1999 Mazda Protege 1.8i fuel injected petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable, fast and roomy
Nothing. Zip. Zero. The car is serviced by an independent mechanic who is great!
The car was bought from an elderly gentleman and has had an easy life.
Reversing the car is very difficult as you sit too low, and the rear parcel shelf is high, so rear visibility is rubbish.
The car is very plain looking, apparently to appeal to a wide range of buyers as I believe Mazda as a company weren't doing too well in the late 90s. Dash is an awful grey with a hole in the middle for a (?) CD player, but actually there is a CD stacker in the boot and it works well.
A bit hard to get in and out of from the front seats, and your hands slide on the velour fabric if you hang onto the seat.
Seems to use a bit too much fuel. Auto transmission can dither at times... more so when driving the car gently.
Turning circle is huge, unlike the rear wheel drive Mazdas of the 70s that turned on a dime.
Very good acceleration; particularly from rest. Don't buy the smaller 1.6L if you can. Zoom Zoom indeed!
CD AND tape player with impressive sound.
HUGE amount of rear legroom.
HUGE boot and the seats fold down!
Handles brilliantly. Absolutely no need to slow down for corners.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2017