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1998 Mazda Protege Sedan

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Mazda Protege Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 92 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 26/33 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Mazda Protege

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Zingy powertrain, despite lackluster performance data. Large inside. Fun to drive.

  • Cons

    Average crash scores. No de-powered airbags.

  • What's New for 1998

    A CD player is standard on ES and LX. It also comes on DX models equipped with an option package.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 26
  • cty
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  • 33
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



The engine will last forever

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan

I consider my 11 year old Protege to be young by Mazda standards with only 149,000 miles on it. My family owned a '91 Protege and drove it to 277,000 miles over the course of 8 years. The engine runs great and the car always starts in all weather. Manual transmission handles great in snow and ice, car is a bit unstable driving through deep mud and water. I get 37 MPG highway. Car is so little that it's not very comfortable on the highway. You feel every bump in the road and every wind gust. The body has lots of rust on it but the car lives in Minnesota. The suspension is giving out, likely due to rust. I love my little car but wish the suspension wasn't dead.




11 years and still a

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan

I have owned my Mazda for eleven years. Purchased it from the showroom floor. After 150k mi it is still running strong. I am still getting 34 mpg, that is fantastic! I am just bumped they no longer make these cars! I can only hope the Mazda 6 is as reliable as my trusty Protege has been!




Protege

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan

Had this car for over 2 years. Put many miles on it, but now its leaking oil and a bunch of other problems. I needed to replace the serpentine belt 3 times in 2 years. Had to replace the battery once too. Don't buy this car if it's got more than 150,000 miles on it. Everything seems to go wrong with it when it reaches that mark.




10 years and still delivering

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan

Bought the car new in 1998. Outside of normal maintenance, the car has been a joy to own. Since the car is ten years old, when I'm in the market for a new car, I will revisit Mazda first, as I like many of the newer cars.




Mazda

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan

At 140,00 miles only the preventative timing belt and front brakes have been replaced.




Sweet car

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan

My wife drives this car. She loves it since day one. It's as sweet as her. Everything runs great so far and she praises it more than me:( As the passenger (sometimes), I would like to complaint its comfortness. But I am not sure the discomfort is caused by the car design or my wife 's poor driving skills/habits... Anyway, I bought a Mazda later too.



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Full 1998 Mazda Protege Review

What's New for 1998

A CD player is standard on ES and LX. It also comes on DX models equipped with an option package.

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Talk About The 1998 Protege

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andy_cummins
andy_cummins
01-25-2005
I have a Mazda protege 1998. I bought it when it had 40 K on it. Following are the things I took care of when my vehicle was close to 45 K. I changed the transmission fluid and the tires. At around 58...


carguy58
carguy58
06-11-2003
2002+ Get young people attracted to Mazda. Done that with the Protege 5. I have to Mazda kudo's for actually marketing a product right: The Pro 5 is getting buyers of all ages in there and the young p...


hkchan
hkchan
04-20-2001
It only goes up to 1998. For the 1998 Protege and 626, it lists the replacement schedule for both the 1.5L, 1.8L and 2.0L (626) as 60,000 miles but 105,000 miles for California. Is that consistent w...



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