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  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Paul, you drive automatics! No wonder you can't spin that rubber! (The Golf must've had bald tires ... or Potenzas.)

    BTW, what's all this talk about "burning rubber?" How does that show off a car's abilities? Seems to me the more power you actually transfer to the pavement, the better ... I suppose if your tailpipe puts out a cloud of black smoke, that's a performance feature too?

    (On a serious note (who, me?), I must admit I do perform the occasional "chirp" in my '00 ES 5-speed just for grins & giggles ... but it is harder to do with the Dunlop SP Sport A2s.)

    Meade
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I just devoted some more time to the Yahoo! group homepage pic. Go check it out now. Much better in my opinion.

    Meade
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Speaking of that, I've been thinking of adding a flame thrower to the the pros tail pipe. That should add at least 10 hp, I should think.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Re: longest distance traveled to MAPP...since I'm being a wuss and flying, I don't think that really counts. Next time, plan it during my spring break, and I'll consider making the road trip.

    Re: 'burn-outs'...um, I'm familiar with this expression as a way to refer to people who over-indulge in certain substances. Please provide an explanation for the dumb girl.

    Re: Paul and Paul's car in the river...jeez, what the heck is this, 'Lord of the Flies'?
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I'd watch it...you may be next!!

    PS. Not a threat...just an observation :D
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Basically making the tires squeal and smoke.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Thanks for the explanation, and the heads up :)
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Wasting tires by spinning them. Makes alot of smoke and noise. Really cool for we testosterone over-burdened types. It shows you have plenty of power, and money, to "burn", so to speak. Argh! Hey. you're getting into the middle of our, um, urination confrontation. ;-)
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Yes, you're right...don't want to be in the middle of that. And me with my umbrella out in the PROTEGE.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    How the heck am I going to get through the day without a few glasses of your Sangria of the Gods and a good cigar with my good friend?

    You mean I gotta bring a bottle of Thunderbird and find a new smokin' buddy?

    AARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!

    Meade
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The Golf was brand new, a 2000 model back then. It had like 20 miles on it or something, and they let me test drive it alone. I floored the pedal from a stop just to see what it had. At that time, I had the DX Protege. I was thrilled that there was enough power to chirp the wheels with an automatic. :)

    On the 1.8T I have now, I can burn the hell out of the wheels from a stop (with automatic) if I turn off the ASR. I don't though, because like I said before, the tires are like $180 each and I ain't trying to replace them up sooner than they will have to be.

    As far as that pic, it's a little too dumb now. My opinion only.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    ... as the target victim of my joke. I, the creator and High Lord of the Yahoo! group, am still LMFAO about it.

    A vote, y'all ... should the Paul pic stay on the Yahoo! group, or should I remove it and put a Protege pic back up?

    Meade
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I like the pic, but I like the look of the Pro much better than that white log (the car people...the car) in the river....MHO only :D
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    and make if funnier by having a big shark swim by to bite off his head!
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Please keep it. I won't be able to look at it until tonight because of my companies funny little firewall.
  • gandalf17gandalf17 Posts: 348
    I've been swamped with work and just haven't had any time to post. On a conference call now and thought i would drop in quick and say hello. Hope everyone is doing well.

    At some point I have about 600 posts or so to catch up on....yikes...

    As a side note, I decided to purchase a K&N air filter for my wife's Protege. On a 200km round trip last weekend i drove the first half with a brand new Mazda paper filter. On the way back, i dropped in the new K&N and wanted to see if I actually noticed a difference.

    My thoughts....
    - The throttle response is a little improved down low, and is fairly significant beyond 5,000rpm.
    - Don't notice any significant difference in engine sound up to about 4,000rpm. After that rpm point, the engine seems to be a little less laboured and has a deeper bass growl during acceleration.
    -I wouldn't say the car is any faster, or if it is, it is extremely minimal at best. However, the car is more responsive to throttle when the K&N is installed.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Good to hear from you! Thanks for the info on the K&N filter...I've been looking at getting one, and I probably will after your's, Ashu's and H's favourable responses on the filters.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Yeah, I had noticed that we hadn't heard from you in a while...welcome back.

    'Swamped with work'?

    Please provide an explanation for the dumb girl.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Keep....never mind....that's getting old.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Go check out the Yahoo group photo now. I barely got finished I was laughing so hard.

    Pat ... I know maltb's posting of my photo "technically" violates the MA ... however, since that's MY page, I hereby give him permission to copy it here.

    Meade
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    But why are you dissing me for that? I just got you out of sure receipt of a Pat-O-Gram.

    You thilly thavage.

    Meade
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Jettas CAN float.

    BTW, is that a Euro Jetta? It has a black grill.
  • orcinmanorcinman Posts: 24
    Just wanted to see what all the commotion in this thread was about.

    All this for a compact car, albeit a good one? Good lord.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Meade

    Lord of the Yahoo! mazdaprotege group
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    It was the Jetta I had to "build" on the Volkswagen USA site this morning. I initially went around the Net trying to find pics of a white Jetta, but I couldn't find any. Must not be a very photogenic color. All I could find were blacks, reds, blues and silvers. I had to go and build this one to get a pic of a white one.

    Meade
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I didn't think Jetta's had black grills unless the actual car was black?
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Seriously, we're kind of like a family here with a common interest. In fact, we always seem to be getting into trouble because, like any family, we tend to squabble once in a while over completely trivial stuff. But we all love our Proteges -- we even have some members who have bought other cars but still hang out and talk about Proteges here. If I may speak for the group, let me welcome you. Any questions or comments (well, *almost* any) are welcome!

    Meade
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Scroll up a few posts to see a great pic...then you'll see what goes on here in this forum :D
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    It might just be the angle at which the pic was taken. It's almost edge-on -- a little from below -- maybe the white slats just aren't showing up too well from that angle.

    Meade
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