1996 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: My first car
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1996 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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My first car
By Christina on

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1996 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan

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First I would like to say, this is just my experience with this car. Most of the comments hear are pretty good and I think I just got "the bad one". My mother purchased this car for me as a graduation present in 2004. We bought it @ an auction and paid about $2000 with a little over 100k miles. The engine was replace in 2006 and it seemed to be fine. But as time went on I start experiencing unresolved electrical problems, computer problems, and altenator problems. I later found out that the "new engine" was damaged and the odometer was set back. Current its @ 160k (really about 190k), stills runs but on its last leg. We've spent thousands of $$ in repairs. Good car, just do research b4 u buy

Best Features

Has excellent gas milage, roomy back seats for a compact car, A/C works great.

Worst Features

Poor acceleration, cheap interior, uncomfortable seats.
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