1996 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Shoulda been better!

1996 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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

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Shoulda been better!
By knuckleballhq on


1996 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


Warranty work included changing both
front wheel bearings, a tape-cooking
radio with another one that did
likewise, and then the fun started.
Bearings went in the alternator, A/C
compressor, and the MAIN BEARINGS in
the engine! I'm kind of a geezer who
doesn't beat on cars by any stretch,
but this car should not have been
losing its bearings from birth.

Best Features

Ate bumps like popcorn, held corners like a child hugs legs, an abundance of giddyup for a 4-door family unit.

Worst Features

Bearings!!! And if a cassette player says right in the manual not to leave tapes in it because they'll fry, that unit isn't worth having at all. I actually read the book and STILL toasted my music! Mazda engineers: Figure out how Honda does it and do that.
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