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1997 Mazda Protege

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.0

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Definately not a Mustang, but overall it's a pretty decent and dependable car

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Dec 2, 2009 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Comes fully loaded with all the bells/whistles of the expensive cars
Cons: Extremely underpowered for a car its size, and a bit noisy.
The Bottom Line: Overall, it's a good car. It's a bit underpowered for its size.

I used to drive an '83 Mustang GL with a 3.8 v6. When that car finally died, I ended up buying an '85 Mazda 626. That car was so cool! I've never seen a car with motorized, center air conditioning vents that would oscillate back and forth. That was a ... read more

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Great little car for someone looking for a small under appreciated car

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Feb 1, 2005 - Updated Apr 14, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Small car, gas mileage, reliability, maneuverability
Cons: trunk space for certain items, acceleration
The Bottom Line: I would recommend this for anyone who isn't 6 foot plus (moonroof model), is looking for gas mileage, and wants reliability, comfort, and interior space in a small car.

Note: Please keep in mind the model I drive is a fully loaded LX, automatic, with a moonroof. Having the moonroof lowers the ceiling by at least a few inches, which can make a difference in headroom. I've had this car for over 3 years now. Got it with ... read more

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Get Me! I'm Great!

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Jan 4, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Roominess, looks
Cons: Acceleration
The Bottom Line: Get this car because it has excellent features and safety systems.

I brought a used Protege at 31,000 miles from a dealer. I proceeded to total it in an accident five months later. In the process I put almost 5,000 miles on it. Pros: This is a car that I throughly enjoyed having. The styling was great, ... read more

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My second car... will I need a third?

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Jun 4, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Stylish Peppy Roomy Low fuel consumption
Cons: SE version doesn't offer much...
The Bottom Line: I strongly recommend it. For a family car, a student car, even a taxi! It can be used everyday and it's a real pleasure to drive.

Hello everyone! I am 22 years old and I just bought my second car, a 1997 Mazda Protegé SE. I used to have a 1993 Ford Festiva before and believe me, nothing to compare! I have to admit that I didn't want to sell my car. Your ... read more

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Kept me safe in an accident!

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May 21, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Peppy, Reliable, Economical, Very safe, Good on gas, value for the money.
Cons: Acceleration not great, factory radio speakers just ok.
The Bottom Line: This car was a great value for the money, reliable, fun to drive, and very safe!

My Mazda delivered everything I hoped for for the price and more. I bought it fresh out of college, and drove it happily for three years until totalling it in an accident. WHO WOULD LOVE ONE A college student, recent grad, or family on a ... read more

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Proteges Perfect for Affordable Pleasure

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Sep 29, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great Gas Mileage
Cons: Slow Acceleration on Highway

The Mazda Protege was not the first thing I thought of when I started looking for a car. I thought I wanted a Pontiac Sunfire, or some similar small sporty car. Due to a few chance events, though, I ended up with a Protege. I have come to love my car, ... read more

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OK, but not great...Mazda Protege

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Sep 2, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Cheap price, easy to get around in
Cons: Ours has ongoing mechanical problems

We bought our Mazda Protege in 1997. We had some brake problems right off the start. We also seemed to have some transmission problems too. When slowing down, but not stopping the car would be fine. It was when we would try and accelerate after ... read more

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good little car

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May 21, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: good gas mileage, good price, roomy for a little car
Cons: very light car, hydroplanes easy, hi winds blow it around

I bought my Mazda Protege 3 years ago. I bought this car mainly for the price. I really couldn't afford much more. After 3 years I believe I made a very good choice. I have had no problems with the car. It now have 48K miles on it. (There isn't ... read more

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I love my cute car!

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May 11, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: SAFE, affordable, cute, reliable
Cons: none yet!

I needed something reliable. I wanted something manageable. I couldn't afford something really fancy. I needed a Mazda Protege. I got my Protege new in 1997, and it is still going strong. Of course, I do all the recommended maintenance ... read more

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Zippy and comfortable

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Mar 3, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Goes fast on not much gas, runs reliably.
Cons: Not quite as zippy fully loaded or uphill.

I rented a Mazda Protege for a weekend - and proceeded to drive it over 1,700 miles. Yes, really. I started out near Philadelphia, went north to I-80, and west to my in-laws' in Chicago, where my wife had been visiting. The next day, we went to a rock ... read more

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I LOVE MY PROTEGE!

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Jan 22, 2000 - Updated Feb 17, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Warranty and leg room
Cons: Power

I have to say - I love this car! After driving a Protege while my car was in the shop several years ago, I was sold on the Protege. Once I began shopping around for a new car, of course I bought a Protege! The Protege has LOTS of room in the ... read more

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Mazda--it's up there

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Dec 30, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great gas mileage
Cons: Engine is too small

The Mazda Protege: I bought a '97 in '97 for several reasons. The company was having a national sale on the LX models for a DX price. When in buying any automobile, look for the national ads. In the test drive, the car handled really well. Reading ... read more

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I love my Protege!!!!!

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Dec 22, 1999 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: economic,
Cons: no cruise control

I buy a Mazda Protege on the Christmas of 1996.My protege is very comfortable for the driver and also for the passengers. The car is designed for five people.I used my car to travel to the university,and do not gave be mechanical problem during this ... read more

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Great Little Gas Saving Car

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Dec 14, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Mileage, easy to handle, dependable
Cons: Heavy winds can sometimes cause swaying

I had a stick shift...my job transferred me to S.F. I looked at most all compact cars for an automatic transmission...the best deal, all the way around, was the Mazda Protege. I purchased this car in March, 1997 and I haven't ever regretted doing so. ... read more

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Dependable and great gas mileage
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Sep 9, 2008 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros:

Great gas mileage, roomy trunk, dependable, fold down backseats,


Cons: Lack power on hills. Easier for me as I drive a stick so can downshift.
I bought my car because of Mazda's reputation and because I got a good deal (end of the year and it was a manual five speed transmission). I also liked the look of the car and was very pleased when I test drove it. Plus it had a sun roof which I'd always ... read more
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Great Car for many years
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Aug 30, 2008 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Nice looking, reliable, minimum repair, EXCELLENT ON GAS!!!!
Cons:

Small. I wouldn't recommend this car for a large family.


I was the proud owner of a 1997 Mazda Protege LX for 11 years. It was the best car I ever had so far. I only had to make two repairs on the car the whole time I owned (I was the original owner), those repairs were a Thermostat and Alternator belt. Both ... read more
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Forget it
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Feb 6, 2007 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 
Pros: comfort and style that's it
Cons: all mechanics and reliability horror in the winter
Good body but the mechanical is very poor my Mazda break every 2 weeks. According to the inspection the car was perfect and without problem I have it since one year and half and I put 3000$ and more. Moreover, one come to teach me that my engine is ... read more
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