by craig on Feb 20, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan
The car has been very reliable as others have mentioned, however this is transportation at it's most basic level. This car is a noisy tin can on wheels. Radio must be cranked in order to overcome excessive road noise. Car lacks power even with the larger 1.8L engine and is really not that great on gas. I rarely take it on highways and my wife refuses to drive it at all because of the "Tin Can" feel. With that said, it is a reliable beater for local commutes but would not take this car on long trips.
by Mirko on May 13, 2006 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan
Bought it new. Now have 180k (yes, miles!) on it. Only oil changes (sometimes I forgot to do it). Replaced clutch plate twice (it is manual shift). Engine light goes on in wet weather from day one. Nobody knows why. Excellent, reliable small car. My two teenagers mastered stick-shift on it and it survived. Will highly recommend. Changed brake pads only twice.
by MikeMcG on Aug 29, 2002 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan
A sporty car under a sedan skin.
Its big enough in the back for 2
child car seats with room for a third
to squeeze in too.
It gets a little noisy inside at high
speeds so be sure to turn the radio up
After 77,000 miles not a bit of
trouble. In fact, I wound it to the
red line through 4 gears coming off a
stop light just the other day.