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Great long-term purchase
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By abinva
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1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

Front seat has lots of space for its size/class. The trunk is huge! It handles nicely on turns, not a lot of lean/sway. Good steering/handling if I have to make a fast dodge.


Worst Features

The seatbelts lock up way too easily and tend to go "boa constrictor" on larger people. The back-seat belts are also hard for my kids to latch because the receptor ends tend to slip under their booster seats. Hopefully the seat belts improved in later models! The problems I have had to fix have been muffler replacement (every 4-5 years, even on "lifetime" mufflers); mysteriously fouled spark plug wires (1x); and the a/c compressor (which is belted with the drivetrain so the car won't run if it's not fixed).


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Mazda Protege Great Car
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By JsyJack
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1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


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Great car, no major problems in the 10 years we've owned it. Would gladly buy another.


Best Features

Overall economy & above average reliability.


Worst Features

Enhance the air conditioning.


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Will be sad to see it go.
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By Minnesota
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1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

The spacious interior, quiet ride, good handling, excellent mileage and the outstanding reliability.


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Dependable daily drive
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By teeter64
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1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Gas mileage, low maintenence, good size interior.


Worst Features

ES motor in the LX version, better A/C unit.


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dependable car
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By BOBCAT
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1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


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very dependable. Comfortable seats for long drives. Excellent gas mileage. large trunk. Bought used, never had any major problems.


Best Features

gas mileage, depenability, large trunk


Worst Features

oil change accessability


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