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Mazda Protegé



  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Sounds like you earned a Zoom Zoom sticker. Let me know if you want it.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I thought those stickers were only for 2001 ES owners? Just curious... And since I e-mailed you yesterday, can you send a pic of that ZOOM, ZOOM sticker back to that e-mail address? I am curious...

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Paul, I posted it on the other board and sorry to say, I deleted your e-mail address already. Go here and click on the Zoom Zoom pic.


  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Thanks for the pic! I had a neat little decal on the back of my last 1999 Protege. It was the "Protege" name in bubble-type letters. I had the letters in blue and the shadows of them in silver. It looked really nice too. Unfortunately, it was color-matched to the silver DX, and I couldn't remove it anyway. I need to contact the person I bought it from on EBay and get another one. We shall see though.
  • trudy12trudy12 Posts: 3
    I just purchased a 2.0 LX the day before yesterday. The engine sounded good when I test drove it but now at speeds below 30mph, the engine sounds like a lawnmower. It goes away at higher speeds and I can't hear it when the air is on (Probably why I missed it during the test drive) Any ideas or comments?
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    Take it back to the dealer's service department and/or drive a different LX 2.0 to see if it sounds the same.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have a 2001 ES 2.0, and the engine is a little bit loud at lower rpm. I noticed it during the test drive, but it wasn't objectionable enough for me not to purchase the car. I had a 1999 1.6 Protege before this one, and it's noticeably louder than that one was.
  • trudy12trudy12 Posts: 3
    Thanks but I would like to know why it sounds that way. I don't think a brand new vehicle should sound like that. Is there something possibly wrong with the engine? I think I'm going to the dealer.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    It sounds that way because maybe there isn't enough insulation between the engine and the passenger compartment or something. Have the car insulated more if it's a problem.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    actually I think that might just be the characteristic of the engine, and how it's mounted. My 00 ES also gives off a low roar at around 1000-1500 rpm, but after around 2000 it fades out and become nice and quiet.

    I'm kinda used to it already, and the roar doesn't sound too bad either, heavy and low :)

  • I'm sure the engine noise you hear is normal. The reason you probably don't hear the engine as much when cruising is becuase the engine is spining at the same speed. I find the engine is a little noisy when accelerating but like people said, it's probably becuase of the lack of sound deadening material. We aren't driving Lexus's here.

    Now if you think this is noisy, try a Neon on for size!! *lol*
  • borgf15borgf15 Posts: 29
    Our 2001 ES 5-spd doesn't seem to be loud at all. In fact the only time I can even hear the engine is during acceleration. Like some of you others, we did our research and test drove corolla, civic, accord, sentra etc. The only car that we drove that seemed quieter was the camry.
    (of course Lexus is completely out of our price range)
  • fritz1224fritz1224 Posts: 398
    Shouldn't be a surprise about the noise. You drove it first, didn't you? I don't think they get any quiter with miles. But you can waste your money and put synthetic oil it if you want.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Nice link! Good insite into Mazda's short term marketing plans, and no mention of Ford! BTW, the wagon sounds like a keeper.

  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    I just downloaded the zoom zoom zoom song(using what else, Napster of course), and uh, the extended version doesn't really make me wanna zoom zoom, it's like a Caribbean-style mellow tune.

    go download it and see if it'll make you go zoom zoom.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I want to know how to find the Zoom Zoom song on Napster. Someone post a link if you can, or tell me please.

    I just turned 600 miles today on my 2001 ES 2.0, and still loving every minute of it. Had it one week already, and don't see myself getting rid of it for a long, long time to come. Very fun to drive and comfortable as well. Cannot wait to break 1000 miles (probably next week sometime), so I can really start ZOOM ZOOMing! :)
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    well our car is too quiet. if I'm stopped and get out while leaving the car on, I almost always turn it over.. much to the wife's "enjoyment" and when we are on the road (even when we hit 100) it was super quiet. the only thing that's noisy are the tires.
  • hboydhboyd Posts: 98
    Does anyone know a good site/board to sell my old 1995 ES? I 'am having a hard time trying to get bites off and sites. Does ProtegeTech have a classified board? Doesn't anybody appreciate good Mazda used cars? Argggggg.... I sold my old 1988 323 in 1 week with a local newspaper ad. I thought the web is now better! Any thoughts/help please.

    My 2001 ES runs and sounds quite well... the engine "roar" is normal at acceleration and provides good feedback to the driver... IMO, the Honda Civic engine sounds like it struggles to accelerate up to highway speeds -- engines should tell you they're don't worry :)

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Did you wait for it to come out in the recycler print edition? The last time I used, I didn't get many calls until it came out in their paper. If not there, the OC Register seems to work fairly well, especially for clean cars.

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I put my car on when I wanted to sell it (the Bonneville). It did take like 3-4 weeks, but I eventually did sell it to someone. Also, if you are near one of the CarMax stores, they will buy your car even if you are not going to buy theirs, so it might be worth a shot.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    I sold my 91 Ford Escort, (a rebadged/different sheet metal Mazda 323) and my 1994 Toyota Corolla in about two weeks using the local newspaper. Kellys Blue Book ( or NADA ( can help you with the pricing, be sure to use only fair or good to get a realistic price to list your Protege for re-sale.'s on-line site will even allow you to print out a window sticker. I had a couple of loser's show up/call, but overall it was pretty easy. I sold the 91 Ford Escort to the first looker and the 94 Toyota Corolla to the third looker. I did real well for my-self selling well above the wholesale/trade allowance values and found nice homes for my cars, that had some decent use left in them. I stressed one owner, clean title, and well maintained in the classified newspaper add. I got a bunch of calls on the Escort right away (only asking $3,000). I needed to drop the price on the Corolla one time to sell it (started at $8,500 sold for $7,200 two weeks later). I detailed the Escort my self and paid a $125.00 to have the Corolla professionally detailed. IMO the detailing, the well researched asking price and original owner theme sold those cars quickly and relatively painlessly! Hboyd, I hope this helps you my friend.

    Good Luck:
  • pkuehnpkuehn Posts: 6
    I would have to agree w/ protegextwo about the local paper advertisement. I would also suggest parking it where people can see it. I was trying to sell a '98 Dodge Caravan a couple months ago. I parked it in a shopping center parking lot along a busy road and within two hours I had sold it.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Never thought about the whole shopping center parking lot thing. I will have to try that next time I want to sell a car. I sold mine on the internet, but I did lower the price of it by $300 only because I was desperate. I did make $550 more than the dealership wanted to give me for it. Considering the car passed inspection with flying colors, has a warranty good until 6/2003 or for 26K more miles, and every record since new (I was the second owner of the Bonneville) it wasn't hard. I have someone to buy it now, giving me cash money for it, and is foaming at the mouth for the title. :)
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    any of you Protege owners can give me the word on how it handles in the snow? would your recommend snow tires?

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I drove my Protege DX back in January of 2000 when we had a 22-inch storm. Until the snow started to add up to 8 or 9 inches, I was doing fine. If you drive through heavy snow regularly, you might want to leave the Protege at home or add snow tires.

    Something to remember: The wheel covers (which I had) have little ports in them which hold snow. If it freezes, the car will be off balance and shake at higher speeds. I found out the hard way, and took it to the dealer for a "defrost" that morning.
  • scudleyscudley Posts: 10

    I live in Syracuse,NY (we get tons of snow) and also live in a part of town where I must go up and down some rather severe inclines to get to work/home. I do not have snow tires (just the stock) and also possibly made the mistake of getting a car without as (nothing available at the time that also had my other criteria - silver as and moon roof). I am happy to say I have had no troubles this winter (knock on wood) so I would say as long as you drive safely in the in climate weather the Protege can handle the snow very well.
  • scudleyscudley Posts: 10
    My bad...just a typo

    sorry LEO,

  • theparallaxtheparallax Posts: 361
    My father had good luck selling his 90 Dodge Ram on Yahoo! Classifieds. Someone bought it after only 2 days!

    Also try and

  • borgf15borgf15 Posts: 29
    Hey all-
    My dealer (the only one) here in town quoted me $40 per pair for the mud guards! It sounds like a rip off to me...does anyone else have any better ideas to get their hands on a set? We've looked at the ones they sell in the auto parts stores, but they don't really fit all that well.
    What do you all think?
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