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Mazda Protegé



  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Anybody else here besides me, possibly Paul, and Hank signed up for a Mazdarevitup event?

    Malt, you going to Irvine this weekend?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I know what you mean about needing a wash. I haven't done that in so long, I probably forgot how.. :)

    It's been raining here in MD since Monday and will be raining until Saturday, according to the weather. I am going to install my new wheels this weekend, but I won't be able to wash the car. :(
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    and I remember pet rocks too.

    If Meade equates his feline friend to his flesh and blood, I'd say it's time for some meds.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I hope to be there bright and early sunday morning. After all, can anything be more holy than the smell of burnt rubber?
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Actually it was fall 2003 when the warranty changed from 3/50 to 4/50. My 2003 P5's owner's manual lists 3/50 as the warranty period. I asked when we purchased it if the warranty was actually 4/50. I was given a sticker with the 4/50 info and later received a new warranty guide in the mail. Just so all those with 2001, 2002, and early 2003 Mazdas aren't confused.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    CR tested the Mazda6 this month, and still listed the warranty as 3/50. I was shocked, because I thought it changed to 4/50 as well.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I believe someone said "drop it." We all have accepted the fact that there's no place in your heart for animals.

    And Paul doesn't speak for me. Would you let him speak for YOU?
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    "It WAS fall 2003?"

    What time zone are you living in???

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Another day on the Protege Board.
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    Don't feel bad. The silent majority is on your side.

    Mark. :)
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Lke I said I have a pet feline and love her to death. But I will aim with glee at stray cats. I hate em.
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    OK. THAT was a typo. Fall 2002 is what I meant to write. I suppose that it what I get for trying to correct the Meadeball.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    ...this stuff about feeding ethylene glycol - which is clearly a poison - to cats is not really on topic, nor something we need to be playing around with. You never know when someone might misinterpret a message that is meant to be tongue in cheek.

    Let's just keep to the cars, okay? Poisoning/killing animals is not an issue that we need to get into whether we are joking or not.

  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    In Chicago, same group as Dale.

    I'm thinking of signing up for Sunday too. Think they'd let me go twice?

    CR also mis-stated that the 6's V6 is supplied by Ford, while only the engine block is (the rest is all-new, designed by Mazda).

    Man, my Pro loves this spring weather. Not too hot, not too cold. And now that they've closed the overpass I usually take to work, I've discovered another back road with a fun s-curve on a hill. I usually dust whoever's on my tail through that (of course, they just stomp on their accelerator on the straightaway afterwards and catch up). :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    ... about my brakes and tires. While the brakes aren't showing any outward sign of wear (like screeching wear indicators), I just know they're not going to pass state inspection next month with 53,500 miles on them. But my tires are down to their treadwear indicators and I know they won't pass. And here in Virginia, if you get a rejection sticker, you only have 10 days to correct the situation and get the car reinspected. So I guess I'd better start biting that bullet and be proactive here.

    I see Meineke's running a $29.95/axle lifetime brake deal right now. Hmmm.

    And to answer the inevitable question before it's asked, my choices are:

    (1) Yokohama AVID T4s or V4s from TireRack
    (2) BFG Touring VR4s from Costco (what Larry's got)

    While I have more confidence in the Yokos, I might just go the Costco route because of their excellent service and no hassles if I have any problems. Plus they're three miles away and not three states away.

    But I am certain of one thing ... once I get those new tires installed, I'm getting a by-gosh four-wheel alignment at the best alignment shop I can find!

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    $29.95 for lifetime brakes?!? That's sounds like a good deal. I got pads from Meineke awhile back for one of the Bonnevilles, and they screached like crazy though. Something you might wanna think about.

    Here's a thought though: Why not just try to get inspected with the brakes, and take them over a weekend and get them replaced if you have to? If you fail inspection, do you have to pay the second time for it? These are the kind of things that make me glad MD only does emissions (and every 2 years at that) and no yearly inspection. I kinda wish sometimes they would do inspections, unless I was in a situation like that. :)
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    29.95 lifetime warranty on brakes is a joke. It only covers the pads (and shoes) which are cheap. You'll still have to pay to fix calipers, resurface rotors, etc. Basically, by charging you 29.95 for pads/shoes per axle, they are ripping you off. You could probably buy the pads/shoes for less than half that price. It's just a clever way for them to get you to come into their shop whenever you need brakes and whatever else they can sell you.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    As posted on the Posse board, I finished my exams (hence my absence - much to Pat's chagrin I assume:)).

    The PRO's doing great.

    Getting the 2.0 TSB done this Friday. Went in last Friday after getting a call from my dealer saying the part's in and they started giving me the run around how they have to check the car first, if it REALLY needs it (adding that maybe I'll have to call Mazda Canada to get it approved), and the like.

    So after expressing my dissapointment and anger at how this issue is being handled (jn a polite manner of course), they promptly agreed that yes, my car NEEDS the TSB to be done and that it would be their pleasure to do it then.

    So after waiting 1 hr for them to make up their mind if they were going to fix it or not, I booked tomorow 7.30AM.

    Will keep you posted. Hopefully it won't be an issue.

    BTW, just passed 56.000kms this week. Smooth as ever. Still a blast to drive.

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    29.95? definitely too good to be true. Let us know what the real estimate is after they put your Pro on the rack. My guess is 2 new calipers, 1 bearing and some other miscellaneous stuff costing you $245 for the front brakes.

    Keep us posted.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    "My guess is 2 new calipers"

    Really? Are you saying that because the Protege's calipers usually need replacement at Meade's mileage, or that the Meineke guys are going to be full of crap?
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