1994 Mazda Protege Reviews - Page 6 of 9

1994 Mazda Protege DX from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Reliable and steady performance from a reasonably-priced car

Faults:

I put between $500 and $2000 a year on the car on everything from tune-ups, seasonal tire changes, and the odd repair.

Twice, I have had to repair brake parts.

Once, I have had to repair suspension parts.

Other than that, no major problems.

General Comments:

I love my car! The past couple of years have been getting a bit pricey with repairs (brakes & suspension), but other than that she works like a dream. Smooth ride, predictable performance, reliable. Hardly any rust at all, and I live in snow 5 months of the year. I want to keep this car for another 5 years if possible -- even if I could afford it, I wouldn't trade it in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

1994 Mazda Protege LX from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired67 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous car0 0

Summary:

A good 1st time car for a student

Faults:

Clutch went out at 50,000 miles.

Drivers side window would go down, but not up.

The horn constantly blares unless you pull the fuse out anytime the weather is colder than 35 degrees.

The seatbelt identifer is always beeping when the car is on.

The lock on the drivers side backseat sticks even after I fixed it.

The drivers side seat has a hole in it from the wear and tear getting in and out of the car.

The tape player went bad at about 30,000 miles replaced it with a CD player.

General Comments:

The car is sporty and it turns corners like you are in a race car. And I get good gas mileage.

However it is time for a new car. I thought that it would hold up a lot longer than it did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th November, 2002

1994 Mazda Protege DX from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles

Summary:

An affordable, perky compact car

Faults:

The only problems I ever had with my car was a squeaking noise at around 100,000 miles when I made a tight turn, which was fixed when it was inspected. The only other problem I had was that the emergency brake light was always on on the dash even though the brake wasn't on, but this didn't cause any real problems.

General Comments:

I loved this car! I totaled it on black ice this week and I'm looking for another Protege. I loved the way it drove from the first time I drove it. It has excellent takeoff for a 4-cylinder and the steering and braking was excellent as well. All the controls in the car were easy to use and to reach. I had no complaints at all about this car, I recommend it highly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2002

1994 Mazda Protege from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Reliable, but horn gets stuck on!

Faults:

Horn gets stuck on and you have to replace the switch inside the steering wheel. CV boots need to be changed every few years.

General Comments:

Despite the horn problem, this is a decent car. But if you own a protege and you haven't ever changed the horn switch inside the steering wheel pad, you probably will have to. The horn gets stuck on, particularly during weather changes, i.e. the first cold night after summer time. You can unplug your battery cables to make it stop immediately. You can also unplug the horn itself and continue to drive the car until you can have it fixed. The horn is small and is located under the hood on the passenger side near the front of the car. You can get to it from the top, no need to climb under the car. There is a cord that runs into the horn. Unplug it. If you notice a clicking noise coming from your dash, hit the steering wheel to stop it. The part you need is about 10-20 dollars and you can probably get the whole thing fixed by a mechanic for around $50. The switch that is inside the steering wheel horn pad has gone bad.

This is a horrible surprise that you get from this car. Mine went off in the middle of the night and nearly scared me and half the neighborhood to death!

Hopefully, this will help someone going through what I've already been through.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

1st Dec 2003, 18:49

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! for the posting about the horn. My 1994 protege has served me faithfully for almost 10 years (and 196,000+ miles) --but I first encountered this horn problem one cold morning a week or so ago--and then just a few moments ago (at night--of course!). This has helped us to "fix" (at least temporarily) the problem--as I can't quite put my hands on the owner's manual.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 33 reviews