1996 Mazda Protege 1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Shoulda been better!
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1996 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Shoulda been better!
By knuckleballhq on

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1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

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Warranty work included changing both front wheel bearings, a tape-cooking radio with another one that did likewise, and then the fun started. Bearings went in the alternator, A/C compressor, and the MAIN BEARINGS in the engine! I'm kind of a geezer who doesn't beat on cars by any stretch, but this car should not have been losing its bearings from birth.

Favorite Features

Ate bumps like popcorn, held corners like a child hugs legs, an abundance of giddyup for a 4-door family unit.

Suggested Improvements

Bearings!!! And if a cassette player says right in the manual not to leave tapes in it because they'll fry, that unit isn't worth having at all. I actually read the book and STILL toasted my music! Mazda engineers: Figure out how Honda does it and do that.
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