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Mazda Protegé



  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    So in the mail today I got a Happy One-Year-Anniversary card from Mazda NA (about three weeks early).

    Have other folks gotten these?
    Will my car be getting birthday cards *every* year?
    Should I be sending Mazda NA cards, too?

    Didn't realize we were going to be pen pals.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    V rated tires also handle better than H or T rated tires. I think Mazda engineers had handling in mind when they chose the V rated tires, not 140 mph speeds since there is no stock Protege out there that can come near 140 mph.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    My baby is still 7 mths from her 1st b-day. I only got a survey about my buying experience inthe mail a few weeks after delivery. I hope I get a b-day card for it too. Maybe I'll send them one too... :)

    fowler: a new headgasket for offset? that was funny! have you noticed how he/she hasn't dropped by since that comment a few days ago?
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    Your continued presence here is much appreciated and worthwhile.

    re: block heaters..had a factory heater ($18 retail, as optional eq.!!)in my beloved '96 V6
    Contour. Their usefulness depends strictly on cold temps your ride might be exposed to outdoors or,even, an un-heated garage (me). Say it gets only to -15 degrees (F)a couple times in any winter. With hot coolant, engine "stuff" heat soaks, thus when your frigid engine fires its a gentler, kinder experience for your powerplant. (fowler3.. i.e. pre-heating a/c engines. I recall engine pre-heaters owned by FBO's all around the Great Lakes area.) In addition one will have heat flowing in three blocks or so. What can you say? Block heaters rule! I plugged it in 3 hrs before start-up.
    Price for same: around $200 at the dealer I purchased from. It was a phone call so I don't know if they knew that. That job is mostly all labor. And since I'm parked indoors I hate to spend that kind of money but am considering it anyway.

    re: V rated tires. I agree fully newcar31.

    ashutoshsm: Didn't know one was available for 95DX.

    I received mine from Mazdastuff earlier this week. No directions, not even an exploded dwg. (see my post in Accy & Mods, #516; 12/18/01; 05:19 p.m.) I've marked 2 url's the_big_h posted. Haven't had a chance to look at them yet. Anyway the kit consists of 11 pieces, including the 40" chrome yellow brace. Two sturdy braces for the tower tops, insulator, flange nuts, brackets and spacers. This is a spring time project for one reason. On both this car and my last there was initially a small but marked change in "feel" being much better going from snow tires to oem. This when swapping out tires in the spring and fall. If the brace goes on with snow tires I'll never be able to discern any improvement in handling afforded by the mod. I'd expect any improvement to be in steering input. Who is "Pete"? He apparently did the job on his car.

    re: Click and Clack the Tappet Bros. Are there any other fans on this forum besides me?

    Have a great holiday All.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    What is the "Click and Clack the Tappet Bros"? Probably not a fan since I don;t know what they are, but I thought I'll ask since the name sounds funny to me.

  • dinu01: These guys are brothers that have a repair shop in Boston. They do a weekly radio call-in show on PBS radio. The are a couple of very experienced car guys that answer car questions and do it with really far-out humor and funny quips. Very funny show but very informative as well. One is a grad of MIT so they DO know what they are talking about. Don't know which one is "click" and which one is "clack" They are the Malazzi brothers. Tom and Ray in "real" life. They usually are on the air on saturdays and sundays on most PBS stations around the country.

  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    On the street, Mazdas glistenin'
    Ain't they sweet--feel them shiftin'

    A beautiful sight, we're happy, all right
    Drivin' in our Protegés all night

    All around, hear them zoomin'
    What a sound! Engines tunin'

    A beautiful sight, we're happy, all right,
    Drivin' in our Protegés all night.

    In the driveway, PT's switching parts out
    Tells us all about it later on,
    Protegextwo is holding hope out
    He'll get to be x3 before too long...

    Rotors cool? Time for washin',
    Must be cool--Meade's not joshin'!

    A beautiful sight, we're happy, all right,
    Drivin' in our Protegés all night.

    Thursday nights, pull over--time to chat now
    Fowler, Yooper, Dinu, and the rest...
    With Dee the Host, the hour seems so short--wow!
    (but ChiPro's silly questions--what a pest!)

    Later on, at the stations
    We'll refuel, 'cross the nations

    A beautiful sight, we're happy, all right
    Drivin' in our Protegés all night

    (with Vocus in his Jettaaaaa)

    Drivin' in our Protegés all night

    (can't get much bettaaaa)

    Than drivin' our Protegés...all night!

    Zoom zoom!
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Sorry I wasn't able to include imagination and the length of the song would stretch only so far. Don't worry, though, there are more holidays coming up...I'll get you next time!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

    Love and kisses,
  • Well, thanks for the lesson in call centers. I guess managing one for 5 1/2 years didn't teach me enough. I had to come to Townhall to learn the finer points. Let me just say this...I understand just because you talk to a supervisor doesn't mean you will get what you want...but if you read, as someone in an earlier post said they thought they couldn't...I said my friend works in that very same call center. He said the supervisor there just sits on the internet trying to win $1,000,000 through that search engine that offers it up. I am sure the supervisor has other tasks as well...but he told that the procedure is to tell the customer at all costs that the supervisor is not available to take the call. I would bet that not a single one of you has ever been transfered to a MNAO call center supervisor. Prove me wrong.
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    I did the addition of the strut bar (purchased mine from Corksport) on my 2000 ES. I will recap in brief:

    The bar I got was from the Japanese Sport 20. Visually I can not tell a difference from the MP3/Protege5 strut bar. Mine came in Bright Red with most of the same hardware. The brackets I received did not allow for the cruise control to be mounted with it. I was not willing to remove the cruise, so 15 mins with a dremmel on the original cruise bracket and I was in business. Mounting the bar was pretty easy. Removed the 3 of 4 bolts from each strut tower needed to mount the brackets, set the strut bar mounting brackets on the top, replaced the 3 nuts on each bracket but do NOT tighten yet, fitted the strut bar onto the top of the mounting plates, finger tightened all. Torqued the strut bolts to factory specs (can't remember exact, one phone call to the service department got me the answer), then tightened the strut bar bolts to the same setting. The negative battery lead will have to be moved 90 degrees clockwise to allow the driver's side mounting plate to be installed, no sweat...plenty of slack to accomplish and doesn't look out of place either. The "bump" or slightly raised portion of the strut bar goes on the drivers side. Also...I painted mine chrome silver to match the car better.

    Handling benefits? Better straight line tracking, especially over uneven roads. Slightly better feedback at the limit of traction, slightly improved cornering...but not much (our cars are more limited by the crummy Potenza RE92's than by suspension design). Asthetic benefit is the visual appeal of a factory-type strut bar that doesn't overstress 2 inner bolts of the strut towers like some of the aftermarket strut bars.

    This spring I will be re-buying the passenger side brackets of a Protege5 to correctly remount my cruise control. No problems with the current setup, but I like things perfect.

    Please let me know if you have any's really not all that tough to install. Make sure you have all needed parts and it should go well. You are not going to see a dramatic difference in your car after installation, but if you drive like I do, you will be glad you put it in.


  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I literally sat here and laughed for like 5 minutes afer I read that! :) Congrats, and thanks for including me. :) Happy Holidays to you and everyone else on the board as well. :)
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I am sure that kind of behavior is exclusive to the Mazda call center? Seriously, I am sure other people have simliliar complaints for just about every single automaker out there. The cars that Mazda makes in Japan (Protege, Millenia, Miata) are all rated very well reliability wise. You had to replace your manual transmission 4 times? Mazda doesn't even make their own manual for that car and many other companies don't make their own manuals either. I've never heard of "chronic" manual trans problems in 626s. Usually when a specific model has a problem that affects a significant number of cars, you hear about it. Like VW with the window regulators, 4 cyl 626 with the automatic, VW 2.0Ls oil consumption, Chrysler auto trans problems, etc. etc. I've never heard of "chronic" problems with manual 626s. You're right, replacing it 4 times sounds ridiculous but at the same time it sounds like the transmission just may not be the problem.
  • I have a 2001 Mazada Protege ES. The dealer told me that when I close the gas cap, I must keep turning until I hear a click or else a light will come on in the dash indicating that the gas cap is open. The dealer said that when this happens the computer chip must be reset to turn the light off. Does anyone know if this is true. I sometimes think I am closing the cap too tight. Thanks!
  • I never replaced the manual four times...that was an automatic. The manual is in my Nissan. I figured after the problems with the automatic I would go back to manual since I've never had problems with manuals.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    That is indeed true about the gas cap. I was always very careful about the gas cap in my 2001, to make sure it clicked at least 3 times. Never had the light come on in 20K miles.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Glad you enjoyed it...I was beginning to think I had offended and/or scared everybody :)
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Dale, I guess you know, the weekends are kinda slow at Town Hall? Your song was non-offensive and darn funny to boot!
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    Great song! I laughed for about 5 mins after reading that!


  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday to you and yours! Drive safely this holiday season as well. :)
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Love the song! THANK YOU! And a Jolly Merry Christmas to you!

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    The gifts are wrapped and the food is prepped, time to enjoy the Holiday! I think, I need to fill the gas tank up in my PRO-ES and maybe a quick wash and vac. Then I'm gonna take a short road trip thru the back roads of Lancaster? Life is GOOD, lol!

  • Greetings and Happy Holidays! Can someone recommend the best tire pressure (front/rear) for spirited Protege driving? TIA!
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Depends on your set-up and where you'll be driving.

    Never go over the max tire pressure rating on the tire itself.

    After that, experiment. I find 38 psi works great on the Dunlops I have (max 44), on a smooth track. Ouchy on regular roads though, so I tune them back to 32psi.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Around here, that's usually a parking lot going unused during a weekend.

    Those are the only places that are available around here for racing and driving. Kind of lame. Oh well. We can't all live around race tracks (although I wouldn't mind taking a vacation to visit one).
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    For some reason I thought you were talking about a manual transmission. The fact that your 4 cyl 626 is an automatic explains why you replaced the transmission 4 times. That transmission is a Ford design. How such a cruddy transmission got the OK from Mazda engineers is a good question. I think you should have to call the Ford call center, but it doesn't work that way. In any case, it has nothing to do with Proteges, so why did you post on this board about it? Happy Holidays anyway!
  • Does anyone know if the stock stereo (CD in ES) has line outs? I want to hook up 2 2-channel amplifiers and some difference speakers.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for everyone, your families, friends and your PROs!

    Bernadal: I use 32 PSI on the 195/55 R15 R92 Potenzas and it offers a firm ride (best for superior cornering and handling ability, not great if you want comfort above everything).

  • reaglereagle Posts: 15
    Hi everyone. Has anyone noticed their CD player skipping when going over things like expansion joints on a highway? On some roads it gets so bad I am forced to listen to the same track all over again multiple times.. I would kinda expect a car CD player to have skip protection..
    On a different note, when accelerating, I get this slight noise from the engine that sounds a bit like a jet engine spinning up. Almost feels like I am getting ready for take-off. I know it's not the turbo (lol), but is it normal?

    Just wondering if that's something I need to bring up with the dealer. thanks.
    Igor, 2002 Pro ES
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Happy Holidays!
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