This car drives beautifully. My friend
just got a new Accord and he still
prefers to drive my car because of the
smooth transmission. Great sound
system. Nice design inside and out.
And while it drives smoothly, when I'm
in a pinch and need to move, I push
that pedal down and it surprises me.
Good for driving comfortably or
tearing through traffic like a nut.
This car is so much more than I
Beautiful, Reliable, Great sound
system, Smooth Transmission, Great gas
Cruise control would be nice. Maybe
cup holders in the back.
I bought the Protege after driving most
of the competition (Corolla, Civic,
Sentra). The Mazda felt tighter,
handled better and had better brakes.
It has been reliable to a fault. I now
have almost 40k on the car and it is
still running good. I had to put new
pads front and back recently and
replaced the tires. The 16" Dunlops
are next to impossible to find, so I
upgraded one size to 205/55/16
Fulda's. The car rides a bit better on
The only faults are that with the wide
16" wheels, it can be a terror to drive
in the snow and the gas mileage could
be better (25 to 28 typical with
Styling, handling, braking. Good low
end torque with 2 liter engine. Seats
Gas mileage isn't great. Oil filter
is a pain to get to. Car is a little
loud on the expressway, but tolerable
(when compared to my wife's Accord EX)
Had to buy brake pads from Dealer
because nobody carries pads for the 4
wheel disc brake ES model, Ouch!
Fun to drive, well made car with
vroom , thats less than $15k.
Get the 5 speed, very smooth.
The handling on this car is excellent,
better than many sports sedans selling
The fit finish/reliability is better
than any JapanMexOhiocan from Honda,
Nissan or Toyota. Lets face it, how
many older 1's of those do u see out
You still see many older Protege's
though, still made in Hiroshima by
workers whos average tenure with the
company is 21 years!
The only downside to the car is resale
value, but if u want a great car, that
u can beat on trouble-free for 100k+
miles, this is the car.
Handling, 5 speed is silky smooth,