1990 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Long term relationship

1990 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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By jjf03 on


1990 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


This is one of the best handling front
drive cars that were built around this
time. Bought it brand new, now with
208k. Very reliable, only one
unscheduled trip to dealer in 14
years for transmission inhibitor
switch. Automatic transmission not
as strong as when new, but still feels
pretty healthy. Plastic radiator tanks
are a problem. Still have the original
water pump, but I would change it
every other timing belt change.
This car gets great gas milage, has
lots of features and convenience for
a compact, adequate power,
responsive brakes, and outstanding
handling capability for its class.

Best Features

Handling, performance, reliability

Worst Features

If you can find them, I would get 195/55/14 tires to fit the stock rims.
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