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Mazda Protegé



  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    Seem to be saddled with cheap interiors lately. I hope they do the 300z right. But things aren't looking good for it.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    I saw a Infiniti G35 sedan up close at a local high school. Car looks nice up front, but the back end looks off, especially the C pillar and the trunk lid, the lines don't flow with the rest of the car.

    the G35 coupe, on the other hand, from what I saw in the pictures, looks drop dead gorgeous :D
  • pjd58pjd58 Posts: 366
    Fxashun, I totally agree! I sat in the Altima at the Auto show, what a CHEAP looking interior. Nissan needs to go back to the drawing board...their interiors and rear ends:) are butt ugly. Also, I could never buy a Mexican Sentra!

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I sat in the Altima when they first came out in November. My first was a 3.5SE model with leather that stickered for ~$28,000. I got out and looked at the sticker price, then looked at the inteior again in the showroom. The salesman asked me if he could help. I said, "Yeah, I think they got this price tag or else the interior wrong". He didn't think it was as funny as I did though. :) I mean come on, the Protege's interior looks better than the Altima's, and it goes for ~$15K!
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I hate to say it, but Nissan seems to be the GM of Japanese cars now. They have lots of power and super cheesy platic interiors.

    It is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day today in Minneapolis. I'm going to the Twins game tonight---first sold out Twins game since the 91' world series. It's Friday, it's sunny, it's the Twins home opener----Wooo Hooo!
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    I was in the front seat knocking on all the surfaces. There are NO soft touch surfaces in the car other than the seats. It's a shame really cause I love the rest of the car. It drives like a car with "substance" in my speak meaning that there is a buttery smooth heft to the controls. Even in the 4 cyl 5 speed we drove. And the looks are dead on. I would have signed on the spot it they had done the interior as well as the exterior. Those dealers are ready to deal on those.

    New topic...The Big Game in Atlanta is 220Million. If I win the big one...Turbo Kits for the whole Protege room. And a indiglo kit too. Those were kewl.
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    It's been a while since I have posted--I own a 2000 Protege LX with manual transmission. It has 61,000 miles and I have yet to change the transmission oil. I don't seem to remember any mention of changing the gear oil every 30,000 miles in the owner's manual.

    Unlike an engine, there is no combustion in the transmission and, as a result, breakdown of lubrication must be very slow. It seems to me that changing the tranny oil would be a waste of money until the car is several years old with well over 100,000 miles. Even then, the transmission is a sealed unit and should not attract too much moisture. Am I out of my gourd on this subject?
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I'm gonna hold you to that ;)
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    250 hp Protege's. Is there a 4 wheel drive version anywhere in the world? Let's go all out...I win we convert everyone's cars into 4 wheel drive Audi A4 destroyers. Yeah baby.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I think you've gone mad, but I'll take an A4.

  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    Think about it...The handling of the Protege with the power and 4 wheel drive of the A4. WRX what???? EVO who???? Don't they know this is SUPER PRO... OK maybe I've been indoors too long. I'm leaving.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Tim: I emailed you at work this afternoon. I'll check the package out tomorrow. Thank you so much! Since Mike invited you to AB, would you like to visit North York this summer :)

    Everyone else: I apologize for my unannounced leave of absence. I started my teaching block on Wednesday and let me tell you, it might look easy, but the time preparing, getting the lesson in your head, going out there and presenting it and attempting to get something into people's heads while discussing and keeping them quiet while 2 are chocking each other at the back isn't easy. Nevertheless, it's going well. Teaching Shakespeare (Dale I gotta send you that unit - it's a 70 gallons book - you know what this comment is for) and geometry, plus badminton/ping-pong for now and in 2 weeks the REAL sport - football - aka "soccer".

    Now if you thought I was preparing my lessons or marking this week, you're wrong. I was looking for a new house. On topic, eh? We currently live in a townhouse-condo in a good part of TO and since it has appreciated for over 55% of its initial value since we bought it in Oct 1998, it's time to cash out before the dealer gets a blackjack when you doubled-down on a 7+4 and got an Ace :)

    PRO doing fine. However I am developing a mad case of road rage for Corolla drivers. Tim you should know what I mean since you work in Richmond Hill...

    Fxashun: I don't think that type of language is necessary in here. You know what post I am referring to. It's history anyway, so let's just move on.

  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    That would be a sweet ride :)

    A PRO in AWD with 200hp, a 6 spd tranny, larger disk brakes and a Dinu-mandatory device: rear spoiler with LED.

    ZOOM x (~)= Happy happy happy Dinu
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    on the Pro vs Civ vs Sen board. What do you guys think?
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    I book marked an article from another Pro site about painting the calipers. I'd considered this on my previous, beloved,Furd V6 Contour. As an aside if Contour had the build quality, reliability of the Pro I'd absolutely still be driving it. As it is I did well to get rid of it.

    Anyway I'd like suggestions of colors that would compliment Light sandalwood. Other than black which will be the fall back color if I don't come up with something else. OK. Let's see the posts start pouring in. :o) According to the article they make caliper paint. Hmmm. Must be some high temp application. As to black which would look better flat or gloss?

    Thanks in advance.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    that wouldn't stand out at all, I say a dark shade of RED.
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    I'm not much into exterior mods though I think clear corner headlight thingies would look great. I'm considering it.
    BUT seeing your black Pro once again makes me wish I could justify the not inconsiderable expense of losing my spoiler. They just look so much cleaner without. I realize I'm in a distinct minority on this issue.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    uh, I have a BLUE 2000 ES....

    this is my car :)

    and I'm not sure if you can 'clear out' a 01+ sedan headlights. You might consider replacing with P5 headlight assembly though...
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    How quickly they jump ship....

    I like the Pro and Mazdas in general, but I'm no idiot FX.
  • My 2000 Protege is Midnight Blue (best color IMO). I painted the front calipers dark blue. It looks great. It's not something that stands out alot as some of the pilaf-variety cars would have. The rear drums I left as is for now. It's surprising how durable the paint on the drums last. 2 winters and not that much rust at all. I've seen other cars that are about 2 years old or less and the drums are totally rusted. I think I'm going to paint them this year, probably a flat black or dark grey. I really don't want them to stick out since brake drums are a little ugly.

    As far as painting the's pretty simple. I just cleaned them with some brake dust remover, wiped them down pretty good with a rag, covered up the disc, and painted away. I think it was 2 or 3 coats. The paint lasts long if you get the high temp stuff but the dirt is a little more noticable on a painted caliper.
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    Hard to tell from the photo
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    Hard to tell from the first pic posted. The midnight blue is nice. I'm just too lazy to own a dark color.
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    Factory would be the way to go but given the $110 price of one '01 ES foglamp assy I know I couldn't afford to go that route.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    "Teaching Shakespeare (Dale I gotta send you that unit - it's a 70 gallons book - you know what this comment is for)."

    Hmmm....70 gallon book...must be about 24.67 kilometers when you do the conversion, right?
  • jpanzojpanzo Posts: 2
    I recently purchased a 2002 Protege LX, auto transmission. At speeds between 72-74MPH, and either keeping a constant speed or accelerating, I hear a high pitched whistling noise. It sounds like the noise you hear when the Emergency Broadcast System is testing on your television (only in a faint fashion). If I let off the gas even a little the noise stops. The noise doesn't appear to happen like this at any other speed.

    This is in my opinion either a engine or transmission noise. The car has about 1,300 miles. The dealer said this is a "harmonic" noise and there is nothing they can do. I'm very disappointed in that this is the speed that I will do about 90% of my driving, and this noise will drive me totally crazy. Anyone have a similar experience?
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    The noise doesn't appear to happen like this at any other speed.

    Try 71mph and 75mph or higher. ;)

    Oh Oh, Yooper53 has been reading Compact Sports Car magazine again. Painted discs? With Light Sandlewood I would go with bright red, they would match the brakelights. If you are conservative try silver, doubt there is a gold that would look right.

  • zoomzoom79zoomzoom79 Posts: 272
    gandalf: I am loving the car. Still in that newlywed stage.

    Speaking of A4's at the same time we bought the SI there was a 2000 1.8 Quattro 5-speed with LOW miles for $16,500. If Audi's didn't scare me that would've been a great deal. It would've been more similar to the Protege too. I always said that in the right lighting the rear 3/4 of the Protege were very Audi-esque.

    If we won the lottery I would buy all of you SI's so you could be as happy as me :) Hey stop throwing stuff. ouch.

    Seriously I would keep the SI as a daily driver and put an M5 in the garage for when I wanted to feel "special". Or maybe I would upgrade the SI to a RSX-S...decisions, decisions.
  • sunrupsunrup Posts: 7
    Hi everyone!! Just bought a new ES with sunroof, ABS etc.. last saturday, about 450 miles on it now. Got it for $800 below invoice, as the dealer messed up the quote he emailed (he forgot to add tax, tags and processing fees) and he had to honor the price he quoted. Unbelievable deal!
    The car is pretty good, maybe too early to make a judgement. Like it so far, handles very well, far better than I expected. Only unhappy about the gas mileage, not impressive as of now, I may need to check it after I run it in. Any of you in the Northern Virginia area? Maybe we could meet and exchange notes on the car and the two dealers in this area.
  • zoomzoom79zoomzoom79 Posts: 272
    Welcome to the Protege board. The most exciting board on Edmunds. I still post here and I don't even have a Protege any more :)

    If you are interested in meeting the other members there is going to be a MAPPIII (Mid Atlantic Protege Picnic) held in the VA area. mdaffron (you will see him post soon I'm sure) has all the details. But if I'm not mistaken it will be held May 18th.
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