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Mazda Protege Maintenance and Repair



  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    the negative battery cable for a few minutes. You'll have to reset your tuner presets, but the light should take a hike unless the problem persists.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 545
    if you wait for the onboard computer to reset itself, it may take quite awhile because a number of variables must occur simultaneously before the computer will reset.
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    Do what maltb sugegsts - I'm surprised the dealer didn't suggest the same and at least offer to look at the engine codes.

    Who's the dealership - Rosenthal Mazda?

    Just thought I'd mention - a nice coincidence, I'm Ashu from Sterling, VA!
  • draymond2draymond2 Posts: 134
    Where in my post do I mention bad service? The only reason for my post is to find out if anyone has had the same problem. Keep your sarcasm to yourself!!
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Do what MaltB suggested and drop by the sedans board to talk it up more. More people drop by there than here.

    Dinu from Toronto 2001 ES auto
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    The comment about sarcasm was not directed at you...Sorry if you thought so. I was trying to show that your dealership sounds like it had good service. However, don't try to tell me what to do...I'll give sarcasm out to whomever I see fit.
  • Would you recomend auto or 5 speed? I dont mind driving either and its prolly gonna be a LX/DX.
  • jrdwyerjrdwyer Posts: 168
    I own a 95 LX with the 5 spd. and would recommend it.

    The clutch and trany are still strong at 144,000 miles. I treat the gearbox with care and don't hold the car on hills with the clutch or use the trany to slow down the car for routine braking. I prefer the 5 spd due to the lower initial price, better fuel mileage, and better control of engine power. The 1.5 and 1.6 liter engines in the 95-98 Proteges are somewhat weak and the manual trany lets you get the most out of the engines by revving up to the 3,000-6,000 RPM power band.

    I rate the overall feel of the clutch and gearbox as very good. Maybe not quite as good as a Honda gearbox, but better than most.

    The only place where I would not want a 5 spd is in stop-and-go freeway traffic. Good Luck.
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    The manual transmission in the 2000 LX with 1.6 liter if flawless. The 5-speed really gives the car a sporty feel and the ample power needed to pass. I have driven the same model with an automatic and was disappointed with the power, or lack thereof, hence the change to the 2.0 in the new models. Maybe some others out there have the smaller engine with the auto tranny who would like to comment.
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    Has anyone out there bought his Protege from eBay? I typically see 3 or 4 listed at any given time.
  • draymond2draymond2 Posts: 134
    Dealer called today, needs new transmission. States not a common problem are trying to find the replacement, unsure when it will be done.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Did he say what the problem with the tranny was?
  • rob222rob222 Posts: 49
    When I filled it up and the light when off. Very low fuel is another the light goes on. I had about a quarter tank, but gladly it did the trick.

    Actually both Rosenthal and Congressional offered the same, wait and see advice.

    Thanks to everyone.
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    Go for it!

    FWIW, I have a 95 DX automatic, with 76K+ on it (bought it at 57K) - and its been flawless, knock on wood. A fun car to drive, lots of room (just like the 97, more than the 2000-onwards!) and a zippy engine. Yes, I have often wished I'd waited and bought a 5-speed too (the engine can be lacking in some/many situations!) - but when i saw the car, I had to snap it up!

    Good luck,

    ps: If you're not writing about a 'problem', lets limit posts to the 'main' board. Higher readership, and more info available there, too! And keeps the count ni the 'problems' board from ballooning unnecesarily!
  • draymond2draymond2 Posts: 134
    They didn't go into specifics, I will find out more details when I talk to them tommorrow. I will keep you posted....
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    I find that posts left in the main Protege board can get lost in the high volume of traffic there--it's approaching 11,000 about now. Much of what goes on in the main board borders on small talk and conversations that tend to leave others out. I will say, however, that some of the regulars on the main board have been helpful.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Yeah it does get into "personal" conversations and inside jokes, but there is sooooo much good info, it's hard to stay away.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    I hope that the regulars on the main Protege board aren't THAT scary...

    Come on over and hang. We're trying to recruit fresh blood...I mean, encourage new folks to join us. :)

  • mkassar1mkassar1 Posts: 4
    Having done about 32000KM on my 2000 protege 1.6L SE (Standard) I noticed an odd noise and feel from the pedal when the brake is depressed and when I am coming to a stop from a slow reversing of the car.
    The noise is not normal sounding, kind of a grinding noise Maybe bad contact is occuring with some brake component while in reverse?
    I had the pads estimated at 30% left at around 28000KM and have noticed normal brake harshness wear and tear during stops, but have not yet heard any indicator that the pads are wearing out.

    Is it possible that I need to have new pads and service the rotors this soon?

    Many Thanks

  • draymond2draymond2 Posts: 134
    Waiting on transmission,was mistakenly shipped to Canada. Service advisor couldn't specifically tell me the problem, stated that Mazda will not allow them to break the transmission down. Instructed to order new transmission and send old one to them.
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