I love my Protege I bought it for 3500 and it was worth it, I though it would have problems after so many miles but to this date I have only replaced the fan belts. It really could use a 6th gear, but over all I love my car! Great air condition the only little problem it has is where the clock is the numbers fade.
Sun roof, manual transmission, fuel economy, and has great air condition (I'm from Texas and it cools right away)!
6th gear, better radio, And less noise when driving over 80 mph.