1996 Mazda Protege LX 1.5 from North America
Some bargain this was supposed to be
Weird problems with belts. they always squeak in the winter. The shop says you need a new belt and I put one one.
4th belt in 10k miles. If it is cold it squeaks.
Belt can last all sumer long if it is new.
Cracked the exhaust manifold. great design. Everyone has a new one listed for 80 bucks since it was a design problem.
Belts again. always the alternator belt. This time the motor got real hot. Hope it didn't die on me or I am stuck with payments on a dead car.
Car is small in the viewing area. The side doors dent real easy. Paint is easy to scratch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th January, 2004
20th Jan 2004, 17:06
My Mazda Protege LX 1996 has the same alternator belt squeaking problem. When I initially didn't address the problem I burnt out the alternator. Now I'm on my 3rd belt and it needs to be adjusted with every oil change. As we speak it is squeaking up a storm and you can see that it is draining the power because while squeaking the interior lights dim. Now at every red light in the cold and the dark I must shut my lights while I idle. Did anyone solve this problem? Was it a defect?