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Mazda Protegé



  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Well, I suppose it is good that you live in North Carolina, but, if you moved further south, you could be comfortable more than 1 month per year.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    And NO, I didn't stop and think what a wonderful morning it would be to wax my car! Actually, mine's still looking nice (and water's still beading well) on the Meguiar's Gold Class job I did prior to MAPP II back in October.

  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    I spoke with a friend who owns an MP3. He says that his rear speakers are labeled KFC-6906 on the magnet. Since this model won't fit under a 2001 Protege rear deck, I have to assume that they were a special version of the KFC-6906 with lower profile midrange & tweeter. If this is the case, my only option is to buy them from Mazda. has them for $137. List price on the KFC-6906 is $90. I hate to spend $47 extra for something that is functionally identical, but my hands seem tied. The only other option I have been able to find is the Bazooka M690, but that is even more expensive. Any ideas?
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Hard to test how well my wax is doing based on beading since snow doesn't tend to bead up all that well!! Lol!
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Giant McDonald's coke all over the passenger floor mat (and some on carpeting underneath).

    Any suggestions?

    Aside from stop being such a klutz?

    (and I won't even tell you about how I then fell backwards into the snow trying to clean everything, nothing in the cup besides Coke :)
  • sunbyrnesunbyrne Posts: 210
    Mazdafun, where'd you find the bullet wax? According to Prestone's web site, it's not part of their product line anymore, and I can't find a single place around here that stocks it.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Get that mat home and spray some foaming carpet cleaner on it -- be liberal and let it soak for a while. Then scrub it with a scrub brush and rinse the whole thing thoroughly. Don't let that Coke dry on it -- it'll be much harder to remove! I know -- I had to get that sticky, dried mess out of the floormats in my wife's Cavalier before we traded it last month!

  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Oh Dale, thats an awful thing. Stop being a klutz, lol.... And you fell in the snow, why can't there be camera's everywhere we go (oh yeah, there is, but only the government knows). And I know I'm not helping you here, but I've never spilled Coke all over my floor mat. I suppose you can let it dry and try a little carpet cleaner. By the way, what did you have with the giant Coke, I sure could use a quarter pounder with cheese right now.....
  • elec3elec3 Posts: 160
    doesn't mean it's not an open container ;) That was gonna be my suggestion - no rum in the giant coke next time :) Otherwise there's not much you can do execpt use towels to soak up the mess and let it dry out naturally. It'll possible leave your floor a bit sticky/stiff/smelly. Once it's dry you can try scrubbing with a wet (water) towel. Ideally I suppose you could use a steam carpet cleaner or carpet shampooer if you had one.

    Reason #20486 why I don't eat in my car.
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Well, if you have a heated garage, I would take it to get the carpet steam cleaned, then let it dry over the weekend with the windows open. Other options include taking a trip to El Paso, getting it cleaned there, and driving home with the windows down. Actually, your best bet is to rent one of those steam cleaners yourself and use a hair dryer on low heat to dry it. One caveat: with the way the carpet is glued to the body, I don't know how steam cleaning will effect it.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009

    Thanks so much for your prompt and (mostly :) helpful responses.

    It might freeze before I get it's sitting out in the car right now.

    For the record, I wasn't eating in the car...made a lunch run for myself and a couple of co-workers. Girl at the drive-thru window handed me one of those crappy paper cup holders with all three giant cokes in it...too hard for me to maneuver onto the floor next to me. Next thing I know, I'm in the middle of a freakin flood.

    Hmmmm....maybe I should make McDonald's replace my floor mats? Or give me new visors?
    ;) ;) ;)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    If you can get millions of bucks for spilling your coffee ...


  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I got it a while ago at Autozone.

    I guess Prestone stopped making it. Too bad. Did well in a CR test.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Cowpoke (steve johnson), have you ever introduced yourself on this board? Didn't think so. Just a troll. Your opinions, have ZERO value to me. Save your breath. :-)

    Zoom Zoom whatever (cindy bennet), your a poser. I will not respond to any of your future posts. You have turned this discussion into a Honda vs. Protege Comparo. I just wish, you would sell your Mazda and post elsewhere. :-)

    These are MY opinions.

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Someone's on the Protege war path today, it looks like...
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    was expecting a BMW or an Audi when he went to the Mazda dealer, based upon the opinions of Protege lovers.
    well, what he saw was a neat car that was not as luxurious as a BMW or an AUDI and was disappointed.
    and obviously he is not a sports fan, so no HARD rides.

    twist....the brakes do not stick like other cars. That is what is great about them. They apply ONLY as HARD as you PUSH them.

    U are better off getting a corolla whose brakes stick the moment you touch modulation...
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Hmmmm...not feeling too much love from the Old Love Train today.

    I totally agree that the Lone Ranger was out of line.

    And yes, certain people have certain opinions about their H's, but these same people sometimes have useful things to contribute to the discussion about cars in general. We all agree that comparisons ad infinitum (ad nauseum?) are getting old.

    Are you sure you didn't just spill Coke all over your car and fall down in the snow?

    Cheer up, buddy, it's already Tuesday!

    Love and kisses,
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Are you inflicting group hugs on this topic again?

  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009

    Is inflicting group hugs your job, malt?

    Sorry...didn't mean to step on your toes!

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    lol...definitely not today.

    I sense that there are lots of bowls of wheaties that have been pissed in.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Um, yes...exactly what I was going to say...sort of :)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Let's stop with the personal digs, folks - we're getting way out of bounds.

    I do think that some of us need to respect the fact that this is a dedicated Protegé discussion. We've talked about this before - some comparison in a dedicated discussion is inevitable and not usually a problem. However, we've let comparisons overtake this discussion for quite some time now. We need to move on.

    Some of you are also participating in the appropriate conversations on the Comparisons board. For now, let's continue there and let this discussion get back to just the Protegé... without the animosity, please.


    Sedans Message Board
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    to all the love that used to be in this room? Everyone's getting mean now. :) Just kidding. But seriously, I haven't seen postings this hostile in awhile.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Starting to sound like one of those comparo (p***ing match) boards around here. :)

    Anyways, yes, valid points brought up about various vehicles. Isn't having such a wide selection a good thing?

    Re: the leather option on the P5. No big deal for me. I figure it's a competitive response to the Elantra GT. I'm willing to give the manumatic a try, although the contortions in the shift gate look potentially annoying. When will Mazda decouple the ABS/side airbag option from the moonroof? I want the ABS/side airbags, but DO NOT want the moonroof. I simply will not fit into most vehicles with a moonroof. Well, that's my personal pet peeve. Probably doesn't bother most folks.

    And to help bring up the festivity factor:

  • shriqueshrique Posts: 338
    After owning a car with leather for a while I've decided that I like high quality cloth better. I always found myself worrying about scratching it and then trying to find a product to help keeps it clean and protected. Way to much of a pain. The only thing that I don't like about the seats in my P5 is the fact that they pick up a lot of lint. Although the same quality that picks up lint makes me stick nicely to the seats around corners. (wild grin)

    Let me FEEL the Love people!

  • gandalf17gandalf17 Posts: 348
    Thanks to all of you who explained how to get the little nationality flag next to your name. I tried changing my profile and I highlighted my country to Canada and it still didn't work. NOw I'm trying again....hope this works.
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Posts: 348
    Thanks again to everyone!
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Posts: 348
    Pain to maintain...pain to pay for....but most of all a pain to stay firmly stuck in your seat when you're throwing the Pro around tight corners at high speed... :) Not that anyone ever does that, right??? Ha, ha... :)

    I find that you slide too much on leather. They didn't even offer it on my WRX, which is fine by me. I will admit though that leather looks pretty sweet on some cars. The leather (if you can call it that) in the Elantra GT is well, unlike any leather i have ever felt before. I'll call it PLEATHYL---part plastic, part leather, part vinyl....
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Posts: 348
    Not that this should mean anything, but I swear by Nufinish. It's the only wax i will use on my cars. I also use it on an old fiberglass yellow Searay and get tons of comments on the shine and colour gloss from other boaters. Very few believe she is a 1980.

    I think NUfinish works better on fiberglass than sheet metal, but it still gives an excellent shine. Some waxes like Macguir's did give a better shine, that is, before i permanently switched to Nufinish, but none lasted as long and protected the car as good. Put on 2 coats of Nufinsh over the course of say 2 weeks and the wax will literally last for months at a time.

    Anyway, just my humble opinion.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009

    Thanks for increasing the festivity factor!
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