By jmcali on
1994 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
I bought this car used and have had it for over 3 years; overall it's been a good commuter car. I would recommend, however, a manual transmission. I had to rebuild/replace my automatic twice within the first two years (over $2000 in repair) and it is needing work a third time. I was told by both mechanics that these cars tend to be given very poor automatic transmissions and that the Mazdas with manuals do much better. Expected at its age, I have had other minor repairs needed, but this was the only major issue.
Engine is great -- absolutely no trouble. Decent gas mileage too, anywhere between 27 and 30 mpg.