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Review I just bought one. It was the best investment I have ever made. I paid $400 for it on Craigslist because it needed repairs. The parts were cheap. I ended up spending just $300 to replace the rear struts and springs, all four brake pads and rotors, headlights, spark plugs, air filter and replaced all of the fluids. Now it runs like new which is surprising since the engine and transmission have never been replaced or rebuilt. Some of the reviews I have read stated that the acceleration is sluggish but that has not been the case with the 1.8 liter engine paired with a 5 speed. The best part is that I was able to get close to 350 miles on a single tank of gas and it cost about $30 to completely refill the tank. The only problem I have had other than the usual protege suspension and rust issues is that it is a little cramped when getting in and out due to the steering wheel being a little low. I would recommend this car 100% to anyone looking for a cheap reliable car.
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What options are available on the 1996 Mazda Protege?
Available Mazda Protege 1996 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Trims: LX, ES, DX
Exterior Colors: Black Mica, Sunlight Silver Metallic, Light Sandalwood Metallic, Pure White, Garnet Red , Garnet Red Mica, Midnight Blue Mica, Vivid Blue Mica, White
Interior Colors: Gray, Beige, Off Black
Popular Features: Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel