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Mazda Protegé

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  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    It cost me $21.50 to fill up my Protege yesterday!!!

    Meade
  • lawman1967lawman1967 Posts: 314
    My 03 DX automatic came back from the body shop Tuesday afternoon, and I'm delighted to say that there is no evidence whatsoever that it was rear-ended by a semi. The paint is perfect, there are no squeeks and rattles (at least none that weren't there before the crash) and everything appears as the day I bought the car.

    Keeping my fingers crossed.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Slide underneath and examine where the bumper cover meets the metal impact absorber. All new? Did they put new foam padding between the two?

    As long as it's someone else's dime, make sure they didn't cut any corners on your future safety!

    Meade

    P.S. Oh lord, I'm sounding very entitlement-American today!
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    we paid $22 for 12 gallons of gas.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    When I first bought the car in May 2000, I was able to fill it up for about $11.50! Gotta love those "by the seat of your pants" gas prices!

    Meade
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    Back when Gee and I first met (1995) gas was $.69-$.89 per gallon here in GA. That same $22 fill-up yesterday would have only cost about $9.00.
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    over on the Tivo Forums. Someone asking for used car reccomendations and of course most posts center on Honda.

    Me: "I'd look at a Mazda Protege. Great little car, incredibly reliable and fun to drive. It will cost less than a used Honda of the same year which in turn could allow you to buy a newer car"

    Following we get:

    "2nd the protege as well. I've got a Protege 5` with no problems what so ever but it is only 2 years old. I've seen/heard of protege engines lasting 200K+ miles and still running smooth as ever!"

    and

    "Look at a use Mazda Protege. Mazdas are just as reliable as Hondas and Toyotas (my family has several of them with more than 150K miles), but for some reason don't have the reputation. As a result they have a wicked first-year depreciation, but a really high value as a used car.

    (I've bought two used Mazdas, a Protege and a Miata. This last Saturday I bought my first NEW card, a Mazda MPV.)"

    and just for a laugh, I'll throw ya this one.

    "I don't know what they sell for, but look at used Jettas (1999.5 and above)...they are quite reliable and I LOVE mine!"
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    try $30 for my RX-7!!! :-O
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    My Protege has been problem free. I can easily recommend it. I'm also a VW owner and have owned 5 of them and currently own a Jetta TDI Wagon.
    My experience with VW has been very good with only a few problems. Had more problems with my 02 Honda Si than any new vehicle I've ever purchased.
    Since the Jetta will obtain 48 mpg with $1.52 gallon diesel I'm driving it this week. Protege is in garage.
    Anyway, as a Mazda fan, VW fan, Toyota fan and yes I truly like Honda also, I'm surprised at how many times VW and Jetta in particular are attacked or made fun of at Edmunds.
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    is the parking brake issue with our last EP hatch. We've owned three of them. The one I have now is a gem even though I've put eibachs on it and 17" wheels. I guess there a bad one of anything. But no point going on and on about it.

    When I was driving cars for Carmax, the only make that I drove that had more problems than VW was Ford. I wouldn't recommend a VW to my worst enemy. Unless they were rich and loved to drive.

    I could recommend a Protege though. I have in fact recommended Protege to a few people. They are a steal used. And for the 90% of people that stay below 80 mph they are great driving cars.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    It cost me $21.50 to fill up my Protege yesterday!!!

    Egad, i could do that if I only put in 9 gallons of gas!

    A usual fillup for me runs about $30 right now.

    I could recommend a Protege though. I have in fact recommended Protege to a few people. They are a steal used. And for the 90% of people that stay below 80 mph they are great driving cars.

    I'd suggest it too, for a commuter. It's a lousy roadtrip car though. Loud, no power, bad gas mileage at 85+.
  • civiletticiviletti Posts: 86
    87 octane is $2.20/gal here. My friend's hybrid civic is looking mighty good. It's off the line punch is actually pretty good [5 spd]. The new prius looks pretty good outside, but that centered dash is bad.
  • civiletticiviletti Posts: 86
    Where do you drive? Here, speeding tickets would cost much more than gas. i just paid $150 for 58 in a 45mph zone.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Where do you drive? Here, speeding tickets would cost much more than gas. i just paid $150 for 58 in a 45mph zone.

    The freeway. My last drive to AZ my Protege got around 24 mpg at a steady 85. Juxtapose that to last week when I made a trip to vegas in my other car averaging over 90 mph with runs into the mid 120s for stretches. Gas mileage came in at 26. The ride home at a fairly stead 75-100 netted 30 mpg.

    Speeding tickets? It's been 1 speeding ticket in 14 years of driving for me. Keep alert, stay ahead of him and it's tough for johnny law to catch you.
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    "I'd suggest it too, for a commuter. It's a lousy roadtrip car though. Loud, no power, bad gas mileage at 85+."

    I disagree!! It depends on how you drive, the roads, and the weather.

    My first trip in my 2001 Protegé LX was on US 220 in Virginia, a great highway with sweaping S-turns through hill country, a few grades with breathtaking vistas that plunge straight down into vallies. The Pro hung into those curves like it was on rails. On the second leg, through middle Virginia with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beautiful farmland, the Pro cruised nicely.

    I had dreaded the trip thinking the Pro would be tiring to drive; it wasn't, it was a joy considering it was a 430-mile day trip getting me back home at 9:00PM. I drove at 60mph and got 36mpg!

    That trip to Virginia was so much fun, a few months later I drove up there again over the same road just for those curves. Spent an hour going back and forth and then returned home. It takes 90 minutes to get to there.

    fowler3
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    There's a lot of beautiful country here in Virginia, isn't there Jim? Then again, there's a lot of beautiful country in North Carolina as well. :)
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Our experience was more like Blueguys. Gas mileage was horrendous at higher speeds and the power dropped off noticeably. Around town though, WOW!! there was no better car for dicing lower speed traffic.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    It is only OK for highway driving. High rpm and noisy cabin due to wind and road noise take there toll during a roadtrip. 100 miles or less on highway are fine. Protege is fantastic in mixed driving and in the city.
    As far as 85 mph and greater I can't comment. I drive a lot of 55 mph limit roads and 25 mph over the limit and greater is an automatic suspension of license. Found that out the hard way!
    36 mpg! Wow, have 2.0 and auto and I tried driving steady 60 mph for long trip and obtained 31 mpg. Maybe when the Pro has more miles the mpg will increase.
    I'm amazed at how much space the Pro has for vehicle it's size. Very nicely designed.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    36 mpg! Wow, have 2.0 and auto and I tried driving steady 60 mph for long trip and obtained 31 mpg.

    I can't imagine driving 60 mph on anything but surface streets and backroads. I get about 29 doing 80 or so daily for work.


    As far as 85 mph and greater I can't comment. I drive a lot of 55 mph limit roads and 25 mph over the limit and greater is an automatic suspension of license. Found that out the hard way!


    In CA over 100 mph you get scooped up and the car is impounded. Of course if you're doing over 100, no cop is going to approach you from behind. Keep your eyes open and be ready to brake hard when you see someone sitting near an on/off ramp. Naturally, a radar detector will let you know if he's using electronic means to catch people too - and then you'll get a couple mile warning.
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Blueguy. I've gotten all my tickets after I've SLOWED down do 70-80 and become less vigilant. You can cruise 100 all day if you pay attention to road and terrain conditions.

    I popped the SI up to 100 for a few seconds today on the twisty bits near my house. That car is like driving a train. I gotta find myself an autocross circuit.
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