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1998 Mazda Protege

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Mike's Protege
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By MikeMcG
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1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan


Review

A sporty car under a sedan skin. Itís 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.


Favorite Features

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!


Suggested Improvements

More sound insulation.


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Timex Tin Can
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By craig
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1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Dependability, smooth running 4 cylinder


Suggested Improvements

Improve body panels and insulation. Improve power and gas mileage. Improve interior material quality.


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Reliable
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By Mirko
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1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan


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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.


Favorite Features

CD player.


Suggested Improvements

Noisy over 50mph


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Protege ES '98
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By AS
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Vehicle

1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan


Review

The best experience ever. Roomy small car, which runs like new with over 47000 Miles. Car just feels as a "solid rock" every time I get inside.


Favorite Features

Gear shifter feel is the best. Head lights provide great visibility at night. Suspension is super. Comfortable rear seats.


Suggested Improvements

Carpeting should be better. (use 1989 nissan 240 asa an example) The place where you check oil level should be located above AC pipes for easy reach.


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Great Little Car
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By MikenLosangeles
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1998 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan


Review

I did maticulous research for my very 1st car, and all leading magazines pointed to the Mazda Protege. I found the "ES" version much more appointing than the other trim lines; Plus it had a larger engine. It's been very reliable. I really enjoy this car; i slapped on a bra on the car; and it looks 100% better; some don't recognize my car without it!


Favorite Features

Great radio/CD system. interior and trunk space. Intrument display. Turning radius. 4-wheel disk brakes. seat comfort.


Suggested Improvements

More pep please; the automatic sucks out most of it's pep. Automatic transmission is a bit sluggish; sometimes it can't decide to shift up or down. the alloy wheels can be a pain to clean; many spokes. fuel economy could be a bit better.


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