1998 Mazda Protege User Reviews

1998 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 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: 4.1 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

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PROS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"cheap car" 2 reviews
"maintenance" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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spnorman writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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5

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Good room inside and decent performance.  Good mileage.  Fun to drive.  The car will keep on going if you do routine maintenance.  

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none

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Good Ride — If you want a good car for basic transportation with low maintenance and operation costs, this is the answer. Good room inside and decent performance. Good mileage. Fun to drive. The car will keep on going if you do routine maintenance. Cloth interior held up extremely well. All wheels held alignment and the car was easy on tires. Would definitely consider another one in the future.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Roxie writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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GREAT GAS MILEAGE

Cons

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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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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Daniel writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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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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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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Templeton writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr ES Sedan Review
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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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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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Joelle writes:
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I love my little car.

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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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Orlando writes:
1998 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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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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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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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

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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

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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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