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'92 Mazda Protege
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By Mazda4ever
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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Gotta Love Mazda. Had 2 proteges one a 93 and a 92. Both were great and very sporty manuals. Fun to drive. The 93 was a LX with sunroof which i loved to death. Power everything. The 92 model is a DX. I wrecked it in November 09 but i'm working on getting that fixed VERY soon cuz its my baby. It did have a minor oil leak which i assumed was from old age and almost 300000 miles mostly interstate since i travel back and forth from college. The man my mom bought it from said he had a lot of motor/engine work done to it so its really not that many miles on it. Very good buy for a small car and first time driver. No major problems that couldn't be fixed in less than an hr.


Favorite Features

Sportiness. Speed. Very nimble and easy to park basically anywhere. Easy to clutch.


Suggested Improvements

taller/better gear raios. I run abt 35k rpms in 5th gear @ 70mphh. More cupholders would have been nice. Couple of more ponies would have been nice too!!!


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Super Reliable
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By Super reliable
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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This was my starter car--my first big purchase--but has been so ultra- reliable, fun to drive and easy to park in the city that I've never sold it. I put gas in it, change the oil and that's about it--very low maintenance car. In 13 years I have replaced the muffler, radiator and brakes, but am still on the first clutch. It is the most amazing little car and I will hate to have to say goodbye when the time comes. Though my mechanic says it looks good for at least another 60K.


Favorite Features

It is the perfect zip around town car-- small, nimble and easy to park (because of its length). But there's still plenty of room for two bikes in the back with the back seat folded down. This is not a flashy car--it has AC and a cassette player and not much else, but that also means less to break.


Suggested Improvements

Bring back the Protege!!!


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Nickle-and-Diming Me to Death
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By ldpitman
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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The PLASTIC radiator blew up three summers ago (2001); I have had nothing but problems since then--I've since replaced the radiator, head gasket (twice, I think) timing belt (expected...once... I've had to replace it twice in less than two years. No one can figure out why it keeps shredding/coming off.), water pump, thermostat, A/C switch and housing, compressor, etc. I CAN'T WAIT 'til I can afford to get another NEW car. I plan to never buy Mazda again, nor an older used car, even though this one was only 6.5 years old when I bought it, with 57K miles. It's now at only 107K miles.


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Still going
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By mp_nj
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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As the original owner, this car has been very reliable for the past 12+ years. It stalled once around 60k miles, and ended up replacing the tie rods. Besides that, there hasnít been any other major problem. Earlier this year the car passed 170k miles, and I see no reason to replace it.


Favorite Features

Reliabile and fun to drive.


Suggested Improvements

Road noise, original stereo system.


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Great for starters, not for mothers...
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By lucky_me
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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This car has been a great one for the 5 years I owned it. It is a great car for small comutes and it will make a fun to drive car for high school students. This car had never let me down.


Favorite Features

Gas milege is my favorite feature. The car is easy to maneuver. If you are the "led foot" type, then you'll be the first to take off at a light.


Suggested Improvements

Power seats: I am a short person, therefore the lack of power seats made it uncomfortable for me. I had to use a pillow on the driver's seat for as long as I had this car.


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I really love this little car.
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By SWMBO
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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I beat this car mercilessly with a daily commute to work of over 100 miles and frequent travel across the mid- Atlantic region. Other than normal wear and tear repairs (windshields, tires, struts, an axle) to be expected from traveling at high speeds on less- than-ideal roads, the only thing I had to replace was exhaust components. My mechanic says this is the one design flaw in this vehicle.


Favorite Features

It likes to move. It takes off and gets up to speed in no time at all. You have to keep an eye on the speedometer or before you know it, you're going about 90 mph.


Suggested Improvements

If I could do it all over again, I would have gotten the LX. Lack of power windows and power locks is annoying. Seats aren't terribly comfortable - I need a lumbar pillow.


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Very Basic Reliable transpotation
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By rlin78
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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Gets you from point A to Point B. I have had to replace the clutch, the whole exhaust, CV joints, radiator. So the whole cost of ownership is not too low either. But it has never let me down, starts in 30 below weather without being driven for over 30 days at a time. the automatic seatbelt starts to beep on mine as well, and the paint in the trunk peeled as well, seems like a very common thing for this car over 11 years. Things seems to start to break apart, and the handling starts to worry me, so I am selling the car. Decent resale values too. the car also has a leaky gasket, so a little oil leak on the engine


Favorite Features

Gas milege, I have the same experience as others getting as high as 36+ mpg with AC on. Reliable, never left me down or stranded on the road, and the private map lights are one the the best.


Suggested Improvements

Bigger engine but same gas mileage, better sound insulation, more comfortable seats.


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a-1 value
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By whalebone
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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best car i've owned in terms of reliability/value. haven't put a dime into it outside of a catalytic converter and your run of the mill maintenance (battery and brakes). 12 years and still going... a/c is getting a little weak---needs recharging. but heck, this is like an old friend, who is getting old. driven hard and starting to get the old creaks and rattles.


Favorite Features

39mpg; stick is fun to drive;


Suggested Improvements

rear seating area is way too cramped---good for small kids; seats could be a little more supportive


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Flawless
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By MetallicAzN
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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Definitely one of the best cars ever made. I have 436,000 kms on it, and it still hasn't given me problems!


Favorite Features

Engine and everything else


Suggested Improvements

Power please...


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great car!
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By Mazdaman
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1992 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


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This was my first new car, with a $2500 rebate, it only cost me $9200. I drove it like mad for 7 years and 135k. It never used a drop of oil (synthetic from 30k on) and all I changed were spark plugs, tires and fluids. I got 38mpg on the highway. Fold-down rear seat fit all my snowbard gear. The problems were minor: Paint (Tropical Green) that chipped far too easily (dealer said it was stone chips...On the trunk!?). Those damned automatic belts! The seatbelt warning started going off at random times- I am always belted. Someone got a gem when I traded for a Dodge Ram 4x4.


Favorite Features

Handling, reliability, fuel mileage, roominess, utility.


Suggested Improvements

Get rid of automatic seatbelts! Better (green) paint.


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