1999 Mazda Protege DX 1.6 from North America
This car does work
Air conditioning stopped working long ago, and we never had it fixed.
Check engine light came on frequently, but this never affected performance as far as I could tell.
The radio stopped working at around 110,000 miles.
Acceleration began to decline at around 120,000 miles.
Replaced ball joints at 144,000 miles.
This car is simply amazing. The abuse my family and I put it through would have destroyed lesser cars. It never failed to start up in the winter, it never left any of us stranded anywhere, and it has very little rust on it - in fact, it has less rust than any Japanese car of its age I've ever seen. It has held together well and been extremely reliable throughout my twelve year ownership.
The car has always handled extremely well, and it is relatively fun to drive, although not quite as fast as it once was. It still pulls hard for a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine when you're the only one in the car. This car does not like hills at all, so gather some speed if you see a hill up ahead.
This car has required very little in maintenance and repairs. It has been driven every day by my wife, my son and I, sometimes multiple trips per day, sometimes close to a thousand miles in a week. Our 2003 Mazda has more rust than this car. It's not fast, it's not sporty, but it's well worth the money for the unquestionable reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2011
Now if you wrap some duct tape around the air intake hose, where the ripples are, and then open the clogged nipple for the EGR Boost sensor vacuum hose at the back side of the intake plenum and erase the codes, it will run faster again.
Sometimes the brakes drag without the driver noticing. A normal brake job will fix this.
Miles to go!