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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The most reliable/most boring car ever.
By J. Victor on 11/24/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Best car I've ever had
By tamonet on 09/20/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Superior Ride
By tennesseejed on 02/14/10 18:25 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

I have owned my Protege for almost 3 years and have very much enjoyed the experience! It now has 162k and everything, including the power windows and moonroof, is still working well.
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Would not buy another one
By ronbchamp on 12/07/08 11:39 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

This car has not been too bad overall but it has had some issues with idling which have never been resolved. It's a problem in the cold climate of Canada. When it gets very cold it cranks really slow then floods. The CD player is junk - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The rocker panels rust almost as fast as a GM or Ford. Maybe because Mazda is now owned by Ford and is no longer a true import. Buy a Toyota and you won't see that kind of rust on it so fast and they start easy at even minus 40 deg F.
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Some work, but very reliable
By satisfied owner on 08/30/08 15:25 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

Been very happy. Did all my own work, and yes, had to replace things, but to be expected with 210,000 kms. I find the car takes care of you if you take care of it. Brakes, battery, intake manifold gasket, alternator, engine mounts (front and back), as well as transmission pulse generator, front exhaust pipe, radiator were needed repairs. Regular maintenance (i.e., timing belt, even oil pan gasket, and trans gasket/filter) relatively easy for mechanical types. Apart from a bit of a combustion chamber carbon-buildup issue (think it is a flaky EGR valve), it is running beautifully, hitting 35 MPG on a recent trip.
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Lots of Car for Little Cash
By MM on 02/26/06 04:59 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

Picked up a used 99 ES in the local paper with 74k on it. This car is unreal for the money. A much better value than Civic, Corolla or Sentra. The ES model with its 122hp and 15in wheels sometimes make you for get that this is an econobox. Build quality and materials are 1st rate. Eight years on the road and the car is still tighter than many new cars.
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good reliable car
By dessert fysh on 02/06/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

105000 miles on it and still drives like new. When replacing the timing belt you must replace the tensioner as well because the spring that pulls on the tensioner carves a groove through it with the of the engine vibrations. Also most auto parts store do not have the correct tensioner for the ES model. I had to buy mine online and searched for the 2.0 liter 2000 model to get the correct tensioner. Go figure??
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Great car overall
By joep9536 on 10/09/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased new in '99 and have had little troubles since then. The car now has 95,000 miles on it and drives like new. I have never got as good of gas mpg as i would have hoped for this little car, but it's ok. The catalytic converter went out at around 70k, the power door locks and the cd player also both went out at arount the same time. I was lucky enough to have purchased the extended warranty to 100k, so I paid for none of the repairs. It's a nice little car to run around town in. On the highway it's not as comfortabel as i would have liked.
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Still a great car!
By LeiInSeattle on 06/26/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car brand new after graduation from college back in May, 1999. ES model I added powered sunroof. When I drove out of the dealer room, it's only 13 miles on its odometer, now it's almost 47000 miles. So far I had 3 problems, first happened in Twin Cities, MN in 2000, check sign was always on falsely, esp. during rainy and damp days, finally fixed it after several trips; Next happened in 2002 CD player didn't work, probably due to some scrached CD effect, changed a new player and another to make it work again. Both of above were under warranty. So I didn't pay a buck at all.
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Watch out for Mazda Protege Transmission
By Alicia60 on 03/24/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased this car new, ran great until just after warranty expired, then had one problem after another from O2 sensor, catalytic converter, and finally when out of warranty, transmission sensor went, and Schwartz Mazda in NJ misdiagnosed and repaired with a rebuilt trans. After 3 more visits, still having the same syptoms that originally brought me to the bring in the car, spedometer drop out, o/d off light flashing, and car revviing out of control, they finally replaced the speed sensor on the transmission. This is after a $2000 transmission. Let the buyer beware, when your 50k warranty runs out you are on your own.
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