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Mazda Protege5

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  • The Kumho tire you're referring to is probably the Kumho Ecsta ASX. That's what I have been using for my 2002 Protege5......I get them from Discount Tire.
  • I haven't had this problem with by 02 Protege5 5spd manual. (I have about 83,000 miles). So, as jamz suggested, perhaps it might be time to replace the clutch.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Trying to figure out from where that rattle is coming?

    For the last week or so my 2002 Protege5 had a loud rattle upon startup and acceleration. It wounded like metal scraping on metal. A mechanic at my garage checked it out and determined that it was parts of the heat shield; the fix involved removing some parts (clamps, etc.) from the exhaust system. The car is purring again!
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I had a heat shield rattling on mine also. I just ended up adding an extra stainless steel hose clamp. My P5 is going to cross the 160k mile mark tomorrow and surprisingly that is the only thing that has failed on the exhaust.
  • rockinrrockinr Posts: 4
    after the engine is warmed up i acts like it is low on battery charge when restarting the engine. New battery with plenty of charge. sometimes it blows the main ignition fuse. could this be an ignition relay issue? I Really need an answer to this it is becoming a real problem. :(
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I would check the wire connections to your starter motor. Could be the the starter motor itself. Either of those could cause the fuse to start blowing.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I'm no longer going to bother answering trouble-shooting questions posted by people who don't contribute to this forum. It's not worth my time trying to help people who never give any feedback of any sort. :(
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    edited June 2010
    people who never give any feedback
    You might want to check the related forum for the Mazda Protege where I think your feedback is being considered. In any case, I've always found your comments of interest, whether I have the problem or not. Some of us learn from others problems and solutions. Keep the faith!
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    edited June 2010
    Don't worry autonomous, I'll always answer your tech questions (assuming I have anything useful to say).;) I've appreciated your contributions over the past years also. I should warn you though, I'll be selling my P5 by the end of summer. It's been almost 9 years and now over 160k miles. The car has been great but with those kind of miles I felt it was prudent to get something new. Hopefully I can find a new owner who can get a few more years out of it before a major failure occurs.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    edited June 2010
    almost 9 years and now over 160k miles. The car has been great but with those kind of miles I felt it was prudent to get something new
    I hear you. Mine is in its ninth year but with only half the miles (I don't commute to work) so I'm hoping for at least another two or three more years before I hand it over to a buddy of mine. The Pro has had its issues but on the whole has been a great ride.

    What are you planning as your replacement vehicle?

    Personally, I'm turned off the Mazda3 although it still has many positive features. I am looking for a light (under 3K lbs.) hatchback that is fuel efficient (30+ mpg combined city/highway) with a sporty, fun-to-drive demeanor. The Mazda2, the Ford Fiesta, the Golf TDI and the future Civic CRZ all seem promising based on what I've read. Oh, to be in Europe where all the wonderful hatchbacks roam!
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    While I've been happy with the P5 I'm disappointed in Mazda for ignoring fuel efficiency and for not offering a low cost 5 door. The Mazda3 5-door lists for something like $24k. Way out of my price range.

    Sounds like you are looking for exactly what I was looking for. I ordered a Fiesta which should arrive any week now. It's exactly what you are describing. Considering it has many more features than my P5 (traction control, stability control, 7 airbags, 6-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, and at least 33% better fuel economy just to name a few things), and I'm paying over 3k less than I paid for my P5, I'm feeling pretty good about it. Ford really seems to have improved their quality to the point that I'm expecting the Fiesta to hold up as well as the Mazda.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Yes, the Fiesta sounds like an awesome product. Thank God Ford decided to bring it over. Do you know what modifications were needed for the US/North American market? My understanding is that the emission controls are different from the European marketplace but I don't know which is more stringent.
    The 33% improvement in fuel economy is excellent! And the price is mighty fine.

    So I guess I should check out your posts on the Fiesta site in July!

    Congratulations Terry!
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    40% of the car was actually changed for the NA market. The main changes were to the front and rear bumpers (they beefed them up to 5 mph crash standards) and the suspension was then stiffened to make up for the extra 100 lbs of weight the car gained from that. The interior is actually all new even though they kept the general look of the Euro model. Ford altered the fuel mapping and engine timing to allow for 87 octane (the Euro Fiesta required 93 octane). And they added a lot of sound deadening to make it quieter than the Euro. The cars are being built in Mexico to keep costs down.
  • I just recently had to replace the INTAKE manifold gasket and I believe I have all vacuum lines and sensors hooked up correctly but when I start car the following happens:
    Flashing AT and CHECK ENGINE and a higher idle. Care will not go out of 2nd gear and when I switch to MANUAL shift it will not allow this.
    Leads me to think I have a missing vacuum line or maybe I got antifreeze on a tranny connector during intake removal?

    Thanks for any and all help - Randy
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I sold my Protege5 yesterday after owning it for over 9 years. It had 162,711 miles on the odometer. Looking back, it really was a very reliable car. The few problems were the ABS stopped working about 3 years ago, the rear sticky caliper slides, short headlight life, and rust were the only issues. I spent a lot of time fixing the rust on the car over the summer so I hope it stays looking good for the new owner for a few years. He hopes to get about 4 years from the car and I don't see why that isn't possible if he takes good care of it. Kind of a sad day for me.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    edited September 2010
    I sold my Protege5 yesterday after owning it for over 9 years. It had 162,711 miles on the odometer. Looking back, it really was a very reliable car. The few problems were the ABS stopped working about 3 years ago, the rear sticky caliper slides, short headlight life, and rust were the only issues. I spent a lot of time fixing the rust on the car over the summer so I hope it stays looking good for the new owner for a few years. He hopes to get about 4 years from the car and I don't see why that isn't possible if he takes good care of it. Kind of a sad day for me.
    Sounds like you have fond memories of the P5 (and hopefully a ton of pictures). Time to move on to Fiesta time!
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I did take a few pictures over the years. It's the longest I've ever held on to a car so there was ample opportunity to snap a picture or two. ;-)
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    edited November 2010
    My 2002 Protege5 is halfway into its 8th year and so here is the updated list of major troublespots:
    1) Tires: OEM Dunlops wore quickly (27 K miles); BF Goodrich Traction T/A tires lasted longer (33 K miles); now riding on General UHP 205/50/16 (great value)
    2) rust around rear wheel wells; after repair in 2005 fortunately no major resurgence
    3) EGR failed; replaced by dealer (at a moderate cost)
    4) Steering rack damaged (at a significant cost); this was likely due to a driving error on my part.
    5) Rear stabilizer links failed (corrected at a moderate cost).
    6) New brakes and rotors (significant cost; this was preventative maintenance)
    7) Radiator replaced in 8th year (moderate cost)
    8) A/C needed repair (moderate cost)

    My overall assessment: still a great car but the costs are adding up!
  • I have my registration with smog due this month and my catalytic converter recently went. That's fine, I'll just replace with an aftermarket.. Okay, that's not super legal in this state. That's fine, I'll just replace with a Mazda catalytic converter. Hmm, apparently I need to pay over a thousand dollars for that (parts alone). Is there any way out of my situation that doesn't involve stupid huge sums of money? I really can't afford to do it the "California way," and would also hate to put my car into non-operation. Any and all advice is appreciated. HELP!
  • mariasmarias Posts: 9
    edited March 2011
    I need to sell my mother-in-laws Mazda Protege5 2002 with 73,000 miles on it. The a/c was replaced last year and just paid $500 to have the two O2 sensors replaced. A little rust on one corner of the front hood. What should I really expect to get for it? Looking at dealership's asking prices, it seems that retail is over $6,500 for this car. Carmax has one listed for over $11,000.
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