1991 Mazda Protege DX 1.6 SOHC from North America
High endurance, despite its age
Replaced passenger-side front axle after joint-ticking noise.
Replaced all brake shoes (and front, driver-side control arm & ball joint bent in an accident).
Performed at least two tune-ups.
Temperature gauge moves past the midpoint, and sometimes into hot zone, after several miles.
Driver's seat belt warning beep is overly sensitive.
Flunked Maryland emissions last year, but got it fixed.
Prior to an alignment fix, the car would shake precisely at 80 mph, but now it's smooth up to 101 mph.
Excellent reliability and mileage, barring routine maintenance. I can still get 350+ miles on a full tank with my lead foot driving style.
One patch of mild body rust, otherwise all is well.
Acceleration is decent for a 4-cylinder. Peel-outs no problem, but traction and braking require a little advance preparation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2010