by MinnesotaCatWoman on Jul 7, 2010 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.
by Nadine on Nov 29, 2008 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!
by Slavik Melnik on Nov 4, 2008 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.
by Richard A. on Apr 17, 2008 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.
by iBlue on Nov 11, 2003 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
Anyway, I bought a Mazda later too.
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