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Great long-term purchase
By abinva on 06/23/12 07:26 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

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!
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Mazda Protege Great Car
By JsyJack on 09/10/06 17:05 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

Great car, no major problems in the 10 years we've owned it. Would gladly buy another.
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Will be sad to see it go.
By Minnesota on 08/31/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Dependable daily drive
By teeter64 on 06/14/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

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 performance.
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dependable car
By BOBCAT on 08/23/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

very dependable. Comfortable seats for long drives. Excellent gas mileage. large trunk. Bought used, never had any major problems.
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need more improvement!
By c7edmundyoung on 08/21/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought the car two years ago from friend. It goods great, but after two months, lots of problems existed. Runs poorly when I went uphill, it need more power... brake run badly, and I also need to fix the engire after one year from my purchase. If you're going to choose Mazda Protege, I would suggest you to buy other cars like Honda. More reliability.
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Never choose this type of car!!
By Alice A on 08/21/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

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 $3500.(95k Mileage) 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 suggestion!!)
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Hey, it's a great little car
By 2young2retire on 07/26/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

At almost 151,000 miles it is still a very reliable car. The only things to fail were the EGR valve at 110,000 miles and the air conditioner condensor cooling fan at 140,000 miles. It just keeps going, and going and going. Doesn't even burn any oil.
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Mazda Protege '96
By jwardall on 04/08/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

I've owned 4 cars to date, and my mazda is the most fun and reliable one I've owned. Maintenance is low and very economical on gas.
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Ok in a pinch but don't by otherwise
By Morgan G on 03/09/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Review

Overall I have liked this car for the year that I have had it. When it comes to power the protege has none. With a 90 HP moter, the car does terribly on hills and when accelerating. The automatic transmission was really slow to down shift unless you really floored it. If power isn't your thing it might be a good car. Also the radio is really low and hard to see when driving. Go with a Honda
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