1997 Mazda Protege 1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Not bad but ...
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1997 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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By ricko on

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1997 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

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Actually, there are a ton of performance parts for the 1.5l LX which bring up the stock HP of 92 to closer to 150 or so, which is a huge improvement in such a small car. These upgrades can be done for less than a grand and drastidcally improve this car's performance without sacrificing the fuel economy too much (i have done said upgrades, and I get about 28 mpg overall, with a majority of highway driving)

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Affordable high performance parts for this car, including ACT clutch kits.

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I think Mazda has it right with the Mazdaspeed Protege. 170 hp and it gets 26 mpg or so, very nice though not quite as good as the Neon SRT-4. I am hoping that Mazdaspeed will get a Mazda 6 in their lineup in time for my next purchase, or I may just have to buy a RX-8 instead.
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