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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 (34 total reviews)

The engine will last forever

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege

I consider my 11 year old Protege to be young by Mazda standards with only 149,000 miles on it. My family owned a '91 Protege and drove it to 277,000 miles over the course of 8 years. The engine runs great and the car always starts in all weather. Manual transmission handles great in snow and ice, car is a bit unstable driving through deep mud and water. I get 37 MPG highway. Car is so little that it's not very comfortable on the highway. You feel every bump in the road and every wind gust. The body has lots of rust on it but the car lives in Minnesota. The suspension is giving out, likely due to rust. I love my little car but wish the suspension wasn't dead.

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Timex tin can

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege

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.

11 years and still a

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Vehicle: 1998 Mazda Protege

I have owned my Mazda for eleven years. Purchased it from the showroom floor. After 150k mi it is still running strong. I am still getting 34 mpg, that is fantastic! I am just bumped they no longer make these cars! I can only hope the Mazda 6 is as reliable as my trusty Protege has been!

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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