I got to drive the Protege today. It is a 5 speed manual, with alloy wheels, ABS, and power everything (sunroof, windows, mirrors, etc...). I am not sure of the engine size (forgot to pop the hood), but it was pretty quick. What a sweet driving little car this Mazda is! At nearly 9 years old, this little gem handles crisply, and responds immediately to the flick of the shifter. It seems mechanically sound, as I flogged the shix out of it at a variety of speeds and road types. I even talked the salesman down in price, from 4500.00 to 3800.00. I still need to run carfax on it, but I am feeling like I am close to making a deal!