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Mazda Protegé

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  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    No offense, but the new P5 blue is the laser blue mica, which was the same color as the MP3. On the Mazda website it doesn't look as bright, I agree, but it's the same color.

    If you look in the CAPP II photo folder elsewhere, check out Kory's car. He has a laser blue mica MP3 that he keeps very shiny and bright. I think you'll see what I mean.

    And if I'm wrong about any of this, I'm sure I'll be corrected by the time I wake up tomorrow morning.

    :)

    --Dale
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    the 'new' blue color on the P5 and (yes) sedan is indeed the Laser Blue Mica found on the MP3

    some MP3 owners have had hissy fits about no longer having the 'exclusive' paint color! LOL!
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Thel, you want some advice? Ok, I feel you can find a 2000 PRO-ES with less than 75,000 miles. That's about 25,000 mile per year, alot of miles for a three year old car. I do and can recommend the 2000 PRO-ES, my wife and I both have one. Our PRO-ES's have about 46,000 mile on them and are great little racers! Keep looking for a used Protegé with less miles in the $7,500 price range.

    BTW, we would need to know more about any specific car, to answer your main question. RE: options, condition, what part of the country are you from, does the car come with a dealer warranty. If I was in your shoes, I would look for a Protegé with some of the original manufacture warranty left. Mazda has a 3 year/50,000 mile warranty on pre-2003 models. That way, you have several months to discover any potential problems while under the Mazda warranty protection? Good luck Thel!

    -larry
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Let's talk about the wonderful world of tires (hey, don't complain: it could have been this or brakes) :)

    I put 33PSI all around this week, and the PRO handles much better on the highway - goes faster I think, with less noise - but is rough in the city. I think I'll go and adjust it today: I'll leave 33 front and lower the rear to 32.

    Dinu
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    I live in mid-Missouri. I've heard that the Protege is reliable so the miles don't bother me much. I probably couldn't afford anything with less miles unless I get an older one, I'm hoping to get closer to $5000-$6000. The only option on it is the moonroof, all the other stuff such as power windows, cruise, tilt, etc. were standard on the ES. I ran a carfax and the car is a local, one owner, trade-in. The car appears to have been well cared-for. Thanks for the help.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I was going to say MP3 owners still had the yellow to themselves, but I forgot that the P5 comes in that color...
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    Mazdaspeed Protege owners probably will keep their pumpkin color paint as a exclusive color, since this is the last year of the current generation Protege :-)
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    My company has power to most of its buildings now. I am back to work, but my wife is not. We still have no power at home. Duke Power says 90% chance by Wednesday.

    Drove my Protege to South Carolina yesterday to pick up propane for heater (all of the local/regional supplies are gone). Got ~30 mpg on the highway.

    I am still trying to convince my wife that the Protege 5 is what she wants. She seems to be leaning towards a Corolla due to the fact it is obviously designed for short people (she is 5'2").
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    A bunch of my clients lost power in NC as well (Raleigh, Charlotte mostly), but they are back on today.

    I can understand your wife's concern about being a shorter driver in the P5. The car is lower built than a Corolla or Focus, and it might give her visibility issues. I can only comment from sitting in both, as I am not short (6'3 here) but know the Corolla and Focus "sit" higher.
  • Washed, and hand dried, my baby yesterday (temp: 55F). Good to have the east coast, ice storm gunk off of it. I was reminded: don't forget to rinse off the "shelf" in the rear wheel well. I enjoyed watching the last rays of light glint off the paint/wheels. I am still without power.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    some of you folks are still without power.

    Ted--I'm 5'3", and do fine in the Protege sedan. I will admit, though, that when I had the Focus rental for a couple of days, I enjoyed sitting up a little higher.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Get a booster seat for your Pro.

    Do you need one in restaurants too? :P
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Then you can see all the way around too. Extend it up to see over those darned mini-vans and SUV's.
  • She could probably sit on the "Hello Kitty" seat covers that I saw on Ebay (Link is in Protege Posse)
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    My dealer just called. Mazda is now offering 0% for 5 years on Protege5. Perhaps with will persuade my wife...
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Who decided this was Pick-on-Dale week?

    (and I swear, Mike and Raymond, if you try to say that EVERY week is Pick-on-Dale week, I'll be on the next plane to Canada and/or PA)

    Boy, does my Protege need to be washed.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I just ran mine through the car wash yesterday. Look at the bright side, your car could be black or dark green and look REALLY bad right now...
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Well, my white car looks pretty danged bad right now...I would say that it could compete pretty well against say, oh, maybe Mike's black LX or Raymond's midnight blue P5. :P
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    looks Midnight Shiny right now thank you. $8.95 at Jerry's Carwash got all the gunk off!

    and not every week is Pick on Dale week, only the ones with 7 days in them.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    The shine from my Pro would blind you right now.

    And ditto what Ray said :D
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    I'll have you know that I was actually in line at the car wash in Saturday, behind several other people who were taking advantage of the above-freezing temps.

    My elderly grandparents happened to walk by just then, however, so I decided it would be better to give them a ride home rather than continue to wait.

    Seriously.

    :)
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Good tale.

    Seriously.

    :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    And with that nice layer of crud protecting my paint, I don't need to worry about washing it until spring!!!

    Meadeball
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    How does the white P5 look compared to the green ES?
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Offer, $6,100. Edmunds True Market Value on the a 2000 LX as you described is roughly $7,100. Prolly, $6,750 is fair. Jeeze, I'm sure a lower milage Protege in your price range can be located? Good luck, thel!

    -larry
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I thought he was offering money for a 2000 ES???
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    But they are asking $8750 so I don't think I'll even bother to make an offer.
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Dale could sit on a phonebook. LOL!

    My power didn't go off! Have been in since Wednesday due to power off everywhere else in NC. It's frustrating not being able to go to a bank for cash to buy food. Good thing I stocked up before the storm.

    Went out today, late paying bills due to storm. On the way to the Post Office -- WHAM!! I was rearended at a traffic light by a Lexus GS300 SUV!
    Fortunately he had slowed down to make a turn, no damage, not even paint scruffed.

    Rearenders are the state sport in NC. I have seen as many as three at one intersection in less than an hour.

    My Pro hasn 't been washed since June, what a crummy mess. Water restrictions due to drought, yet we have had rain and more rain followed by snow and ice.

    fowler3
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Glad you and the Protege are okay, although it must have been a little scary for a second there.
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