Toughest car I've owned
Bought my protege dx 4 years ago from an elderly couple for $475.00 they bought the car brand new in Colorado i5 the most basic car no a.c. no power extras distributor not coil bit just happens to be obdll a rare feature on 1995 cars. It's maintenance was well kept up since I've had the only problems are just normal wear and tear on any vehicle. Has been a very sound car. It's my work car and lots of tools and lawn stuff get hauled around it looks small but seems to have plenty of space inside and in trunk the 1.5 engine is a great little 4 cylinder with dohc has plenty of get up and go excellent gas mileage and cruises at 80 on the interstate without a strain have had it over a 100 before not recommended. Was hit by a full size older ford in the rear i was stopped at a yeild for traffic when truck plowed into the back of car doing 40mph knocked car across 2 lanes of road about 6 months ago car started right up and drove it home no lights were busted back bumper was bent back some and trunk lid was out of whack used a jack in trunk and pushed out bumper and rear body of car the same evening and straitened the trunk lid back out all in 30 minutes driving car everyday still only complaint is the 13 inch tires they wear out faster and can be hard to find some times and doughnut is worse but you can subistute a 13 inch 4 lug trailer tire for a doughnut that is much better than most cars doughnuts I give the car a 5 mine loves to ride cranks every time in the first turn of the key best car ever for price
Ive been 2nd owner and had it 19 yrs. I love it. Dont have time and money to restore, so unfortunately, we'll have to part. But I love it.
great little car...so far
only owned the car for a couple months now...so far so good. Acceleration is not great...but what to expect from 92 rated HP at the flywheel getting sopped up by an automatic. Handling suffers from the economy 13" tires...we plan to address that with 15" wheels and some minor suspension modifications. Gas mileage is lower then expected....27-30 so far. Other then the nitpicking, the car is excellent. Perfect interior layout. Large trunk space. The kids fit with room. Great visability. You feel right driving it & you dont feel excessive...like say an SUV or pickup truck driver.
Best City Car I Ever Had
I got mine used and have driven it 3,000 miles in the first 12 months. It is terrific; very good gas mileage, nimble, decent acceleration, comfortable and easy to park. Complaints? Only that the engine and wheel noise is a little loud. I wouldn't recommend it for families or if you are always hauling stuff, but it takes me and my bicycles and triathlon gear everywhere and on the cheap.
Worth the gas mileage
Good mileage but expensive parts. Hard to get out of snow banks since it's so light. Probably better in warm states.