I purchased a 99 Protege DX (used for
only 5 months - repo'ed) in 1/00 for my
wife. I have had to invest no money in
this car other than for gas and oil.
No electrical problems, no mechanical
problems. Comfortable for our family
of four. Adequate acceleration for a
1.6 auto; don't expect to be pushed
back into your seat. Good fuel
economy - high 20s to low 30s in
mostly urban driving. Nice,
Could use more sound insulation, though.
I recently acquired a Montero for my
wife, and plan to use the Protege
myself - it'll make a good substitute
for my 96 VW Jetta money pit.
Solid 1.6L engine, good A/C,
comfortable interior, plenty of trunk
More sound insulation. We'll see how
they fare with the Protege's
substitute, the 2004 Mazda 3.