This is my first car. I inherited it from my dad. I absolutely love this car. If you take care of it, it will take care of you! I have an ES trim, with the bigger engine and alloys. The ES trim is a must. My car currently has 192,000 miles on it, and It will not die anytime soon.
Moonroof, suspension, amazing engine (ES models have the same engine of a 1995 Miata), supportive seats, fun to drive.
Needs a 6th gear for the sake of fuel economy. Exhaust header pipes break routinely, and the interior plastic panels have rattled from day 1.
I bought it new and still have it. Do not plan to sell it, i shall paint it and keep it forever. Great little car, mine is a stickshift, a little close the gear ratios, but is is fun driving on twisty roads. Extremely comfy, very good abs brakes, discs all around. No complaints whatsoever.
Engine, suspension, brakes, seats
Wider gearbox ratios or adding sixth gear with a 0.50 Ratio to save gas. It does not even get you 20 mph per 1000 revs on 5th gear.
I loved this car! Bought it from my
cousin at 60,000 miles. Drove it for 8
months and crashed it (great testement
to the power in this little engine). I
was devastated. A little weak on low-
end power coming out of dead stops.
But driving and passing in the fast
lane is a breeze. Plenty of trunk
space. No weird noises, smells or
vibrations coming from under the hood
or anywhere else. I had a 5sp manual
and loved it. Totally solid piece of
machinery. Looked for another Protege
to replace it.
Great fun to drive. Zippy for a little
car. Very reliable.
Not too much to suggest in the way of
It's a 95. I bought it in May 2000. At
that time, it had 97k miles. I was
kind of worried about the maintenance
cost that would hit me in the future.
I had no major problems with the car.
Only replaced the battery and the rear
muffler in two years period.
ES is a higher end car than LX or DX,
has more features and horses. I am
really satisfied with the performance
of this car. Planning to keep it for
another two years.
1.8 Liter engine is powerful enough.
Lots of luxury features. Reliable...