1994 Mazda Protege DX 1.6 from North America
Reliability with a bold and capital R
Horn stuck at 95,000.
Radiator sprung leak at 98,000 miles. I'm not sure why they built the radiator with a plastic top (that is where the leak occurred).
A/C went out at 80,000.
This has been a great car. I'm going on my 10th year of ownership and aside from a few minor (expected) repairs, it has been well worth the money. It still looks and runs great. This car has literally been around the world. I am in the military and have driven it through snow storms in the north east and across beaches in Hawaii. The manual transmission is the way to go, it adds a little extra pep to your driving and tremendously improves your control in the snow (and sand). Perhaps my only complaint is that the trunk door will drop closed if parked on an incline or on a windy day. I got hit in the head a few times.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2003