Mazda Protegé

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  • mdaffronmdaffron Member Posts: 4,421
    Everybody run and hide!!!

    ;-)

    Meade
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Member Posts: 348
    I told you, I am the Walrus...koo, koo, koo, choo.

    On the survey thing, we only received one after we bought the car. The salesman was also clear that he got a bonus of some sort if the responses particular to him were of a high level. I haven't received a survey since although the dealership always has the receptionist call a few days after every service to see if all is well.

    Maybe once I will say no and see what happens next...Out of curiosity and because i'm a troublemaker. :)
  • dinu01dinu01 Member Posts: 2,586
    Looks like the TO connection is stirring things up (Ron Collins anyone?) for our fair host...

    Dinu
  • newcar31newcar31 Member Posts: 3,711
    Every other car in the Protege's class SUCKS! Who would buy anything but a Protege? People who know nothing.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Member Posts: 4,421
    He took the car in for a simple oil change and the dork in the shop forgot to replace the filler cap that he had conveniently laid on top of the valve cover. Slammed the hood and dented it -- a dent my Dad somehow didn't notice until he got a few miles down the road and his oil light came on; he got out of the car and opened the hood to find his engine covered with oil and his hood dented from landing on the cap. I bet the shop guy was looking for a job after the $25 oil change turned into an engine diagnostic and cleaning, body work and a paint job.

    I wonder if my Dad got a friendly customer service call about his experience with the dealership that day?

    Meade
  • mdaffronmdaffron Member Posts: 4,421
    There IS no other car in the Protege's class.

    Snicker, snicker, chortle ... guffaw, heh heh, LOL, LMAO, wink, wink, hee hee, haw haw haw ;-) :) >;-) $%-: ;''-/ ^*( =.>

    (Ya gotta be blatant about humor here lately so certain people don't take things the wrong way)

    Meade
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    Bingo! That's a Fanatic. :-)

    Good example.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Member Posts: 4,421
    ... about fanaticism this morning.

    Meade
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    you brought it up this morning ;-)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Member Posts: 4,421
    What's your point, Kev?

    Meade
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Member Posts: 348
    I had that nightmare again last night. Cold sweats....the feverish chills....driving a Ford Taurus re-badged as a Mazda. Loud Zoom, Zoom, Zoom music blaring and pounding in my brain as if divinity from the heavens. A mountain road. Twists everywhere. My firestones blow a tread or 10, on the very first corner...I slip off the road....ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM....as I plunge to my demise...I bolt upright screaming loudly as I awake....

    The horror, the horror, the horror.....
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    retreating immediatly from this conversation. My bad. Jeez.

    When leather seating becomes available on the Pro 5, is it going to also be an option on the Pro sedan?
  • dinu01dinu01 Member Posts: 2,586
    That snow made you pretty bitter. That's cool. I think that you would be a goatish elf-skinned minnow to buy anything other that a PRO.

    Dinu
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Member Posts: 2,405
    Omg...you are too funny!!!!
  • mdaffronmdaffron Member Posts: 4,421
    Kev ... leather is already available on the P5. There's been one in my parking deck for a month with leather seats.

    I think I heard they're going to offer leather in the MS3. Not sure about the ES? Maltb, have you yawned into consciousness yet this morning?

    Meade
  • dinu01dinu01 Member Posts: 2,586
    Don't know and really don't care. With leather seats you slip and slide, and when it comes to driving that's not the best thing, althoug for other purposes it's quite necessary.

    Dinu
    (Sick mind today. Well everyday, but I rarely admit it).
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    All the Pro 5's I looked at on the lots last month had cloth. No leather to be found. I don't think it was even listed as an option. When did this become available? Had to be really recent.
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Member Posts: 348
    Glad you liked it. Sem Kev actually thought of the original version and I loved it. I'm just tweaking the nightmare now. I'm thinking of changing the Taurus to a Ford Focus, re-badged as a Mazda Protege. I hit the first corner, my Firestone treads separate, my rear wheel bearings fall of, I start to lose control as my engine compartment suddenly catches fire. Somehow the defective airbags deploy causing incendiary burns on my hands and another fire in the cabin. Now, burned and blinded...i plunge to my demise....

    the horror, the horror...the horrrrrrrrrrooooorrrr. :)
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    not a deal breaker, but some people care. Can't hurt to have it as an option.
  • maltbmaltb Member Posts: 3,572
    No, Coffee hasn't even been made. Look me up in about 8 hours.
  • newcar31newcar31 Member Posts: 3,711
    Actually, I really believe everything else in the Protege's class sucks....for me.

    That doesn't mean I don't see reasons why OTHER people buy other cars.
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Member Posts: 348
    Not available here in Canada on the Pro. As a personal preference, I wouldn't want it anyway. Leather is not ideal for ummm, hard driving, as Dinu not so subtlety pointed out. :)

    Dinu...me thinks you got some splaining' ta do....later. :)
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    gandalf, I understand. Just was wondering if the Sedan would get it also. The more options the better, unless they're making standard features options ;-)
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Member Posts: 348
    Sort of. I like my toy's as much as the next person, but I tend to be choosy regarding options that I actually add. More options often mean more things that can go wrong and are an additional expense if you keep a car past the warranty. Sometimes you have no choice as the options are standard or bundled in.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    yeah, I should have qualified that. As long as you can choose which options you want, than the more options the better.

    I don't like weird bundles like safety equipment with sunroofs. That's one that seems to occur frequently.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Member Posts: 1,009
    ...um....Oh, wait, I know...I finally saw my first live, in-person MP3 over the weekend...parked around the corner from my house. Crazy yellow color. I know that the things are running around like bugs in other parts of the country, but that's the first I've seen here.

    And I've still seen only TWO P5's.
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Member Posts: 348
    I didn't know they made them in yellow. I thought Blue was the only colour for the MP3. My wrong i suppose.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Member Posts: 1,009
    I believe that blue and yellow were the only two MP3 colors; if I'm wrong, however, I'm sure I'll find out by lunch :)
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Member Posts: 348
    i never looked at the available colour scheme for them.
  • chikoochikoo Member Posts: 3,008
    They mention that it's selling more than the supposedly best sellers till date - the Corolla and the Civics!!
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Member Posts: 1,583
    are the 2 colors available for the MP3....

    and to refresh everyone's memory, the new MS Pro will have black mica and SPICY ORANGE as color choices....

    personally the laser blue is the BEST color out of ALL proteges, IMO...
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Member Posts: 2,405
    I concur :)
  • dinu01dinu01 Member Posts: 2,586
    Well people have been known to buy junk in the past, so why would they stop now? Most don't realize that the $1300 they save in interest b/w 2.9$ and 0% on a $20.000 car translate into roughly $25/mth, but they do not count the lower resale value, more trips to the dealer and the overall built quality and "performance" since $ is the bottom line. For $25/mth I would rather own an import than a domestic Focus, Crapalier, Sunfire, Neon. But that's just me. Toyota, Honda and now Mazda have served me well, so I can justify that $1.300 extra anytime, whereas a Recallmobile owner would have a hard time...

    Dinu
  • chikoochikoo Member Posts: 3,008
    what does the "Dinu" stand for?
    In my country, India, it is short for the name "Dinesh".

    are u from India?
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Member Posts: 1,583
    midnight blue mica (available only in 00 sedans and now P5 only) comes a very close second as my favorite color of ALL proteges, and my favorite among non-special edition Pros...

    oh wait, I have a midnight blue mica 00 ES, hmm I wonder if that has anything to do with my preference(or is that bias?) :D
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Member Posts: 2,405
    I have to take so much care of the black mica, it is still my second favourite colour after the MP3 blue. I guess I'm biased, but IMHO, black is probably the most amazing colour when CLEAN. Keeping it that way is what probably deters most people from getting it.
  • dinu01dinu01 Member Posts: 2,586
    Not at all. I'm actually born in Romania and Dinu stands for...well Dinu. Most people confuse it with Dino or Dean, but Dinesh, not yet.

    Pretty neat though.

    Dinu
  • chicagoprochicagopro Member Posts: 1,009
    I agree, that laser blue is pretty groovy, and the midnight blue looks very good in person. But then again, blue happens to be my favorite color :)

    I choose white because I thought it couldn't hurt to have the increased visibility...still not sure if there's any truth to that, or just wishful thinking on my part.

    As I've said before, I was a little sorry once I started driving the thing around, because it seems like every other car on the road is also white...but at least I'll never be mistaken for a cab! ;)
  • dinu01dinu01 Member Posts: 2,586
    Yes, my Civic in black looked great up to 2 days max after I washed it. After that, if it didn;t rain, there was dust over it. And this is summer only. Winter is another story as we all know.

    The PRO looks really good in black and I was going to get it in black or red, but the red they had last year was cherry-red, not fire engine red like I wanted. Black was my next choice but since my mom is paying for 1/2 of it, she said black is out, so that's where I left it. We compromisd on silver. I also considered white.

    I have to say the blue MP3 looks goos. I wouldn;t get the Tropicana MS3 though.

    Dinu
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Member Posts: 2,405
  • mazdafunmazdafun Member Posts: 2,329
    Although the laser and midnight blues are very good-looking as well. Not fond of the millenium red they have on the sedan now.

    And speaking of car nightmares, I dreamt I was driving a Lincoln LS. Luckily, I woke up.

    I guess since Ford can't tout the Focus' reliability, they can always use the "lemming" argument. And they can't place the blame entirely on their suppliers. They specify how much they'll pay for components, which does dictate the quality and reliability of the parts. This is why Michelin and another tire manufacturer refused to bid on tires for the Explorer. They did not feel they could build a good tire for what Ford was willing to pay. Firestone did though, much to their regret, I'm sure.
  • shriqueshrique Member Posts: 338
    The new orange on the MPS doesn't excite me much. I really like the blue on the MP3 and WRX. (they appear to be brothers from the paint store)
  • rbrooks3rbrooks3 Member Posts: 174
    Well, after I slam the dealership for not knowing what the heck is gong on, I ge a gift today in the mail from Mazda NA. They sent me info on their performance and accessory stuff to buy, some quick reference guide on things like how to clean the interior etc, and a free bottle of touch-up paint.

    See, all I had to do was spend over $40,000 at the dealership in 2 years (wife's MPV ES and my Pro) and you get a free bottle of touch-up paint.

    You all better rush out and get in line for a Mazdaspeed Pro for the weekends' autocrosses!
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Member Posts: 2,405
    Let's see...up here I received "valuable" coupons from Mazda the other day. One coupon was for a tire rotation and wheel alignment for *only* $79.95. Another was for interior and exterior detailing for only $159.95. There was one other coupon, but I can't remember what it was for. At any rate, thanks, but no thanks Mazda Canada.
  • fowler3fowler3 Member Posts: 1,919
    Mazda offered for the Pro is that waaay cool Titanium Gray Metallic!! With a burgandy interior trim it would be something else!

    fowler3
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Member Posts: 1,583
    they should make that titanium gray metallic the 'de facto' color for all Mazdaspeed cars, along with the laser blue mica, sort of like all AMG cars from Mercedes must be silver (please don't flame me if they make non-silver AMGs!!!)

    recognition by paint color is a very powerful marketing tool. That's why the blue/yellow MP3 is so successful. People see that color and immediately recognize that it's not your run of the mill Proteges :)
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Member Posts: 1,722
    I've seen black AMG's, so they at least come in two colors.

    There's your vicious flaming ;-)
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Member Posts: 1,583
    i'll take my flame with grace :D
  • pjd58pjd58 Member Posts: 366
    I agree, Midnight Blue is a awesome color. I selected Millennium Red for my 01 LX 2.0 Protege, silver was my second choice. I wanted a color that wasn't too popular. There are alot of Silver, Sand Mica, and Black Proteges in my area. White & Red seem to be the rarest colors. I also prefer the gray interior over beige.

    If I bought a P5 my hands down choice would be Yellow. Too bad there was no 0% financing for the P5 back in Sept when I bought the sedan.

    Pjd58(pete)
  • chicagoprochicagopro Member Posts: 1,009
    I agree, that titanium gray is pretty nifty.
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