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Mazda Protege Owners: Meet the Members

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
edited April 15 in Mazda
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share with others about your Protege.

My name is KarenS and I will be your Owner's Club host. If there is any particular discussion you would like to see added to the Mazda Protege Owners folder, please let me know. I will create it asap! You might want to look at some of the other Owner's Clubs for discussion ideas.

Also, if you are interested in an Owner's chat here at, I can get the ball rolling in setting one up! Club chats can be arranged for

Tuesdays: 5-6pmPT/8-9pmET, 7-8pmPT/10-11pmET


Thursdays: 5-6pmPT/8-9pmET, 6-7pmPT/9-10ET, 7-8pmPT/10-11pmET (The last time may be too late for East coasters, but is available.)

Let me know what time works for you.

Owner's Clubs

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager



  • My name is Matthew Conheady. 23 year old Production Manager at a Translation company in Rochester, NY.

    I own a 99 ES Mica Green with Viper Alarm and Remote start/lights/doors. Just added the clear corners. Plate holders are chrome.

    I'm interested in customizing my Protege so it doesn't look like everyone else's green one!
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    Pete from Phoenix, but moving to the Windy City of Chicago very soon. My Protege is a 2000 ES with all the options except the spoiler. I have even done some moderate customization. My other two Pro's were both '92 LX's (one manual, one automatic...his and hers). The Protege is the best small car and has been for some time. It's time to recognize it for what it is, a Great Little Car!!!


  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    Alrightyy.. Victor in Tampa, FL

    2000ES bought Dec.12/00.

    No problems other than it was out of balance when we got it on a saturday... Green.

    Hey Karen, i thought we had to have 2 members as "spokespeople" before we got the club.

    as for a chat, no time really, but of those options Tuesday is the best.
  • Re: Spokespersons or Community Leaders - This really isn't mandatory. Some of the other clubs do have them, and if anyone wants the honor, let me know!

    Now...what other discussions do you want in your Club folder?

    Owner's Clubs

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    maybe a Modifications. for folks wanting questions on adding extra aftermarket parts.. it will probably be slow at first, but more than likely build once the MP3 comes out.

    also, a cleaning/washing or something like that. best ways to wash it, etc...

    just suggestions of course.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Hey everybody! I'm on my third Protege too, although not really by choice -- my first one, a 1992 LX, died at 28,000 miles when its crappy Bridgestone POORtenza tires hydroplaned and caused it to rear-end a mid-80s Volvo station wagon (aka "brick wall") at a traffic light. He was going 0; I was going 45. That Protege totaled itself so I could WALK AWAY from the accident.

    The second Protege was also a 1992 LX -- and I drove it 83,000 miles without one problem. (I DID swap out those awful Potenza tires at 25,000 miles -- they were bald by then anyway -- and got some decent Yokohamas.)

    Trading that car on a pickup truck was the worst thing I ever did. I traded that Protege on a 1994 Mazda B2300SE pickup -- a rebadged Ford Ranger -- and had engine problems nearly from the very beginning. But since I was upside down from getting rid of the Protege before I was at a break-even point, I had to suffer through with the truck until it was paid off. And boy did I suffer.

    The truck was paid off last March, and in May 2000 I picked up my 2000 Protege ES 5-speed. Wow, what a car! I now have a little over 14,000 miles on the car and I love it more each day! Zoom zoom!!!!

  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    hi, my name is Hank. I'm from Falls Church, VA, and I have a 2000 ES in midnight blue mica (rare color I tell you, have only seen 2 other Pros running around in that color since I got the car in July). A good discussion I would be interested in is a modification board (maybe even divide that up into performance & appearance mods). Another good group might be maintenance tips & tricks.

    I just took some pics of my Pro with my digital camera yesterday, I'll post it up later today in the Gallery.


  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    My name is Paul and I am a 22-year old Data Specialist (for a computer software company) that resides in Baltimore, Md. I have a 1999 Mazda Protege DX sedan (probably the only DX in the room) with 37,119 on it as of right now. Daily commuter beat to hell on the Capital Beltway in Southern Md./DC everyday. Looking about grabbing one of the last 2000 ES models out there, but we shall see. ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM! :)
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    they are out htere.. I saw at the dealer our same green ES Auto only with Fogs. they also had 2 others. a white and I forget the other.
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    Hey all!

    I'm ashu, and I have a white 95 DX with about 65K on it now. I've owned it for the last year (makes me one of the few used-Protege owners that frequents the Town Hall)

    Its in great condition, especially after the elaborate 60K service I had done recently.
    Oh, and except for a parking lot mishap when the front bumper had a minor disagreement with another car's front bumper :-) (but that'll be taken care of as soon as I can afford it!)

    I'll post some (per-bumper-incident) pictures soon.

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Thank you very much KarenS for starting this owner's topic for the Mazda Protege "Posse". The regulars that have contributed to the Mazda PRO Topics over the last year and half, are awesome folks! I have been blessed with the opportuntie to meet several of the owners who post here at Edmunds Town Hall! To a person they have all been super nice and generous people, willing to share their knowledge and experiences with anyone interested. Further IMHO, we are all blessed to own, the very best econo-sports sedan available. The essence of our group? The passion we share for our Mazda Protege's and the ZOOM,ZOOM driving experience!
    That said, my name is Larry Kline, and I am a General Manager for TGI Friday's. My family lives in Lancaster, PA. and both my grandfather's can speak Penna. Dutch German, but I am not Amish, lol. My wife and I each purchased our own 2000 Mazda PRO-ES's back in March of last year. We ironically own identical loaded Emerald Mica PRO's, his and her cars, lol! The only way to tell them apart is the license plates. Also, I wash mine a little more often then she does, hehe!! Thats why my Edmunds user name is protegextwo; (Protege times two). I started to follow and post here at Edmunds Town Hall back in Mazda Protege 2. Being lucky enough to learn from the different Mazda Pro topics has greatly enhanced my ownership experience. With all the new 2001 Mazda Protege owners posting in the main topic, it bodes well for the Protege Owner's Club! The really neat thing about the "Protege Posse"; we can and do talk about all kinds of stuff, not just our cars. I have enjoyed talking about expectant babys, owner's picnics, job changes, people re-locating to new towns, weather, trips to Disney World, etc. We can even share the loss of a family member with each other. My 2 cents, the Mazda Owners Club can and will be one of the best owner's clubs here at Town Hall!

  • Thanks for starting this topic.

    My name is Gene and I currently drive a 2000 ES 5-speed. Only about 2500 miles but trouble-free so far. It's a great little (well, not that little) car and I really enjoy driving it, although I am currently burdened with a snow tire/wheel package to get through these winter months. Can't wait for spring.

    I am a hydrogeologist currently working in the municipal and residual waste management field. I have been living in the Harrisburg, PA area since 1979 and have a wife and two children (the later really like driving in the Protege). I have also had the pleasure of meeting a fellow topic member from the Protege forum (Larry Kline, posting right above me, who is a great asset to the forum).

    I have learned a great deal through these forums and look forward to participating in the future as well. Thanks.

  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    excellent post..
  • The protege and potege vs. civic vs... were the first town-hall-style pages I had ever visited. I just happened to click on the link when I was searching for info on the new 01 Protege. Am I glad I did! The topics and discussions are great. And knowing that there are people at my fingertips who can help and give advice (besides the parents back in Wisconsin ;) is very reassuring!
    Ok... I am 25 and live in San Diego. I just moved here from Wisconsin, so to anyone in the midwest-I feel your pain! (and frost bite) I work for a medical device R&D co. However we may have lost some funding so..........but that's how the biotech field is so I'm not too worried. I am from a family that has known, for some time, how great Mazda cars are. We have owned a 323, 626, 626 touring, RX-7('88) and now for MY first car an Emerald Green (I wish they made it in blue) '01 ES. (I still get a stupid grin on my face whenever I think about it) I love it! My parents have always taken me with them to test drive and purchase cars. We would drive all the competing brands, and for all but full size models , the Mazda would come out as the best bang for the buck. I did the same and guess what; Mazda won! I hope this forum goes well, because this is my first car and I'll need some good advice! Thanks for all the help at the Protege page, and I'll talk to you all soon.
  • rnd2rnd2 Posts: 31
    my name is richard i live outside of kansas city missouri , im a pressman at a printing company ,ive only had my 00 protege es about 3 weeks, its a black 5-speed with a spoiler , its also my first new car, thank you to everyone at edmunds who got me to take a look at the protege es, i was ready to buy a civic ex but so many good posts about the protege i had to drive one glad i did , economy-room-performance-style, every thing i wanted in a car
  • Wow! What an enthusiastic group! I think I'm going to really, really like you. :-)

    I've added a couple of discussions. Take a look and let me know what you think. Since some of you have met in person, how about a discussion for you to plan future gatherings/events?

    Protege Posse? Hmmm...would this be a good discussion title for a place for you to just visit and maybe not necessarily discuss your Protege?

    Let me know what more I can do to build your club.

    Owner's Clubs

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • Oops...I goofed and posted the wrong times for Club chats. Sorry!

    Here is the correct time schedule:

    Tuesdays: 4-5pmPT/7-8pmET


    Thursdays: 5-6pmPT/8-9pmET, 6-7pmPT/9-10ET, 7-8pmPT/10-11pmET

    Let me know what time works for you!

    Owner's Clubs

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    I'm okay with any day, but I prefer the later times.


  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    Protege Posse sounds kinda cool.

    Thursday 9-10ET best for me. snuggled between ER and Survivor!!! :) Tuesday that time is my gym time so that's out.

    and yes, we are the coolest group of Protege owners in Edmunds!!!!
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