Best value around
By A. Tutter on
1993 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
Bought used in 1996 with 54,000 miles. Now have 132,000. Only major problems have been the front axles (one replaced under warranty, the other was out of warranty and cost $300), the radiator ($400), and a component of the ignition system ($200). Definitely not bad for six years and 78,000 miles of use! Another point: the proteges seem to be much more rust-resistant than some other Japanese cars of the same age...
Responsiveness, seating position/visibility, reliability, gas mileage.
Wind noise at highway speeds, seats could be more supportive, suspension could be firmer (ride is a bit soft).