1996 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Mazda makes it good

1996 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Mazda makes it good
By JoshS. on


1996 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan


This mazda I bought at 48,000 miles back in 2001. The car has 85,000 miles on it now and still runs great, even without the standard 60,000 mile tune up. Oil changes been made, and brakes replaced, tires, fluids, etc.. Smooth ride for a compact class car, but if they would of added some cabin insulation it would be nice, but motor runs quiet at highway speeds and around town. It is a zoom zoom car, but if you have weight in the trunk, or people in the back seat, expect to floor it if you want to get up to freeway speed before merging.

Best Features

Good Automatic transmition, quiet engine, doesnt leak any fluids, Reliable, gas tank could be a little bigger, Low Fuel light doesn't work, Mazda wants $86 for labor, and $1.75 to replace bulb. :-/

Worst Features

Front cup holders near center console flawed design, CD stereo gets really hot when you take out CDs almost hot enough to burn you, Cruise control on steering wheel is almost impossible to see at night.
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