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Excellent Car
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By Moe
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1996 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


Review

My Dad bought this car brand new and crashed it the same year - body damage only. He gave it to me in 2006 with 84k miles on. Runs excellent. Top marks for fuel efficiency. Nimble handling for a basic car. Tires hug the roads. Very roomy compared to the competition, about the same as my '94 Accord. Shifts very well. Get the five speed to the get the most out of the engine's power and economy. All in all, it is a great first car or a commuter car.


Best Features

Rather elegant design for its class. Very roomy. Excellent gas mileage. Nice and simple interior layout.


Worst Features

Slightly stronger build. More standard features.


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


Review

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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96 Protege DX 1.5L 5 speed manual 86K miles
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By Philly Pete
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1996 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


Review

Great economy sedan. Sips gas, lacks acceleration, good handling and braking. Car is severely underpowered, lacks many creature comforts. A/C works VERY well and the car gets me to and from work. It is pretty good on the highway, but in stop and go driving it is annoying because of the poor acceleration. Lightweight sedan is highly functional as a commuter car. I replaced the tires, brakes, and exhaust since 2003 and performed routine maintenance. That's it and it keeps going strong. I will continue to drive it for as long as possible because of the rising cost of gas.


Best Features

Fuel economy, spirited handling (once you get moving), light weight, 5 speed manual transmission gets the most out of tiny engine.


Worst Features

No interior trunk release is annoying.


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Mazda Protege 1996 DX
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By mazda owner
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1996 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


Review

Excellent vehicle with excellent fuel efficiency. I have a manual with 130K miles and still getting 38+ MPG. Exhaust manifold and alternator replaced in addition to routine maintenance. Simple car that continues be reliable and efficient.


Best Features

Fuel efficiency.


Worst Features

Safety features.


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Decent little car
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By 02Pro5
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1996 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


Review

I had the base model for 3 years and had very few problems with it. A few heat shields came loose due to rust, and the muffler and main exhaust pipe had to be replace. Also, within the months of owning it, I had problems with it stalling in wet or damp weather. I replaced the spark plug wires and distributor and also sprayed it with ignition protector, but the problem always seemed to come back. The 1.5 liter is underpowered, especially with the auto trans. Handling is decent (typical for a compact car), but road noise seemed a little high.


Best Features

Great on gas (averaged 30 mpg) CD player (which I installed) Fairly light car (improves handling/braking)


Worst Features

- Wish I had an interior trunk release - Larger base engine - Alloy wheels are UGLY


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