Would not buy another one
By ronbchamp on
1999 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan
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.
I like the fact that it doesn't have ABS brakes.
The rear interior door panels seemed to have warped in the sun and are sticking up and out. The door rubbers are lousy. How about a P/S pump that is not so noisy. It sounds like its out of fluid all the time.