Pros: "price, reliability, stereo, power options."
Cons: "It rattles more than a newer model would."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this car from a repo lot... it was seized in a drug bust. I'm guessing it has a rebuilt engine in it because it runs so well.
I have replace, over the years, the clutch, brakes, pads and rotors and rear shoes. It has never failed to pass the emission and inspection tests and I have, just in September, renewed the registration. It has been insured all these years and has had no major collision damage.
Overall, this has been a great car which got me to Las Vegas and Wendover several times and work daily for many years. A good buy at $875.00.
I now own a 2010 Mazda 6. They are great cars!"
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."
"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."
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."
"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."