm;
reliable as the day is long.
The manual transmission and shift
linkage: solid, positive, easy.
A little more low-end grunt, if you
please. Engine comes on strongly above
2,500 rpm, but has little pull below