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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Christopher writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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gas saver

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slow

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Winter Car And A Dd — its slow and has nothing going for it but it is a good car that is good on gas

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Ian writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

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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.

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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.

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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
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3

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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.

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

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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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Tom writes:
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

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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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2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

Good Small Car By brad_isu

Sporty, handles well (except in snow and ice), reliable, and roomy for a small car. Road noise is a bit loud though. Gas mileage is between 20-30 MPG. Haven't had much maintenance other than standa... Read More

Great! By dash147

I love my Mazda. I also have a 2001 (LX) too that just keeps going and going and going - and it's at 230000 miles at the very least! And it's like a tank. Got into a slight accident and it took it lik... Read More

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2002 Mazda Protege Reviews

Sporty Family Car With A Decent Gas Economy By Krassimir

Like the low cost to maintain, visibility, sport style, acceleration, fits 5 comfortably, has ample cargo room, reliable engine, moon roof, good sound system. Has overdrive. Breaks really well. Little... Read More

2002 Mazda Protege Manual By gonzalezd15

This car is a blast to drive! truly a perfect daily driver for anyone on a budget. The car is sporty too as it comes from the factory with a sporty stance. The car really can move if you give it gas. ... Read More

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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

This car is fun to drive, it has power.Other than normal maintenance it does not cost me a lot of money to maintain . Had MAZDA come with a solid wheel hubcaps, and uses 87 octane gas, I would give th... Read More

Love This Car!! By Schus8507

blind spots are a minimal worry, proformance is better than expected, car looks great!, all and all... this car is the best purchas i've made since college classes. i would highly recomend this car to... Read More

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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

Slotege Reviewed By Justin

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

Clark Kent Bought A Kryptonite By Lnny

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

Ford Escort With A Mazda Symbol On It. By Mark

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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