1998 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Reliable, fun, needs more powe

1998 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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

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Reliability Value
Reliable, fun, needs more power!
By dennisjhs on


1998 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


This is my 5th Mazda, 2nd Protege. Fun
to drive, but, even with the manual
transmission needs more umph! The 13"
tyres don't grip the road very well, so
I replaced the wheels with alloys and
used the stock LX/ES sized tyres of
185x65x14 and it made a considerable
improvement in handling and braking.
But, inspite of the manual
transmission, its a loud vehicle; I
installed Dynashield Extreme and other
sound insulation products to kill the
road noise. Reliable, has only needed
regular maintance in 101,000 miles and
a battery. Was totaled in a accident,
so I looking for another to replace it.

Best Features

Ride, fuel economy and reliability.

Worst Features

Needs more sound insulation. A cruise control and power locks should be a factory option in the DX series.
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