1999 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Reliable little workhorse

1999 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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DX Sedan (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Reliable little workhorse
By 99ProtegeOwner on


1999 Mazda Protege DX 4dr Sedan


I purchased a 99 Protege DX (used for
only 5 months - repo'ed) in 1/00 for my
wife. I have had to invest no money in
this car other than for gas and oil.
No electrical problems, no mechanical
problems. Comfortable for our family
of four. Adequate acceleration for a
1.6 auto; don't expect to be pushed
back into your seat. Good fuel
economy - high 20s to low 30s in
mostly urban driving. Nice,
conservative styling.

Could use more sound insulation, though.

I recently acquired a Montero for my
wife, and plan to use the Protege
myself - it'll make a good substitute
for my 96 VW Jetta money pit.

Best Features

Solid 1.6L engine, good A/C, comfortable interior, plenty of trunk space.

Worst Features

More sound insulation. We'll see how they fare with the Protege's substitute, the 2004 Mazda 3.
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