I've loved it and will continue to cherish my protege!
The first thing I had to replace was the CV joints at about 62,000 miles.
I've replaced the battery twice since I purchased my protege.
My seats have just now begun to show some cracks and tearing. I have always used seat covers.
I've done break jobs every 40,000 miles or so, but they've never been a problem.
The paint believe it or not has held up pretty well. Now it is showing some heavy fading. I kept up with regular washing and waxing, until about two years ago, when I went to just waxing once a year.
Mechanical problems in 9 years of ownership have been minimal.
Handling was never an issue with proper tires and alignment.
Gas mileage was as stated on sticker and sometimes even better. Take into consideration that I am consistent in my driving habits. I never pushed it.
Seats are as comfortable as they could of been.
I've enjoyed owning this vehicle and it has surpassed my expectations.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th March, 2004