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1999 Mazda Protege

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 25/Hwy 31/Comb 27 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1999 Mazda Protege Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 487 Ratings for the 1999 - 2003 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Great commuter vehicle, runs well for a long time!

By on Sunday, August 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good gas mileage, well built, very durable."

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

"Bought my 99 Protege with 66,000 miles on it. 100,000 miles later I still feel very good about the purchase. Have done little more than regular maintenance. Runs well, good gas mileage around 30 mpg mix between highway and city."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

best car very reliable never left me stranded

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350,000

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
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great price ,longevitiy ,reliable,"

Cons: "hope i can get to 500,00 miles"

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

"bought this car in dec 1999 my daughter was 9 months old fast forward my daughter is 17yrs old and she drives it now.it is 17yrs old with 350,000 miles im original owner.the only major issue is 4 months ago the original radiator split and i had to buy another one.cant complain.great gas mileage.i call this car my little go cart.it keeps going and going with little maintenance except every 3000 miles i use synthetic oil"

Great reliable car!!

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 223,900

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
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great price and reliable"

Cons: "No luxuary features, rusts around the doors badly"

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

"I have owned mine for about 6 years. I bought it at 106,000 miles and it now has over 223k. Never had a major issue. Ignition coils keep going out but my husband bought a lifetime warranty on the part and so it is about a 20 minute fix taking the old out and putting the new in. Still a very well running car and will run it till it no longer runs anymore."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Unbelievable deal

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,332

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value. Engine. Interior."

Cons: "Looks dorky-ish. ECONOMY CAR look."

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

(good side)

"I bought this car about 2 months ago for $2k. It's been a pleasant surprise. I can't believe how strong the car is. Aside from some body dents and wheel well rust, the car is excellent. I never thought I would buy a Mazda.. I couldn't pass it up after a test drive. I enjoy driving the car. It's about 20hp underpowered and has a tight gear ratio but gets really good gas mileage anyways. Blows my mind. Love the car and hope it continues to run this well. I have respect for Mazda now."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

(good side)

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!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Sweet cheap ride

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,197

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value."

Cons: "I seriously just don't know. Rusts easily?"

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

"Bought a 2000 protege es 5-speed a month ago for 2050. I have a good idea of the cars mechanical condition by now. It drives like a sports car with tight handling and suspension. It Idles a little rough when the AC kicks on and off in neutral which scares me, but it hasn't ever came close to dying. I don't drive the car hard because its at 154K so i don't often accelerate above 4ish K RPM.. So I can't honestly say the car doesn't accelerate well but it seems a little under-powered. I can still pass people with ease but I'm a relatively fast driver and I'm usually the slowest off of a red light. Love everything about the car thought really for the price. Stoked I bought it. Excellent deal. This is the Honda Civic of Mazda with great features."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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