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!
smooth handling sun roof power windows power steering anti lock brakes heater/ac and seats lay ALL the way flat ;)
car needs better paint colors but other than that its just about perfect and seems to be affordable no matter where you look!
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!
Seat has a thigh lift that give me a few more inches of leg room. I stand at 6'3".
Faster power windows. Although they don't make them anymore.
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.
I have bought my Protege in December 99.
Some rusts problems, I had to change
exhausts, I have some problems with rear
breaks blocking during winter teime. A
good car overall, I recommend the
Protege, especially with 1.8l DOCH 16-valve.
I bought this car in 2000 with about
48,000 miles on it. I haven't worried
about it since. Aside from common
upkeep and maintanance, I've had to
replace the rotors/calipers and the
front axel. This is probably largely
due to the amount of salt that's used
here in the winter. The interior has
some issues. The A/C no longer works
and the temp. gauge is stuck near hot.
Overall, it's a great little car for
little money. Peppy engine and nice
handling. I like its performance more
than our 2001 corolla.
Peppy engine, very reliable, great gas
mileage for a 93 car.
A few annoyances with interior.
Exterior engine parts don't stand up
well against salt.