Mazda Protege Review from Australia and New Zealand

1994 Mazda Protege BA 1.8 D.O.H.C. petrol

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 D.O.H.C. petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired39893 kilometres
Most recent distance150127 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


Love this car, but wish it had the 2.0L turbo


ECU burnt out at about 135,000 due to a short at the alternator.

Original tappet cover gasket started to leak into the spark plug well at about 140,000.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a little old lady (gospel truth) who in 8 years had only put on 40,000 kms. I've just added another 100,000 to it and it's still going strong.

I put in a K&N panel filter for a bit better breathing, and a larger pipe for the CAI. Got it moving a bit better too.

About 10,000k's ago I felt that the shockers weren't really working so great, so I replaced them, and while at it I put in lowered King coils. This lowered it about 50mm, and it hugs in nice in the corners now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2009

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review