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Mazda Protege Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 122 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/29 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.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (5 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Timex tin can

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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.




Reliable

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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.




Mike's protege

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

A sporty car under a sedan skin. ItÂ’s 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 loud. 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.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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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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