1997 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Poor, Putzy, Protege
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1997 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Poor, Putzy, Protege
By sidewallsteve on

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1997 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

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I've owned this car for over 5 years and had only 1 small issue before 80,000. In the last 8 months, over $2K in repairs. O2 sensor, cat. converter, distributor, 2 exhaust manifolds, and the list goes on. Very underpowered. Decent fuel economy with auto, 30-34. Seat makes my back ache. Some rusting at the seams. Bland exterior styling. Inside is nice. Good car overall, until the repairs started. Hope it can hold out for another 1-2 years. Would buy a new one but sell it by 80,000. My next mazda will be a gsl-se.

Favorite Features

Interior styling and build quality for a compact car. Folding rear seats. Good heater.

Suggested Improvements

Better quality build. Increased power with better fuel economy. Louder horn. More agressive styling, like the 2001's. 9004 headlights insted of expensive 9003's. 4 wheel discs on all models. Roomier engine compartment. Thicker carpet. Cheaper prices on parts. Painted mirrors.
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