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Mazda Protegé



  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Tire storage

    I've always heard that they are best stored stacked with a cover...large trash bag or so. If you want to get really fancy, some of the car enthusiast accessory sites have fancy covers. Somebody mentioned dividing each wheel with sheet of cardboard. Sounds like a good idea along with one on the ground if to need slide the stack around in the garage.

    It's funny, most of the tire stores out here have displays that are the shape of a covered stack of tires but they are empty frames...go figure!
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Now I can't remember where I read, but the site said (as maltb stated above) to store them on their sides all seperated by cardboard (espically on the ground from the tire).
    I think that storing them vertically may create flat spots in the tire over time, and that is why they say to lie them on their sides (horizontally).
    Covering them with garbage bags couldn't hurt.

  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Ok, now I can't remember who bought the rims at Wal-mart, but has there been any trouble with them? The reason I ask is because a Fountain Tire sales associate told me that they've had problem with people buying cheap rims from Wal-mart and then not being able to install them.
    What rims, specifically, did you buy? What was the configuration of the nuts? I haven't looked at my rims to see yet and this would be much appreciated.

    Pro Fan
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Check these out for tire storage:


    You'll have to look for the tire storage section a little bit.


  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    You may as well give them a good wash and wax before you store them.

    Definitely put a couple pieces of clean corrugated under the stack. You may want to put a layer of plastic or foam sheet between wheels.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    Seems jkobty is back at his tricks...

    Daewoo Hyundai Kia vs. the World
  • the parallax: I got a deal for you. Since I have a black car and you love washing cars why don't you just wash mine whenever you are in the mood :)

    nike: You'll never guess who started that topic ;)
  • pjd58pjd58 Posts: 366
    The dealer I purchased my Protege from offers free oil changes for as long as you own the car. Problem, the dealer is 90 miles away, couldn't find a Mill. Red Protege in my area.

  • Thanks for the help. The Protege is definitely a serious choice of mine now. One thing I do want to ask is someone posted that the new Civic "is taking a beating." Could someone tell me what they meant by this b/c that was also a car I was thinking about. I can't find who said it at the moment, but it's a recent post. Thanks.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    No particular advice. I would store them upright, but at their base, use 2 bricks (one on each side) to just prop them up a little. And of course, rotate them every 2 weeks so you don't get lumps. That's how I stored performance tires and rims for 2 winters wirth no problems.

    Now if you can't have access once you store them, then maybe you should put them flat, stacked on top of each other with cardboard in b/w.

    pintopkp: #5896 of 5912 by black01coupev6 Nov 14, 2001 (10:13 am) The new Civic is taking somewhat of a beating. Hope it's just first year issues and not an indication of what's to come.

  • The Civic has had what is probably just first year "bugs". A few squeaks, rattles, some have said the suspension is too stiff, and Honda had to reprogram the engine computer.

    I would stay away from the first year, but I would do that with any car. I think you should be OK if you are looking at a 2002 Civic.
  • ...I think I'll have to think about that one... :)
  • This may be a little off-topic, but it's still about Mazdas.

    This website has a wealth of information on the design/engineering of the Mazda 6. I was reading the safety/craftsmanship section of it and I was very impressed. If Mazda can keep these levels of quality thoughout the Mazda line, including the upcoming Protege, then I would not mind the use of Ford parts. The Duratec is a proven engine that will be used in the upcoming 6 (by the way, change the name to Atenza, it sounds much better!!!).

  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    You really think THAT'S a better name? I agree that '6' is dopey as heck, but 'Atenza' sounds like a Nissan wanna-be. :)

    Mazda really needs to get their marketing together (I believed this was discussed in a chat a few weeks ago). Seems like these days they're picking random names and numbers out of the air and sticking them on models willy-nilly. At least in the old days (323, 626, 929), there was some logic involved.

    Now they just seem indecisive and goofy.

    (The above rant was not meant as a personal slam, parallax person, just happens to be something that has been bugging me :)
  • norcannorcan Posts: 72
    OK, that explains your gas price calculation. We came up with the same thing, based on $0.56 CDN/litre. Lessee, if an American goes on vacation to Nova Scotia they'd pay $1.35 USD/US Gal *your calculation* or $2.15 CDN/US Gal *my calculation*.

    From recent posts, if a Canadian could afford to go on vacation to Florida ;( they'd pay the same.
    The catch:
    Americans earn $USD and Canadians earn $CDN -amazing information, no? Our friends in the States should think about a taking their Pro's on a tour in: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut. Canucks will be exploring these provinces and territories too - because they can't afford to drive anywhere else!
  • All - I have an '01 ES 2.0 with 4K on it. Anyone else notice a hissing sound when they put their foot on the gas, especially at highway speeds. I had the car rustproofed a couple of days ago, and am wondering if they knocked something loose on the exhaust.

    On a similiar note, didn't someone mention a 'rattle' or vibration when the car is cold. I get that too and wondered if there's a fix.

    Otherwise very satisfied with the car.


  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    Usually, it's the heat shield covering the catalytic converter. This rattles if a weld has been broken, although it'd continue to rattle after the engine warmed up.

    No idea on the hissing sound. Where's it coming from? If there was a leak in the exhaust, it'd sound like the regular exhaust, just louder. Perhaps one of your vacuum lines is leaking?
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Ok, so I went down to Midas and spoke to a service rep there. He told me that with ANY car, not just new ones, for $129.95 + applicable taxes, you get 4 oil changes/year AND free tire rotations every 8000 km for as long as you own the vehicle.
    I said to him, "how can you afford to do that??", to which he responded, "well its a gamble, but most people don't keep their cars very long."
    Good enough for me.
    Now in regards to oil changes at places like Midas, jiffy-lube, minute-lube, etc., a friend and I were talking and he said that those places may not be very good because they do not let all the oil drain from the car before putting in the new oil. This to me would imply some mixing of oil, although much would be pushed down and out due to positive pressure from the new oil.
    Is this bad for the engine at all? Does it make a difference?

  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    When the car is cold and it's off for a while (like overnight), it does make a rough sound. This goes away after about 3 mins when the temp gauge is at the halfway point. I don't know if there's a fix for it. I'll check with my dealer next week.

    Haven't experienced any rattling at all with the PRO. It feels very well put together.

    Not a bad deal on the Midas offer. I'll go see them next time I'm due for an oil change. My only reservation for not going is b/c, as you have mentionned they don't take thier time to properly drain all the oil. This is why I go to a private garage. I bring them the filter from Mazda and 4L of Castrol GTX. They charge $12-15 plus taxes for their time. In the long run you would save a lot with Midas, but I want the job well done, so I'm not sure if it's worth it. I'll have to go once and see what they do.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    I am due for the 16000km svc at Mazda. It will cost $50 CDN for really only an oil change, They say they lubricate the chassis, check fluids, lights, etc, but as anyone, I can do that myself. The only probelm is that they stamp the warranty card when you go in.

    So my question is: Do I pay $50 for an oil change and stamp, or $27 for an oil change only? The car is financed. Do I have any obligations as far as the warranty goes to have all that work done, even though the last time I went for the 8000km svc, they only changed the oil, nothing more, even though they state they did all that other svc, which they actually haven't?

    At the same time, can anyone recommend any Mazda dealer in T.O.?
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