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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"stickshift" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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66Galaxie78F250 writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review


Nice small family car.


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


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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Jek Jec writes:
1997 Mazda Protege Review




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


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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Ian writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review


good back seat room for class. great acceleration for economy car. Decent fuel economy. Very reliable. Simple easy-to-read dashboard and well laid out controls. "deadpedal" foot rest. Decent stereo for this class of car. Seat fabric, and general fit and finish are of better than usual quality for this class of car.


interior too narrow for larger people. "buzzy" motor on long trips, 3500 rpm at 70 mph/120 kph is too high. The hubcaps look cheap.


Great Commuter Car — 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 electrical issues - the power locks work, but central locking activated with the key in the driver's door doesn't work anymore. Also some of the LED's on the rear spoiler are dim/burnt out. This is an amazingly reliable vehicle and easy to maintain and drive.

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Иван-Филип writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review


Doesn't rust, looks better than the older gen, 1.8l moves the car allright and touring edition package makes the car even more attractive.


Some little problems with door actuators and an engine which stalls at low temps even with an auto tranny...


1.8 L4 With Auto Tranny Lacks Perforamnce, But Reliability Is There — Not as reliable as my old protégé. Door actuators break, engine stalls when temp is cold (on an auto tranny....), but still is a very good car. Rust doesn't seem to be a problem on those. Fuel economy is average for such a small engine.

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1989 Mazda Protege Reviews

This Car Is Really Good On Gas By mudonthetires

This car gets excellent gas mileage. It is a pleasure to drive and handles great to be as old as it is. Only problem i've had is the clutch. I've put new tires,headlights and a battery in it. That's a... Read More

First Car Ever, Good With Standard Tranny And 1.8 L4 By Иван-Филип

Good car, got rid of it at 355 000kms on the odo and nevr had a SINGLE problem with it... quite impressive.... Read More

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1990 Mazda Protege Reviews

Oldie But Goodie! By jflo711

Its a blessing in disguise! Looks ugly and old but runs sooo well. I never would have thought from the looks. Ummm..it goes pretty fast. Would love it if i had money too fix it up.hopefully soon... ok... Read More

I Love It. By Andrew

A very solid, depandable, basic car that could be amazing with some modifications. It won't die no matter how poorly you treat it. Excellent fuel economy, and the DOHC engine has lots of potential. St... Read More

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1991 Mazda Protege Reviews

Fantastic Car! I Love It! By James

Acceleration is great with the 5-speed manual transmission. Brakes work very well, even in the snow and on some ice. Cornering is a breeze. I have had some repairs, outside regular maintenance, but I... Read More

Mazda Tough By King

The toughest little car I ever had. I bought it used from a family member. We maintain the care regularly. I would like to find after-market performance parts. The car is really fun to drive. It... Read More

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1992 Mazda Protege Reviews

Look It Over Real Good Before You Buy One By Kyra

The ratings are based specifically on my Protege, not the make in general. It had the capabilities of being a decent car. It ran great, would've stopped better if I could have afforded to replace all ... Read More

Great For The Price. I Was Just Lucky Enough To Find One With Very Low Mileage On It. By ProteGeoff

I was fortunate enough to find one of these hiding out at a small dealership a week ago with only 55k miles on it. picked it up at a very affordable price. I recommend this car to anyone who can find ... Read More

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1993 Mazda Protege Reviews

Reliable Little Beater! By muschke

My husband and I purchased this car at Christmas time in 2008 because we needed something more reliable than what we were driving to make it out to our family gathering. A rather plain and ugly looki... Read More

"old Faithful Green Machine" By mkgill719

I love this car and it is my 1st option to drive between the two vehicles that I own because it is very fuel efficient and reliable. It is also fun to drive. If I had to sell it, I wouldn't ask for ... Read More

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