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  • I should have tought about that before I bought the car!!!! no more kidnappings now!!!
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Yup, the '99 has it! So let me know how it goes!

  • jk111jk111 Posts: 125
    anyone ever changed spark plugs for their protege? I am thinking about changing them soon, but never done it before, any advice? I am thinking about getting bosch platinum.
  • Bosch is the best brand....I would pay to have someone do it the right way.
  • jk111jk111 Posts: 125
    well, I really want to experience/practice on how to change them. I have a pretty good idea on what do to (got the Chilton book handy.) I just need some advice on stuff that might not be in the book.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Somehow, I think this is just about the last discussion around these parts that's in danger of dying due to lack of posts! %^>)

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  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    pacifico in Philly has all new 2001 on sale - no more 2000 proteges!!

    The center dash looks kinda silly with the shiny plastic - I like the dimple plastic more...

    Black seats should have been black as in the VW Jetta - then I could have appreicated it more - till then - original velvet gray looks better -

    best part is the centre console layout - really improved - the handbrake and gear shift looks neat - audio system looks a bit too jazzy - not classy

    no change in the engine bay - looks the same.

    next time will try to get a test drive....
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    got to zooooooom real nice today after a oil change.

    man, an oil change really makes da difference.. I could rev upto 4500 in 1st gear without noticing it....till I saw a cop in the center lane...damn smooth...reminded me of my test drive in 1999.

    BTW, i used Castrol syntec to fill up!!
  • hboydhboyd Posts: 98
    My power door lock switch broke off into the driver's door yesterday. Only the plastic assemby failed -- not the actual switch. I pulled out the switch (inside the door) using the wire. What a pain!!!! Luckily I have a Mazda dealer in my enforcement district. They gave me a brand new part for $21... and it was in-stock.....whewww... easy fix for my 1995 ES... ZOOMing with my doors locking now!!!

  • Folks,
    I bought new Mazda 2000 ES one week back.
    I noticed whenever I apply brakes hard enough to stop the car completely and then releasing brakes padel,it makes sound.
    My dealer says it is common because " brakes boosters" are working.
    Did anyone of you notice it in your car?
    I appreciate your input.
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    It made noise while the pedal was being released? It's an automatic, isn't it?
  • Are you releasing the brake quickly, slowly, or both? Is it kind of a creaking/low grinding sound? If it is(creaking) all of my previous automatics(if that's the case) did that.
  • Wax: Zymol has great shine, little haze, smells good, but doesn't clean well and lasts a moderate time. NuFinish cleans better and lasts longer, but is half a notch down on shine and tends to haze black plastics it gets on.

    Plugs: Bosch platinum last almost forever.
  • Meguires Gold Class Clear Coat is a great all around wax. There are some that last longer, but for the price I have been very satisfied. Meguires tire gel works great too. It's the longest lasting tire dressing I have ever used.

    I have the auto and when I brake hard to a stop I sometimes hear the low grinding. Also, after zooming hard my brakes tend to "talk" to me when I get out of my car. I guess they are kind of hot, and the noise is from them cooling down. Today's metal brake pads tend to make more noise (not to mention dust)...but hey, they don't cause cancer.
  • I don't like it too much. It doesn't last long, and I don't like to be putting wax on every month!

    Mine don't make any noise, but that's maybe because it has almost 14000 miles on it. Try waiting a while and see if it goes away. I think it's completely normal for a car with an automatic, though.

    On the other hand, whenever I am in reverse, and I slowly come to a stop, I hear this whining noise from the rear brakes.
  • I've seen a total of 5 Protege's today (a record - this town's population is about 100-120,000), and I had a chance to park next to two of them running around doing errands. I saw a Red ES, a White LX, Green LX, Sand Mica LX, and a Red LX.

    Zoom Zoom!
  • I like this zoom zoom thing....It feels good to just say it!!! I cant wait to get off work so that I can go play with my toy. I love driving my protege!!! oooooh sssooooo gooood!!! I love that engine and that new car smell!!!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    My back brakes "whistle" when backing up too. The dealer said it was normal for it to do that.

    One thing that pisses me off is that at 26K, I had to have my brake rotors turned and the pads replaced too. Seems kinda short. At 37K almost now, and still have pulsation from the rotors on occasion. Beware though: I took my car to Goodyear for its brake job. They tried 5 different sets of pads in stock and brought in before they finally gave up and went to the local Mazda dealer and bought them. :) And to think, that only cost me $90. :)
  • If brakes pulse after repadding, but not before, it means they didn't grind the rotors true. No excuse for that. If it happens between brake jobs, it suggests warped rotors from overheating.

    Though my '99 es has rear drums, I would rate the pro's brakes "very good", if not "excellent."
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I had that problem with the rotors, but took it back and they did it again. It's pulsating a little bit again though. They also told me that on a smaller car (I have always driven big cars since driving), if you brake harder they wear out faster than normal. Interesting. Anyway, next time they cannot machine the rotors but replace them. Since I don't know if I am keeping the car or not, I am not going for that just yet.
  • ken126ken126 Posts: 39
    Does anyone know what the price of the 5 door is going to be and when is it coming out?
  • Do the rotors always have to be turned when replacing the pads? Even if there is no grooves or pitting of the rotors. It would seem that if your are timely enough in replacing the pads and have not damaged the rotors they shouldn't have to be turned just as a matter of course.

    Vocus, you only have had one brake job and the rotors will have to be replaced next time? That sure doesn't indicate quality rotors to me. Or was there some other factors involved. i.e removing too much of the rotor surface when turned, excessive hard braking, etc.?
  • Hi everyone,
    I'm new to the board as a participant but I have followed it for some time. Last summer I bought a 2000 Protege LX 5sp. I appreciate all the advice and insight that this board provided while I made my decision. Now 7 months later I'm very pleased with the car. It handles well, gets good gas mileage (important since my commute is about 200 miles a day) and looks great. All the Corrola and Civic owners don't know what they're missing!
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    <132 > I've got a 00 ES too but don't notice any abnormal sounds. Just the usual creak when you lightly press the brake or release it and the car moves slightly. All Automatics I've been in are like that.

    on a side note.. we took our little zoomer to miami this weekend (500mi RT) and it performed wonderfully. It was kinda windy so at times i wished we had 205 sized tires. coming back on Alligator Alley I hit it up to 100MPH and it was smooth as a baby's bottom. As soon as I hit the 100 mark I eased up and by 90MPH the wife looks over at the speed and lets out a yelp. You were almost at 100!!, No Dear, I was at 100!! , She didn't notice it all all. no whine from the engine notice. as quiet as if it was 30MPH.

    And before we left Miami, we stopped to eat at a Pollo Tropical (like a KFC but Latin style), and not once, but twice our clean little green ES got some hard stares. 1st was a group of 3 that stopped and looked at the car a few minutes before driving off in their Cherokee. they checked the rear, driver's side and looked at the front awhile. Then after they left, an older gentleman took the 360 degree tour of the car. he almost hit a tree because he was looking so hard, and he actually hit the end of a low branch. All this while a new Benz convertable was in the lot a few spots down. Me and the wife were beaming with pride!!!
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    I seen on another website, the Ford gets to put their engine in the Portege for the 2004 model. what a shame. I won't buy the Protege if that happens.

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    If the rotors are still true, no grooves, and not overly glazed, you don't need to turn them. Of course to determine if they are true, you need to check them on the car with a dial indicator.

    Your best bet is to have the rotors turned on the car (most aaccurate). All Mazda dealers turn the rotors on the car, but not all repair shops do. Make sure you ask before they start the job.

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I was on my way into work this morning when I wound up behind the second Pontiac "[non-permissible content removed]-tech" I've seen on the road.

    I couldn't stop laughing when I noticed the sign the driver had printed and taped to the rear window:

    "Stop laughing --
    It's a rental!!!"

  • It's been 1 week since I picked up my 01' LX from the dealership. Did the usaul routine physical checkup and it's mint. Picking up the car is a moment I'll never forget... Me and my bro couldn't help smile as our sales guy helped us drive the car up front to the dealership. My first drive home was bumpy because I wasn't used to the stiff suspension but now I love it! The engine is also quite soft... not alot of noise... the only thing that's bothering me right now are potholes!
    Recently a sever snowstorm just passed so I couldn't drive it for the next two days... sob! But now the weather is better I'm driving it to and from work and it's a great feeling to be part of something different...I look at all the honda's, corollas, and neon's out there and I say to myself thank god!

    The car came with 8 clicks and now it's up to 200... I am planning to get colored mirrors and body side moldings b/c mine is a midgrade model but I don't know where to look. Would it be cheaper to paint it or replace it with one that's prepainted?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    If you have an LX and your moldings are black, is it a Canadian model? Mirrors on all Proteges are black, so you are going to have to have those painted. Moldings on LX models are colored here in the US though. You would probably make out better having both the moldings and mirrors painted to match the exterior of the car.
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