1997 Mazda Protege User Reviews

1997 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 14 reviews

  • Performance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 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: 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

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PROS
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"stickshift" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Shawn writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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Great gas mileage

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If you're a big person it will be somewhat crampt

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Go For It — Got very nice gas mileage, and got out of its own way pretty nicely. I can't say too much beyond that because 8 days into owning it I swurved into a guard rail on a rainy day. Oh, well. Life goes on.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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LJWolfs writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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4

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Gas mileage, easy to park, fun to drive, comfortable, reliable.

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Not a lot of power (especially when the AC is on), 2WD is a bummer in Seattle

LJWolfs
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Great Daily Driver. — I easily average 30mpgs even in Seattle rush hour, and for being a pretty small economy car, it's actually pretty fun to drive. I have the 5-speed manual, and the gears shift smoothly, and even with it's under-100hp, I still find myself yawning at the cars in front of me on an onramp to hurry up and get to 60 already. Fairly easy to service for the most part. The inline 4 is a piece of cake to change the plugs on. The seats are comfy (at least for me, a 5'7" female), and the controls simple and intuitive. The trunk is roomier than it looks, too. It's a small car, but I've been able to move at least medium furniture (dressers and the like) while in college. All in all, a great little car. I did have a phantom check engine light for several years that would come on and off intermittently without throwing a code. It drove me nuts. Of course, it turned into "the light that cried engine," and I ended up ignoring it for probably a lot longer than I should. Eventually it turned out I needed to replace the catalytic converter, of which there are TWO. Why such a small, high mpg vehicle needs two is beyond me. It cost probably more than the value of the car to replace them, and that was with a colleague that cut me a deal. Now that the catalytic converter(s) and the spark plugs were replaced, though, it runs like a dream.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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sunbee writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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nice looking car (I have one with a spoiler & tinted windows), good size car, great on gas!

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The transmission & whatever else my car has going wrong. Oh and the cup holders really are a joke!

sunbee
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Great Millage On A Tank Of Gas. This Car Pulls Way To Slow! — I bought my car when it was only 5 years old had it now for 8 years and it has had a lot of trouble already. Pretty much right from the beginning I had engine problems, the car turned off during driving and split seconds and on again than it just keept driving. Also many times brought it to check the computer never found anything. My car just seamed to have a ghost in it. Now it just jerks me to the front whenever it feels like it. It's an automatic and the shifting is pretty bad. I like my little car but I hate it that it does this. I think I might have got a lemon. Nobody seams to know what the problem is. I have had to move over to the shoulder to park my car and turn it off to make the problem stop. My car would change itself to nutral on the dashboard but not on the stick itself. How rediculos is that!!! To fix this problem I had to turn off the car and wait than turn it back on!!! It happen many times on the highway and during busy traffic in the city!!! I am thinking of buying a different car now but not sure what yet. So I still put up with this how pathetic is that?

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Nick writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr ES Sedan Review
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She's economical and gets you from A to B without any trouble.

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Rust and winter driving.

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Fun Wheel Drive — •Performance - acceleration is satisfactory, braking is weak but satisfactory and handling is incredibly good. •Build Quality - doesn't need any repair besides your usual maintenance (oil, filters, tires, etc.) but as for any cheap japanese car, the plastic interior rattles when you turn up the volume of the radio. •Appearance - simple, easily accessible and repairable interior and exterior components. Looks good overall. •Cost of Ownership - very economical car (about 40-42 MPG) and maintenance can be easily done thanks to it's very accessible powertrain components. •Fun Factor - this car shouldn't be quoted as a "Front Wheel Drive" but as a "Fun Wheel Drive".

Primary Use: Family transportation

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slelgan writes:
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solid build, quality make, good acceleration for the size

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nothing,  seats could be more comfortable but can't complain as I've put 140,000 on the car

slelgan
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Great Car — 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 clutch to go out, but it just keeps on going.

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66Galaxie78F250 writes:
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Nice small family car.

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Acceleration, horn doesn't come on till like 5 seconds after you honk.

66Galaxie78F250
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Mazda. Zoom Zoom Zoom? I Think Not. Good Car. — It is alright. Good mpg, roomy for a V4 import. 5spd manual. NOOO acceleration nice top speed 135-145mph. Light weight starts good. quiet. Fancy but not over frilly. Good acceleration at very top end but most people don't drive their car to the max rpm. The only problem we've had is the air intake hose had a tiny hole in it. The car would not run at all, wrapped it in ductape now its fine.

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Keenan writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr ES Sedan Review
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its a car that works and is reliable

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its slow

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My Mazda — its alright very slow but likes to be revved the engine is quite peaky and has no bottom end. the suspension does a good job on a variety of surfaces including gravel at high speeds. The brakes work well once warm just like any other breaks. If coaxed properly the rear end will hang out rather nicely and as long as the driver wants it to hang out. The shifter isnt very good and the shift gates are very close together. The trunk provieds aduquate room for a car this size. The car is comfortable and is good on gas. With a good set of snow tires like the ones that I have on it right now it is a tank in the snow and is lots of fun.

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Tom writes:
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everything

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nothing

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Its Awesome — 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 fine the transmission is perfect no slipping or anything the gas milage is perfect also

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Jek Jec writes:
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4

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Zippy

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Stock ride height was weird, the rear end was sticking out. Good thing I had it lowered.

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323 - Ok I Guess — I got the Mazda Protege (or Mazda 97 1/2 as it was marketed here in Manila) back in 1997 as a graduation gift from high school. I really wanted a Honda Civic at the time, but the color we wanted wasn't available yet, so my folks bought me a maroon 323 Familia, which I drove till late 2001. Overall, I loved the car, so much so that we sold it to my Tito's family, and I still see it every few weeks.

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Todd writes:
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good on fuel, handles very well, easy to drive

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none yet

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Tough As Nails — tough little rig good commuter car

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