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Mazda Protege5

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  • allen53flallen53fl Posts: 41
    But I can't really take credit for the "smiles per gallon". I read it sometime ago/somewhere ago on this(???) board. many moons/msgs ago.

    Didn't you just move to France? How do you like it? I hope they are "treating you well". We were in Paris 04/2000 and loved it! (Joe Allen Restaurant has great food, btw). Do you see many/any Mazda's or P5's there?

    Allen
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    yes, I'm in France right now, in a small town in South-East sandwiched by three Alpes mountains. The town is called Grenoble. My P5 is still on the boat somewhere in the Atlantic and it will join me end this month. I feel P5 would be the perfect car for the curving and scenic countryside and mountain roads here. I have testdrove few french cars when I was visiting here last Xmas. The Peugeot 307 are very nice but weighty and nowhere comparable to the vivacity of the P5. The new Renault Megane has an eccentric shape, probably too modern, even for me. Also I have seem an Alfa-Romeo that strikingly resemble the concept Mazda3. The only Mazda I have seen so far on the road is the Mazda6, both sedan and hachback. The M6 is highly praised by local media. Protege5 is named Mazda 323 in France. They are equipped with 1.3l gasoline, 1.6l gasoline, or 2.0l diesel engine. The yellow color is not available. I'm afraid my bright yellow will turn a lot of heads on the street. Oh last thing: the food is trully excellent...

    Cheers,

    Bruno
  • allen53flallen53fl Posts: 41
    WOW! Thanks for the peek of your "adventure". Sounds awesome! I agree, the food is great, and what is nice, they generally don't serve you huge portions like they do in the states. Just enough, so you are full/content. I really noticed that a lot of people over there are not overweight like they are here....

    When I first got my P5, it reminded me a lot of the Volvo V40 5 spd I drove in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Fun little wagon, and it had great pickup, (almost seemed like it was a turbo!). Too bad the V40 only comes in AT for the states, I just might have considered it if had a MT.

    Once your babe arrives, please keep us posted on your road adventures!

    Allen
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    Sounds like fun. I spent a couple of weeks in southern France a couple of years ago. A week in Oppede, one in Nice (actually, just outside of Nice on the Var) and three days in St. Martin Vesubie. Had a fantastic time. I know what you mean about those mountain roads. And the P5 will definitely be fun on them.

    Personally I found the meals to be HUGE. Of course, if I had the 5 course lunch (and a pastis) ;), I didn't have a big dinner. Had a lot of chevre but never saw a goat. That was a big joke with my wife and I. Find the mystical goat and get an hour long message.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    Of course, if I had the 5 course lunch

    Yes: Entrée, salade, plat principal, fromage, dessert, fruits, café. And the whole thing with accompanied by few bottles of wine. That's our way of lunch during the weekend among friends and family. The whole thing can easily last several hours! Unfortunately, during the week, we are forced for a much smaller lunch. Strikes and manifestations take a lot of time, you know... ;-)

    To be on topic, P5 is really nice and the mileage should be good enough for the high price of gas here.

    Bruno
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    That's supposed to be an hour long massage.

    Did you get to go to Monaco for the GP?
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    Nop! For once Schumacher didn't win. BTW, according to the news today, he will stay at Ferrari until end 2006 season.
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    I was fortunate enough to go to the time trials on the Thursday prior to the actual race. The train from Nice to Monaco was quite an adventure.

    It was really a blast. I couldn't believe the things some people did to see the race. The entire hillside next to the palace was covered with spectators. All of whom, the Jaguar fans were convinced, were Germans rooting for Schumi.

    Quite an event. My wife, father-in-law and mother-in-law weren't as excited as me. They just wanted to see the city.

    Ohhhh how I long for a pain bagnet.

    I love my P5 (on topic).
  • olevetolevet Posts: 1
    Ecstatic new owner of an ’03, vivid yellow Protege5 manual. Picked it up last Thursday and have really enjoyed tooling around town, especially after driving an S10 Chevy PU for the past 11 years. After more than a year’s research and test driving Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, etc. there was no question the Protege5 was superior. No real complaints so far just praise for this spunky, practical and exceptionally well-built auto. Do have a question, however. I’m not real delighted with the tires that came with the car. Would like recommendations on replacements to enhance handling and ride. Recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    Your Dunlop SP are still brand new, what are you going to do with them? I replace mine with the Michelin Pilot Exalto 205/40R16. Not sure that the handling would enhance (but not worse either), but ride is definitively better, even though the sidewall reduce a little.

    Bruno
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    Unless you go to a wider tire, I can't imagine getting more handling performance than the Dunlops offer.

    Personally, I love the OEM tires and wouldn't change a thing.
  • acuintegraacuintegra Posts: 12
    Hiyas...I'm trying to lock in a deal on a MP5 but my dealer has been telling me that all MP5's have roofracks on them. Maybe it's a northeast thing but to me, if it's an option, I don't want it! Did anyone else have this same problem when shopping for their MP5? btw, as of now, the dealer was actually going to refund me back my deposit b'c he could not find what I was looking for.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    has roofrack as standard equipment.

    you can easily take them off, however :-)
  • acuintegraacuintegra Posts: 12
    dealer told me that the roofrack cannot be removed. He said I am able to remove the cross bars on the rr but not the actual rack itself. I'm trying to figure out if he's lying or not!

    btw, rr was not part of the standard equipment. if i was to get it, i will have to pay for it just so I can take it off and not use it!
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Roof Rack is now an option as they made the subwoofer standard.

    When I was picking my car up the other day I went through the lot and some had the rack and some didn't. And when I say didn't, I mean no rails at all, not just removing the cross bars. I really like it without rails, but I'm not willing to tear out my headliner to remove mine.

    Now here I may be wrong, but I've read that even though it's an option, that it's a dealer ordered option and that if it has the rack the dealer doesn't take it off and if it doesn't the dealer doesn't add it. (and just to be clear, rack means the cross bars and side rails, not just cross bars).
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    i need to keep up! lol
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    I think I'm going to steal it!
  • acuintegraacuintegra Posts: 12
    Meinrad, I think you are correct. the way I was thinking that it was an option, I told the dealer why not just take it off and he couldn't. He did a search for my specifications in Black or dk blue pro5, leather, abs/sab, and snrf on an auto and just couldn't find anything! nonetheless, I'm going to try another dealer just to see if he was bsing me.
  • acuintegraacuintegra Posts: 12
    What are the prices going for on Pro5s? Not to be funny but would invoice - the full $2250 be a good price or is there another rebate that I don't know of?
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    It's pretty easy to check dealer inventories all around your area.

    I can't say if it's 100% accurate, but might give you an idea if your dealer is hoping you'll just buy off his lot.
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