1999 Mazda Protege User Reviews

1999 Mazda Protege Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 reviews

  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 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: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: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews

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Mark writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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4

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Fun little car to drive. Great handling. 5 speed manual transmission saved this car.

Cons

Way underpowered. Very little leg room in the back seat.

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Ford Escort With A Mazda Symbol On It. — 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 as long as I did. If it had a little more hp, it would have been a great car. It handled like any other compact car with struts in the front. If you have ever driven a Ford Escort, the Protege sits on the same frame. Bottom line is, it's a budget car. Don't expect any fancy options or a luxurious interior. Controls are basic. It's a point A to point B car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jamal writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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very good on gas and rides smoothe at speed

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the auto transmission is weak and will break easily

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It's Was A Good First Car. — It handles pretty well around corners but it has alot of body roll. The acceleration is ok for a 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine. It is pretty light and breaks well.

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Gary writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

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great starter car to learn to race with after a few inexpensive modifications are added.

Cons

interior color combos could have been thought about more

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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 to run on a track. very tight turning radius. very easy to maintain, has a very hearty engine. gas mileage is about average 20mpg. appearance is semi decent as a family car and is easily changeable with aftermarket accessories. cars are only fun if you make them fun

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

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Acadia_24308 writes:
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fun, solid, cheap, good on fuel, not that bad looking.

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small, got stuck easy,

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My Old Baby — my old mazda was a really fun little car, it would make a whole lot of noise and do noting, it was also great on gas i only had to fill it up every six or so months, mind you i did'nt really drive it all that often.

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

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Steven writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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my first car

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none that i can think of

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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 my car is almost 38 mpg highway

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

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Joe writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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Excellent fuel mileage, solid performance, feels comfortable and easy to drive, not overly expensive

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A bit old, the engine ocassionally grinds, not the best for winter weather in Wisconsin

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The Mazda Protege — I love my car! It's not a BMW or an Audi or a Mustang, but it runs pretty well, it gets about 30 MPG, and it has a leather interior. It drives pretty nicely, and I feel in control while behind the wheel. Not to mention that if you hit the gas hard to accelerate (not too hard, and never 5+ miles over the limit), the engine will purr nicely for you. Not to mention it was only about seven grand.

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Nick writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

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engine
transmision
moonroof

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rear engine mount broke :(

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Great Little Car — Good first car, has incredible acceleration from stop. Huge trunk and moonroof.

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Bart writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr ES Sedan Review
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Fun little car, I have a full aftermarket suspension system, and the car is amazing.  Really just needs simple things to make it really nice looking car.

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The 1.8l engine has almost no aftermarket parts.  They are somewhat difficult and stressful to work on if they have over 115.000 miles.

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Red Lined Equiped — This is a really good starter car. Its got enough power to keep you mildly excited. Its not a Honda, and it is very affordable to own.

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Andyi writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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200k+ miles and still going strong!

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isn't so happy after 9 years of northern winters

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My Timex! — cranberry colored with moon roof, tan cloth interior, a/c and 4 doors. Picked it up as a program car from Mazda Great Lakes Distributors when I worked in their offices way back in 1998 and it's run like a champ ever since.

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Stephen writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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good gas milelage, great reliability, 230k one healy coil, one alternator

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this car did not like to go very fast, unlike my newer protege

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Reliable Puddle Jumper — Bought this car to save on fuel and that it did. Overall it cost me very little in repairs over the years, up until I hit a racoon and busted a diff pin in the tranny. This car was probably one of the most dependable cars i have ever owned

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This Car Is Really Good On Gas By mudonthetires

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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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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

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"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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