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Mazda Protegé

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  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I'm doing something similar here myself, but my new proposition is only a few miles from my current one!

    Sorry to hear about your car. Hey, it happens, right? I dinged my own door on a table at a flea market a few weeks ago. (Don't ask.)

    Get a good repair shop and your baby will be good as new in no time.

    I know, though ... it still hurts.

    TGIF backatch!!!

    (Larry probably likes it when we use that expression ...)

    Meadeball
  • Just a question for past Protege (or other) car owners. What kind of wax have you used, and how helpful was it on paint longevity and when washing?
  • how about RainX?
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    How does the system predict skidding? Any time one of the wheels is locked, albeit for a fraction of a second, the car is by definition skidding. ABS functions to prevent a continous lockup (skidding). It is a reactive system. A professional driver, after practicing on the same stretch of pavement, can stop a car shorter (not by much) without ABS than one with. This does not negate the usefulness of ABS.
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    I have a great body shop right by my work, I'm just not sure if I'll have it done right now. I will buy the splash guards right away, but the painting may wait. BTW, since I've been such a good customer of my current body shop, they will cut me a deal on the painting and not charge me any prep costs. That saves me about $70. Since it's below my $500 deductible, it's all out of pocket expense. It'll be worth it once I get it fixed, it's writing the check that hurts!!!

    Pcalvin...I use Meguiar's Gold Class. It's easy to use and works great! My car is nearly a year old, has been waxed 4times already and no swirl marks at all!

    Regards,

    Pete
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I failed to take into account that the Protege ABS has EBD(Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). It's the EBD that allows each wheel to to reach maximum braking pressure without lock-up.

    By the way, in sand, gravel and fresh snow, you want the wheels to lock up and create a wedge in front of the tires.

    :)
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    This is a post I did on my Altima club page. its a brief overview of a sept-Oct 00 issue of CR on waxes. if you want I can scan and post a pic of the pages next week (I'm out of town til monday)

    anyways.. here it is..
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    Gloss: very good Zymol cleaner wax, Nu Finsih paste, 3M 1 step cleaner wax, Eagle 1 wet polish, Blue Coral cleaner wax, Turtle Wax spray, Meguiar Gold class clear coat., Mother's cali gold liquid/paste, RainX ultra, Blue Coral self wax, Meguir's step 3 carnuba wax

    Durability: excellent Prestone Bullet wax, Armor All, Turtle Wax Emerald advance liquid. very good-Nu Finish paste and liquid, turtle wax super hard shell. (Zymol was good, Meguiar's step 3 was poor.

    Cleaning: excellent 3M 1 step cleaner wax,very good-Prestone bullet, Armor All, Mother's cali gold liquid.

    Ease of use:excellentTurtle wax/Armor all/Meguiar's all spray kinds of the 3..not liquid or paste. very good-Zymol, prestone bullet, nu finish paste/liquid, Eagle 1 wet, Meguiar's Gold clear coat & also step 3 carnuba, Mother's Cali gold original liquid & also phase 3 Carnuba. Turltle wax super hard sheel paste, the wax shop super glaze, meguiar's cleaner wax paste.

    prevent Hazing/scratching.excellentZymol, 3M 1 step, turtle wax super hard shell liquid, eagle 1, turtle wax spray, Meguiar gold class clear coat, armor all spray, Blue Coral self wax,Mother's phase 3 cali gold.

    the top 10 are in order:
    zymol, prestone bullet wax, nu finish paste, armor all car wax, 3M 1step cleaner, turtle wax Emerald series advance liquid, Turtle wax superhard shell liquid, nu finish liquid, eagle 1 wet, blue coralcleaner wax with swirl remover(fair on swirl marks go figure)

    if you want more info on a particular, ask...
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I hate to interrupt one more time, but about a zillion posts back someone had a tongue in cheek post about this discussion being part "7" forever - well, that isn't necessary, so I'm changing the name to drop that part - from now on this will be "Mazda Protege" - I hope this doesn't confuse anyone.

    Pat
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    Sedans and Women's Auto Center Message Board
  • Why did you put that on your dash?!?!? It stinks, it makes it greasy and shiny...UGH!!! I would have a heart attack if someone applied armor all to my car!
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    ...and thanks!!!

    Regards,

    Pete
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    I only use it on the back of my mudflaps and on my car's nosemask. I won't use it on the dash, or interior. It does stink!

    Meguiar's Tire Gel smells good though! Kinda like grape Kool-aid.

    Regards,

    Pete
  • How can I make the smell go away? What can I use that is better? Is son-of-a-gun good?....and what is this stuff in the owners manual about leather? I do not see any leather in my 2001 protege!!
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I've noticed that Armor All tends to dry out plastics, vinyl and rubber if you don't keep applying it. I use a product called SP80 that is a water based protector but I'm not sure if they have national distribution. I think Meguires also makes a similar product, but check with a local car detailer and see what they use.

    :)
  • How can I make the smell go away? What can I use that is better? Is son-of-a-gun good?....and what is this stuff in the owners manual about leather? I do not see any leather in my 2001 protege!!
  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    It will go away by itself in about 3-5 days. If you can't wait, use some ammonia-free glass cleaner to take it off, or just use some vinegar and water.

    I don't use anything on my dash but a little water to clean off the dust.

    Regards,

    Pete
  • My personal experience is that Nu Finish is tops by far. I put a coat on in the spring, and one in the fall. I've used it for many years on many automobiles. My 00 ES received it's first coat last July, and second last September. I live in Upstate NY . My citys nick name is "the salt city." When I washed it last week by hand the finish was like the day it came off the show room floor. I also have a 97 Nissan Quest that shines like new after 4 NY winters.

    Regards,
    Mark
  • Noooo I can't let the forum die....quick guys say something!!!!
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Has anyone climbed in their trunk and closed it to see if the emergency handle actually glows in the dark?
  • Does the 99 Protege have the glow in the dark handle or is it just the 2000+ models?
  • Let me know when you do....so that I can break into your house.
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