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  • shriqueshrique Posts: 338
    Wow that color is VERY striking. (GRIN) I thinkI could live with that engine in my car.

    30 (I think), Married -7 month old. Silver.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I don't think the Mazdaspeed is available with an automatic. So you might not able to bolt on a turbo to an automatic Protege.

    I asked about an auto on the sedans board for the Mazdaspeed, and they thought I was crazy. I can't drive stick myself, and wouldn't want to because I drive in city traffic frequently.
  • redpr5redpr5 Posts: 23
    Yeah its Louisiana. I bought from Lee Edwards Mazda. They weren't bad to deal with. I got $750 off the sticker price. They originally tried to stick me with $395 of dealer prep charges that were not listed on any sticker on the car, but they backed off after they found out I would back out of. the deal.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I want to see a turbo P5. Now that would be cool.

  • bjewettbjewett Posts: 62
    I was told at the Chicago Auto Show that only the sedan would get the turbo treatment, but someone else on the townhall said the P5 would as well. That would be nice, and an interesting competition to the WRX wagon. Lower power (170 vs. 227 hp) but less cost, too.

    Anyone know about available colors? I had also heard the car would be out this spring - some said summer - but the web page above says 4th quarter of 2002.

    One drawback may be the limited run. I can't believe they would only make 2,000 cars. That implies few choices on options (the MP3 had no moonroof and no cruise control, as I recall).
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    We're talking about the MS3 over on the Sedans board...somebody said they'd heard only that orange and black for colours, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.
  • mnkyboymnkyboy Posts: 108
    "We're talking about the MS3 over on the Sedans board...somebody said they'd heard only that orange and black for colours, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. "

    LOL, I think its coming out on October 31st. LOL
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The Halloween Special Edition. :-)

  • coznefxcoznefx Posts: 35
    Finally got my cargo tray a couple of days ago, it had been on order for a month...funny thing is, I checked with the dealer last week and there was still no ETA for the part and then 2 days later it arrived...go figure. I'd check with your dealer...I figure the part has to be in the pipeline by now.

    BTW, it was well worth the wait.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I was told by a Mazda Corp rep at a local show that the P5 and MPV would get similar Mazdaspeed treatment. The P5 would essentially be the Sport20 they have had in Japan for a few years.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    and while they're at it, might as well put AWD onto it!

    an AWD turbo P5, I'll be willing to pay 23k for it over the Impreza wagon!
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    AWD P5 with the turbo-charged engine.

    They even have "outbacked" versions (kinda ugly, IMO) over there. Plastic cladding, a bit more clearance.
  • bjewettbjewett Posts: 62
    Any idea on when a mazdaspeed P5/MPV would be offered? The fact it isn't (apparently) being shown/discussed at the NY show suggests it may be a ways off.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    I think it just has the NA FS-ZE engine that puts out 170hp(I think?)...
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    is a Turbo. But, that's not the system they are using in the Mazdaspeed3.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    so much for trying to read Japanese :D
  • Check out this new Honda. Better than Mazda?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Which Honda are you referring to? The Element, or the Pilot?

    I don't see either one competing directly with any Mazda products.

  • elec3elec3 Posts: 160
    Where in IL do you live? I'm from the north side of Naperville, though I go to school in southern New Mexico at the moment.

    Like I said, my family and I have had good dealings with Pugi over the last several years, one salesman in particular. A few of them can kinda be typical car-sharks but tend to back off us because we're "preferred customers." If you want the name of the salesman we always deal with or any more info, shoot me an email at [email protected]
  • bballabballa Posts: 56
    I took my first test drive today, the pro5 seems to be as good as advertised! This is my first post but I have been reading what you all have been saying about this car for close to a month now.
    I have also read every review I could find. My impressions on the pro5: the engine is smooth, pretty quiet and peppy enough for my needs. I drove the 5 speed manual trans.,very easy to drive, had a nice feel. The ride was firm but in no way harsh, very tight. All in all a positive test drive.
  • limpyboylimpyboy Posts: 26
    Way to go, Bballa.

    I too am about to purchase a P5. I cross-shopped lots of models, from Subaru Impreza wagon to Volvo V40.

    It came down to being between P5 and Toyota Matrix, and the P5 won out, among other reasons, because of ergonomics. I really couldn't stand the Matrix driver seat. Soft, with no lateral support and a bottom cushion that was too short to support my thighs.

    What color you gettin'? I'm contemplating black and midnight blue.
  • emilyyauemilyyau Posts: 1
    Hi, I am deciding between the VW Golf (TDI or Gas, not sure yet) and the Protege5. I like the interior look of the VW Golf... but liked the way the P5 drove.

    My concern is with the silver trim in the interior. Is this a silver coating? Will it chip? I don't really like the trim, but could live with it. :)

    Thanks for your help and advise!

  • After 6 Toyotas, the only cars I have own since I was 16, I have finally tried another brand. It was the Protege5 that enticed me. I was initially going to buy the Matrix or the new Corolla. However, Toyota's refusal to offer any cash or financing incentives sent me looking elsewhere. Just about every national reviewer loved the Protege5. After a disastrous experience with a local Mazda dealer (long story), I called one of those large volume dealers that were advertising $100 over invoice deals. Drove the 30 miles and received and unbelievable deal (another long story) on a Protege5 w/sunroof, alarm, mats, wheel locks & cargo net I paid $15,700 after $500 recent grad rebate plus 3.9% for 5 years (in lieu of the $750 rebate) and all processing fees waived! Basically, I was able to buy the MP5 for the same price as a lease on the Matrix XR.

    Cons: The only drawbacks is the static electricity...ouch. My shifter vibrates, especially at low rpms...anyone else have that problem?

    Pros: This a great little car at a great price. Enough hp's for my use, plus more hp's would run up the price...would like to see an option for another engine like the Matrix/Vibe.

    Demo: Male, 29...I have the midnight blue!
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    The shifter is rod actuated. Positively connected to the rest of the transmission by metal. This makes for a firm, but positive shift free from the rubbery, disconected feeling of the more common cable actuated shifters in most cars.

    It also transmits a bit more vibration.
  • Thank you Sporin for that info, so I guess my hopes that the vibration will lessen as the engine breaks in is misplaced...
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    It's bad to rest your hand on the shifter anyway.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    didn't chip since last June.
  • mmdorfmmdorf Posts: 8
    Click here and scroll down to: 'MAZDA SPEEDS THINGS UP'

  • mmdorfmmdorf Posts: 8
    Click here and scroll down to: 'MAZDA SPEEDS THINGS UP'

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