by J-Wall on Oct 13, 2010 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
This is my first car and doesn't look so hot on the outside. For a guy that's 6'5'' and 200 lbs it isn't the v8 truck i was hoping for. But this car handles well and somehow i fit in it everyday. Its fun to drive and it races well (surprisingly) the color looks like faded puke and the ac totally went out last winter (which means heater too) but other than self maintenance on that and the usual stuff this thing has packed 7 people in it at one time, helped us move from one house to another, and gets me into trouble because its so light weight and the rwd makes it easier to drift around corners ;) also the trunk fits an air tight box that has two 12' sub woofers. GREAT car and I'm going to keep it!
by tjsd on Dec 12, 2008 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
I bought my car in June of 1993. Was my first brand new car. Had the recommended maintainence. In the 15 yrs. I've had it never and any major repairs on it that I had to pay out of pocket. I have drove it from NY to WA to CA replaced the clutch 3 times first time at over 100k. I keep it clean and have kept all maint. record since owning it. I paid it off in 1997 and 10 yrs of no payments is very nice. Plan on keeping it for quite some time. My one complaint about it is that the power windows are on the slow side and is in need od a new driverside window unit. She still looks great at 15 yrs old!
by grover738 on Mar 28, 2004 Vehicle: 1993 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
Bought for only $2850 from auto
auction with 61,000 miles in 1998. Now
have 111,000. I've replaced brakes,
battery, tires, both CV joints,
exhaust system, air intake hose. Only
CV joints and intake were "non
consumables". I've never been
stranded by the car. Very happy with
1.8L DOHC engine, 30 mpg and fun to
rev. Clutch is original.
Bad: both CV joints failed, one at
105k and the other at 110k. Air intake
hose cracked and went at 100k. Rear
doors now "stiff" to close. Sways more
than it should in corners. No ABS, no
Good: Reliable, economical, roomier
than it looks.