1994 Mazda Protege DX 1.8L SOHC from North America


If you find one cheap, buy it


Rust problems. Everything in the rear needs replacing due to rust. Fuel lines and rear brake lines rusted through.

Rear handbrake was stuck, leading to a complete failure in rear brakes.

Dash lights have stopped working, needed a switch from the junk yard.

General Comments:

Great beginner car.

Rust was the only problem, since the car was parked for most of it's life. For a small car that is over 12 years old, it was very smooth and stable at high speeds (160km/h++), but the suspension was very soft in the corners.

Other than rust issues, the motor worked great and never had any problems. This car had been my grandmother's since it was new, and has never needed any major repairs. (even after being run with no oil on a trip through town...)

Even with the automatic and SOHC motor, this car has good acceleration when it comes to passing and so on... I have not had any problems when passing cars of the same vintage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2006

1994 Mazda Protege LX from North America


This has been the most reliable car that I have ever purchased. However since 5/2006 Soon as I passed the car to my 16 year old the horn has started going off in the middle of the day, night and just whenever. Thanks for the comments I pulled the cord to the horn in the front, but it was very hard to reach. At least the neighbors could go back to bed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2006

1994 Mazda Protege DX 1.8 SOHC (103Hp) from North America


The BEST at everything in the class for those years


Kept everything up to date, maintained meticulously so nothing major really went out.

General Comments:

I love this car to death, it's got a very distinct personality and it handles pretty good for those years, incredibly reliable, not fast, but good in comparison with the other cars of that time. 0 to 60 comes in 11.5 sec (auto) so it's not much. Max. speed 115Mph. Interior comfort for the driver is not the best, but back seat is comfortable. I have 170K miles, and although it looks out dated, I'm gonna keep it until it dies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2006

1994 Mazda Protege Base from North America


A little noisy, but VERY dependable and a great buy!


I had to replace belts, hoses and radiator at 114,000 miles. The clutch went out at 125,000 miles.

Trunk leaks somewhere and leaves a small puddle on the passenger side compartment where the jack is located. I've never been able to fix that or find where water comes in.

General Comments:

The car is VERY reliable has never left me stranded.

The cabin is noisy, The Hood rattles when the car is idle.

The interior is very convenient, everything is where it should be. Buttons and Radio and a/c and heater controls are right at your fingertips. Great leg and head room. I am 6'3 and fit very comfortabaly in the car.

The seats have held up amizingly no tears or seams coming apart. However The sun has faded the back seat head rest's.

Overall it's a very zippy, VERY dependable little base model car I'm VERY pleased with it and would recommend a Protege to anyone who needs something cheap on gas and insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2005

1994 Mazda Protege DX 1.8L MPI from North America


It's just reliable--- that's it


I had to replace serpentine belts.

I had to service the air conditioning.

I had to insert new bulbs for the lights.

I needed new tires.

Transmission has loss some of its power.

I replaced the radiator twice-- 1st time the car's fault, 2nd time my fault=accident.

Of course the fuses need to be replaced.

I replace the windshield wiper relay.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable considering what I put it through.

Make sure as owner you have a job to pay for the expenses.

The hold command feature for the car is a blast for acceleration and traction.

Good car for college student, since I was using it that way.

Handling can be better and braking can be adjusted as well.

Superb gas mileage.

Heating the car in the winter though can be time consuming.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2005