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Mazda Protegé



  • reitrofreitrof Posts: 122
    Congratulations. Why is it bouncing? Isn't that bad?
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Mother and son are fine. I'm sure Anony will pipe in [non-permissible content removed] soon as she reads these messages. She's still a little out of it right now so it'll be a while before she'll be terrorizing the threads.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Welcome to the wonderful, crazy, hectic, tiring, wouldn't-trade-it-for-anything world of fatherhood!!!

    (Father of Sean, who'll be 3 next month. WHAT?! THREE ALREADY!!!???)

  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    And other than what I suspect is a warped rotor and torn dust boots on the front struts (I'm taking it in for them to get serviced/replaced tonight), I was all smiles. :)

    I'll be replacing the Dunlop SP Sport A2s late this summer. There's enough tread left for the spring and summer, but I'm not risking a wet fall or winter on what's left, even if the tread hasn't worn down to the wear strips yet. That means I'll probably have put just over 30,000 miles on them (I installed them at 22,000 miles); not bad for a very grippy performance all-season tire (yes, I know others have had worse experiences in terms of miles put on them than I).
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    ... but I am wondering how you managed to tear your strut boots in 50K miles. Mine look fine at 72.5K miles.

    By the way, I have about 22,000 miles on my BFG Touring T/A VR4s now, and they're showing a little wear, but not much! Love 'em!

  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Wow, that'd be a feat for me.

    New KN Air Filter seems to work fine. No complaints thus far.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    I am disappointed in that. The dust boots on the struts of my '89 323 didn't tear until almost 90,000 miles. If I could stand knowing that they were torn (plus, I can see the duct tape I put on them), I probably wouldn't have bothered changing the struts and the boots until almost 100k miles or when I thought they'd gone. Oh well, if the replacements go in a similar period of time, I may not care as much.

    Perhaps it's because my LX rolls in corners more than your ES, flexing the dust boots more. Just a guess. The ozone levels around here don't help the boots any either.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    mine are torn in half at all 4 corners in 50000 miles.

    I got to check if it is covered under the bumper-to-bumper extended warranty I have from Mazda. That and them creaking struts in all 4 corners.

    any ideas?

    Congrats to Gee35 and partner on their spanking new baby boy.
    And don't worry in 4 years time, your son will goad you into driving "zoom-zoom" like mine does.
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    If he's anything like me it'll be even sooner. I remember getting my mom to test out the 350 Rocket in her 74 Cutlass countless times.
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    I'm scared of the misc. adventures father and son will get in to.

    Thanks for all of the well wishes. Parenthood really is the most amazing experience I can think of.
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Dropped off the P5 for it's 30k mile service today, with eggsactly 30,041 miles on the odo.

    My rental is a 2004 Kia Riobunchocrap Sedan. Last time they gave me an Echo which I really liked. This car has 6k miles and feels like 50k. My front right tire is about bald.

    Here is an excert of my conversation with the write up dude. It's a VW/Mazda dealership.

    Dude: How is the Protege doing so far.

    Me: Great, nothing to really complain about.

    Dude: I've been here 6 months and it seems these Mazda's are really well made, VW, well, I wouldn't let a friend buy one.

    Me: 'laugh', yeah, that's been my experience.

    There were a few looks from the two other people waiting to be written up. One had a new beatle in for it's first oil change, and the other was dropping off a Jetta. Not sure what the Jetta was in for as my rental car arrived before I got to hear any more.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    must be a mazda write-up dude

    can you say intra-dealership rivalry?? lol
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    I'm sure that made the VW owners happy, hearing it from the service dude. It pays to do research before buying. ;)

    New struts and boots are in. They new boots are weird. First off, they're white in color. They also don't cover the top of the strut. Supposedly, they clean out the strut on the down-stroke. Whatever. The new struts make a noticeable difference in muting impacts. I was surprised at that. I didn't think my original struts were that worn.

    The Protege I had as a rental was good, but reeked of cigarette smoke. And it had a moonroof, so my head was rubbing against its frame.

    The tech didn't find anything wrong with the brakes. However, it stopped making noises, so I guess disassembling and cleaning it did the trick.

    He did note that I need new tires soon, so he didn't do an alignment (and didn't charge me either). Yeah, I know.... :)

    Their quote for a replacement set of like tires was $108 each! Yikes! I could get them for $67 each (including S&H) and pay about $12-15 each for installation, new valves and road hazard coverage. Definitely a big profit center for them. No wonder they started carrying more tires.
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    "He did note that I need new tires soon"

    Is that the line of the day? I got a call and they said my tires would need replaced soon. Did I want them to do it now for $138 per tire!

    I said they only had 10k miles on them and looked fine when I brought the car in. He just said fine, and told me he'd see me later when I picked up the car.
  • civiletticiviletti Posts: 86

    how many miles were on the struts you had replaced?
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    I usually replace them (along with springs) at about 90000 miles unless they're showing signs of being worn out (too bouncy, or "cupping" on tire tread), just because I figure they're due.

    Of course, I've only done this once, with my '89 323. I'll probably hold-off on this for my '99 Pro until the 120k mile service.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    oooh, that's really bad, Bob, really, REALLY bad ...

  • icedog97icedog97 Posts: 141
    I have a 1998 Camry LE with 78K miles that I don't owe anything's in need of some service, new tires and some paint work...depending on the paint work I choose to have, I expect it will cost me 1.5-2K to get the Camry in top shape...without paint work, probably $700-800

    I was thinking of trading it in on a 2002 Protege ES (Dark Green) with 50K miles. It has a spoiler, moonroof/sunroof and side air bags...along with the all other things you get in an ES. The deal I have worked out currently puts me at about 3.5K plus tax and tag...which I would pay cash for.

    OR, I could get a 2000 Nissan Altima SE, with the same options (car is black) with 63K miles at about the same price.

    What woudld you guys do?
  • lawman1967lawman1967 Posts: 314
    sounds like a great car and the price is great.
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