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Mazda Protegé



  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    The most important thing you said is that you did not take delivery of the car. The sale is not technically final until you get in the car and move it 1 inch after signing paperwork if my memory serves me correctly.
  • edmund2460edmund2460 Posts: 293
    Thanks for the advice. I believe there is a 3 business day waiver rule for just about any sale. I don't think they should give me trouble, but I'll go to the GM of sales as suggested. I am so embarassed that I signed this deal. I realized the minute I walked out of there the stupidity that I committed but it was too late to go back since they had closed. As regards the car it is a Hondan ACCORD-4cyl EX with leather and spoiler for 21,550(total with tax). NOT FOR ME. My daughter's buying it with my cosign. Could not talk her into a Pro which is really what she needs. However I will say she rejected a Camry because it 'didn't handle like your car dad'. What can I say. My PRO ES 2001 is now at 11000 trouble free miles and as solid as the day I bought it. Still drive the diesel (240+K). Thanks for the posts, I'm still reading in here...
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Sheesh, I'm trying.

    Just looked out and saw my neighbor washing his pickup and his wife's Jetta. We are under a water restricted use program, NO WASHING cars -- $200 fine. It's near 90 out there and this guy is collecting disability for a bum knee -- can't work, yeah right.

    Anybody know how to dryclean a car?

    That Focus pic posted way back, what an ugly car and in an ugly color! Those Mazda6 colors don't tell us much and Mazda's color-pickers aren't the sharpest. They have one or two people do that.

    What are your color choices? List the seven best colors you have ever seen on cars. Include interior trim colors to go with them.

    My selections:
    Cobalt Firemist Blue Metallic w/Medium Blue trim
    Champaign Mist Metallic (lighter than Sand) w/Bergandy trim
    Chestnut Metallic (dark red) w/beige trim
    Silver Metallic w/Light Burgandy trim (on a BMW M3)
    White w/Red trim
    Black Metallic w/Red or Beige trim
    Dark Green Metallic w/beige trim

  • And I absolutely love it!

    It's a base model with A/C, AM/FM-CD, PS, 5 speed. No power locks or windows.

    I thought long and hard about this purchase before finally making it. My experience with new cars has been an '85 VW Jetta, '89 Chevy S10, 2000 Mazda B2500 and now this. All manual tranny. Have owned used BMW, Datsun/Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, VW Beetles and one Mercedes-Benz diesel. Basically, I purchase for the long haul. In fact, I traded the '89 Chevy S10 in on the Protege'. Had owned the truck for nearly 1/3 of my life.

    I love the acceleration and handling. The quality isn't exactly what I was expecting (doors seem a little thin). Was playing a CD today and it skipped on the first song whenever I went over bumps in the road. After the first song, it was fine though.

    What motivated my purchase was a number of factors. The auto is made in Japan. The feedback I gleaned from this discussion board helped to more or less solidfy my decision. And the reputation/warranty along with the test drive sealed it. Had strongly considered a new Sentra. However, I'm so pleased with this auto so far.

    Questions for the group here:

    1.) How has the Protege' performed for you on long trips? For example, fuel economy, handling, comfort. Beginning next year, I'll be making trips from Central Texas to East Tennessee about twice yearly. Typically non-stop going out (about 1200 miles).

    2.) Have you had any major problems while under warranty? How about once the warranty expired?
  • geckophgeckoph Posts: 6

    I have a problem with my left hip that is aggravated by the upward sloping edges of my 2002 ES seats (I have a similar problem with many office chairs) Has any one found a a need, or a way to "flatten" the seat bottom cushion? I am currently using a folded towel, but it does not look or work great. My next thought is a custom made cusion from some dense foam rubber.

    Any thoughts appreciated.

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Geckoph, I agree a custom made cushion is the way to go. Good luck! Fowler, can you help Geckoph?

    -old head
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Paul, welcome to this board! You made a great choice. I'm sure you will enjoy the road trips from Texas to Tennessee. I get about 27 mpg in my 2000 Mazda 1.8liter PRO-ES, that is mostly highway driving. BTW, I own 2 of em and I love my Protege's! Good luck, my friend and please keep on posting on this board!

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    The Honda Accord 4cyl EX with leather and spoiler for $21,550, out the door is a great price on an excellent vehicle. Your daughter's is buying a safe well screwed together sedan. BTW, the Honda Accord does look nicer/sporter than the Camry, IMHO.

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    James, I was always fond of the Eggplant Purple with the Aqua/Teal pinstripe look of the 1995 era Hyundai Accent. If I remember correctly, they came standard with red and blue plaid rubbery leatherette seats. I very sweet ride. I'm sure they commanded top box trade value, when their owners drove them in to the Ford Dealership to trade-in on a new orange 2000 Ford Focus, hehe.

    love train
  • th83th83 Posts: 164
    I'm glad to have a car I don't have to worry about breaking down. It's not as fun to drive as the Pro but my mom insisted that I get something a little bigger and less sporty. I couldn't refuse the deal that I was offered: almost $4k off MSRP. It wasn't without problems, though. When I took it home, I noticed a dark liquid leaking from the left side of the car all over my driveway. I called the dealer and they told me to bring it in early the next day. I did and it turned out to be a damaged power steering hose. Oh well, no car is perfect, not even a Honda. It had 3 miles when I got it and it now has 200.

    Paul-No, unfortunately I've never owned a Pro so I traded in my '91 Acura Legend for it. They only gave me $2k for it but that's okay considering how beat-up the car was. Faded paint, cracked windshield, rust, transmission problems, no AC and some minor body damage still got me $2k.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Sure some Pros have rattles, but I've never heard of ANY pro owner getting their car replaced because of said rattles. Do I think that's because Mazda sucks? NO. I think it's because they can easily remedy the problem in such situations.

    Meade fixed a rattle he had with no troubles, IIRC.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    Have you tried adjusting the tilt angle of the seat cushion? I think this is standard on LX and ES trim levels (this includes the P5, which is an ES trim level vehicle). Lowering the front or raising the rear of the seat cushion should reduce the pressure behind your knees.

    On long trips, I find my 99 LX (with a 1.6L engine) to be quite comfortable. Not as cushy as an Accord, Camry etc., but quiet enough for an "economy" car. Bumps are harsher than in something more softly sprung like a Corolla or Focus, but that's the compromise I made for the better handling (Focus is too tippy in the twisties for my taste). I yield about 34-38mpg on the freeway, depending on speed, continuity (stop-n-go or just plain go) and hilliness (is that a word?).

    Typical long trips are "day" trips to Detroit and back, which is about 4.5 hours each way for me. I don't feel tired from sitting and driving. I take breaks about every 2 hours, although I hear that hourly breaks are better for longer, multi-day distances.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    It's actually the same kind of rattle you all talked about. It's not a big deal, because this car is not mine.

    Of course, it could be weeks that I am driving it, since I have not heard anything yet regarding my (POS) Jetta yet. I sent a certified letter to HQ about the car, we shall see what happens from there.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Check your Yahoo mail...I sent you an email on some info I got...I think it's old news to you anyway, but thought you might be interested.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    "but my mom insisted that I get something a little bigger and less sporty."
    by th83

    and test drive a Mazda.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Driving down the highway, zoom zooming, with the CD and the AC going, in my Seabreeze Green 2002 Protege DX....

    (It's mine, temporarily anyway).. :)
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Paul don't ya mean to write "Life is good", not "life was good"?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Oops, you are right. I meant life was good this morning on the way to work, so it's kinda in the past. But I see what you mean. I guess it could be written either way.

    The Outback I had before got a chip in the windshield from an SUV on Saturday. My insurance company is paying for the repair though, so that's good. This is my 2nd comp claim in a year though, so I hope they don't drop me for it. :(
  • edmund2460edmund2460 Posts: 293
    I did think the Accord was a good deal. We came close to making a deal at the first place I went to for 1,000 more. They are apparently making some good deals at this dealer. I was offered the deal in the lot without any bargaining. I have never driven an Accord so I'm looking forward to making the comparison with the PRO. I know it's not as quiet as the Camry and you can feel the bumps on the road. BTW, after first denying he could do anything about changing my lease to a purchase, the finance guy called me back later and said he would stop it. I still think my daughter should have bought a PRO, considering it's a first car
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I am here to verify that some Proteges do come with rattles. This one must have the driver's door panel loose or something (has 2300 miles on it, and it's a 2002). When I press against the door panel, the noise stops. So I guess it's just loose. I will deal with it though, considering all the drama I have been through with cars these past couple weeks. :)
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