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Average User Score
4 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 5 reviews
1996 Mazda Protege Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 5 reviews
For 1996, the four-door Mazda Protege sedan was available in three versions. The entry-level Protege DX as well as the mid-range Protege LX were powered by a 1.5-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine that produced 92 horsepower. The high-end ES trim package received a 1.8-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine that produced 122 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission was standard for all models, while a four-speed automatic was optional.
The DX was equipped with such features as power brakes, power steering, dual front airbags, 13-inch wheels, a tilt steering wheel, and a rear window defroster. The LX added power windows, power door locks, power exterior mirrors, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo system, while the upscale ES added air conditioning and alloy wheels.
Drivers gave the Protege positive marks for its reliability, aggressive performance, and responsive handling, as well as its comfort, fuel economy, and affordability. On the downside, the automatic transmission could be problematic, according to some drivers, and the car could feel cramped at times, in keeping with its compact nature.
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Mazda Protege Questions
1996 Mazda Protege Dx Side Marker Lamp Housing Clips?
Hi; I Own A 1996 Mazda Protege DX And I Changed The Bulb On The Driver Side Marker Lamp. To Do This I Had To Gently Pry The Lens Off. Well I Was Successful At Replacing The Bulb Yet When I Attempted T...
Is It Obvious If A Cars Frame Is Warped????
I just bought a 1996 mazda protege. It needed a little work. Its been wrecked...... minor damage......I hope. It needed rear wheel barring.... I fixed that slightly. I put new tires on. Now, It's ...
Possible Front Tire Brake Grinding:
Hi. I have a loud grinding noise (metal-on-metal sounds) emitting from what may may be the right front tire area when I stop and lightly accelerate after stopping. The vehicle is a 1996 Mazda DX Pro...
The Code Reader Says That Mycars Problem Is The 4th Gear Ractio, Is This So...
I left my house and drove about 1 mile and my car acted like I had put it in neutral ,so i pulled over and turned the car off, i sat there for about 5 min. and then started it and it went into gear fi...
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