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1999 Mazda Protege Sedan


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Mazda Protege Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 105 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/31 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Mazda Protege

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    A worthwhile alternative to the Honda Civic.

  • Cons

    Only comes in sedan form (no coupe or hatchback model).

  • What's New for 1999

    The Protege gets an extensive makeover for '99 that includes new exterior and interior styling, a more powerful engine lineup, additional…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (51 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The most reliable/most boring car

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Vehicle: 1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

I've owned and driven this car going into my 3rd Michigan winter, and aside from routine oil changes and brake maintanence, have had ZERO problems with this car. It's been a rock solid little go-kart. It's also totally boring. I might think higher of it with a splash of color (as mine is silver with grey interior), and it has no fun toys to speak of (typical PW/PL/cruise) but I can count on it to run and run well. Engine still has some 'zoomzoom' even after 170K miles. Very impressed with this thing's longevity.

Best car i've ever had

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Vehicle: 1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Bought it new in 2000, only repairs have been new brakes, alternator, battery and rocker arm. I've only put 90,000 miles on it, luckily, but it just keeps on running. Gas mileage has consistently been 27-28. It's a little loud on the freeway, but not bad for an inexpensive small car. Only disappointment has been the radio.

Stylish, fun to drive daily

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Vehicle: 1999 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan

Background: My parents bought the car in 1999 and I got ownership by mid- 2005. The car is still doing well but starting to show its age. Despite being intended as an economical vehicle with great mileage, it looks beautiful in green and has above average handling for its class, making driving a more enjoyable experience. The fun is enhanced by its features such as cruise control. Driving on hilly roads can be a bit of issue due to small engine but it was a needed sacrifice for better mileage. Reliability is rather average as the car needed some costly repairs during these eleven years.

Gas Mileage


  • 25
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  • 31
  • highway
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Full 1999 Mazda Protege Review

What's New for 1999

The Protege gets an extensive makeover for '99 that includes new exterior and interior styling, a more powerful engine lineup, additional luxury options and five new colors.

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I have a 1999 Mazda Protege DX that has error codes PO731 and PO732. The car starts out running great but 3 blocks in and the o/d light starts flashing and the car seems to stick in 3rd gear. If I onl...

Hello everyone. Obviously, I'm very new here, and I'm not a car savvy person. I am just wondering if anyone could share his/her opinion on how much the value of my 1999 Mazda Protege ES is. The mileag...

However, I think it's important not to over-generalize. You have a sample size there of 1. Generalizing to the entire population of Mazdas, or even Mazda Proteges, based on your one car is a mistake. ...


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