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Mazda Protege5



  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Thanks for the info on the roof rack! More data to throw at my wife in my efforts to get her to get a P5. :)

    The juicy little details we get on this page. ;)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Any Mazda Corp lurkers out there?

    Where's the Mazdaspeed P5? Afraid of the WRX?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Even if Mazda adds the turbo and AWD to the P5, it is not going to be able to keep up with the WRX with only 170hp. And the price would be about the same as the REX too, so maybe they don't wanna fight a losing battle...
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    after 20k miles. I can hardly hear the engine at 80mph. Wind and tire noises are definitively more prominent.

  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    And I don't fit in the darn thing. I tried to fit, but I just couldn't. Too little legroom, too little headroom, too little shoulder room. Nice seats though. Very snug yet comfortable. Too bad the rest of the interior fits like a glove 2 sizes too small.

    But you're right, most folks will look at the paper specs and won't even take a Sport20 for a test drive.
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    "And I don't fit in the darn thing. I tried to fit, but I just couldn't. Too little legroom, too little headroom, too little shoulder room."

    I'm assuming you fit in a P5? If so, this doesn't compute. I own a WRX wagon and sat in a P5. They are very similar in dimensions other than cargo room. I'm 6'1" and 185 lbs, 34"inseam. Plenty of legroom and headroom in the WRX. The rear seat is a bit snug but no worse than the P5. Additionally, the WRX doesn't even offer a sunroof which would rob even more headroom.

    Oh yeah, to each his/her own, w/styling being a subjective thing. I happen to think my WRX wagon is well-styled...dare I say...phat! :-)
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    What are those? Enkei RS-5's or Rota Attacks, or something else? Consider painting your calipers silver with that color combo - would look great!

    As for the car, I still maintain its (front end is) ugly as sin, but that does not detract from the fun that can be had driving one - I've tried it :-)

    A redesign is due out as the 2004 model year Impreza, the ugly old ones are bound to become collectors' items (partly because no one will buy one used ;)

    As for space, absolutely no comparison - the way the seats are set up in these two cars - the P5 is roomier by a whole lot, particularly in the back. The front is certainly more comfortable as well.
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    WRX. But I also have to say it felt really cramped inside compared to my P5. I sat in the drivers side, passenger side and rear, and they all seemed small for me. Whereas in my P5 I can sit anywhere and be comfortable, even with a sunroof!

    But looks wise, I have no problem with the WRX.
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    "As for space, absolutely no comparison - the way the seats are set up in these two cars - the P5 is roomier by a whole lot, particularly in the back. The front is certainly more comfortable as well."

    Same thing here, test drove both and the P5 had way more room front and back. I've a really big guy so this was a partcular concern.
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    especially after I took out the amber inner lense and changed the turn signal bulbs to silver ones that blink amber. It's called the "headlight mod" of which a lot of WRX owners do. I don't care a bit about the supposed re-style. The pics I've seen thus far have only been creative folks' photoshop efforts anyhow. :-)

    We'll just have to disagree about interior room. I looked at the interior room of both the WRX
    wagon and P5 alot before buying my WRX. I've found the WRX to be just as roomy w/even more cargo capacity.

    My wheels are Rays Gram Lites, 17x7.5 on 225/45x 17 Toyo T1-S. The wheels weigh 16.2 lbs each. I also have Whiteline swaybars front and rear, front is 22mm, rear is adj (set @ 22mm) from 20mm to 24mm. A Cusco 40mm rear strut bar and STi front strut bar complete the suspension mods.

    The main selling point for me over the P5 (btw, I love the look of the P5) was the WRX's power and, even more importantly, the AWD. Having said that, I've actually upped the power w/the Vishnu Stage 0 pkg. I'm putting out about 275 crank HP. All this and the ugly one (LOL!) is still docile around town.

    My main beef w/the P5 is that it's a wonderful car (chassis especially) looking for the power to match. Just my opinion though.

  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    I'd have happily bought the WRX wagon for the AWD and power, but an extra $7k didn't fall out fo the sky. :-P

    Seriously, the WRX is a great car... just too rich for this guy. :-)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    But I don't feel cramped in a P5 or Protege sedan.

    The dash just feels too close, it feels like it's narrower inside, and perhaps the footwells aren't as roomy. I'm 6', with an inseam of 32in, so maybe the dash and wheel feel too close when I've got the seat adjusted so I could comfortably reach the pedals. Anyway, it doesn't fit my body proportions, I guess. Just like the Corolla and Focus steering wheels feel too far away for me.
  • A friend of mine got a silver P5, so I couldn't resist not to take a shot of his and mine together.

  • Your post prompts an interesting question: which color is most flattering to the P5? I like the silver and the yellow, and I would probably pick the former as the latter might seem gimmicky after a few years. Thoughts?

  • Given that color is entirely personal preference, of course I think red looks best (haha)! Yellow looks great, but is to conspicuous for me. However, if I had it to do over I would have bought silver in the hopes that it would hide gravel nicks a little better than the red. The only color that doesn't do it for me is white (apologies to those of you that own one). My ranking in how they look would be:

    Yellow, Red, Blue, Silver, Black, White.

    I haven't seen the new blue yet.

    I think it would be an interesting poll if someone knows how to do one.
  • Stopped by the Melbourne (FL) Mazda Dealer yesterday (unplanned, I hadn't shaved in a few days, "very" casual clothes - trust me, not pretty!) to check out what they had on the lot....saw several 03's, one was a Laser Blue Mica, which just grabbed us! BEAUTIFUL! No salesman around, KEY IN THE DOOR...ummm...let's check it out. We sat in it for about five minutes, cut the engine on, checked out the stereo, (actually, not really too bad!), the seat adjustments, the A/C, etc...btw, my friend Ron commented how quickly the car cooled down. So Nyma, (msg #5043), you might try another P5 for a test drive, this ones A/C worked great!

    Darn! A salesman finally sauntered by. Ron asked if any '03 sticks available, the salesman says "we have no 03's in yet." Uh, excuse me sir, look at the sticker (please)! Thought we were gonna be in for a real treat with THIS salesman! (we ARE talking major brain-fart territory here!). He apologized, said no, no sticks...and to make a long story short, (sorry, if I'm rambling), we took a test drive. Now with me, 5'7" 175lbs, Ron 6'3" 250+lbs, and the salesman, about 5'6" 160lbs), the car had adequate+ pickup (and was quite peppy), and the engine sounded REALLY sweet when we punched it. Very smooth shifts. Liked it enough, would have bought it on the spot! Have to wait until April when my lease is up. Damn! that seems sooooo long from now. It will pass quickly enough, (I hope).

    Noted that jmess rented a P5 (msg #5071). Which car rental company???? We are thinking of renting one the first week of Oct to go to the Ashville NC area, to see how it REALLY handles in those twisties!

    mustnag87: Since you are from the Miami area, do you know when the International Auto Show is?

    Their website still shows LAST years date (10/26/01-11/04/01). Assume it will be the same approx time frame this year. Went to the Auto Shows in Orlando and Tampa last year, wasn't impressed. Methinks the Miami show would be MUCH better! BTW, you mentioned in a msg many many moons ago that your P5 leaned to one side, is that resolved now? Did that large tire piece you hit damage your suspension?

    Well, time for my afternoon nap, (life IS tuff!). Later,


  • If I'm not already married and have a kid, then Red would be my first choice. Everytime I see a red one on the road, I always wish that's my P5's color. Anyway, since I can't have red, then I think silver is the next best, then Blue, black, yellow (too tacky for me), white

    BTW, allen53fl, does the Laser Blue Mica color looks like this color on the miata on this link?

  • What other color is new for 2003? thx
  • As reported by mazafun in msg #5069, Mazdausa now lists 2003 specs:

    >New color (Laser Blue Mica on the MP3).

    >Floor mats standard.

    >ABS/Side Air Bags option no longer requires

    >Moonroof option (hey, they actually listened).

    >Moonroof and 6-CD in-dash changer options tied >together.

    >The big changes are to the DX and LX sedans >(standard single-CD player and standard 15in >alloy wheels, respectively). Floor mats standard >across the board.

    If you haven't seen the Laser Blue Mica on a MP3, it's like a "bright blue" such as the Audi A4. The Miata link you posted above appears to be the same or at least very very close to it....

    My favorite colors for the P5 are Red, White and then Midnight Blue, until I saw the Laser Blue! It just stands out, but not in an "see me! see me!" way, such as the yellow, although yellow still looks sharp!

    Hope this helps,
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