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Mazda Protege5



  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I didn't get was more like "owners tend to abuse TSBs even though the TSB is maninly for technicians."

    My friendly $.02...which I can't give you b/c I have to go shell out $400 for my stupid rim.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    wrong with knowing about TSB's? Hell popular mechanics posts them in their automotive section all the time. Trust me, I've owned many different makes, and it is always better to know of a TSB that could be linked to a problem you have, rather than have the dealer finally stumble across the TSB a week later.
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    Okay, its Friday and everybody needs to chill out :) I understand how Maltb feels - as an ex-Focus owner, I used to get testy when people would post "Wow, lookit all them TSBs! Your Focus must be a piece of junk!". The recall notices get my attention, but I take the TSBs with a grain of salt. There are so few for the Protege that the one for the crooked wheel really stood out :) Hopefully those few folks with affected cars will get their wheels put right so they can enjoy their cars.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    That bulletin was issued back in 1998 as applying to all models. It only suggests the proper procedure to rememdy such a situation on all Mazda(non-Ford) vehicles.

    peace people....
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    And everybody have a very nice weekend driving the vehicle of your choice, reading all the TSB's you can get your hands on, or happily disregarding them, as you see fit.
  • badboyeeebadboyeee Posts: 20
    I got mine fixed just a couple days ago. Wow I never knew other p5's had this problem, I thought it was only me.

    I noticed it well before my current 1480 miles. I was scared bc I was thinking why is it misaligned so soon!? But people told me don't worry too much about it.

    We are still working on fixing the rattle coming from my front passenger door panel or it may be coming from the seatbelt pillar. They ordered a part so I have to bring back my car next week.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    ... to see if there is a misaligned steering wheel. I never drove long enough on the straight line so I could easily fail to see it. LOL

    Have a nice weekend everyone.

  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Sorry about the late response, but you had asked about wiring your front bumper side marker lights to have them blink when you signal..... If you wired them to blink on with your signals, they would always be off when not signaling, and that might be illegal and unsafe at night. There is probably a way to wire them to blink off as the signal comes on, but I ain't the one to know. Sorry dude.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I don't think it would be illegal. Isn't that the way the VW side marker lights work - that is, the only come on when signalling?
  • sharonfsharonf Posts: 120 my red P5 today...a few bumps(figuratively) along the way....but now safe and sound in my garage =) though I may go out driving again a little later!
    First of all...the license configuration I finally decided on....dmv website was updated on Tues...and somebody took my choice! =( Scrambled to find new choices.
    At the point of leaving the mother(who was driving my old car back)...took it upon herself to toss her purse, sweater, and magazine on the hood of my nice new shiny car to search for her keys!! Yikes!. I had to go buy one of those special cloths to wipe/buff clean after.
    Then...stopped at grocery on way home...parked all alone when I went in...came out about 5 minutes later and some big ol cargo van was nose to nose with my car...I walked up slowly...and started inspecting(while a woman was in the passenger seat)....fortunately...another woman had been sitting in a nearby car and said she watched and he didn't hit...she was thinking he was going to and made a point of watching...he was THAT close! At that point I thought I'd better not press my luck and get the car home!!
    And Bruno....I never said the wheels were ugly! I just would've preferred the polished.
  • moses5moses5 Posts: 61
    I heard yesterday on Motorweek that Mazda will be offering a turboharged version of the sedan this fall as a 2003 model. It will produce 170HP. I don't know if this will make it to the Protege5, but if it did, this would certainly be a nice performance boost.
  • sharonfsharonf Posts: 120
    I'm too lazy to go out to my detached garage right now and see if there are wheel locks on my car. I found a set in the glove box. Are these extra? or do they expect one to put them on themselves? I read the directions...but have no tools...and don't understand it anyways!
  • reitrofreitrof Posts: 122

    The dealer should have installed the wheel locks. Take them back and have them do it.

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    "And the car I own now is a 2002 Ford Focus."
    by seminole_kev

    Enuf said, lol!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Congrats on your new Protege5! We look forward to hearing about your ownership experience. Also, if you have a spare moment, feel free to stop by our Protege Owner's Club and say hello in our Protege Owners - Meet the Members discussion. Thanks for your participation at Town Hall. ;-)

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  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    Thank you, protegextwo, for illustrating the point about small-minded people who read more into TSBs than they should.
  • sharonfsharonf Posts: 120
    Thanks...I thought they should have. Only thing is....the dealer I picked it up at is about 45 minutes away.....while there is a dealer(where I'll be taking the car for service)....about 5-10 minutes away. I hope if I take it there they won't put up a fuss since I didn't buy there!
  • pciskowskipciskowski Posts: 155
    Are you sure it is not the panel in front of the console on the passenger side? This is the one just under the heater vent. I thought I had a door rattle too, and it turned out to be this panel reflecting off the door. It was VERY loose. It drove me nuts trying to find it.

    Did anyone have a rattle coming from the rear driver side door? I can't tell where it is coming from, but I can hear it. Just wondering before I go on the hunt.
  • badboyeeebadboyeee Posts: 20
    The first time I brought it in, they replaced the "window regulator." The repair invoice says it was tilting the window causing it to chatter against something. But after they replaced that, the sound was still there!
    So then I brought it in again the day after. I test drove my car with a technician to pinpoint my concern. He says it seems to be coming from the b pillar/seatbelt area. Yesterday I picked up my car, I have to go back again next week because they ordered a part(nosed channel?????). Anyone know what that part is??
    I heard it took someone 3 tries to fix a rattle. oh wells
  • mootarjimmootarjim Posts: 8
    I just bought my MP two days ago, and all I can say is SWEET! I got the vivid yellow w/moonroof and in-dash-6 CD changer, and the 5-speed. It took some real searching online to find this configuration anywhere near me (143 miles away, actually), but it was worth it. So far, I'm VERY happy with it. Great car, and even more fun to drive than I had imagined. I hear some people don't like the red backlighting on the instrument panel, but I love it. It's different (much like the bright yellow car it comes in...hmmm...). So far, my only real complaint other than what will turn out to be sub-par mileage for such a small engine is that there aren't enough trays for loose items, and the trays that are there aren't lined at the bottom, so loose stuff is noisey. I'm just picky that way, though. I LOVE this car.
  • randomnyrandomny Posts: 1
    I have the Midnight Mica Blue with moonroof. I love the car the only real complaints are the Cup holders. I went to the auto store and picked up extenders, I can't close that little door but that is ok. I use one for my drinks and the other for loose change. The radio is absolutly terrible, I can't believe it makes my cds sound like crap. I bought a Alpine cd deck, waiting for the wiring harness to come in so it can be installed. I work for an electronics retail chain. :) I'm going to remove the roof rack. It's way too loud at highway speed. If anyone needs aftermarket stuff go to they sell whatever is available for our car now. I picked up a K&N air filter and a Magnetic bra. Prices are very good.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Your right, the lights mounted between the front wheel-well and the front doors on cars are usually used just for signaling. Mnkyboy wanted to rewire his "parking lights" to flash though, and parking lights are more than likely required by the D.O.T. to remain on with your headlights.
  • mnkyboymnkyboy Posts: 108
    Well, you may be right about the lights having to be on when the headlights are on, but this is ok, i would like to have these perform the way they are suppose to PLUS blink when the turn signal is on. This should be possible to do, but i am not an electrician. Anyone have any ideas how to do this?
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Oh....I thought you were talking about side-marker lights. Sorry!

    Mnkyboy: I'm no electrician either, but that sounds like it may be hard to do...Good luck!
  • howardchenhowardchen Posts: 6
    My PR5 (automatic) has only about 390 miles on it.
    I noticed that when I started the car, the engine rpm would go up to 2000+ then go down to 1200. After about 5 seconds, it went up to 2000rpm and then go down to 1200rpm. Then it was kind of jumping/vibrating between 1200-1300rpm.
    In short, when the engine is idle, it doesn't stay steady at a rpm. Is this normal?
  • jehobbsjehobbs Posts: 2
    Got a mulimeter?
    The relevant Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard here is #108 (FMVSS 108). The text is publicly available on the web but is very dry. I've had to look through it and interpret it at my job.
    Here is my read on this: There is no question that those front side marker lights need to be on all the time when the headlights are on. I do not see any reason why they couldn't also flash with the turn signal. You would need to replace the bulb in that front side marker (single filament) with a dual filament bulb. One of the two filaments should be attached to the ground and signal wire currently attached to the side marker. Then you would need to splice into the turn signal signal wire and run it to the second filament of your new dual filament front side marker.
    You need to make sure that both the current front turn signal and side marker and the new side marker are the same type of light, probably 12v incandescent lights, and not some odd LED light. Also, small chance that you might blow a fuse on the turn signal circuit. It was made to run 2 lights per side and you are putting 3 per side on it. I work with large trucks and the OEM wiring is always very comfortably over engineered in anticipation of after market modifications. This might not be the case with cars. Your probably safe, but I can't be sure. In any case, you'll know pretty quickly. Also, whatever dual filament bulb you find probably won't fit in the socket for the current side marker, you'll have to be creative there. I also can't help you with which wire is which color, thats what the multimeter is for.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    I originally said something less than nice here in response to ProX2's silly response. I'm retracting that and just going to leave it at that.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    I think you're just experiencing engine warm-up. If you drive for a bit then come to a stop, I'm sure you'll find that the idle will sit at about 700 rpm or so.
  • sharonfsharonf Posts: 120
    Hi everyone....some of you know I just got my "mid-cycle refresh" P5 on Friday afternoon. Today I got in the rear seat to explore and saw what appear to be four little round stickers(?) depicting a dummy sitting in a seat(?). I'm not sure if they are stickers or not as they were not coming off too readily and I was afraid to try harder(not wanting to ruin the leather). These little circles are spaced evenly across the lower part of the seatbacks.
    Does anyone else have these in their car? At this point I'm waiting until I bring the car in to have the wheel locks put on to ask if these things can be removed.
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