1997 Mazda Protege LX 1.5 from North America
Just like a Ford
Had to get the alternator and the battery changed at 105000.
Front Right Axle broke at 106000.
Oxygen Sensor at around 107000 because it failed the inspection twice.
Had to get the leaks fixed at 107000 just before deciding to get rid of it because it failed to inspection twice and I found out that it wasn't the oxygen sensor.
Alright, my decision to buy this car was to some extent influenced by the good reviews it got on this site. So I felt it my responsibility to do this review. When I bought this car, it felt like the alternator was dying so I guess I already saw that coming. But during the 9 months I had the car, it perfectly dawned on me that may be this Mazda has completed its natural life and is falling apart.
I hate to disappoint all the Mazda lovers on this page, but I won't go near a Mazda again!
The only thing worth commending about this is that it lived upto Mazda's reputation of being fast! With a tiny 1.5 litre 92 HP engine I had never had going fast though acceleration was pretty poor.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd June, 2004
4th Jul 2004, 14:33
What can you expect from a car with over 100,000 miles? (Relative of Ford or not?)
12th Jul 2004, 22:14
CV joints, alternators, and batteries are normal wear and tear parts of a car. It's not unreasonable for any of those parts to require replacement at 100k+ miles, whether it's a Toyota, Ford, or Mazda. You can't have a car with over 100 thousand miles and expect no problems.