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Mazda Protege5

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  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    sand bags in the trunk will provide you no benefit being it's a front wheel drive

    Interesting.
    How would 120 lbs. of sand in the trunk affect the driveability of the P5? Since it is a front wheel drive, wouldn't it help to "balance" the car as most FWD are front heavy? Most seem to be in the 60/40 weight distribution (60% on front wheels 40% on rear wheels)?

    On the other hand, my understanding is that in the winter adding weight to the back to offset the heavy front would not be advantageous in many cases since you want the front wheels to grip and go.

    Also, driving with an extra 120 lbs. is likely to affect the fuel economy.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Sand bags are only for RWD cars/trucks.
  • Thanks for the input, took the sand bags out and back to the store.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Just an update to my post a couple of months ago about my ABS not working. Turns out it was nothing more than low brake fluid. The odd thing is that it wasn't really that low. I had checked the fluid level before and it was at about the mid point between the min and max marks, so I figured no big deal. Well apparently it is. There must be a sensor in the reservoir that is a little overly sensitive to fluid level. After I topped it off the light cleared and the ABS has been functioning normally for a few weeks now.

    So, keep your fluid at the max level.
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  • I just replaced the original Dunlops at 57 K with Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S. I chose a bigger tire, at 205/55/16 91v and must admit they work great! The tires are very quiet and the ride is much smoother and soft. I also replaced all the stablizer links which were causing the car to knock over bumps. With those changes, car rides like new. Has anyone tried bigger tires on their car? How do you like them?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    replaced the original Dunlops at 57 K

    If you mean 57K miles, the Dunlops have served you well. If you mean 57K kilometres, join the band of dissatisfied drivers. Last year, I upgraded to BFG Traction T/A 205/50/16 and have found them to be great road handlers and an excellent value.
  • It was 57K kilometres, and you're right, they seemed to have worn out too soon. I didn't want to get the same ones, so thought I'd try Michelins. Car manufacturers should put more effort in putting better original tires on their cars, I don't know why they put tire selection at the bottom of their list. Guess it's a cost thing!
  • Has anyone test driven the new cx-7? I've seen and sat in it and boy it is one gourgeous hunk of a car! Wonder how it handles..
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Not as well as the P5...
  • wow, I'm shocked! It does seem kinda big though so might not be as nimble as the P5.
  • bballabballa Posts: 56
    Has anyone regretted up-sizing to 205/50/16 tires when replacing their tires on their P5?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Has anyone regretted up-sizing to 205/50/16 tires when replacing their tires on their P5?
    Not me. Sixteens are looking more and more tame as new cars come sporting 18, 19 and even 22 inch wheels.
  • bballabballa Posts: 56
    I am looking at Kumho Ecsta ASX and also the Fuzion HRI or ZRI. Any other recommendations?
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    My Kumho ASX's have worn quickly and badly. You get what you pay for.
  • bballabballa Posts: 56
    If you regularly check the air pressure and rotate every 5k-6k I would hope any of these tires would at least get 30k miles. I have 31k on the stock Dunlaps and could probably get 8k more out of them if not for the pot hole my wife hit the other night.
  • I've been driving with 205/55/16 for a few weeks and still loving them and glad I upgraded. Larger tires give a more soft, quiet ride, so if that's what u want then upgrade. If you like a firmer, more road feel ride, stick with as close to original size as possible. But honestly, the larger tires really work well with the P5 and they look good too--but it's up to your taste. Handling is not comprimised with larger tires.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I did a recent round trip from Ottawa to Montreal (400 km / 320 miles) and was impressed at the 32 mpg average achieved by my five year old Protege5 as it cruised in the 110 km (70 mph) range. There were moments at 130 and beyond but those were reserved for some quick passes. The key is not driving like there is no tomorrow.
  • Looks to be in imaculate condition, but has just over 80,000 miles on it (all put on between '04 and '06!!). The deal seems fair, though - quite a bit under blue book. Would anyone buy a protege5 with 80k on it??? Please please please respond with opinions!! Thank you all in advance. PS, yes i'm new here! :blush:
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Sure. If it's good shape. My 02 has about 73k and it's been mostly problem free. Most reliable car I've owned.

    Get a mechanic to do an inspection and you'll be set to go. I think the timing belt needs to be replaced at 105k. May need some other serving, but the inspection will tell you what needs doing.
  • Thanks for your response! I've done a lot of research, talked to alot of people, and this was the one that pushed me over the line of indecision!...don't have it yet, its being hauled from another state. I'm looking forward to seeing it! :D AND driving it!
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Congrats. Actually, my P5 has 78k. It's been a great car although I'm thinking about selling it and picking up a Forester. It doesn't work very well on rough Forest Roads.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Get a mechanic to do an inspection ...
    Agreed.

    4thepups, you may want to have the mechanic check for excessive tire and brake wear. Protege5s can be driven hard by some and need to have their disc brakes maintained regularly. If the previous owner was meticulous in servicing the P5 you'll have one sweet driving machine. Mine is nearing 5 years and feels as good as the day I bought it.
  • you may want to have the mechanic check for excessive tire and brake wear

    I will be taking it to a diagnostic center to have a complete check-up, and "hardware" will be looked over too. ;) But i was told by the dealer that the tires and brakes have 80% left...so if he's being honest, you're making me feel really good about my decision!! :D
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    If you don't mind me asking, what kind of $ deal did you strike. I've seen 02-03's going for $10.5k - $13.5k.
  • nettonetto Posts: 12
    I just had my brakes replaced and brake fluids at my local dealer. I can't help feel I got fleeced. I questioned the dealer and the main point was that I'm paying for a Mazda certified mechanic.

    I have an 02 P5 with 44k on the clock, it's in great condition and I've always had the dealer work on it.

    My question, is it worth going to the dealre for brakes, oils, tires? I'm worried that an auto chain will screw with something. Am I being paranoid? p.s What should 2 front pads, machine drum and oil flush cost? (Approximately) & who would you recommend to go to if not the dealer?

    Thanks

    N
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Dealer will almost always be more then an independent shop. If you find a good independent, I think that's the way to go. I had my rotors turned and them replaced alongh with pads at my local independent. It was quite reasonable. Seems like it was a couple hundred, IIRC.

    I do prefer the 1-hr oil change at the dealer with a coupon over the quick change places. I personally wouldn't trust those quicky places with any of my cars
  • nettonetto Posts: 12
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    had my brakes replaced and brake fluids at my local dealer. I can't help feel I got fleeced. I questioned the dealer and the main point was that I'm paying for a Mazda certified mechanic.
    Try calling a few shops. Ask them whether they use original equipment or aftermarket parts. Ask about the warranty on the parts and labour.

    I have an 02 P5 with 44k on the clock, it's in great condition and I've always had the dealer work on it.
    That is a credit to you and your choice of service provider.

    My question, is it worth going to the dealre for brakes, oils, tires?
    I find that it's not worth worrying about the small stuff, like oil changes so I do it at the dealership. For larger jobs, I check around. I buy tires from tire shops: they have a better selection and often better prices.

    I'm happy that my 2002 P5 has over 50,000 miles (over 82,000 km) on the original brakes (i.e. original pads and no rotor resurfacing). But I'm counting the days ... :surprise:
  • just under $8K. and it has ALOT of options, and it has a clean title (had a title check and history check).
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