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Great commuter by Steven G on 03/16/2010. Trim: 1999 Mazda Protege LX, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Very economic, Great purchase price, Extremely fun to drive, Braking and handling is phenomenal. It just feels like me!
Cons: A little underpowered, acceleration is weak. Powerlocks don't work properly, No aftermarket intake available for the 1.6L model.
Overall review: I love this little car, for being 10 years old, the car looks GREAT! I have an intake issue and haven't been able to fix the problem because I'd need an original replacement, and those are expensive. They don't make aftermarket intakes for the 1.6L. The car has issues with the pwr door locks, but hey, the car is over 10 yrs old, I didn't really expect anything better. I've gotten up to 40 mpg when driving through California, at sea level. Up in Utah, it gets about 35 avg mpg. If you're looking to buy a car like this, look for the 1.8L, you'd like that one much better. But I don't regret my decision one bit, I've had it now for 6 months, and not a single major problem that needs repair. Then again, I haven't had a chance to try out the A/C.
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