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Mazda Protege5



  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    I've run both a GRACO infant seat and now a very big GRACO child seat (rear facing) in my P5 with no problems. In both cases, the child seats have used the extra space between the front seat backs for length.

    Up until I recently lost 68 pounds (and counting!) I had my seat back almost all the way... never an issue. I guess a lot of it depends on the shape of your child seat. It varies widely by brand.

    We've found or P5 to be an excellent family vehicle. We added a small XPORT roof-top box for added storage, but otherwise, it's been perfect.

    Just hitting 40k on mine ('02, 5spd, base) and it's been near perfect. Other then scheduled maintenance, I've had to put on new rear brake rotors and pads due to a sticking caliper. This is a common problem up here in the great white north. I know now to keep the caliper lubed.

    Parts are expensive through the dealership and ogften backordered. i found calipers at a very good local Foreign Auto Parts place that cross-referenced them, but pads were tough. You need the clips as well and the only way to get them is to order the pads from Mazda. I had them overnighted from in Houston. Very helpful and good prices.

    The dealership in Concord, NH (nearest to me) wanted nearly $400 to fix my brakes. Yikes! I did it for less then $200, but it was a bit tricky to get it all back together. I need a thrid hand and smaller fingers. :)

    I run 195/55-15 Michelin Arctic Alpins on 15" steel wheels from about Christmas, through late March-early April. Still, I'll need to be replacing the stock Dunlop summer rubber next year. As the tires have worn, wet grip is down and noise levels are way up.

    I intend to go to the 205/50-16 or 205/45-16 Kumho's when I change off my snows next spring.

    Great car, couldn't be happier. It will be in the family a long, long time.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,229
    "There are so many things for the baby though. You'll learn how to pack like a dad! You've been practicing your entire life...right?"

    That's funny!

    Ever since we bought the Escape I've become accustomed to folding the rear seats down and just throwing everything in without a care in the world. It was just the two of us so why not? Back when we had the ZX2 and Civic (both coupes mind you) we frequented IKEA and had to get very creative on their loading docks. I'm proud to say that we never had to have anything delivered!

    My how things change.

    I guess I had better start practicing again. Is there a class I can take somewhere? :)
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    We have a Graco seat, couldn't tell you which one specifically. It is much too large for the middle. In the CR-V the middle is the only place it will fit. Fortunately the front seats are far enough apart they can move forward and backward with it there. If I put it on the passenger side, the seat had to be placed in a (too awkward for me) very upright position.

    I figure with the 60/40 split seat, you'll have plenty of room. I'll tell you though, there is so much more to haul around than I ever expected. BTW, if you're looking for a nice diaper bag, Eagle Creek makes a back pack that's nice. It's not too girly so I don't look any sillier carrying it than I do without it.

    Tonee you said you'd be okay as long as the ultrasound didn't show triplets, are you having twins?
  • toneetouchtoneetouch Posts: 60
    Thanks for the info and the kind words, everyone. This forum, actually the people on these forums, really are a great resource.

    And, as far as I know, there is only one baby on the way (knock on wood).

  • riopelleriopelle Posts: 132
    I got my P5 two years ago 2-day. Practically flawless except for some moonroofs rattles (fixed) and a flat. No other unscheduled maintenance necessary. I cannot stress how amazing that is, after driving VW's for 10 years I thought cars went into shops monthy.

    I also hit 22,000 miles today - Wild! The tires supposedly have 10K left on them, and I have definitely rung some G's out of them.

    My only issue with the car are the engine, it still seems rough even though it usually shows some punch, and the weak stereo. My next car will fix those issues.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    I also hit this mark last month. Not much complain beside the Dunlop tires that wear out quickly. Mom still refers it as the "new yellow car" every time I have opportunity to drive her somewhere, and she is right, this car doesn't show its age at all.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    She just regaled me last night with a story about someone in another Camaro that got annoyed that she was able to keep up wth his car through twisties in her little P5. As soon as he got into a long straight, he smashed his accelerator and took off. She wasn't even tailing him that closely, but he never gained any distance on her. Heh. She thought it amusing how he took off like that.

    Of course, picking on Camaros in twisties is easy. They corner horribly; they're pretty much straight-line cars. What a bore. |0....
  • patm317patm317 Posts: 2
    I'm aware of the eminent demise of the p5 and was wondering if the price is likely to get better the closer you get to the rollout of the mazda3. The reason I ask is that my brother in law has looked at the p5 and was impressed with the vehicle to the point that it will be his next car - a year from now. He wasn't aware that it's being replaced by the 3. So how bout it? should he wait till the 3 is at the showrooms or deal now. If it's of any worth, he lives in the Alberquerque NM area .Any favorite dealers in that neck of the woods?
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    then he should start right away to search the car with the equipments/color that is suitable for him.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    The P5 will likely be limited to what's in inventory in the remaining time.
  • toneetouchtoneetouch Posts: 60
    I noticed a knick on the hood that actually exposes a very small glint of metal, probably caused by gravel on the highway. Does anyone know if the touch-up paint that Mazda sells is meant to fix small blemishes like this? Can I fix it myself, or would I end up ruining the smoothness of the surrounding paint.

    Sometimes I feel like I'm being a little too anal, since it really is a very small knick.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    I found it's hard to apply smoothly the touch paint on small paint chips. In addition, after few months, the yellow touch-paint changes the color and no longer match the original paint. This is due to UV aging.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I think I got this tip from Jim.
  • acuintegraacuintegra Posts: 12
    I took the plunge on a P5 approx a month ago and so far so good. midnight blue, full opts cept for the polished and mirror. No complaints so far but I do have a question. The door ajar light, I notice that when the hatch is still open, it does not light up on the dash console. Is that correct or do I have a defect? I had an incident where I did not close the hatch all the way and only upon hearing a rattle when I was driving did I realize that it was the hatch not being closed all the way. I figure this would be something the car would detect?
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    The hatch being open doesn't trigger the 'door ajar' warning light, although that might have been a useful addition. When I first got my P5 I also had a couple of incidents where I thought I had closed the hatch all the way but hadn't and didn't realise it until I started driving and heard it rattling. Now I'm in the habit of giving it a tug after closing it to make sure it's fully latched.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    more people is buying P5 than the Protege sedan. May I suggest "Mazotege5" as new username?
  • mnkyboymnkyboy Posts: 108
    I also have a rattle/noise when i have my moon roof "door" open all the way. There is a rattle noise when the moonroof is closed, but when the "door" is open all the way. Is this what you had? If so, what did you do to fix the problem? Any suggestions? Thanks.
  • spencer19spencer19 Posts: 17
    Hi, I just started a post with some questions that have come up as I've been carshopping. My post was confirmed, but I can't find it when I search the boards. Do new topics take awhile to appear?

    Thanks.... Terri
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    For additional feedback, feel free to copy/paste your message into this discussion. Other Protege5 owners/shoppers may be more likely to see your message in an ongoing discussion that's also linked to the Mazda Protege Owner's Club.

    Also, for future reference, you will find direct links to your last 5 messages on your user profile page. In the left hand column of any of the Town Hall pages, click on the link that says "My Profile."

    Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase.

    To boggse - Thanks for your help. ;-)

    Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
  • subyaudidudesubyaudidude Posts: 136
    In our "little" P5 we have two rear-facing toddler seats - a Britax Roundabout (non-LATCH) and a Britax Marathon (LATCH). Each is placed on an outboard seating position with the Marathon behind the passenger and the Roundabout behind the driver. They both fit well, though front seat room is now a bit tight.
  • toneetouchtoneetouch Posts: 60
    A colleague of mine stated that it is imperative that I change the oil on my/any new car after 1,000 miles. I don't remember his exact explanation, but he may have said that a new engine uses up a lot of oil when it's breaking in. Does anyone here agree with this? I might do it, just cuz I'm assuming it wouldn't hurt. If I do, should I stick with the same type of oil?
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    some people afraid there is more metallic debris in the oil with the brand new engine. Personally I trust the manual, if it doesn't say any particular precaution to be taken, then it should be fine in following it.

  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    ... and was amazed at the near absence of any metallic or other visible debris in the oil or the filter. They really seem to have those tolerances and gaps and seals figured out pretty well now!

    I don't regret switching the oil - I moved to synth and it idles noticeably smoother and quieter - but the benefit from a flush-that-initial-debris-out standpoint was nonexistent to the point of being ridiculous. I'm talking about the new M6 4-cylinder here, though - so YMMV!
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    Honda states not to change the oil in their cars until they hit 5,000 miles. Haven't ever heard exactly why though. Only speculation from others.

    With my P5 I waited until 3,800, then went to Mobil1 5W30.

    Do yourself a favor and take it somewhere to get it changed the first time. I just learned the hard way. Man did I learn.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    One of the speculation I have heard is car makers put a special compound inside the oil in order to treat the engine during the break-in. May be a teflon based chemistry compound? (<- this is a speculation on a speculation!)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    I switched to synthetic right away given my positive experience with it in my '89 323 (mostly much smoother and faster starting in sub-freezing weather). We waited until 5000 on my wife's P5. She drives longer distances per trip than I do, so her oil doesn't get dirty as quickly as mine.

    I had a hard time getting the oil filter off my Protege the first time, but I couldn't even budge the one in the P5. They tighten them on pretty hard at the plant, it seems. Eek. Let the dealership service department remove it the first time. I ended up refilling her oil with regular without replacing the filter. Next oil change (which I'll do from now on) it'll get converted to synthetic too.
  • What is recommended to replace the original tires on my 2002 Protege 5? My original tires are Dunlops and are 195/50/16 v rated.
    I see that this size is very difficult to replace.
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Based on others recommendations, I plan on going with the Toyo Proxes TPT:
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    I bought Falken Ziex 512's in the 205/50-16 size. They looked a little large at first, but now I can't even remember how it used to look. Ride is a little softer and handling has barely suffered.

    So for day to day driving I'm very happy I went with that size. Performance in the rain (which has been almost every day), has been very good.

    Price was good too. Bought online at and paid $80 each with free shipping and no sales tax. Costco charged me $11 to mount and balance the new tires and discard the old tires.

    Another member whose wife drives a P5 followed my lead and bought the same tires, also from
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