Poor, Putzy, Protege
By sidewallsteve on
1997 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan
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.
Interior styling and build quality for
a compact car. Folding rear seats. Good
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.