2000 Mazda Protege LX 1.6 DOHC
The worst car I have ever owned
Bought the car in June 2012.
I didn't have the car for a month, and the head gasket blew without heating up.
Two months after owning the car, the A/C compressor broke down.
Had to rebuild the transmission 6 months after I bought the car.
Has very poor handling.
My last car was a 89 Corolla, and it never gave me problems like this, just routine maintenance.
I can't wait to get rid of this car.
It's very disappointing that the car has given me so many problems, considering the year and the mileage it has.
The only things I like about the car are that it saves on gas and is comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th March, 2013
6th Mar 2013, 06:12
Dang, thought Mazda was supposed to be reliable...
My 1999 Chevy Lumina with almost 160k miles has given me no trouble at all, besides the intake gasket once. Goes to show that the widespread belief that American cars are inferior to Japanese is off target. Frankly, I think this myth undermines our economy, and is insulting to a lot of hard-working Americans from our engineers to assembly line workers.
Who builds our police cruisers, and the majority of taxis with hundreds of thousands of miles? The fire trucks & ambulances we count on to save our lives? Our public buses? Haven't seen Honda or Toyota making any of those. Where's the pride?
I don't hate imports; my buddy's Integra is a blast to drive, and Audi's Quattro design, first introduced in the 80's, is STILL second to none. But at this point we've made such leaps and bounds in technology and quality, that anyone scared away by the paint-peeled Chrysler or tranny-fried Taurus from the 90's, should come back & take pride in this new, & much more competent generation of domestic products.
13th Mar 2013, 08:48
Having to replace the transmission is a bummer.
The A/C compressor may still be fine. When the refrigerant pressure is too low, the A/C does not turn on in order to prevent damage. Try if a recharge makes it go again.
These cars handle very well. Steering is easy and provides feedback, they corner well with some under-steer, and hold their line under braking. If they don't, they may need a wheel alignment, suspension work or brake work.
It is a good idea to have a used car inspected prior to buying.