1992 Mazda Protege LX 1.6L DOHC from North America
Decent car, cheap enough, but not great on performance
Alternator replaced at 40000.
Battery replaced several times - 37000, 38000, 40000.
The car shakes violently if the engine is taken over 2500rpm.
All speakers in the car blown (not due to overloud music playing)
Seatbelts do not lock.
This car is my first and current car. It has reasonable acceleration, though you have to almost floor it to get it. The gas mileage is low for such a small car, about 24mpg, though this is probably my driving and not a fault of the car itself.
Top speed is theoretically very high (130mph), but in practice the car feels extremely dangerous to drive at any speed over about 70 - it shakes with the wind and feels like the front tires will leave the road. Control is very limited when driving fast.
However, the handling at lower speeds is very good. The car does not roll much when taking sharp turns, and it sticks to almost any road surface. The tires currently on it are old and need to be replaced, as performance in rain is subpar, with lots of hydroplaning.
There is a strong smell of gasoline in the car immediately after fuelling. I haven't had this checked out yet but I suspect the fuel tank has a pinhole at the top.
The front bucket seats are uncomfortable for me. The material the seats are made of feels cheap, though it has resisted fading and tears.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th May, 2010