1993 LX 1.8 DOHC w/5spd Manual transmission ***NO RUST From Phoenix, AZ***

Price: US $3,250.00 Item location: Mount Prospect, Illinois, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Mazda
  • Model: Protege
  • Type: Sedan
  • Trim: LX Sedan 4-Door
  • Year: 1993
  • Mileage: 205,656
  • VIN: jm1bg2260p0563772
  • Color: mint green
  • Engine size: 1.8L 1839CC l4 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated
  • Power options: Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: FWD
  • Options: CD Player, Sunroof
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1993 Mazda Protege

So I bought this car in Phoenix in 2014 after a 4 year long search. My parents have a home down there so the intent was to register it down there to keep down there and use when visiting them. I had bought it from an 83 year old owner who decided it was time to stop driving. He had kept it covered but the AZ sun still did it's typical damage. I kept it in my parents garage which brings me to the current day because my parents bought a brand new caravan and decided it was going to be in their garage instead and they didn't want my Protege sitting outside in their driveway all year so I had it put it on a transport to ship it back to me in the Chicago area. We've been driving it at least once a week and toyed with the idea of selling our 1 VW car to get out of a loan payment but with the recent drop in VW resale value, we decided it best to just sell the Protege instead.

Anyway, on to the details:

I guess it isn't necessarily clear but let me point out this is the upgraded 1.8 DOHC (same as 94-97 Miata engine essentially) with better brakes, suspension and I forget what other tidbits to distinguish it away from the regularless powerful SOHC.

We did so much to this car but obviously it still isn't perfect being 23 years old but here is the list of things done that I can remember. All of the following now has less than 600 miles use since being completed:

- all new motor mounts and trans mount
- new sway bar bushing and end links
- new ball joints in front
- new (OEM from Mazda) shifter linkage (replaced April 2016)
- new passenger side axle
- newly rebuilt front brake caliper
- new power steering rack with new tie rods
- 4 new tires
- new alternator belt
- new suspension (complete units replaced - yes stock stuff)
- new rear speakers w/Sony HU
- new radiator hoses
- various other hoses replaced
+ lots of replacement stuff on the interior from a much lower mileage car found in a local yard with only 83k on the odo (such as carpet, seats, center console, front seatbelts + more)
+ more I just can't remember right now but that's the main stuff/highlights

Some other things we bought new that would be included but not yet done on the car include the following parts that would go with it:

- power steering lines (2 of them).. just didn't get around to replacing them
- front brake lines
- distributor cap and rotor along with new spark plugs
- fuel filter
- valve cover gasket
- an oil seal for the transmission

Currently(for the last few weeks anyway) while this car has been sitting in our driveway, there have been no leaking, drips ordrops evident in our driveway. Theoriginal steering rack was indeedleaking very badly when we 1st purchased the car and much of that residueis still left over as we didn'tdo a complete steam clean of the engine bay area as an FYI.

The previous owner had the clutch replaced 3 years ago he has told us when we purchased it.

Currently the tank is full but since we do still drive and exercise it, where the fuel level will be at time of sale is subject to change. This goes without saying that themileage on theodometer will be changing as well.

Current mileage here:

While this may be hard to believe, the parts investment alone tops $2000 before any labor counted in (lucky for me my husband had been a mechanic for 13 years before becoming an electrical engineer so he did all the work himself)

Also, just last month I took the car into the Mazda dealership for an ignition switch recall. (It was an interesting sight seeing 5 people flock to the car amazed at the no-rust factor and commenting how they haven't seen one this clean for 10+ years)
Here is a copy of the receipt from the recall:
Just an FYI that the A/C is not functioning. Everything is there but it is not functioning. A full diagnosis has not been done but its pretty sure bet the compressor isbad and needs to be replaced. I saw one hereon ebay for $50 shipped but just didn't feel like investing even more into a car we are now going to sell.
As I already mentioned the paint is not perfect and its obvious the car has been repainted at 1 time (a very common practice in Phoenix, AZ) It also appears that the roof and hood were repainted again at a different time as well yet the sunburn has returned most evident on the hood.

I had to pass an emissions dyno test to get it plated and titled in Arizona which it passed without issue as an FYI. I do still have it titled, plated and insured with AZ plates in my name so I would be notarizing and turning over my AZ title upon sale.

I realize this might be difficult to believe but I stopped doing the math after a certain point (it all adds up really fast) ..and yes of course I realize I'll never ever get back out of it what we have into it despite the rarity of it, etc.

But I'm Asking $3250 or best reasonable offernow.

Car is currently located in Mount Prospect, IL 60056 **** NEVER SEEN WINTER, Snow or Salt!!!!

Please take note: Every time the car went in for emissions testing in Arizona, the 'operator' puts in the mileage and its apparently never 100% accurate but whathe or shefelt was 'close enough'. Even the most recent test I personally took it to the operatortyped in 205,000 miles when in reality it was actually205,412 but I guess that 412 wasn't important enough for himto be bothered with?
Here is a copy of that passed emission test result for reference:

I can be reached via text at 928 693 7441

Here are underside photos to share to clearly indicate there is no rust (the tan coloring you are seeing is Arizona dust as an FYI). And also showing some of the new parts mentioned above.

Here from when on the transport in Arizona just beforebeingon the way to Chicago: