Used Mazda Protege

Consumer Reviews

Best car I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Brilliant design and durability. Thanks, Mazda."

Cons: "Wish this model was still in the marketplace..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have been dedicated to good maintenance and Mazda parts since buying new in 2001. In return I have 200,000 miles with original engine and transmission and my mechanic has told me to look forward to 300,000- or more! I love the comfortable seats and easy to see dash controls. Good a/c, moonroof, stereo...best decision to buy this car. I am a Mazda advocate now!"

16 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great little road car

By on Sunday, June 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this car from a friend who purchased it new back in 99. Her brother-in-law overheated the engine when the radiator split and lost all the coolant, but he kept on driving it. At the time the car had 107,400 miles on it. After installing a new radiator, thermostat, radiator hoses, heater hoses and belts, they couldn’t get the engine to fire. They pulled the aluminum head and took it to a machine shop to have it checked. The head was so warped, it couldn’t be repaired. A used 1.6 head was $500+ and at that point, they still weren’t sure what kind of shape the bottom end of the motor was in. She in the mean time purchased a new car and was going to sell the Mazda to a junk yard for $450. I needed a commuter car to drive daily back and forth to work, average of about 100 miles a day. I gave her $1000 for the car and started looking for a used 1.6 liter engine online. I found a complete used engine on eBay through LKQ that was located in Canada. This engine only had 76,000 miles on it for $399. I purchased this engine and had it shipped to a local Advance Auto Parts store where a friend of mine worked that was going to install it for me at his shop. I got lucky; this junk yard motor is a jewel. Someone had taken very good care of this engine! I’ve put over 50,000 miles on it since and it purrs like a kitten. It’s amazing how quiet this motor is, you can hardly hear it running. I use nothing but Pennzoil Ultra Synthetic oil and change it every 5000 miles. It doesn’t burn a drop of oil in between oil changes, amazing. This little car will run down the road all day long at 70-75 mph and still get 38 mpg and around town I average 30-31. I love this car, its 14 years old and still very tight. I have one little rattle on the lower left hand side of the dash, but I know what’s causing it, just haven’t taken the time to fix it. I have replaced the catalytic converter due to a check engine light that continued to come back on after replacing both of the oxygen sensors. I just had to replace one of the coil packs due to rough idle. This is the kind of stuff that I consider normal maintenance and sooner or later all parts are going to fail. For what I have invested in this car, you’d have a hard time taking it away from me!!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

What a riot!

By on Friday, March 1, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, economy, longevity"

Cons: "None =)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded my 1995 626 in on this car and I couldn't be happier. The Mazdaspeed variant provides good value, with performance rivaling much more expensive cars. Best deal on the market right now. I'm hoping she goes to 322,000 miles like the 626 did. Really the only drawback is the amount you'll spend on premium gas, but that's only because I can't get myself to leave the driver's seat! No problems with the engine, like many have reported...but that's because I haven't heavily modified the car at all...just an intake and exhaust. More than enough power for this guy. Mazda builds a great car. Steering wheel leather is worn, and the front lip is made of the world's cheapest plastic, but hey, it's a driver's car. I haven't seen a steering wheel ten years old without wear. I do a LOT of driving, so if there's a problem with a car, I end up finding it. Worst thing I have found is the 17" tires wear quickly, so I put on a set of 16" wheels from a lesser Protégé. I went through a set of 17" tires in 17,000 miles, my 16" tires show almost no wear at the same mileage. Didn't lose any handling prowess either. Stock struts for the Speed are a little pricey, I replaced mine with Tokico Blues, I figured, for what I would have to spend on stock struts, I could get something a tad better. Also replaced all strut mounts and the front control arms at the same time, the stock bushings and ball joints were on their way. Again, driver's car. I can live with replacing that stuff every 90k. Timing belt was also due at the same time, I installed an upgraded belt from Gates Racing. Midpipe on exhaust rotted, I replaced with an aftermarket exhaust from Corksport. Keep in mind, I'm one of the few who drive 40k miles a year, so while this all seems like a lot of repair in a year, it's really not, the average person would have spaced this over 2 or 3 years. Total outlay was just shy of $1200 for parts, I handled the labor. If a garage were to do it, you'd probably spend double. Not bad for a 10-year old car that until me, was only driven on weekends and nice days. The MSP is the most fun I have had on 4 wheels. My friends and family agree...I have to beat them off with a stick, they all want to drive it! I have no doubts this car will go to at least 200k, which is about when I will have it paid off. Bought it last year with 60k, I have 100k now. Skip the other Protégés and go straight for a Speed if you can find one...they only made 5500, and there's a lot less than that on the road now. It's fast enough to make a Mustang blush, but not so fast that I wouldn't let my younger cousins drive it. Take that for what you will. Mazda was on point when they said "It just feels right." My three Mazdas have all been stone reliable, awesome handlers, and very peppy. I came from the VW world, and I'm glad I converted."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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