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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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Just won't die

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda Protege

Best reliable car I 've ever bought . After 17 years, car runs strong. I drive 120 miles daily average. Everything works. Mpg @33mpg. Mayor repairs: timing belt/ radiator change / front axles. Minor: Upstream O2 sensor / EGR valve clean up. Car easy to repair. Done it myself except timing belt. Total $ amount of repairs + tires= $4,300. Walmart brand synthetic oil keeps this car well lubed all these years.


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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda Protege

Just bought this 97 Mazda protege today from a friends dad for 700 bucks it runs good has a lot of pep to it has 309K on it but it feels like it has twice that still left in it compared to my dads Geo Prizm the previous owner didnt baby this car but didnt take it easy either the car has a few minor issues but I would trust it to go any where it is an LX with the sunroof and cd player/cassette power windows I really like it I bought it to save on gas and it does that well plan on having it for as long as it holds together

Great fuel economy and reliable

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda Protege

Simply the best little car you could ask for. 5 speed shifts great, has sporty handling, has been super reliable (only a water pump in 5 years). Best gas mileage of any small car of its vintage with the 1.5L engine. Great for short trips but seating is not comfortable for me or the kids. Good layout of controls (It's a Mazda). No A/C and the car is super hot in summer due to non-tinted glass. Ours has manual windows but no problems with interior hardware to date. Everything still works. Engine was been great, passes emission test every 2 years. Not good in snow due to low sports-car like ground clearance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Still going after 15 years

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda Protege

OK, so this is not a sexy looking car with super electronics. But, it is still going strong after 15 years, gets good mpg, and does not cost a lot to own/maintain. It's not comfortable enough for long hauls, but I only use it for short, around town trips, so it meets my needs. Paint is still holding up, as is the upholstry. Water pump replacement is about the most major repair the car has had.

'97 mazda protege lx

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda Protege

One owner, regular maintenance,timing chain replaced at 85,000, new tires, 90,000+ miles, exterior white paint flaws.

Still going as new

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda Protege

Bought it with 28,000 miles in Jan 98. Replaced battery and brakes. NO problem at all. It has automatic but never fail. I'll buy another when it quits some year.

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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Gas Mileage


  • 26
  • cty
  • 33
  • highway
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