I bought my Protege DX over 2 years ago and have put nearly 40,000 miles on it. During that time the car has been extremely reliable. It has never failed to start and I've averaged between 31 and 36 mpg, to boot. Its has 148000 miles on it now and shows no signs of nearing the end of it's useful life.I'm very satisfied with it.
quiet competent ride for a small car; fuel economy; reliabilty
a little more power--maybe I should have bought an LX!