Wife bought this new in 1998. It was
overpriced and underpowered, but has
been extremely reliable. We had
problems with the plactic breaking off
into the door locks. The exhaust
manifold cracked and had to replace.
Has been a good all around, "plain
jane" car. Not much styling to it -
looks like a jellybean like most other
sedans of that year. Overall, a
Great gas mileage. Doesn't draw too
much attention. Very reliable. Wife
likes it. Gonna drive the wheels of
Needed more power and better styling.
The driver's seat doesn't slide back
far enough for tall people.
I have had my car for over 5 years now,
bought it with 30 miles on it. I drive
it about 11,000 miles a year. This car
has been so good to me. I have only had
1 minor problem so far with it, the
shifter froze one winter and wouldn't
shift, but that was fixed years ago.
This car has been so dependable, I
would recommend to anyone.
dependable, reliable, very roomy, great
a little more power, would be nice if
14-inch tires came standard with car.
1998 Mazda Protege LX has been my best
used car purchase ever. I got a great
deal on a clean model and other than
changing the timing belt as a
preventative maintenance item, I have
had no expenses other than gas and
oil. Smooth ride, adequate performance
(even with the 4-speed auto), and good
handling have made me a happy owner.
LX model includes A/C, cruise control,
tilt wheel, CD player, power windows,
locks, and mirrors - all standard and
all work flawlessly.
A tad more power, which has been added
to later models, would be nice.
This is my first car (used). I bought it
at 53,300 miles, and currently at 65k
miles, I haven't had too many troubles
with it. I drive the car off road as
well, most often without any problems.
The fuel economy is good at 30 MPG
city/highway mix. Overall, I am pretty
impressed with this car. After spending
over $1k in the past year over scheduled
maintenance and/or parts replacements,
(including 60K scheduled service) my
mechanic says that my car is as good as
The car is roomy. This includes rear
seats. I havent heard anyone complain
when more than three people travel.
The car is too noisy. (I only hope this
will be true some day!!) All Wheel Drive??