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1995 Mazda Protege

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 26/Hwy 35/Comb 29 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.5 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1995 Mazda Protege Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 138 Ratings for the 1995 - 1998 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

not the worst car I have owned but its not a good

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,053

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Good gas milage, good interior, compact body style"

Cons: "costly repare to mortor or replace parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"When I first got this car I loved it, but then I had problems with over heating. I got that fixed a few hundred bucks later. Then it ate up a belt and left me stranded in between work and home. I am currently in a situation with its water pump. anywhere you go it will cost about $500-$600 to get the water pump replaced. the water pump isn't that costly, its the man work it takes to get into where the water pump is. we now realize that it is the man work because me and my boyfriend have been working on it for two weeks. I have helped do a water pump in my old car and it took about an hour or two to get it out and then back in. If you are thinking about getting a foreign car I would choose a different one. It has a very compact motor that is hard to get into. It hasn't been all problems but if you don't have the time or money to put into it I would not buy this car or any other Mazda's."

AMAZING Value

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 245,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price, reliable"

Cons: "just a tad stiff ride."

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

"Ahhmazing value and reliability. I've never once wondered if this car could get me through storms, distances etc. Not a cushy ride, you can feel the road. But drives well, handles well, better handling on snow and ice that cars twice the price, TO DATE haven't had any major issues, only wear and tear. I get 32-33mpg mixed city and hwy. Wish it could last forever."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fantastic value for what I paid new for this car.

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great value, fun to drive, and dependable."

Cons: "Rides a little stiff"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Exterior styling is a little bland, and the ride is a bit too stiff. Otherwise a great car, and the ES version is also very rare. Love the handling, 4 wheel disc brakes, cruise control, power windows and locks, and steering feel is very good. I put 15" alloy wheels and tires, and that made the car even better. Advertised mpg for this model was actually 26 city 32 highway. KBB has it wrong unfortunately."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very good condition

By on Sunday, February 16, 2014

I own this car

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "very gd on gas,feels gd to drive"

Cons: "1 cup holder U can get in the trunk thew back seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"it runs good no problems with the engine @ all rt sid dent rt front window motor is out no-Radio A/C and heat works Crusie control works."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love this car, best I've ever owned

By on Saturday, January 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 161,000

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: "Fun to drive, handles very well."

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

"Bought my Protégé new in 98 after extensive research, had a wonderful extended warranty and excellent reputation. It has 161,000 miles and is exceptionally reliable with regular maintenance. High mileage- checked every time I fill up. Starts in -30 degree temps even sitting outside. Absolutely the best car in deep snow and slush. When almost all other cars are stuck on ice and snow on steep hills, people are amazed when the Protégé keeps on going. I stop to help others and it takes right off when I get back in. Amazing for a little car so low to the ground. Very peppy, able to merge easily even when loaded. Travels well on the interstate, never an issue with larger vehicles or semis. Keeps up with the fastest with no hesitation. Traveled all over the country with my family, never a problem. The interior is somewhat plain and not always adaptable to today's cups, etc., but always manage to find a way to make them work (after all, a lot has changed since 98). Was damaged in a bad accident 3 years after purchase, Mazda dealer repaired, and not a problem since. Handles very well, so easy and fun to drive.Plan to keep the car until it quits. Love it. Will likely buy another Mazda when this one quits."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

A great first car.

By on Friday, January 17, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Dead fuel pump.

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Efficient, Reliable, Fun to Drive"

Cons: "Seats can get uncomfortable for longer trips"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought a blue 1997 Protege LX automatic with 198k miles as my first car for college. I drove this car over 50 miles a day for two years and enjoyed every single moment. It was a real blast to drive and it always put a smile on my face. While it wasn't fast by any means, but it religiously got over 30 mpg saving me at the gas pump. This vehicle served me extremely well during the time I spent with it, unfortunately I had to get rid of the car when the fuel pump died at 230k miles. I can happily recommend this car for students or first time drivers who are looking for a dependable, efficient, and fun to drive commuter car."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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