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1998 Mazda Protege Sedan - Consumer Reviews

1998 Mazda Protege Sedan

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Timex Tin Can
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By craig
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1998 Mazda Protege Sedan 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.


Best Features

Dependability, smooth running 4 cylinder


Worst Features

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 Sedan 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.


Best Features

CD player.


Worst Features

Noisy over 50mph


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


Review

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.


Best Features

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!


Worst Features

More sound insulation.


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Great Little Car
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By MikenLosangeles
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1998 Mazda Protege Sedan 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!


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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Protege ES '98
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By AS
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1998 Mazda Protege Sedan 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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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