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Mazda Protege Owners: Protege Posse



  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Sigh, it is my duty to deliver the eulogy I thought would never come.

    Today we mark the passing of an era, my friends. How could we ever have imagined this day would come. Let's take a moment and think of the good times ... how could we forget "let's get to 10,000 posts by noon!" ... ah, but a fading memory of once-happy days.


    Now I myself must bear the two-Protege-family torch and shuffle reluctantly forward, alone, into the misty haze ahead ...

    I still love ya, Larry.

    This place just won't have the same vibes anymore.

  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Where'd Larry's other Protege go?
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    What's His Name now has two white Toyota Vibes.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    protegextwo is now toyotavibextwo :-(
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    what made larry move away from mazda?

    was it the car or the company he got with them?

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    His heart died.

    In four years he'll trade both of the Vibes for Buicks.

    And so it goes.

  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    who's the next to pull a Larry in here?????
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    You *do* still own both Mazdas, last I checked :)

    I owned two for an overlapping period of almost 2-3 months. Does that count?
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    ... did you mean "Who'll sell two Mazda's next?"

    Ohhh ...
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    but Meade bought 2 Jetta's this weekend.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    only if i get ANOTHER Mazda in return ;-)
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    ... holding off on the plan to get the RX-8?

    I'd say spring for the MS MX-5 (evil grin)
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  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    No VW anything for me, thank you very much. Even at a fire sale. (Ooops!)

    No, Tammy and I still own our 2002 Protege5 and 2000 Protege ES, respectively.

    I spent four hours with Zoomster on Saturday, when we had a very nice, sunny, 75-degree afternoon, and washed, detailed and ... WAXED him!

    His first coat of Meguiar's Gold Class since late last summer. My, my, is he shiny now. Finish is smooth as silk, and I swear he's Emerald-Mica'er than he was before. Real deep green. All this and zoomin' fun at 74,500 miles. We've got a long road still ahead of us.

    But a Winning Blue Mazda3s 5-door 5-speed with leather IS in my future ...

  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    but meade, have you checked out a 3 in the more sophisticated (IMO) shade of Strato Blue Mica?

    it's like the midnight blue mica on my Protege, except darker and purple-er

    a very nice color, i like it better than the winning blue
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Besides, it's only available on the 3s. The Strato Blue Mica is available on the 3i as well, so the Winning Blue Metallic gives me status!


    Metallic paints, as I learned during our exhaustive argum--- I mean, debate a year or so ago, are more durable than mica paints too.

    Let the debate begin anew.

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I've had a dark-colored car (Emerald Mica) for four years now. I want something brighter next time. If this were a couple of years ago I'd go for yellow, but it's so overdone now. Red's too normal; "Lava Orange Mica" (er, "Metallic Pumpkin") makes me wanna uurrrp my lunch, green is too -- well, I have green now, and the other colors are just too drab.

    BTW, and Raymond's gonna get all over me for this since it's the color he wants, the Mazda3s I had two weekends ago was Titanium Gray Metallic. I found the color B-O-R-I-N-G.

    The brochure and web site just don't do the Winning Blue justice. If you really want a good idea of what Winning Blue looks like, either see one in person or check out the post below, where I think the digital photo I took was much more representative of how deep the blue is.

    (If we could only get that fat guy out of the way ... :D)

  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    but still my favorite. I have a dark blue now, I like it and even though winning blue would technically be different, I try to not get the same color twice.

    Also, I think the Titanium makes the car look more expensive whereas the brighter colors make it look like a Matchbox Car. Not that it's a bad thing,just a different emotion it gives me. I like the expensive look over the boy racer look, at least this time around.
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