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  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    "Nice save" from what?

    Meade
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I'm off to zoom over to my dad's house to pick up a folding table for the yard sale. (Yeah, Protege often has to do double-duty as wanna-be pickup truck.) Then I'm gonna zoom home -- at least as zoomy as I can in our rush-hour traffic. And you don't need to say how much worse yours is than mine, Paul ... been there, done that, had the high blood pressure to prove it (not anymore). Hard to believe I'm staying in the same city yet driving 40 miles to get home from work today. Ah well, not too bad a day for it, I guess. Sunny and 64.

    I'm really looking forward to MAPP III, y'all ... 20 Proteges and 30+ people ... this oughta be great. Keep talking it up on the other Protege forums you hang out on!

    Meade
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I drive 37 miles to and from work everyday, but I don't let traffic get to me. Driving is one of my favorite things to do. No matter what car I am driving, I have fun doing it. :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Interesting, Paul! My commute is 38 miles to and from! What a coincidence!

    Meade
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I try to make it a point to see at least one new city/place per year. I have too, every since 2000. I went to Wildwood, NJ and San Diego, Ca. that year as well as Lexington, Ky. In 2001, it was Atlantic City, NJ and the Poconos. In 2002 thus far, it's been New York City and will be NJ and Chicago to come.

    Some of the places (like Ky.) might not be famous or very interesting to some people, but it's all about seeing different places to me.

    I also wanna do 2 things at some point in my life (I have alot of time, because I am only 23). I wanna drive the Autobahn, and I wanna drive across the entire US as well. We shall see. :)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Going to make a business trip to Clinton Twp next week. I hope they don't take potshots at my Protege when I drive through Detroit. Maybe they'll remember Ford owns a third of Mazda?

    Anyhoo, all I remember from my last trip up there are the potholes. I was warned by my hosts to gas-up before going through Detroit. Eek. Wonder what that means?
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I'm skipping CAPP this year. I hope the weather turns out nice to spite the meteorologists. :)
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Detriot is not one of the safest cities on the planet. Maybe that's what they mean.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    It's very likely we'll have another meet later this spring/summer.

    I'll keep you posted.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    thanks for sharing your aspirations....I pray that they come true.

    Have a great weekend.
  • th83th83 Posts: 164
    I hope you find the car that you want. Good luck!
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    "Someone like Britney Spears doesn't have any integrity to maintain..."<<P>
    http://www.motortrend.com/news/news_f.html
  • jamhjamh Posts: 11
    It's a red Pro ES with sunroof and 6-cd changer. I am going over to the dealer to sign the contract and get car now. The only thing I don't like is that it has over 200 miles on it, kind of making me feel like I am not getting my "first brand new car". But I will get over it once I drive it probably. I don't really understand why they equip it with a $500 6-cd changer but not the $650 ABS/side-airbag package, since the car already has a standard cd player. It just doesn't make sense to me. But, it seems this car is what they want to sell to me at a better price. So, I will try to use the hell out of the 6-cd changer to get my money's worth. Good luck to me!
  • Hi, I just registered here. My dad (jbollt) recommended these boards to me, since I just bought a new 2002 Protege. I had a '96 before, but it was time for a new car.

    Anyway, I'm having a problem . . . I got the car with the factory alarm system, the keyless entry and everything, and the proximity sensor is sooo sensitive! I live in an apartment complex, so there aren't garages or anything, and my alarm goes off two or three times a night just from people driving by, sometimes just from the wind. I talked to the salesperson I bought the car from, at the dealer, and he talked to service, and they talked to Mazda, and he called me back and said as far as any of them know theres no way to change the sensitivity.

    Have any of you encountered this problem? Any way to fix it? Maybe there's a way to just turn off that feature of the alarm or something?

    I'd appreciate any help anyone here can provide. Thanks a bunch!

    Sarah
  • number42number42 Posts: 67
    I also have the factory alarm on my '02 LX. I also garage it in an apartment complex. AFAIK, I have not had a problem with it, with cars going by, but in my case only about 2-3 cars go near it, one an old land yacht, the other an old maxima. the garage is indoors so I get no wind. The only thing is, sometimes when I unfold the mirrors, it will trigger the alarm.
  • Anyone changed it before? Please don't tell me it's in the back like on the 80s Prelude! I'm going to take off the plastic belly pan and see if it's on the passenger's side by all the accessory and drive pulleys.
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    Rbrooks, take a look in your user's guide. The guide for my 2000 LX (1.6L) gives pretty clear location instructions. I know in my car the filter is located at the "back" of the engine, near the firewall, about halfway between the top of the engine and the ground. I assume that you have the 2.0L instead.
  • alternatoralternator IndianaPosts: 628
    is at lower rear of engine, slightly towards the passenger side (unapproachable from above). Not difficult to reach from below, but the OEM filter does not have the same flutes as Purolator, etc., so may require a strap wrench or the like to remove.
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    The 2.0L is made by Ford, right? With a little effort, I'm almost 6'5" so I have long arms and I can access the filter on my 1.6L from the top. Does the 2.0L require you to remove any plastic housing if you do access it from the bottom, and if so, what kind of time is involved. I'm in the process of finding an automatic Protege to replace my manual tranny model--I would like to stick to the Japanese-made motor, if possible.
  • jamhjamh Posts: 11
    Hi everyone, I just went to get my new red Pro ES. I drove it for half an hour now, and I absolutely love it. I got it from Parks Mazda in Highpoint,NC for a very good price. Ask for the salesperson Aubery. He is very nice and helpful. It didn't take long for him to finish all the paper work and hand me the keys. Just tell them James Huang referred you to them. If you have question about my new car buying experience, I will come back in here later tonight.
    I am a Protege owner now too!!!!!!!!!
  • Thanks!!
  • Congratulations and welcome to the club. Zoom Zoom Zoom !
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Another one of those: "Welcome to THE club!"

    I'm sure you'll take the long way home and just find useless reasons to take it for a spin :)

    Dinu
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    http://toprotege.com


    Look at the top right for "message boards".


    Really cool TO site.


    BTW, passed by Rodick Rd. today. Wanted to get an FRS radio from Business Depot across the street and saw the Lucent building.


    I know where you work and how to get there! So what now?


    Dinu

  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    >>>I'm sure you'll take the long way home and just find useless reasons to take it for a spin :)<<<

    I am preparing for my mid-term right now and all i can keep thinking is an " excuse" to go out and take a spin ;)
  • alternatoralternator IndianaPosts: 628
    I have 2002 LX 2.0 L engine. I can only barely see the oil filter from above, no way can it be reached from above. However, from below, nothing needs to be removed to access the filter. Did I understand your question? Engine made by Mazda in Japan I'm sure.

    I drive up on resin (plastic?) ramps called Rhino Ramps, much better than those metal ramps which require extensions in order for the front skirt to clear.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Congratulations, James!
  • th83th83 Posts: 164
    I just hope I'll be getting mine soon:)

    Tom
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    ...said Dinu.

    Tim: be afraid.

    Be very, very, afraid.

    :)
  • f4jf4j Posts: 7
    Bought a new 2001 (last of inventory) ES with moonroof.
    Didn't discover during test drive,but at high wind speeds with cross wind or head wind, there is a loud wind noise like a flute at a high note.
    (Will discuss with dealer next week).
    Has anyone else had this? Can't isolate the area but seems be in the central area of the windshield or secondly, the moonroof.
    Can't see any abnormality, but I can't believe all Mazdas do this.
    Didn't measure the wind blowing today, but it was really a good one at least 20 mph. Going with the wind at 70, no noise. Cross wind or into the wind. High 'coke bottle' or flute noise.
    Any suggestion emailed to [email protected] would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Mark
    (New here. Haven't learned about searching past posts or faq's or anything)
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