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Mazda Protegé

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  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I use barbless hooks ;)
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have never been hunting actually. I guess I am not the type to shoot at something and kill it. I have shot a gun before on my uncle's ranch in NC (a long time ago actually), but that's it. Never at anything. Never been fishing either. I grew up in the city though..
  • Anyone have any suggestions on the best way to clean the CD player? I have a 2000 LX and the owners manual says not to use a cleaning disc. I have before without any problems, but was wondering about what anyone else does.

    Also, does anyone else have the optional compass/temp rear view mirror? I have one and it seems to get real innacurate when the a/c is running.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    This may sound stupid, but what part gets inaccurate? The temperature or the compass??
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Call your svc dept. at Mazda and ask them. i doubt anyone has cleaned their CD player yet. Have you guys?

    Dinu
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Never cleaned the CD player in either Protege I had.

    Mirror: The temp is going to be inaccurate when the AC is running, because the AC is going to cool the area around the sensor.

    Sititng in traffic used to make the temp gauge in the rental Sebring conv. I had (in CA back in 99) go up to 115 degrees!
  • Actually the temp goes UP when the AC is running. My guess is that the gauge is too near the a/c motor and the heat from that is causing the temp to get skewered. Obviously it's a outside temp gauge.

    I cleaned my player because a few cd's were skipping. Do you think that cleaning it could damage the player?
  • Hi. I have enjoyed following this discussion and I am trying to find a Pro for myself. I have looked at a 94 model and others in that age range and I cant find any indentification between trim levels. Most cars have an emblem somewhere that would say. Also how can you tell a 1.6 from a 1.8 engine? In those years (say 92-94) what should I look for? Are the automatics good in those cars? I need an auto for my gf. I hope they are better than what the 626 trans seem to be. Thanks in advance.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Look at the front quarter panels, just ahead of the front doors. The letters "DX" or "LX" will be there. Also, lift the hood. The LX had a DOHC 1.8 engine, while the DX had a SOHC 1.8 engine. The engine cover will say what engine the car has.

    The Protege is highly recommended by Consumer Reports for its reliability, all the way back to the early '90s.
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    I posted a pic of a Protegé5 in the new blue color. It's much brighter than then pic shows it. Sort of like MP3 color.

    You know where to look.

    fowler3
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    did all the flowers go --- Where did all the Protegés go....this weekend?

    fowler3
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Blue is not MY color of choice. BTW, did you here that Mazda has increased their warranties on 2003 models to 50,000 miles/four years?

    -larry
  • My s-03's have been on for under 2000 miles, so I have no idea of treadware yet.

    I really am impressed with the ride quality vs the RE-92's. I've been running 35psi front and back, though I intend to play around with pressure when I have some time to test.

    When the tires were installed, they were pumped up to 50psi. Even so, comfort was not bad. Handling was, though, a bit dicey on broken surfaces. I lost the rear end on a bumpy ramp. Thanks to the great response, I was able to toss the pro back onto line. Things are much more predictable at proper inflation.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    ... would ride better than the RE92s. Maybe even the stone tires on Fred Flintstone's car. ;-)

    Had mine rotated for the second time last week and now they're even quieter! I got stuck in a pack of speeders on the commute to work this morning ("stuck" -- yeah right, just seized an opportunity!!!) and got to experience life at 80 mph for a few miles. It's so very nice that my car is so quiet and smooth with these tires -- and after 14,000 miles, not a hint of shimmy from the steering wheel at speed.

    Meade

    P.S. A few side notes: I was just kidding with the hunting and fishing comments -- it seemed you guys were getting a little too romantic about it and I decided to insert a little prosaic "second opinion." I own three fishing rods and while I've never hunted, I owned three handguns before I was married and used to target shoot quite a bit. Hope all of my American friends out there had a good Thanksgiving. Time to hit the diet again! And look out my fellow mid-Atlanticers -- looks like Wednesday and Thursday are gonna be a wintry MESS!!!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Not looking forward to Wednesday night. They say that's when the snow's gonna start in MD. I will be safe and sound at home on Thursday if that's the case. Definitely a perfect day to work from home. :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    So guess where I'll be?

    ;-)

    Meade
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    unheard of! (well for the past 2 years at least ;-) )

    I think when the white stuff starts falling, it'll be time to take the rx-7 out onto an empty parking lot and do some doughnuts :-D
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    I changed the oil on my Protege yesterday. Note to self: DO NOT try to change oil again when it's 35 degrees outside with a 25 mile wind gust. Newspapers were flying everywhere, and the oil was splattering all over the place as the wind blows...

    but boy does the Pro love fresh Mobil 1 10w-30 :-)
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    It snowed back in January here in MD. It was on the 18th of January I think, because my company was just coming back from a trip to Atlantic City on the bus when it started. I remember getting in the car and creeping down the beltway to my friend's house. That was the only snow my car has been since I owned it, over a year now.

    I hope it doesn't snow. I still be staying home if it does though. I work ~35 miles from home, not even going to try to make it. I did one year, and it toom me 3 HOURS to get to work. I will work from home, thanks.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    A few inches (as little as 2 or 3 sometimes) will shut us down, literally. All the schools close. A lot of businesses close. So the traffic really does diminish, and I get to go out and play. Y'all who haven't experienced it before will find that your Proteges do pretty well in the snow -- er, as long as you don't have those Poortenzas still on your wheels! I keep a set of "emergency chains" (the ones that strap on) for the front wheels in the trunk JUST IN CASE I get in a pinch -- but the front-wheel-drive and good balance makes the Protege bite in and stay on course pretty well -- a LOT better than my old rear-wheel drive, no-weight-in-the-back B2300 pickup did! Just gotta watch out for the morons out there ...

    (I don't know how well Jettas do in the snow, Paul ... since they're from Germany, you'd think they'd do admirably -- as long as the vibrations from the snowy road don't drop all four windows into your doors, the coils don't burn out and the rubber treatment doesn't leak!)

    Meade
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Hardy-har-har.

    The Tiptronic is really cool in the snow, gives you very good control over the engine's speed. I have also crossed a sheet of ice in the car at 5mph or so. There was a water main break in the local grocery store's parking lot. Instead of trying to walk across the ice and risk killing myself, I drove across with my ASR on. Car didn't spin one time. I was really shocked.

    Businesses and schools are very quick to close in Baltimore as well. Well, the county schools are quick to close. They do because of the risk of having kids on school buses on the snow covered roads, and lawsuit risks.

    I wouldn't use snow chains on your car, Meade. I am pretty sure the owner's manual recommends against them. They might damage the alloy wheels. Traction control would help alot on snowy roads, if the Protege offered it...
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    You guys are funny. 2-3 inches and it's a ghost town? Lawsuits for school buses driving in snow? Nonesense!

    The PRO handles ok in snow, but it does have a little too much torque for slippery starts :) You gotta take it very easy on the gas, and then it goes.

    DInu
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    They only cross the tire tread in two places -- just enough to give you some grip and get you out of a tough situation. They're not meant for extended use, nor are they those big, cumbersome, floppy chains that the police cars use. The cables that cross the tire tread are no thicker than a pencil (thinner actually), and nothing but a flat nylon strap touches the alloys. I've used them on two Proteges and the alloys on my pickup (and THEY were painted at that) and never suffered even a scratch. I swear by those little guys.

    Meade
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Mpls-St. Paul this morning. Bald SP 5000s are not nice in the snow. I need to quit being lazy and put the snow tires on soon.

    I went in to get my estimate on Saturday. In case anyone is wondering, a hood and a new grill will set you back $950 with a 2001 ES. I have rental coverage with my insurance and I am wondering what car I should try out when I bring my car in. Enterprise is my only choice. I'm thinking about holding off on the repair until winter is over. What would you guys do?
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Betcha you've never had your schools close because it was too HOT either.

    ;-)

    Meade
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Get a hood from the junk yard. One that's a different color if at all possible. And just duct tape your grille up. If you can, run a piece of rope from the grille to somewhere under the front bumper like a lot of people do in the rear of their busted Hondas to hold the trunk shut. Gives the car that "Martha Stewart" look. Oh -- and if you've got a marker light out too, just stick a piece of clear packing tape over it and try to match the color as best as you can with a magic marker.

    But just make sure you've got a brand-new, huge subwoofer in the trunk and the latest sound system and lots of rap music -- and loosen your rear license plate enough to it vibrates when you've got the tunes on. The whole point is to make people think you've completely lost it.

    Meade
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    trying to make todd's 2001 look like a '91 beater LOL
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    (writhing my hands in glee)

    Meade
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