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1996 Mazda Protege User Reviews

1996 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 5 reviews

  • Performance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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Greg writes:
1996 Mazda Protege 4 Dr ES Sedan Review
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4

Pros

Great gas mileage; comfortable for 4 passengers; good car for / after college

Cons

Could use a bit more power, but no real complaints.

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Mazda Protege — 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 out after college (engaged at the time). Great fuel economy. The car was comfortable for multiple passengers. At 6' 250 lbs, I was comfortable if I had to ride in the back seat. Our model had a sun / moon roof, which was nice on a pleasant day. At the time, our apartment didn't have A/C, nor did my truck, so we drove around the Eastern Shore of Maryland after school / work to be in air conditioning and learned some of the side-streets and non-beach traffic roads. All-in-all, the car was good for us. We bought it in 1997 and traded it in for her Kia Sorento in 2004.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Karol writes:
1996 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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3

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Window tint, taillight tint, 13 inch rims haha

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acceleration, 4 doors

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Not Bad, Not Good — 0-60 is 10 seconds which is slow Built better than domestics Not the best looking car but it gets me places. Takes $20 to fill up the gas tank no really a fun car but its good on gas. good first car eh?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1_love4myprotege writes:
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This Is The Best Car I've Had — I love the way it sounds, it drives really smooth, and how you move the windows to meet your needs, wicked

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:4,000

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ChrisAM writes:
1996 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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strong foreign engine

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not much you can do with the body kit

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Will Be A Great Sports Car — Iv only had my car for about a year or so and i love how it pulls. its an automatic but runs as if its a manual. the torque though needs a bit of performance, but other than that it tears the road apart. the hard part is finding parts for my mazda considering its an older vehicle, but other than im a proud Mazda owner!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Alex writes:
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30 some miles per gallon

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Currently needs a little work

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Hoping It's Nice For Me. — I have not had much time to drive it because I just bought it, so I don't have much to say about it as of now. From what I have driven it, it's a nice car and it gets great gas mileage, so it's relatively cheap to fill the tank.

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Reviews From Other Years

2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

Great! By dash147

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2002 Mazda Protege Reviews

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2001 Mazda Protege Reviews

An Excellant Car And Fun To Drive. It Has Power,acceleration And Good Braking Power. By Mazda544

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This was the first car I purchased and I have maintained it pretty well. The interior and exterior look very good. The mechanicals are good and I have only spent money perishables. The car was new whe... Read More

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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

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Great acceleration, braking is okay, handling is amazing. Build quality is pretty good except the weak spots in the body where it tends to rust. Fortunately this protege has had very little rust poke ... Read More

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The 2000 Mazda Protege' tan was about as boring a car can get. I bought it brand new with 5 speed manual transmission. My personality and lifestyle at the time was very conservative and it was proba... Read More

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1999 Mazda Protege Reviews

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The car was fantastic on gas with the 1.8L under the hood. The Protege that I owned had a 5-speed manual transmission. Aside from the great gas mileage, it's the only other reason why I kept the car a... Read More

Bottom Line For The Moneys Worth This Is A Great Car For Any Beginner Driver By Gary

performance 1.8l engine that can be easily modded to suit anybody's needs. acceleration is a bit slow at first but can be changed through performance add ons. breaking and handling was designed to t... Read More

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