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Mazda Protegé



  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    dkozik: Considering you are use to California weather; it might be a good idea for you to carry a "survival kit" on your X-country trip. It gets very cold in the higher elevations and north-cental states.

    Pack a sleeping bag, bottled water, and peanutbutter crackers (any food that does not require refrigeration). Carry a heavy jacket and gloves. And a good flashlight. Wal-Mart is now selling those aluminum flashlights that focus, with D-batteries, at a good price. Would be good for all drivers to carry one of those.

    And if you tell us your route(s) before leaving, maybe some of us will be near enough to them to provide assistence, if needed.

  • dkozikdkozik Posts: 6
    Thanks again for the advice. Hey, I'm living in California, but I'm not *from* California! Born and bred Chicagoan for most of my life, then Washington for another big chunk. I took a job out here in 2000 just to enjoy the beach for a while. I'm done with that, Uncle Sam wants me back in Washington, so off I go. But your cold-weather tips are right on the money; I've seen lots of people get stuck in bad weather before (including me-- last January, I got caught in a snowstorm in *Nevada*, coming back from Vegas to L.A. All my years of snow, I had never seen a flash snowstorm before).

    Anyways, again, thanks for the tips!
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    This includes spare fuses and bulbs, tire pump, distilled water (for you and your Pro) flares and whatever else you can think of.

    I carry a set of metric sockets and driver, wheel chocks, jumper kit, flashlight, emergency blankets, bulbs, fuses, gloves, terry cloths, fire extinguisher. I bring oil and water on long trips, just in case.
  • Uhh....your whining about $15??!?!? Try going to any other car show for that much, you'll find that NONE are that cheap.

    All of the Hot Import Nights shows are $19-23 to get in and ALWAYS suck. This MIR event will be much better than them. The next big event that I can think of after this is on May 3rd in Carlisle, PA. The entrance fee for that is like $20 per day (its 3 days long).
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I said I had nothing to compare the price with though. I have gone to the International Auto Shows, where it's like $8 to get in and they have sucked for the past couple years.
  • Of course, this suggests the possibility of getting rid of them sooner, since everyone seems to hate them.

    Car Talk has a Web site at, which presumably somewhere lists all the stations (it's an NPR show) that carry it.
  • My rims cost 40.00 at walmart. But they ended up being 35 because they put them on sale after I bought them. They just credited my credit card.

    When I first looked for steel rims, Mazda quoted over $100, used ones from insurance salvage $75, and most other places were 45 to 48. At $110 dollars a tire for Nokian Q's, I felt I needed to buy the rims at Walmart and save some money.

    I just put studded tires on our 86 camry, but I decided not to spring for the extra rims. But if the car keeps running for a few years, I might be sorry I didn't buy the extra rims.
  • test drove a 2002 Mercedes C230 coupe today. Nice. A little pricey but it felt solid as a rock.
  • Here's something humourous that involves a Mazda Protege:


  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    That was hugely funny! Ummm...please don't think all Canadians drive like this!!! LOL :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Geesh, you guys have a sick sense of humor.



  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Jerry ... when you gonna make my MAPP pics work?

  • duh_sterduh_ster Posts: 102
    for u meade...that could easily be MY protege!! still though, kinda a twisted kinda way...;)
  • norcannorcan Posts: 72
    OK, today I had Pirelli 'Winter Ice' 195/55R15 Assimmetricos and steel rims installed for $700 + tax. No doubt it won't snow until January now. They replace Dunlops on 16" alloys. The dealer is Gyro Motors, I'm sure you can look up the number yourself :) Tip: If you tell your tire place this quote they will probably match it.

    As long as I service my car there they will change the tires in spring and fall for free.
    Advantages of this method are it will preserve my alloys, no cost to change them, and better size for winter tires. Disadvantage - if you don't like the steel rims you'll have to pop for hubcaps, too.

    Whereas if putting winter tires on alloys then the upfront $$$ is less but you need to factor in cost of changing the tires on rims twice a year, the alloys could be damaged by weather or tire changes.

    All I can tell so far is there is no significant increase in tire noise and handling seems good.
  • can't you send the pictures in smaller packages to my email? the limit is 1024 kb's per email, so if you split up the pics, i can get them up easily

    BTW: if your pictures are bigger than 800x600, i'm going to shrink them anyways, so if you want to save the time of uploading you could reduce the filesizes by making them that resolution
  • my email is

    that one has more limit for MB' gives you 2 mb's while yahoo gives you 6
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I'll give it a try this morning.

  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    Is that in Canadian dollars?
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    You know, I had almost signed the papers on a 2000 Sentra when I bought the Protege instead. Glad I went with Mazda! Here's the latest Sentra recall, announced today on

    115,000 2000-2001 Nissan Sentras

    A defect in the steel wheel can cause it to separate from the mounting hub without prior warning.

    All right! Yeah! Cool! Self-rotating tires!!!

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I thought about a Sentra as well, but it was a no-brainer for me. I couldn't fit comfortably in the Sentra due to lack of leg room, so I ended up with the Protege. My best friend has a 1997 Sentra with about 91K miles on it right now. He bought it used with 14K on it in Nov. 1998. He has had alot of trouble with the car in the time he has had it, I think. He has gone through 2 sets of brakes, rotors done once, mysterious engine noise that still comes and goes, check enging light on all the time, 4 or 5 different computer parts replaced (I don't remember what), and the fuel something-or-other (not pump, something else) went up in it. That seems like alot of extra work to have to do to a car in 74K or so to me. I am surprised, I thought Nissans were pretty reliable cars. Oh well.

    I took my 2001 Protege ES with cracked windshield :( and 19,501 miles to Carmax just for the hell of it, to see what they would say. They told me the car is worth $9500 right now. I owe a little more than $17,000 to pay off the loan. Guess I won't be getting a new car anytime soon. That's cool though, because I had planned on running the Protege into the ground anyway. I will keep it as my commuter/beater even if I would get another car. Next time, it's going to be a Lexus maybe. We will see. :)
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