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Mazda Protegé



  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    which is a better clue to what the next Protegé may look like, see this URL. It's in Spanish. Click under the picture -- Galleria -- for more photos and interior pics of dash. Really cool.

    The link you all are talking about is the European version.


  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007

    A bunch more pix of new Mazda vehicles, including the 6 (or Altenza).

    There are also editorial comments at port_code=autoweek&cat_code=autoshows&loc_code=index&content_code=03460216
    (ummm - that link didn't post correctly - word too long - manually cut and paste the text into your browser to read it)
    The RX-8 looks decidedly retro from that profile.

    Also, they made a mistake spelling the wagon's name - it should be Hideous, not Hideout!

    Lots of pretty ugly vehicles among those photographs - make the Echo look like a work of art in comparison!

    As for the Protege Wagon photo someone posted, it looks like it was faked in Photoshop, strange background and didproportionate front and rear seating areas - judging from the door designs!

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I had to run across town at lunch and stopped by Richmond's OTHER Mazda dealer. They had a yellow MP3 AND a yellow P5 on display. Drool, drool, drool! I was surprised to see a Protege, for the first time in my life, exceed $20,000. (They had a bunch of "port-installed options" on the P5, plus it had all the normal options too, and it was about $20,600! Whew!)

    I picked up a 2002 P5 brochure for the wife. We'll probably be buying one next year -- looks fun!

  • magillamagilla Posts: 75
    Love the picture that panamaltd2 posted of the proposed proto wagon. Very cool. I guess each to his own. I'd buy that in a second if the pricing weren't much different. Now, on the other hand, the pic that fowler3 posted ... doesn't that picture say 626 above it? Unless I'm using my grandfather's eyes, how can that be the new proto? Bring on that wagon!!!
  • This is just a follow up on the post of the new Pro wagon I put up. I have heard reports saying the next Pro will have very "emotional" styling. I think the styling might be a nicer in sedan version. The front is my favorite part though. Has quite a presence.
  • That is the next 626 which Mazda has decided to rename the Mazda 6. Pretty cool huh?!
  • etrastetrast Posts: 9
    I am considering installing a aftermarket mp3/cd receiver in my 2001 pro ES. HAs anybody tried to install it on their own ? If so, how difficult is it? This is my first attempt in something like this. Also any recommendations for the receiver (Considering AIWA and Kenwood)
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    I'd recommend using They send out detailed descriptions of the removal and installation procedure for head units specific to your car, and provide free tech support on the phone (I was speaking to one of the tech support guys WHILE installing my CD changer in the trunk - which is certainly a superset of the task ahead of you)

    And crutchfield includes all wires, harnesses and (sometimes at no extra cost) adapters you need to make your removal and installation a simple plug out, plug in process.

    Do it yourself, it'll save you about $40!

    As for brands, the Kenwoods are rated among the best, but also consider factors like wattage, number of pre-outs (to connect amps etc), CDRW compatibility, CD Text, 80 minute CD compatibility, ability and method to scan through tracks, ID2 and ID3 (mp3 filename details) compatibility, and ability of the head unit to act as a CD changer controller, for CD changers of the same brand. Then consider which brand has CD changers available that you might like to buy (for a future upgrade).

    There are reviews of many car audio products at and Take a look at them too.

    Here is the link to the crutchfield in dash mp3 CD player page

    You can specify you vehicle and the web page will be filtered to include the ones athat can be installed easily with no wiring modifications, or just call crutchfield and ask them!

    I'd recommend Sony, Panasonic, JVC, or kenwood if you want to add a good changer in the future.

    Post a report about the installation and your pick here or in the Accessories and modifications board for Mazda Proteges! Good luck!

  • I just discovered my first door ding! I'm pissed! I was washing my car and lo and behold there this crease in the sheetmetal under my driver's side mirror!!! It's along the character line too, which will make it even more difficult to remove! I think I'll try that Dent Wizard company, how much does it run to get a ding removed?

    I guess my luck ran out...I guess having the car for two years w/o a door ding was pretty good, now I just need to be even MORE careful...bastards!
  • I think Gro has the JVC SH-99 MP3 CD player in his car. On Crutchfield they sell it for $399, but I've seen it at Sears for $299. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
  • I'm thinking about changing my wheel covers from the stock OEM ones to the wheel covers that were on the 97-98 Protege's, I think they look better and it's a lot cheaper than going out and buying some wheels + tires for my car.

    Picture this:


    With these covers:

  • You will need to copy and paste that site to see it (sorry). Do not copy the img src= part.
  • My newly purchased 2000 LX has a stiffer ride than I thought when test driving it.

    Someone mentioned improving this problem with a change in tire
    pressure. What pressure works best to produce a softer ride?

    Also, are there any other solutions to this stiff ride, such as changing shocks?

  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    You could check your tire pressure - it may already be higher than it should; dealers are known for silly ideas about tire pressure!

    It should be 32 psi (AFAIK), and if it already is, you could go down to 30 or 31. Of course, you would sacrifice handling and tire wear for this slightly softer ride. Honestly, the LX has an excellent ride, IMO, while the ES handles way better (larger wheels, different shocks?), and I personally prefer that kind of ride.

    I have no idea what shock modifications are possible, but I'm sure someone will enlighten you!
  • Exactly! Was that a photoshop job or the real thing?

    Here is what I REALLY want... :)


  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    Ummm, why not just head to or, and try on (literally) all these wheels? You specify your car and model, color, and then pick wheels off a list. Pretty good applets on each of these sites!

    I've been drooling over them for a while now, waiting to wear out my tires some more and go through winter on my 13 inchers, before I take the plunge with 14s or 15s!
  • snagy1snagy1 Posts: 55
    for those of you who have protege lx 2.0, with 15" rims, i can't located steel rims at only 14" rims, will they fit? or should i just go to my local bone yard and try to find 15" steel rims. i wanted a package deal but no luck with 15" rims. thanks
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    I just ordered snows and 15" steel wheels for my '01 ES from tire rack. Don't know if they're interchangeable with yours or not. I'd call back.
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Edmunds must have had a big one, I had to login again.

    magilla: I think I said the Mazda 6 photos would give one an idea of what the 2003 Protegé might look like. But if it is going to be radical, well, who knows what that may be. I just hope, for Mazda's sake, they don't go too far with it. They have a really nice car right now that is selling good.

    theparallax: Those wheels look like curb scrapers to me, better look around some more. Those spokes are very vulnerable on the outer edges. The standard alloys don't have that problem.

  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    When car magazines complained that compact cars all looked similar, the jellybean shapes, the similar interior trims on the door panels, people bought fewer of them. So what do we have now?

    Mazda's five-point grille is not exclusive. Toyota and Honda have it on some models. Others are copying it for 2002 and 2003. The new Honda Jazz has a similar hood and grille treatment.

    Those designers in Japan must go to the same schools and the same brainstorming sessions.

    As far back as I can remember cars have had similar grille treatments: the trapezoidal shape wider at the top than the bottom. What else is there? When companies have tried something different the cars sold poorly. Look at all the trucks and cars with big, center dash pods and most are black plastic. Isn't there anything else that could perform that function in a different shape?

    They look similar because what sells great for one company the others are sure to copy that idea. Different doesn't sell. Most Civic buyers buy that car because "everybody else" is buying it, or use to.sized.

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    May, 2001 was last time I checked in on this discussion and nothing has changed. Folks calling each other morons, dolts, pathetic, dorks and WORSE!

    A couple of quotes from just the last 20 posts:

    "And anyone who calls the Spectra beautiful should be committed."

    "I sincerely hope you were lying about being employed at Boeing. Air travelers have enough crap to worry about nowadays without thinking about people like yourself building the jets they have to fly on."

    "You truly give stupid people a bad name."

    "let me say this again if you don't understand plain English...... you are a JOKE."

    "You're one of these dips who actually believes what the Mario Andretti wannabe's in Clodsumer Retorts and Car and Dribbler write about...What a ridiculous joke."

    "Like a bunch of dorky lemmings (..... leading the pack."

    "I think ...... is the master of HALLUCINATIONS and HEAR SAY...."

    "On the other hand, there is plenty wrong with people like you..."

    "And folks like me and ...... will be here to rub it into the noses of you and your dolt-boys."

    Can you believe this does not violate the Edmunds Town Hall User Agreement? Very nasty stuff.

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Yeah, I've been having some fun there lately. Did you see my coupla posts?


    P.S. I still need your home address, Larry! E-mail me so I can mail you a check for MOTEL HELL!!!!
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Sorry to call the kettle black again, but I just read the following line over on the "Daewoo Bankruptcy" topic, again with no commentary from the host:

    "the Protege is an annoying, blocky, chunky piece of metal."

    Go get 'em.

  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I now get to post at Edmunds from work. Daewoo bankruptcy? That says it all. Go Vikes!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    At least you had two years without dents or dings. Mine survived a whole 3 weeks before it was smacked in the left front by a hit-and-run driver right in front of my house.

    I think those wheel covers are not bad looking, but a really bad substitute for some real wheels. Check out and get some wheels and maybe tires from there, but just wait until your OEM tires wear out so you have an excuse to do it. :)
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I pulled the "Protege" decal off the front of my car this past weekend, because it was crooked as hell. I also washed the car for the first time by hand (usually car wash it). It looks really nice, and I even cleaned up the wheels and all. But it wasn't clean for 20 minutes, and some little brat in my neighborhood put their hand print on the left side of it by the spoiler. :( I swear, people need to train their children (monsters would be a better desc. for these kids) better.

    On a sad note, I backed up last night too close to the curb and scraped the outside edge of my right back wheel. :( It's not very noticeable, but I know exactly where it is. Oh well, things happen I guess. :(

    I also stopped at the Mazda dealer yesterday, because I saw my first MP3 there. :) I love the body work, and it was in the blue color. I would pick yellow over that though. I also saw a 2002 Protege ES (no more "2.0" sticker on the front with the LX and ESs) in Sandlewood, and it was nice. Like the new "Protege" label on the back, and wanna change my 2001 label for the 2002 one eventually (would that be hard, anyone?).

    Todd: Congrats on your new job again. Good luck. :)`
  • krotinekrotine Posts: 93
    are you paying each of us back for staying at motel hell?

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