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  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    The wheel covers Tim sent are great! I really can't think him enough (Thanks again Tim!)! I have yet to put them on though.

    Fowler: I don't think that there is a clearcoat on the wheel covers, but I'm not 100% sure. And yes, we do have cattle here. Alberta beef is (I thought) known all around the world.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    ... the upcoming Protege/Focus marriage:


    http://www.auto.com/industry/focus16_20020416.htm


    Meade

  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    Another example...the entire production run of the Contour/Mystaque (1995-2000) is on CR's "used cars to stay away from" list. One of my pet theories is that since SUV's and Pick-Up trucks are the big cash cows that's where the bulk of development effort goes leaving actual cars with whats left over. Anyone care to comment on my theory? Maybe I'm way off base on this.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Dale,

    Send me some info on CAPP. I might drive up to Chi-town for that.

    [email protected]
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    You gonna come to MAPP III?

    Meade
  • cdnp5cdnp5 Posts: 163
    Dinu -- I believe you were looking for some info on the autoX in London. This is where I am from and I was at the last one. Its held at the Delaware race track (about 15KM west of London) and looks like alot of fun. Go to this web side "www.wosca.com" for all of the info. There is one more practice session on April 28th which I'm hoping to run my P5 in. It would be great if we could have another Protege there. Today it is summer as the temp is suppose to read 29C today!
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Hey, no fair stealing picnic attendees away from me! Go recruit your own folks!!!

    :)

    --Dale
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Slow me down with your car? Yeah, ok....
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I don't think thats a theory. Ford sells an awful lot of trucks.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Ford is one of the best trucks on the market to buy. It's also the best selling one (I think).

    They slopped the Focus out the door so they could start selling it right away, because the Escort was not bringing anything in. Too bad the Focus does have bad reliability, they are nice cars. And the European ones seem to be very reliable as well. Why could they not to that here? Sloppiness, for no reason, that's why.

    2 of my co-workers have Foci. One just bought her 2000 used with 40K on it, and likes it. The other bought a new 2001 ZTS, has 30K on it now, and has nothing but problems with the car. Brakes mostly.

    In contrast, I am the 6th Jetta purchase in my office (1 2.0, 4 VR6s) and no one has had problems yet.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    this week's Motorweek show has a review of the NY auto show, in which the MS Protege has a 20-second segment in the review.

    check it out if you have Motorweek on TV!
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Cool, I'm sure Tivo has or will get it for me. I just started watching it again, didn't realize I had a station that showed it.

    But I'm sure the Jetta gets at least a 30 second review right?
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Posts: 348
    thanks for the heads up. would be very interested to see what they say about the MS3...

    Mike & Dinu,

    You are both very welcome. Glad the hubcaps fit and all is well. :)
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    actually, the GTI 337 got a good segment, NO jettas :D
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    It's up to $325 mil, better get some more tickets!

    fowler3
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    if you don't see me on this forum tomorrow, that means I've won and I'm at the BMW dealer trading in my ES for a M3 :D
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Yeah, I'll likely make it out this year. Perhaps the family will come.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Still busy...
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Ok people...I posted this yesterday and was totally ignored.

    I've got these really thin scratches on my windshield. The only thing that I think they could be from are a)snow scraper or b)windshield wipers. Does anybody know of any way to get rid of these? The only time I can really see them is if the sunlight is directly ahead of me.

    Anybody have any suggestions?
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Thanks for getting us back on topic.

    I haven't a clue.

    You could try taking the car to the dealership for an oil change...maybe they'll replace the whole windshield for ya.

    (sorry, Malt and Rich, couldn't resist! :)

    --Dale
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    ask that question in the maintenance/repair section, maybe mrdetailer will have an answer for you!
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Cop out :P
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    You could get a rock chip and have the insurance company replace your windshield.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Rock chips....lots of em. Small, but totally annoying. I don't have glass insurance and here's my reasoning:
    My deductible is $500.
    Windshield replacement:about $300.
    I'm not going to make a claim an insurance claim and have my premiums go up because that will cost more in the end.
  • alternatoralternator IndianaPosts: 629
    must be very minor for do-it-yourself treatment to work. Toothpaste is a very mild abrasive you might try (rub gently and check results often).

    And a promising looking product (I have never actually used) may be found at this web site:

        http://www.myclassiccar.com/MCCTV/016109/tip016109.html
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Cool...that looks like it may work! Thanks...now I just have to find some.
  • theparallaxtheparallax Posts: 361
    I don't know about anyone else but I was really impressed after seeing this shine on my Protege a few months ago. I used 3M wax and glaze...


    image

  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I don't know what kind of insurance you have, but I have never paid a deductable on glass and I've had a bunch of windshields replaced.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Looks sweet!! Nice deep shine!
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Maybe it's a Canadian thing?? OR maybe just my insurance company? I dunno.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Had to get a post in here today so here it is:

    VERY warm (25C+) in T.O.. Cruising was a breeze :)

    Dinu
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    I can come anytime after May 7 with the PRO. I never auto-xed before and it seems to be a blast. Hank (big_h) got me hooked on it. If you know of any meets in southern Ontario (Oshawa to London and up to Barrie) let me know and we can hook-up with the PROs and see how they drive on a course, not just dodging traffic in rush hour.

    Dinu
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Yahoo's email thing must have been busted today.Nothing came through until tonight.

    theparallax, great shine, I may get that 3M stuff.

    Protege_fan, take your Pro to a glass shop and see what they use to fill or smooth spider-web cracks. May not need replacing.

    fowler3
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Nick, NO!

    -love train
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    I live in south Alabama and we have quite a bit of ice on the windows due to the high humidity. As a result, I have butchered my after-market windshield with a plastic ice scraper. Gravel got the first windshield. I used a cleaner wax with only moderate results in removing the scratches. I heard on a recent Car Talk episode that windshields in general are a lot more fragile these days on account of car companies using thinner, cheaper materials to increase fuel mileage. I couldn't agree more.
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    It's with a heavy heart I tell everyone that Trigger (my 2000 ES Protege) got hurt today.

    In a Jeep Wrangler vs. Protege...the Pro loses.


    Check out the photos at:


    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mazdaprotege/


    Look in my photo folder: "A SpeedyPT album"


    I am so f-ing pissed right now I can't tell you. To answer the questions I know will be asked....


    Speed: about 15-20mph

    Fault: Mine

    What I hit: Driver's side rear bumper of a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport

    Am I hurt: Not at all, thankfully. Neither was the other driver.

    What'll it cost to fix: ???? Don't know. Took it to Roto Lincoln Mercury Mazda's body shop. They have a good reputation and will only use OEM Mazda parts to repair. They estimated about 2-3 weeks total.


    Talk to you all later. I have to go to the store and buy something to make me feel better.


    Regards,


    Pete

  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    image
  • SOrry about the car man. It doesn't look so bad. I mean it's not drivable but definatly fixable. Had our 323 have similar front end damage. Fixed it, still runs fine. They just did a crappy job with the new paint so it's all faded. Good luck!!!!!!!
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    And with those new tires too. Man, that completely, totally, inconceivably, and really, really sucks!!! I feel for you, my friend. No more words. A day of mourning for our friend Pete.

    Meade
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Pete, I'm really sorry to here about the accident. Your damaged looks a tad worse then my Protege looked after I hit a deer going 65 mile per hour. My repair cost was $3,800. I'm thinking at least $4,500 to bring yours back to life. The good new? No more stone chips on the hood or the nose of your newly repaired Protege.

    -Larry
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    It's funny you mentioned the stone chips...that was the first joke I was able to make about it to my wife.

    Great minds think alike huh?

    Also...I did not get a ticket...that's a plus. No traffic school!

    Regards,

    Pete
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    You guys may have already seen this link regarding AutoX in Ontario:


    http://www.soloontario.com/solo2/index.htm


    ...but just in case you hadn't.


    --Dale

  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    ...you know I'm thinking about you.

    --Dale
  • cdnp5cdnp5 Posts: 163
    Dale -- thanks for another link. You know Chicago is only around an 8 hours drive to London. You could make it a great road trip and look at the advantage of your money in Canada, just by crossing the border you will feel like you have become rich with that exchange rate. Any chance you could bring me one of those Big Lotto tickets? Is it something like 300 million, that is like a gazzillion Canadian dollars.

    Dinu -- I'll keep in touch with you about doing the autocross. There are five events at the Delaware raceway and if you check that other web site I'm sure there are some closer to TO. I'm really wanting to do this so I'll be at the next practice run and will let you know how it goes. This will be my first time doing anything like this.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    That always sucks. I hit a deer in my old Mazda and I know how bad that sucks. BTW, nice plates.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Okay, 300 million US = 1 gazzillion Canadian.

    Thanks for the exchange rate info. I'll file that with my other conversion formulae for future reference.

    :)

    --Dale
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Most states do not have glass coverage on insurance. A friend of mine works for Geico and is originally from New York. There, he had glass coverage, but with a deductible. You don't get that in Maryland or DC. I know, I lost windshields in both Proteges. The first one (the DX) was paid for though, by a truck throwing stones ($306). The second one (in the ES) was not replaced because I traded the car in.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Man, really sorry to hear about your car. How did the accident happen, if I may ask. Since you hit soemone in the back, it's automatic fault. That sucks. You should be glad no one was hurt though.

    And the front of the car doesn't look as bad as it could have been. New bumper, hood, and fascia and you should be in business. You are going to probably have to buy the lights again aftermarket though, if they were damaged.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Drop me an e-mail when you get a chance. I'd like to talk to you about MAPP III ...

    Meade
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