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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

  Average Consumer Rating (19 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Worst car i ever owned

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

This is the worst car I have ever owned. The front end vibrated all the time, and no mechanic could figure out why. It idled rough and couldn't be fixed. The front brake pads needed to be replaced every 10,000 to 20,000 miles. The transmission stuck and when it did finally shift, it really jolted me. One of the four engine cylinders was low in pressure. The car had too small of an engine for the size of the car. All of this was from the beginning of ownership. It had only 40 miles on it when I bought it in Dec, 1998. I think I got a lemon.




Protege review

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

It is ok for a little car but the transmission starts to slow down after 98000 miles on the car.




Mazda protege review

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

This has been a nice car for a high school grad. Very safe and easy to maintain car. It has all the features and the compact size is the winner.




I love my mazda

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

I bought my protege with 109k. I love my car and I am upgrading the motor to the larger motor found in the ES version, same motor as in the miata. This vehicle is still strong and loving everything i throw at it, has 143k on it now!




Happy owner

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

I am the original owner of my Mazda, had the vehicle now for 8 years; it has only 82,000 miles. For a compact vehicle it has a lot of leg and head room, it drives and handles well great gas mileage. It's been trouble free except for the normal wear and tear. This is my third Mazda, best vehicle I ever purchased!




Happy owner

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

I purchased my Mazda brand new; it had only 10 miles when I drove it off the lot. One of the best cars I've owned, great gas mileage, fun car to drive, low maintenance just the normal wear & tear. The down side is needs more power especially on the automatic 1.5 liter engine. Still own the car it has only 82,000 miles!



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

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 26
  • cty
/
  • 33
  • highway
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