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Mazda Protege5



  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I only extended my warranty for an extra year. However, as I understand it, you can go back and extend the warranty for the full 7 years at any time before your current warranty expires. Since I'm planning on keeping this car for awhile, I will probably do that later.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    the thumbnail of the red Mazda on Carpoint UK is actually the Mazda 6 wagon unveiled at the Geneva auto show.

    take a look at Edmund's review and the pics and you'll see it's the 6, not Protege/323:
  • pciskowskipciskowski Posts: 155

    I've had my Red P5 for two days now. There is a slight "roar" that seems to be coming from the right side of the car that starts at 30 mph. Has anyone else experienced this? I haven't had time to check tire pressure, etc. Could it be the alignment?

    I also have the whistle at 60mph, but I'm going to remove the rack and make sure that is what it is. If it goes away with it off I'm going to put it back on and just live with it because I like the way it looks.

    Other than that I love this car. I bought the 5 speed, and it has plenty of power for me. But I'm also the person that managed to get a speeding ticket in my old '93 70 hp Civic CX (I loved that car!)

  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Is it like wind noise? Can you please explain further?
  • riopelleriopelle Posts: 132
    Big H, the thumbnail says that it is the 3, but I see your point and now believe that you are right and carview is wrong. Oh well, for what it's worth, here's the link:

    Any audiophiles up to my challenge yet? :-)

  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    The Kenwoods listed in Mazda's accessories brochure seem to be approved by a recent poster on the sedans board.

    I replaced the speakers in my '99 with Pioneers. Makes a big difference. I'm very happy with them (TS-A6858 up front, TS-A6999 in the rear). Most folks will probably be happy with just a speaker upgrade. Those looking for more volume are looking at upgrades of the head unit and/or an amplifier.
  • coznefxcoznefx Posts: 35
    OK, took the car in today, and big codes came up. I guess I'm going to have to learn to live with 19 mpg for now...

    One other thing I've noticed about the, do I ever get a whopper of a shock everytime I exit it. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Spray some anti-static spray on the seat. Everytime you slide out of the car you charge up.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Or you can touch the metal tip of your key to the rubber weather stipping on the door when you get out of the car. Make sure you're using a key with a plastic holder and that you're holding the plastic holder.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    consider it a free daily shock treatment for your mental & physical wellbeing.

  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    The bright side, with all the snow we've had up here, I haven't had a single problem so far with static shocks....On second thought, I'd rather be rid of all this snow and just gimme the shocks!!
  • pciskowskipciskowski Posts: 155
    It's a roar like you would have with a flat.
  • elec3elec3 Posts: 160
    When I can remember to do it is to simply grab the top edge of the door and use it to help myself get out. You ground yourself by touching the metal on the door BEFORE you stand up, then when you get out of the car, static is discharged through the door instead of building up and being released in one heroic ZAP when you close the door.

    As for the sound system, here's my professional diagnosis. This is the stock system with no mods. Bass is fairly tight and punchy but there's not much of it. Need to either add a sub or replace the stock speakers with better ones that have heavier magnets or handle more power. The midrange is very full and lush - almost overpowering at times. It is this quality that makes you think the sound system is better than it is at first listen because voices and many instruments are detailed, clear, and have great presence. Treble is just plain weak. You can't get enough clarity and power in the high end without the sound becoming harsh. It is this defect plus the overbearing midrange that makes the overall sound of the system dark and thick. It's not a bad sound signature if you get used to it, but it's almost the opposite of the shimmer and sparkle I'm used to in audiophile headphones. It's great for some dark and heavy music on a rainy day when you're in a bad mood.

    If you like ample bass, you probably need to add a sub or two. Other than that, your best bet is replacing both the speakers and head unit (sigh). The stock speakers are Pioneer (good), but they're only rated at 25 watts and are thin paper with small magnets (bad). The head unit also apparently does not put out enough power to drive better speakers, so a head unit/speakers combo is the best way to go. Unless you want to retain the stock head unit for looks - then you could add an amp for new speakers. Crutchfield is a good place to start but it wouldn't hurt to peruse local electronics stores. There's something to be said for buying speakers because you like the way they sound, even if it is in an artificial store environment. I always advise people to buy a sound they like rather than specs they like - you tend to be happier with your choice that way.
  • coznefxcoznefx Posts: 35
    both ideas seem to work equally as well.

    I was starting to have a conditioned response before closing my door, I was wincing.
  • sunbyrnesunbyrne Posts: 210
    As someone recently mentioned, this car gets a lot of looks. I was recently at an event for the residential college with which I'm affiliated (faculty duties and all that) and was parked in a driveway right in front of a dorm. I noticed walking to and from the car several people stopping to check out the car, and one of the kids even asked me about it.

    Heh, I love that. I've never had a car that other people checked out...
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    I've had my P5 since Sept. 1, and have just over 12k miles on it. Manual tranny. I've never had less than 27mpg or more than 32 MPG. That is a mix of rural and urban driving.

    I use nothing but 87 octane gas and folow the manufacturer's 5k mile oil-change intervals.


    I get accosted in parking lots too. :-) People LOVE this car and ask about it nearly everywhere. I used to get the same thing in my Passat as they were brand new when I got that too. ('99)
  • meafordmeaford Posts: 9
    I was about to buy my MP5 when I noticed a 94 Toyota Corolla Wagon 4WD at the Toyota dealer acroos the street. $740/mth for 36 months or $6,500 for a 4WD Toyota with only 82,000 kms (50K miles). This car is mint. The MP5 still rocks, but I think I will be happy with this cult classic.
  • peroskperosk Posts: 2
    I want to buy a second set of rims for my P5 I live in Toronto - anyone know any good shops that sell quality wheels at a good price? I'm looking for a 5 spoke white or aluminum finish rim.

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    It's called! You can even preview what the wheel looks like on your car in your car's color!

  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    I don't know about shipping tires and rims over the border.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I'm pretty sure they'd ship it, but it may cost you quite a bit of money.
  • sharonfsharonf Posts: 120
    I'm curious....Don't even have my car yet...but, has anyone found clear altezza syle tail lights for the P5?

  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Yes there are Altezza style lights available...check out Ebay....lots on there all the time!
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    10,000 posts about Mazda Protege's Sedans....
    Can we post 200 messages today at the Mazda Protege Sedan Board and break the 10,000 mark? Folks, I know we can! Every regular needs to post about 2 times today! Come on PRO-5 owners help us out. We need to stay kinda on topic, however. Please come over and help us break 10,000 on Friday 3/22/01!!!!

    A sincere thank you in advance.

  • douglamdouglam Posts: 67
    NO! NO! NO! ... those Altezza style lights are for the Protege Sedans and are NOT compatible with our P5s. knowledge, Altezzas for our P5s are not out yet, so don't buy them without making absolutely sure that it's for a P5.
  • shriqueshrique Posts: 338
    I don't know that I would like the Altezza styles on our cars. I would really have to see them before I would make hte purchase. Plus I would definetly try and get high quality ones. If they scratch or break easy it's money out the door.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Sorry bout that misinformation...Shame on me :(
    But anyway, the P5 lights are kinda "styled" already...If I had a P5, I wouldn't feel the need to change em.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    10,000 posts about Mazda Protege's Sedans....
    Can we post 20 messages this afternoon at the Mazda Protege Sedan Board and break the 10,000 mark? Folks, I know we can! Every regular needs to post about 2 times before 3:00 pm! Come on PRO-5 owners help us out. We need to stay kinda on topic, however. Please come over and help us break 10,000 on Friday 3/22/01!!!!

    A sincere thank you in advance.

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    After you break the 10,000 mark over there, I'm expecting you to come over here and start working on this discussion.... Let's see, we have 6,852 more to go. ;-)

    Hatchbacks & Station Wagons Boards
  • shriqueshrique Posts: 338
    We put all our effort into the other one. (GRIN) I myself managed to contribute a mere 6 posts. (chuckle)
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