by abinva on Jun 23, 2012 Vehicle: 1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
I bought my Protege (automatic, not manual) new in 1996, and although one of the buttons on the factory stereo stopped working within one year, I haven't had any major trouble out of this car for most of its life (first actual breakdown occurred in 2010, and wasn't a major system). I am only just now looking to replace it! The ride is responsive and the suspension is nice and firm, and though the 80hp engine is pretty sluggish, that never really bothered me. A simple, practical, reliable vehicle! The one caution I would have is that it has burned through several "lifetime" mufflers, always in the same spot--probably a design flaw. Otherwise, can't complain!
by Minnesota on Aug 31, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
I am the original owner of my 5spd LX.
It just turned 200,000 miles last week
and has been an outstanding car. It
still runs great. It doesn't use any
oil and is just starting to rust. The
AC no longer works, but everything else
does. The mileage is still great too.
38mpg on the highway. If I could have
purchased a new one just like it, I
would have. I am probably going to go
back to driving a much bigger car, but
I sure will miss this one.
by teeter64 on Jun 14, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
Great gas mileage, very low
maintenence, and comfortable seats. I
was able to use 2 car seats at the same
time in the back seat. The metallic
blue still looks good at 8 years old.
At 92 hp, won't burn anyone at the
traffic light, but consistenly gets 34-
36 mpg. Factory stereo sounds pretty
good, but had to have it replaced
before warranty ran out, it was eating
tapes. A/C unit struggles on really hot
days. Get the ES if you want
by Alice A on Aug 21, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
I was regret after I bought this car.
The car looks great when you bought it.
But I spent $2000 on engine
maintainances when I bought the car for
Thus, consider any other brand of cars
rather than this one... or think twice
or three more time when you're going to
buy this car...(from honest
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