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.
This Protege is my fourth Mazda. I
returned to the smaller body style from
the 626 because it is more perky and
better on gas mileage. These cars just
seem to be custom-made for me--
everything's in comrfortable reach.
Very dependable, low maintenance, and a
I bought the car two years ago from
friend. It goods great, but after two
months, lots of problems existed. Runs
poorly when I went uphill, it need more
power... brake run badly, and I also
need to fix the engire after one year
from my purchase.
If you're going to choose Mazda
Protege, I would suggest you to buy
other cars like Honda. More reliability.
I was regret after I bought this car.
The car looks great when you bought it.
But I spent $2000 on engine
maintainances when I bought the car for
Thus, consider any other brand of cars
rather than this one... or think twice
or three more time when you're going to
buy this car...(from honest