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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
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...
Is The Mazda Protege A Good Car For Under $2000?
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Why Does My Main Fuse Keep Blowing Everytime I Try To Jump Start My Mazda P...
my main fuse in my car keeps blowing everytime we go to start the car
How Can I Tell If My Speedometer Is A Digital Or Cable?
my speedometer died out on me at about 40mph, it bounced back n fourth then gave out. i want to change it but i cant find it and i dont know if its digital or cable. is there any way of telling?