1997 Mazda Protege Overview


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4 Dr DX Sedan
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4 Dr ES Sedan
4 Dr LX Sedan
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3.85 stars

Based on 14 reviews

Great Commuter Car by Ian
 — Owned since 2003. Car is ultra-reliable - has never broken down or needed major repairs, I've put on 110,000 km since purchasing it at 60,000. Solid, reliable car. I have a couple of very minor electr... Read More
Its Awesome by Tom
 — its a great car no doubt...its got great accleration and braking it handles well at turns it is just like a dream car the interior is groegous . the emergency brake works perfectly the shitfting is ... Read More
Great Car by slelgan
 — Had it for 7 years and put 140,000 with no issues other than changing out brakes and batteries. Great car. It is a comfortable car that has needed little maintenance. I've been waiting for the clut... Read More

1997 Mazda Protege Overview

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1997 Mazda Protege

For 1997, Mazda made a few minor revisions to the exterior of its four-door Protege compact sedan, with fresh looks for the headlights, bumpers, grille, and fenders. In addition, some minor changes were made to the Protege's list of standard features.
Three versions of the Protege were available for 1997. The entry-level DX trim package as well as the mid-range 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, among other features.
The Protege ran and handled well, according to drivers, who also noted that it was a fun, comfortable, affordable car to drive, with good fuel economy. Repairs beyond routine maintenance was rarely required, drivers noted. On the downside, some drivers felt the cars with the smaller 1.5-liter engine were underpowered.


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