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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Joe writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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5

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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Nick writes:
1999 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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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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2001 Mazda Protege Reviews

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2000 Mazda Protege Reviews

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1998 Mazda Protege Reviews

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