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Mazda Protegé



  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    On the 1999 Protege I had (a DX), my front brake pads were changed out at 26,000 miles and the rotors were machined. The mechanic said I was hard on the brakes, and they wear quicker when you are hard on them in a small car.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    for an upcomming issue of Consuemr Reports...

    They purchased a 2002 Protege LX from us yesterday. We sold them a P5 a few months ago also..

    They got an automatic with ABS, moonroof, alloy wheels, parimeter alarm and mats. Millenium red.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    You made a good choice. My friend was also recently looking for a car and he too chose the Subaru Imprezza TS wagon. Nice little car. Very small inside though. I'm only 5'7, but I know people that are a little larger would not find it comfortable as the seats are like racing/rally seats that are molded along the sides. There is also not much room in the back seat and the trunk space is limited.

    Great engine though. Makes a nice little growl. He hasn't been able to open his up yet as it is still being broken in, but the test car we took had some great power.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    "They purchased a 2002 Protege LX from us yesterday.

    Richard, not to shot the messenger or anything. It's are darn shame they didn't pull a PRO-ES out of your inventory. :-(

    -Old Head
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I used Valvoline Synpower 75/90 weight. They didn't have any Mobil 1, otherwise I would have bought it. You can find this stuff at just about any autoparts store; it's just regular gear oil that has many applications.
  • Sorry to disappoint you eludwig, but the next Protege borrows heavily from Ford. The next generation Protege will sit on a heavily revised Ford Focus platform. Engines will be the 2.0 Zetec 4-cyl now offered in the Focus, Escape, and Tribute. The upper engine will be the Ford/Mazda 2.3L Duratec 4-cyl. This engine will also power the lower level Mazda 6's and should produce 160hp. I have previously heard this next generation will hit the market for the 2003 modely year, but I think that has been pushed back to the 2004 model year.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I hope they work the gremlins out of that platform before then, or I'm defecting...most likely to Subaru, which I'd hate to do as I like Mazdas. :(
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Hey all,
    I've just noticed some strangeness going on with my car. Perhaps it's the cold, but on occassion, when I first get in the car in the morning, I've noticed that when I open the driver's door, the odometer will not be on, the interior lights won't come on, and the light above the ignition will not come on. Also, the door ajar light on the dash will not come on. If I open any other door, the lights will come on. Actually, now that I think about it, it also happens when I get out of the car sometimes.

    Is there a problem with my driver side door not activating the lights? I'd say yes, but just wanted to see if it was happeening to anybody else out there. Thanks in advance.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    If you lean against the little thing that sticks out of the doorsill that turns the lights off, that might be the problem. It's at the bottom of the door near the B pillar. I did the same thing a couple times when I had my 2001 ES and thought it was an electrical short or something.
  • Well, with 59,830 miles on my odometer, that has never happened to me. It sounds like your driver's door switch is stuck. I believe it is in the lower section of the B-pillar and is covered by a rubber boot. Try pushing it in and see if it pops back out--it is spring loaded. If it doesn't, and the vehicle is still under warranty, take it back to the dealership and have them fix it. Otherwise, you can probably remove the boot and try cleaning the switch.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Freddy: You made a good choice. Are you gonna take it on some dirt roads?

    Mike: happened to me once, but as Paul said I was leaning against "the door thing" that turns on/off the dome light. As far as the odometer goes,I thought it's only on when you put the key in the ignition.

    Audi8Q: Why not an ES? That would put a lid to others in this class.

    Now to make Mike and Duh-Ster feel better, we got hit this morning at about 6am with heavy snow that just stopped now at 1pm. The roads were driveable at 8am when I got to university and the PRO handled well this morning (no sliding issues - but I did drive carefully and with O/D off). As per weather reports we are expecting freezing rain coming from Windsor and Niagara into T.O. this afernoon. @&;#* ! Now that's stuff I'm not comfy with. Might be a long commute back home.

  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Bad snow here last night, very heavy and wet. Close to 12" drifted on top of my car...took a long time to get going this morning. Then got stuck in the middle of my street (kind of wish the Pro had more ground clearance!:).

    Floated on some slush and ice a little bit on the highway...due more to sloppy plowing by Streets and San than anything else.

    Freezing rain here tonight, just to put a nice glaze on everything. Ugh!
  • duh_sterduh_ster Posts: 102
    ouch...i feel for ya...freezing rain is 10x worse than just plain snow! it's funny, but here it's great! only like -5ºC with expectations for it to get warmer as the week progresses! bad thing is, all this snow will melt, making the PRO DIRTY and all around not-nice-looking...=(

    pf: i called my dealership and they said they'll have their "service clinic" in about 6 months. they said it's rare that a dealership will offer free oil changes along with the inspections...didja get it done?? is it available to all mazda owners, or just those that purchased from your dealer?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    In the 2000 and up models, the odometer comes on when you open the door (after the car has been parked for awhile, that is). It stays on for a certain amount of time when you turn the car off, then goes off. In the 1999s, you had to turn on the key to see the odometer.
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    The Imprezza is smaller on the inside, but I'm not tall, and I already drive one of the smallest cars on the road, so I'm used to tight spaces. I would love to take it on dirt roads, but it won't work, because dirt roads are all up north, and when I drive up north it's in the summertime, and in the summer I obviously prefer to take the car with no roof!

    Mazda/Ford: I hope Mazda knows what they are doing. There are not many desirable fords on the road, and I can only hope they do some serious modifications or they'll also lose another satisfied Mazda customer. I guess we'll have to wait to see how 'Fordified' the next gen of mazdas are.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Hope I make it before the rain starts. Will post once I get home (5pm?) as I will be leaving soon.

    Freddy: I too hope that they won't mess-up the PRO and the new 6. I'm already thinking of another PRO as my next car or maybe of the 6. If it's Mazda-made, I'll take either, but I'm very unlikely to consider a Ford-made car. Or GM or DC for that matter.

  • The next generation Protege will be designed and built by Mazda, but will use the next Focus platform. The 2.0L DOHC Zetec engine is a Ford engine, but its a good engine. The 2.3L DOHC Duratec is a joint Ford and Mazda effort. The Duratec will be built in the U.S. for Ford use, while also being built in Japan for Mazda use.

    The Mazda 6 sits on a platform designed and built by Mazda. I am not sure if they will be built in Japan and imported here, or if they will be built at the Auto Alliance plant in Michigan. Mazda has been placed in charge of Ford's small and mid-size car development. The 6 will provide the platform for the next Taurus, Sable, mid-size Volvo, and mid-size Jaguar sedans. It will basically replace the Contour/Mondeo platform currently used by Ford.

    As for weather, it is quite beautiful here in San Diego. After three days of rain and cold weather (well, cold for here--about 60 degrees day/45 degrees night), the sky is clear, the sun is out, and the temp is about 70 degrees out. I guess that's why we pay so much to live here...
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    As we all agree the ES would have been a better choice for Consumer Reports...they usually buy the most popular sellers of each model.
  • I had castrol synthetic gear oil 75w-90 put in my 99es 5spd.

    I would wait until a tranny had 10k miles on the original fluid before changing. This would allow wear-in metal to be removed with the tranny lube.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    ...before people start going home from work.

    Last Chat tonight!

    9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, etc.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    No, I know that I am not leaning on the door. I will check to see if it is stuck though. Thanks guys.

    Dinu, that sounds like some harsh weather. Over here, we're supposed to hover around -6 or so for the next week. That's not so bad and I can handle that!
  • eludwigeludwig Posts: 82
    If the next generation Protege has Ford motors, it's off my list. Nasser drover Ford's quality into the ground and I doubt the bureaucrats at Ford will make the company "comeback of the year".
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    what is that, 20 F? That's COLD!!! at least in our neck of the woods it is!

    And yes, everyone should jump in for the last Edmunds Protege Owner Chat tonight before they shut it down for good!

    9pm ET/6pm PT
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Next time you hop in your Pro (using the remote door lock opener), check to see if the odometer is on when you get in. Sometimes mine is on, other times it is not. Maybe it's just related to my door problem??
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    That's not cold, that's disneyland. *Negative* 20F is cold.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The odometer should always be on before you open the door.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Ok, if that's so, then there's something up with my car. I know for a fact that, sometimes, the odometer is not on, and will only come on when I turn the key in the ignition.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    In the parking lot, I passed my car and kept going, and when I realized I passed the spot where I parked it, I pushed the panic button. The PRO's horn went on and lights flashed. Yes, I did pass it; it was pretty well covered in snow, no wonder I went by it without recognizing it). Anyways, all the windows had frost (a few scrapes ove it and it went off) on them and I spent a good 10 mins scrapping frost and taking the snow off. Now backing out of my spot into the parking alley was "fun". Had to move back and forward for about a foot at a time to get it unstuck. The parking lot was not plowed and again I had to move it to get some speed before the Potenzas would start spinning again. Out on the roads, it was ok. (drove in D2 and used D1 to stop without braking a few times - it works really well!). Now we're just waiting to see if that freezing rain is coning - I hope not!


    PS: About 15 cms overall and -12C with windchill, -7C w/out. Not too bad.

    PS2: Chat@9PM!
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    I'll check mine to see what's happening with the odometer. I know for a fact that the green light around the ignition does come on.

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