1998 Mazda Protege User Reviews

1998 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 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:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"cheap car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Daniel writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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4

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Looks great, good gas mileage, comfortable for those under 6'4"

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Lacks on pickup.

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Mazda = Quality. — Aside from having an engine designed for economy (lacking on power) its got great gas mileage, looks great, rides comfortable, and works beautifully. I haven't had many problems with it. With the manual tranny, this car really isn't too bad to drive. I'd recommend this car to anyone that needs something good and reliable.

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Heather writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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everything

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power

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My Mazda — I love my car in general! i get about 40 mpg! I was in an accident and she held up like a tank. The power at take off could be better but that is what you get with a 1.5 L engine. i have had this car for years, it now has 195,000 miles and climbing! no problems yet!

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Joelle writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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4

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I love my little car.

Cons

nothing

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Perfect — l love evrything hate nothing everything is great about this car except the horn sounds like a ladybug my kids say.. this is the perfect car for your growing family and also as a first car for the kids. gotta love it!!!!!! zoom zoom

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Hotwire963 writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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It gets me where I need to go and did not used to cost a lot for maintenance parts.

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Cannot handle much weight and is not made for towing

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It Was My Fiance's Car And I Plan To Get It Back In Shape And Keep It That Way In Honor Of Her. — It has been very dependable and has a very forgiving clutch for teaching people how to drive a manual transmission. It is a very basic model and I Love that. I just wish it had cruise control, power windows and power locks with a key fob. And I wish I could afford to get the A/C working.I wish the " What did you mainly use this car for? " had options " Leisure " , "Main transportation ", and " Show"

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Roxie writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

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GREAT GAS MILEAGE

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can be expensive to fix

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Very Economical Driver — Can't say much about this one. Did quite a bit of learning to drive stick on it. Heather owns it now. She has put some money into it but it's well worth it as the car is a very good runner.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Orlando writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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4

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Almost never had a problem. solid build

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boring to look at

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My Mazda — This was the car i owned the longest. Its seems forever i had it. Got it after i nmoved to florida. traded in the toyota for it. Good on gas and decent build in and out, Only real issue was how pedestrian it looked. No style or flair

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Rob writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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gas mileage, radio

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not enough power, looks bad, no room under the hood to work on anything

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Mazda Protege — PERFORMANCE: the acceleration sucks does not have enough power to pass,or get out of driveway into traffic.the braking is good for a little car BUILD QUALITY: it its starting to rust in the fender wells, has needed front rims replaced and transmission starting to skip at a 112,000 miles but when it needs to be fix it is expense and takes to long to get part, no room under the hood to do work even with just a wrench APPEARANCE: styling is crappy COST OF OWNERSHIP: gas milage is the only reason i keep the car 32mpg. FUN FACTOR: the car is not too bad to drive but could have more power

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David writes:
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cheap, solid, reliable

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noisy engine, not very fast, although a pretty high fuel consumption

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Reliable, Cheap, Good Car For A Learner — Mazda's 323 BA /P 3 door series, with hatchback offers lots of space and is a everyday car, very safe to drive in every conditions

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Templeton writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr ES Sedan Review
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5

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quick

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not a family car

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Great For People Who Like To Go Fast — it is a car that i have spent much money on and has nice body kit and spoiler, 30ftpounds of torque, 350 hp engine and gets 28mpg very fast and quick for sporty riders, manual very fun for drifting around corners

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jasmine writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr ES Sedan Review
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cheap

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awful to drive

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I Did Not Like This Car. — Performance: couldn't go up a hill Build quality: it was not too bad, but felt cheaply made Appearance: a boring sedan Cost of ownership: decent gas mileage, decent maintenance Fun Factor: boring and irritating, I did not enjoy using it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2003 Mazda Protege Reviews

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2002 Mazda Protege Reviews

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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

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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

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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

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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

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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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