1996 Mazda Protege Overview


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4 Dr DX Sedan
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4.25 stars

Based on 6 reviews

Very Reliable 220,000 Miles And Climbing! by Hyundai06
 — I love my car, I've had it for 7 years now and other than basic maintenance this car has been trouble-free. yeah it's rusty but it's very trusty! I hope to get another car soon but for now this car wi... Read More
This Is The Best Car I've Had by 1_love4myprotege
 — I love the way it sounds, it drives really smooth, and how you move the windows to meet your needs, wicked Read More
Mazda Protege by Greg
 — My wife and I purchased our Mazda Protege, used, when we moved from Pittsburgh, PA to Denton, MD, where she got her first teaching job. The car was a good choice for us, at the time, just starting ou... Read More

1996 Mazda Protege Overview

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1996 Mazda Protege

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...

608 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 years ago)

What Does The Drain Plug Look Like On The 96 Protege?

I'm trying to drain the antifreeze from the radiator but can't figure out where or what the drain plug looks like.. any help is appreciated. thanks!

368 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 years ago)

How Do You Operate The Cruise Control. Each Time I Go In The Car Should I D...

I have air conditioning, but a 1.5 liter, is that right?

1,857 views with 3 answers (last answer 7 years ago)

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 ...

35 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)

Check Engine Light On?

The car seems to be running fine but the gas mileage has been dropping, what might be the problem.

228 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)