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Mazda Protegé



  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    When I went to Chicago, Dale gave my friend and I a "driving tour" of the city, we went to dinner, and took a tour of the Sears tower. We hung out two different times when we were there. So that's how I went through "the turn" with her. :)
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Don't you guys have car wax or tire comparisons or stereos to talk about?

    It doesn't always have to be about Dale.

  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    But I do like my Dunlop SP Sport A2s very much, thank you.

    Only cost $55 each from Tire Rack for my size too (I decided to stay with the smaller 185/65R14 size). Will have to go back to them too because the local retailers don't seem to carry that particular size. Oh well, they still have the best price, even figuring in shipping and mounting etc.

    And I've had mine since last November. Very nice performance all-seasons. About 16,000 miles on them so far. I expect to get 40,000 miles easily before I consider replacing them (and no, I don't wait for them to become slicks first).
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Make that THREE happy SP Sport A2 owners!!!

    Ha ha Larry, you lose!!!

  • zueslewiszueslewis Posts: 2,353
    My home PC is down and I can longer use yahoo or AOL at work. Call when you get a chance.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    on a technicality, you just made even.
    BFG owners:
    Larry's wife

    ha ha gotyou ;)

    btw, I recommended the A2 for my friend's 300M.
    Just got it in today.
    looks great. lets see what his review his.
    They look real sticky to me.
  • rbrooks3rbrooks3 Posts: 174
    Has anyone heard of rebates on the Pro in addition to not instead of the 0% financing deal?
  • noeleonnoeleon Posts: 9
    Looking for the best deal on 2002 ES in Sacramento,CA area, please help.
  • tomcivilettitomciviletti Posts: 207
    According to tirerack spec charts, 205/50-16 tires will work on 5.5" rims, so they should be fine on 6" rims. That size offers many more model choices. The Bridgestone 730gen2 looks like a good performer with a high mileage rating. My guess is that they would hold up to hard driving better than the dunlop5000 which has a sticky, but soft compound.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Make that THREE happy SP Sport A2 owners!!!
    Ha ha Larry, you lose!!!

    BFG owners: Chikoo, Larry, and Larry's wife ha ha got you...

    BTW, there both good tires.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Ronald and Noeleon in my area (Lancaster, PA) the local Mazda Dealer is offering $1,500 rebate OR 0% APR for 60 months on the 02 Mazda Protege and $750 rebate OR 0% APR for 48 months on the 02 Mazda Protege 5. Great deals, methinks!

  • kaiserheadkaiserhead Posts: 166
    Posting seems to have slowed down in the last few weeks...
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Chikoo himself turned the tables my way:

    "btw, I recommended the A2 for my friend's 300M.
    Just got it in today.
    looks great. lets see what his review is."

    So that's:

    Dunlops: Meade, Tim, Chow-Chi, and NOW Chikoo's friend.

    BFG's: Larry, Trudy and Nick.

    Me 4, you 3. Ha ha.

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Nick, Trudy, you and I all own the finest example of the Protege, that Mazda ever produced. The Emerald Mica 2000 PRO-ES. With-in that elite group, the owners here at TH have chosen the excellent BF Goodrich T/A's 3 to 1! Meade, the fact that you mention an owner of a Chrysler 300m barge-mobile purchased Dunlope A2's is laughable and speaks volumes on your tire acumen. ;-))))

  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    [...desparately trying to think of something dumb I may have done in my car over the weekend that I can talk about here, thus distracting Meade and Larry from their little flame war...]
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    tire acumen? Lol. When I get my tires they will be better than Meade and Larry's. 205/45/16 Yokohama Paradas all the way!!
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    I'm enjoying the little flame war. It will help me promote the pay-per-view gravey wrestling match.

    And don't lie, we all know you did something dumb in or to your car this weekend!

    Did you ever get a wax job?
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    Hey, I can't be dumb all the's hard work, believe me.

    And no, still no wax on the car...I know, shame on me. :(
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    figure I should pop in since I haven't posted here in god knows how long :)

    Over the weekend I went to the DC Grand Prix held at RFK stadium. Great fun, great races, awesome cars, perfect setting for a motorhead :D

    But what REALLY made my weekend was being able to get up close and personal with the crews and drivers of the racing Proteges that run in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car series. They were really helpful in answering any questions about what they did to their Proteges to make it go faster. And the cars are all right in front of their trailers open for inspection under the hood and under the car. It is simply amazing that someone can take a street sedan like a Protege and turn it into a full blown racecar.

    I'll have some pictures up once I have them delevoped, so stay tuned...
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Don't let them pick on you just because you are the girl of the group. Shame on you guys!

    I don't know what's up with the whole wax thing. I guess it makes the car look better, but white cars (like mine and Dale's) always seem to look clean anyway, no matter how dirty they are. I guess waxing is good for the paint, but I don't have the room (although not as limited as Dale's) to do it at home.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Wax is a barrier between your car's paint and the environment. Wax does not only look better, it is helping your paint stay looking newer longer.

    You don't need space to wax...only time. If you can walk around your car, you can wax it.
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Yes, it's good for the paint. But hey, if you're only going to keep the car two years, why bother? ;-)
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Why bother changing the oil too then I guess??
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    Good point. Let's ask. Paul, what about changing the oil? (J/K) ;-)
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Yokohama Paradas all the way...

    Yakohama your Momma! ;-)
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Very funny. I only kept the Protege 8 months, but I still took good care of it. All the maintenance was done on time and everything, and the car was washed all the time (especially because it was black). I always keep the maintenance up. I never waxed a car before though. I would probably just take it somewhere, because I always seem to be busy doing something on weekends and don't have the time to do it.
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    Take it from the owner of a white Mazda Protege - that waxing makes a HUGE difference! And Dale and Paul have both seen the difference - or at least the result of a good waxing, on my car.Trust me - waxing makes the paint color appear much richer & deeper and keeps the dust/dirt of longer, and doesn't allow water to dry on the car. Instead rain water beads and flows off, or leaves, at the most, bead-shaped dried spots - very easy to wipe off with just a cloth or a California Duster!

    Don't knock it till you've tried it!

    In fact, my car is due for another coat soon, depending on the weather - and now that I have a digital camera, I'll take a few before and after shots for your benefit.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Like I said, I seem to just be in the car all the time, and it's pretty hard to wax and drive at the same time. :) My dad always is on me about waxing and stuff like that. My answer to him is usually to do it if he wants to, and I will pay him for his time and pay for the wax. I told him you only do it every year though, and I haven't had a car since the 99 Protege (traded 2/01) for over a year. :)
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    I wax my car every time the water (rain or wash) stops beading satisfactorily (which, again, is subjective).

    So, for the 18 odd months that I have been waxing the car, I have waxed approximately every 3-5 months (less often in winter - for obvious reasons).

    What about the rest of you? I know we could take this to the Waxes board, but I'd like to know what the average duration-between-waxes over on 'our' little board is, first.
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