Decent little car
By 02Pro5 on
1996 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan
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.
Great on gas (averaged 30 mpg) CD player (which I installed) Fairly light car (improves handling/braking)
- Wish I had an interior trunk release - Larger base engine - Alloy wheels are UGLY