1997 Mazda Protege Review Ratings
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.
1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
If you are looking for something cheap,fun to drive, with good mileage.
no gadgets, shabby exterior looks
Its Worth The Money You Spend On It .... Long Lasting Too — Thou the car doesn't have neither striking looks or gr8t specs... but its worth the money you spend. i own a manual gearbox one, its fun to drive with a reasonable acceleration and top speed of 105 mph. Interiors are a pretty decent, doesn't have any exciting gadgets to play with. Mileage: City: 23-26 mpg Highway: 30-34
Primary Use: Commuting to work
Reviews From Other Years
Go-cart Ride For A Daily Commute Or Quick Trip Around Town.
Overall, a great Compact Auto. Ranks well in its class. Automatic Transmission - 1 and 2 are great, but the rations on 3 and 4 are not good for higher speed driving. On the interstate at gear 4 at abo... Read More
I'd Have 2 Of 'em If I Can Find Another One!
Zooom Zooom! Practically stole this car with 150K on it! (bought it DIRT cheap) I'm impressed by it's durability, longevity and quality. Still have a little work to do to the suspension and carpet ... Read More
2002 Mazda Protege Manual
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
Awesome Zoom Zoom Gas Saver
I will purchase another Mazda since driving this car. I have had the same size Nissan and prefer this over that brand of vehicle. I have spent very little on maintenance. It uses synthetic oil. I ... Read More
An Excellant Car And Fun To Drive. It Has Power,acceleration And Good Braking Power.
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
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
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
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
Bottom Line For The Moneys Worth This Is A Great Car For Any Beginner Driver
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
Its Really Reliable
Loved it had great gas mileage fixed mine up real nice got almost most of the body lighter and lowered the suspension. added a nice assortment of features to keep everybody entertained. gas mileage on... Read More
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