Driving Impressions When Mazda redesigned the Protege in 1999, designers in Hiroshima made a number of chassis-strengthening improvements. This is typically measured in liters 3. Followed up with great reliability and low mai. Just routine maintenance such as oil changes, belt, hoses, tires, etc. I thought it was very cute, handled well and was fun to drive.
Protegé was redesigned last year, but it has a short future in its present form. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. I will keep it until it stops running which means I will probably have it for the rest of my life. We're taking it on a 3K mile trip this summer with no concerns. Out on the highway, whether the pavement was wet, dry or covered with snow and ice, the Protege offered predictable handling and good grip. The entire time I had it, I had no problems at all with it, but I tried to take good care of it. In fact the Protege is as roomy as many of the longer, wider and pricier mid-size sedans.
Interior Features The Protege offers an impressive amount of headroom and legroom. At 32,500 miles, my transmission is leaking. Failed to get data, please try again. And while there are five seat belts inside Protege, four average-size adults will be most comfortable. Failed to get data, please try again. Our only major problem in 11 yrs was result of an engine belt that prematurely broke, stopping the water pump, causing engine to overheat, warping the engine head, causing a head gasket failure at 180K.
Both engines can be mated to either a standard five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Great mileage followed up with a huge amount of low end torque that does seems to fade away quite dramatically after second gear, which requires a slightly different driving style to get any top end power out of it. The rear seats are also roomy. These handles work better for hanging up a sport coat or a dress than the puny plastic clips that come in many other cars. A split, folding rear seat supplements the 12.
There is a sharp crease in the lip of the trunk lid, and the taillights are integrated into the rear quarter panels. And the sound system on the top end trim is weak for 6 speakers. I've driven it every way possible and it has never given me a problem. Built to last and loads of run to drive. Last visit to rotate tires, the guy marveled at how nice the car looks and runs.
Completely redesigned in 1998 and continued relatively unchanged, it can be a good choice for those who require practicality, value and a just bit of prestige in what otherwise would be an uninteresting package. Its sculpted wheel flares offer a somewhat muscular look, while its body-color bumpers, door handles and side moldings are offset by black window trim and outside mirrors. I average about 26 mpg with 87 octane fuel, whether I drive aggressively or conservative. Wait a minute, then they work normally again. Car has needed nothing but regular gas and regular oil changes every 4k miles. They include optional side-impact air bags for the front seats and an optional anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution -- a stability-control system commonly found on much higher-end cars. The compact, chrome-accented grille, the distinctive front badging, the monochromatic body-side moldings, and the recessed door handles enhance that feeling.
Road noise and engine noise can be a problem with small cars, especially on the freeway, but Mazda has expertly damped it out, making the Protege one of the quietest cars in its class. Interior The five-passenger Protegé is one of the roomier small cars, with interior volume of 92. Engine is super quiet and this car has good acceleration. Climbing in the back seat is made easy by large door openings and lots of headroom for its class. Mechanic sent the head to a specialist, fixed it all up, and we've put over 90K on it since.
Protegé was redesigned last year, but it has a short future in its present form. New aesthetic touches for 2000 include chrome-accented interior switches, color-matched shifter and parking-brake levers, and illuminated power window and door lock switches to ease use at night. The redesigned Protege is based on the narrow-platform version of the Mazda 626 sedan that is sold in Japan and Europe. It was excellent on gas and the cost of routine maintenance was economical. A closer look reveals a roomy car that is well equipped, competent, fun to drive and competitively priced. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. .