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Mazda Protegé

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  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    that reminds me the following story. Winter 1995, I put my bare foot for the first time in the soil of the United States. I get a grant from NASA to design an EM non-destructive device for detecting corrosion of the airplanes. I was supposed to work under the advise of my dear Professor in Minneapolis. We meet at the airport and he droves me in his rusty Volvo and told me: "when you finish the design, we'll try on my car first"! I never forgot this remark. ;-)
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    "Didn't you know that VW uses thicker and better sheetmetal than the Japanese makes?"

    Todd: I think it's just in Vermont out of all of North America that Japanese cars have holes in them :) That guy is just too funny - the one that wants an 80.000kms Jetta over a Japanese car. HA HA.

    Dinu
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Thicker body panels might not make the car safer, but it makes the car feel more upmarket, and avoids that cheap, tinny "clang" when the doors and trunk close.
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Is the vehicle a rickshaw? LOL!

    bluong1 said he has a Phd, reminds me of an old joke, definition of an Expert,that ended with BS Phd. BS (you know what this means) and PHD=piled hip deep.

    Somebody may have to explain this to bluong1. ;)

    fowler3
  • exbyexby Posts: 11
    Hi guys, I'm new to the forum. I'm just wondering what would be a good price for an LX model brand new. I offered 14 grand for a protege with an MSRP of 16,200 and the dealer took it. I haven't bought the car yet but the price still stands. Is this a good price or can I get even lower? Help me out a bit... This is my first car deal ever.
  • I'm not so sure that bigger is always better as far as brakes go. When I say bigger, I mean overall diamater. What you really want is more surface area. I've seen alot of cars with discs that have a puny little strip for actual braking surface area. I guess it all depends on the size of the hub and wheel attatchment points, etc. When designing a good braking system, I would try to maximize surface area for obvious reasons. Making discs bigger is probably the easiest way but this adds the the rotational mass which hinders the performance of the car.
  • exbyexby Posts: 11
    Hi guys, I'm new to the forum. I'm just wondering what would be a good price for an LX model brand new. I offered 14 grand for a protege with an MSRP of 16,200 and the dealer took it. I haven't bought the car yet but the price still stands. Is this a good price or can I get even lower? Help me out a bit... This is my first car deal ever.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    try comparing your price with this site's TMV price. The TMV is a very good indicator of how much people in your area are paying for the car.

    good luck with your car purchase!
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    However, Volkswagen can't cover the 2002 VeeDub Jet for 12 hours against dash rattles?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    VW can cover the dash rattles for 12 years if Mazda can cover the trannies that long.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I would find out the invoice price, then offer the dealer invoice minus any rebates available. The Protege is a good car, though not as popular as a Honda or Toyota. Great deals can be had, you just have to know how to do it. :)
  • Friend of mine had a '85 323 that he just traded in a couple of months ago. His transmission still works, albeit a little rougher when going from P to D and with shifting through the gears but functional nonetheless. Even the engine was OK too. Mazda quality is among the tops in the auto industry. If they did offer 12 year warranties, they would not lose their shirts over it. Problem is FoMoCo would probably not let them have anything close to that, b/c it would extend to joint FoMoCo ventures like the Tribute and possibly the new 2004 compacts (Protege/Focus).

    Too bad about the 323, he never washed it. Seemed there was a large rust spot on every body panel. I am sure he could have pushed it to 250K if he had taken better care of it.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    My Protege is covered for 7 years/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and I still paid about $6,000 less than Paul did for his car.

    Meade
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    My 2000 VW Jetta had 2 major problems with the transmission before I "Jettasoned" it at 18,000 miles.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    No, I have done no maintenance to my brakes (other than having the fluid changed at 30,000 miles). I do tend to let the engine brake the car somewhat (I have a 5-speed after all), so maybe that has contributed to longer wear.

    Meade
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Could have paid close to the same had I not gotten the luxury options I got with my car (turbo, leather/heated seats, traction control, side airbags). And the list goes on and on...
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You had the VR6 engine, right? That's why I got the turbo and not the VR6. They seem to have alot of tranny trouble for some reason.

    It sucks really, because I wanted a GLX, but they only come with the VR6.

    And how long did you have your car?
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    u almost got it right.
    Actually the vehicle that I am referring to is a Vespa Scooter. It is a rear sidemounted engine and has only 12" tires.

    So in case the front brakes are in good working condition and u happen to use them, expect yourself to be spinning in circles with your rear wheel lifted off the ground!!!!
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    I had a Vespa scooter when I was in the Air Force in Germany, in 1953. It was a deluxe model made for the International Motor Show, the center piece, painted candy apple red with gold pinstripes (hand painted). The seat was tan leather. The spare tire had a chrome insert which was the emergency fuel tank, held 1-litre. More chrome trim on the scooter than standard green models.

    I had to wait for the Vespa to make the rounds of all the Vespa dealers before taking delivery. It cost $850.00! Standard Vespas started at $350.00.
    These days they are $3,500 and up. Check the Vespa web site for current modern models -- beautiful!

    Chikoo,you are right about the brakes, it did tend to nose down on hard stops. Not a good vehicle for riding in blizzards, I sold it and got a car, my first 4-speed manual, 1951 Morris Minor, had 27hp, bicycles passed me on hills. Missed the Vespa's 80mpg, sigh.

    I still have a photo,if I can find it I will post on that other site. ;)

    fowler3
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