1997 Mazda Protege LX 1.5 from North America
Great car for the price
Had to replace the windsheild wiper linkage as the joints wore out and would pop off causing the wipers to not work. Replaced at 110,000 miles.
Replaced motor mounts at 118,000 miles.
Replaced brake pads, rotors and calipers at 122,000 miles.
Replaced vacuum regulator and ERG valve at 123,000 miles.
Replaced air intake hose at 123,000.
The car handles really good even in snow. Only downfall is when its really windy out you get blown around alittle.
Has pretty good acceleration, not super fast, but good.
Gets really good gas mileage especially on hwys with cruise control on.
Has a huge trunk and the backseats fold down for even more space.
Back seats are comfortable with good amount of room for passengers. Can be a little tight fit with a infant car seat though.
Front seats are very comfortable.
This is a really nice car for the money. I've owned it for 3yrs and its been very reliable. Never had any major problems with it, except the ERG valve. Which was only $500 for the dealer to replace.
Only downfall is, parts are hard to find, you have to either get them from a junk yard or order them as auto stores don't carry parts for them.
I plan on driving this car for years to come.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2008