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Mazda Protegé



  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    South Central PA. received the brunt of this North Eastern weather event. Blizzard like conditions closed down this part of PA., Sunday and Monday.

    I'm leaving for Cracker Barrel in York in about 15 mins. (Tuesday, 3:30 am EST). I hope to open at 6:00 am, however that depends on the arrival of my cooks and servers??? Got about 28 mile drive in unknown conditions. I looked out my 2nd story window of my home office before I sat down to type this post and it appears, we got another dusting of snow, overnight. Well, I guess will see how my 2000 Mazda Protegé ES and BF Goodrich TA's do on my morning adventure in our local winter wonderland!!! LOL!!!

  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    Actually, I'm thinking of the units with manual radio presets and how they used to drift all the time (and in my father's Olds Firenza, the knobs would keep falling off...good old AC Delco radios), and have lots of static even when tuned into a station.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    i have just ordered a set of Falken ZE-512's to replace the near-bald tires on my Protege. I was visiting my parents in gaithersburg over the weekend (great weekend to pick to visit huh ;) ), we ended up with about 20" at the house.

    Dug the car out yesterday, but my Protege had absolutely ZERO traction on the front wheels to go anywhere. I was just spinning and spinning and spinning, not going anywhere. Well today the sun came out and it got a bit warmer, so I decided to try come back to VA. Having seen my dad went to work in his old minivan without any trouble, I figured the snow on the side road (driveway is clean now) would be just slush and i can somehow get out, but NO! I was stuck on side road for some 15 minutes before the neighbor finally came and help me get the car to rolling start and on my way.

    lessson learned: always make sure you have tread on the tires in case of bad weather like this, and buy a new set of wheels/tires to keep the wear and tear in competition driving off of daily street tires (autocross killed the front tires VERY quickly)
  • sfratsfrat Posts: 205
    We got about 20 inches here in Bethesda. The main road in front of the apartment (which is a snow emergency route) is one lane, with 8 ft walls of snow on each side. I pity the cars that are parked on the street, some are literally buried, the only thing visible is the antenna.

    Fortunately our building mangager has a good contract with a couple of guys who plowed our parking lot during the storm several times. I went out yesterday to dig my car out before the snow started to melt and get heavy. I went down just as the management company came buy with a couple of snow blowers (the last in the stores) and they were nice enough to snow blow in between my car and the other car on each side about 3/4 of the say in. So I just had to dig out from the front of the front door forward and then behind the car where the snowplow had piled the snow up. Then I helped my roomate and a couple of other apartment neighbors. It was hard work, but I was just happy to get out of the apartment for a few hours. There are a number of pepole in the lot who didn't bother to dig there cars out, I don't know what they are thinking. This is just like 96 and I was still in HS and didn't go to school for two weeks. It looks like I will have to go in tomorrow. Being grown-up stinks. We did go skiing today, excellent conditions at Liberty for you locals.
  • sfratsfrat Posts: 205
    I did take my pro out briefly for a two block ride to the grocery store (we walked on Sunday). It did pretty well. I still have plenty of tread on the tires. Also, I find that manual gives you an extra bit of throttle control which is helpful. I think the car is too light to be really good in the snow though.
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  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    The tires that are truly lacking. I've taken my Pro out in the snow w/ my Nokian tires and had no troubles at all.

    I'm sure weight does play a part though. I'm acutally glad the Pro isn't too heavy. Stopping on ice in a heavy vehicle is scary :O
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    and had a great time just driving around, been in since Friday. We didn't get snow, only two inches of sleet, which melted quickly this morning.

    I remember the 1996 storm very well. I was on vacation in Hawaii, on Wakiki (sp) Beach, it was 85F, clear blue sky, lots of people on the beach. The next day left for home. Arrived at night, had to stomp through snow 3-feet deep. Borrowed a shovel from a neighbor to move a 5-foot drift off my front door so I could get in. Frozen fingers, didn't need gloves in Hawaii. Didn't get out for the next 8 days.

    That's why I moved to NC.

  • My sister has a 1994 LX 5-speed and wants to tow a u-haul trailer behind the car from michigan to california.
    I don't however know if the car has any towing capacity whatsoever. so I'm asking you all if know?
    I think she should just get a truck and tow the Pro, but she wants to drive HER car and save the money.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    On the other hand, I've seen Proteges with small utility trailers with lawn tractors loaded on them, and there are aftermarket hitches made for them for stuff like bike racks etc.

    I'd avoid tongue weight over 150lbs.

    However, since she has to drive over some good-sized mountains, I would recommend against it, especially since a '94 ProtegeLX has a small engine (something like 95HP?). It would overtax the engine and the transmission.

    I agree with you: Rent a U-Haul truck and tow the Pro (by itself or on a trailer). She should get a truck capable to hauling over the Rockies.
  • For those who need this tire size, the new Yokohama AVS ES100 should be available this spring. Although they are not yet listed on Tirerack, they are already available in Canada ( The PDF guide available at confirm this.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
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  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    What car do you have?

  • a canadian ES 2001 (MT). This is a mix of a us LX 2.0 and a PRO; it has the same interior as a PRO, but only 15 in. wheels, no rear-disk, no abs, no spoiler and no sunroof (but all these are available as a package option).

    In Province of Quebec, the Protege is the best-selling car in the compact category since 2001 (it was the Civic before). I have bought it the very first day that the 2001 model was available in Canada, in december 2000, and I have done 56 000 km so far (about 35 000 miles). As I want to keep it a long time, I hope that it will last 250 000 km; we'll see ...
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I was lucky, everyone on my street got together and ended up hand shoveling out our street, because it's too small for a plow to fit up. The trouble is, it's one way and the street you have to go out on is not clear at all. I got stuck there, but some neighbors were nice enough to push me out. I went the wrong way down the street and parked that way last night, because I didn't wanna get stuck again. And the street I have to go over (still covered in snow and rutted) is a real mess to get over still. Baltimore city is happy to tow your car away if you park on a snow emergency route, but they haven't sent anyone to clean anything else. We have about 26.5" of snow on the ground still.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Man, I WISH we'd had two feet of snow! Instead we got four inches of SLEET and ICE. Can't plow it, can't salt it (too cold), can't do nothin' with it. Our street is still covered. At least snow gives you some traction! I'm tired of landing flat on my -- er -- posterieur trying to just get to the mailbox!

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I would rather have the ice than 2 FEET of snow, personally. Don't gotta shovel ice, and traction control works wonders with it too. Not like snow, where you still get stuck anyway... :(
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    1. Paul, this is the P-R-O-T-E-G-E discussion. Proteges don't have "Traction Control."

    2. Driving on ice might be great if you have "Traction Control." And in the utopia in which you live, everyone else must have it too? So no one will slide into you?

    3. Tell me how "Traction Control" works when you're stopped in traffic on a banked curve and your car starts sliding sideways, into the other lane, and toward the ditch on the other side.

    4. Please advise how "Traction Control" keeps me from falling flat on my aforementioned "posterieur" when attempting to negotiate getting from my car to my front door.

    5. You apparently have had no experience with a good ol' southun Ice Storm and what several inches of ice does to trees and power lines that several feet of snow DOESN'T. Apparently you also have not been a homeowner long enough to see what kind of damage a 60-foot oak tree can do to your house.


  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    when all your 4 freaking tires on ice????

    which one is going to grip?????
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    We get those in the north too. We call that Spring time.
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