1997 Mazda Protege 1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Sucks swamp water
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1997 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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By JustMe on

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1997 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

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Interior dome light has never worked (Dealer couldn't fix) Power windows track broken at 70K, but I only open the window once a month. Power window switch broken at 70K. No one every uses it. How could it wear out? Internal Engine noise when cold at 90K, charged $1,300 for repair. Problem returned in a week later. Now dealer reports to me that it isn't worth fixing. If I fail to use high test gas, valves ping. Tech's recommendation - "Use the good stuff". So, I used the good stuff and then this reportedly destroyed the catalytic converter (Another $800.00) 6 model years old and the blower motor going bad. One thing after another..

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I did manage to get 70,000 miles on the original tires.

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The car is underpowered. The car is unreliable over the long haul.
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