1996 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Decent little car

1996 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

36 Total Reviews

DX Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Decent little car
By 02Pro5 on


1996 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


I had the base model for 3 years and had very few problems with it. A few heat shields came loose due to rust, and the muffler and main exhaust pipe had to be replace. Also, within the months of owning it, I had problems with it stalling in wet or damp weather. I replaced the spark plug wires and distributor and also sprayed it with ignition protector, but the problem always seemed to come back. The 1.5 liter is underpowered, especially with the auto trans. Handling is decent (typical for a compact car), but road noise seemed a little high.

Best Features

Great on gas (averaged 30 mpg) CD player (which I installed) Fairly light car (improves handling/braking)

Worst Features

- Wish I had an interior trunk release - Larger base engine - Alloy wheels are UGLY
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