We lost our 1998.5 VW Jetta last year
when we were rearended (insurance
totaled the car). With very little
money and no desire to release again we
again looked to the Protege' (my 2nd
choice when I got the Jetta). I call
my car a poor man's Jetta because it
has much (but not all) of the "fun to
drive" as our VW. It is by all
accounts a do-fer (it'll do-fer now)
and I will say it's much more
comfortable in long drives than the VW
and a much better value (I do not miss
the trips to the fancy VW service
Zippiness even with the low HP.
Rubberized interior. Standard CD.
Simple to use 60/40 seats.
I miss the room and design of the Jetta
trunk. Trunk lid seems cheap. Another
reviewer mentioned the air pressure
problems when you roll down the back
window, the Jetta had it worse.