1998 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Worst car I ever owned

1998 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Worst car I ever owned
By j c on


1998 Mazda Protege LX 4dr Sedan


This is the worst car I have ever owned. The front end vibrated all the time, and no mechanic could figure out why. It idled rough and couldn't be fixed. The front brake pads needed to be replaced every 10,000 to 20,000 miles. The transmission stuck and when it did finally shift, it really jolted me. One of the four engine cylinders was low in pressure. The car had too small of an engine for the size of the car. All of this was from the beginning of ownership. It had only 40 miles on it when I bought it in Dec, 1998. I think I got a lemon.

Best Features

Locking door to the gas cap. Cruise control. Tilt steering wheel.

Worst Features

More powerful engine. Better transmission. Something to keep the car from vibrating. Better brakes.
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