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Mazda Protege5



  • sharonfsharonf Posts: 120
    Try to have a little patience know...not all of us have been on this message board since the beginning....and maybe Toronado didn't feel like scrolling through 3500 postings to see if his/her problem had already been addressed. I pretty much did that one weekend while sick....and it was not enjoyable.
    It's nice of you and others to share their knowledge/information/experience....but no need to be smart-a**ed about it.
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    So you mean you buy your car at one place, and plan to go to another place and ask for few services? I'm not sure the dealer will like it. It sounds like your problem is more a question of *cooperative* from the dealer - as you put it - than purely technical. I second others's members, it shouldn't be difficult (technically) to install the moonroof reflector and swap the wheels.

    Just for reference, in Germany, a certain VW dealer refused to service a car which is bought from somewhere else. The court orders them to pay a penalty if they continue to do such thing. So they did!

  • sharonfsharonf Posts: 120
    No...I wasn't planning on buying from one dealer and having the other do the work. I'm dealing at the moment with Cars Direct - as my local dealers have left me feeling less than confident with them. I know more about the car and the update than they do! Anyways...Cars Direct said they have one due to arrive at one of their dealers....I"m going to ask them if that dealer would be willing to switch the wheels and add the deflector.
    I'll see what the cars direct specialist has to say.

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    As of this morning, we have:

    14 Proteges:

    1991: 1 LX
    1992: 1 LX, 1 DX
    1993: 1 LX, 1 DX
    1994: 1 DX
    1995: 2 DX
    1997: 1 DX
    2000: 2 ES, 1 DX
    2002: 2 Protege5
    (That's a record, y'all)

    ... and ...

    1 Jetta (now who could THAT be? ...)

    And 21 people from the following states: Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York and Connecticut

    ... coming to the third-annual Mid-Atlantic Protege Picnic, taking place in the mountains of northern Virginia on Saturday, May 18! Wanna come? Check out the Yahoo group mazdaprotege, or e-mail me directly at:

    Looking forward to it! 33 days, everyone!

  • cdnp5cdnp5 Posts: 163
    Hey gang -- I went to an autocross (I think this is what it is called, driving through pylons on a marked course) on the weekend and it was really exciting. There was one Mazda GLC that looked like it was set up for racing (stripped, roll bar, only a driver's seat, you get the idea) that was at the event and lots of other cars from a Suzuki Swift 1.6 to a brand new Corvette with a race motor (read tonnes of hp and torque). I didn't enter my P5 but really wanted to see how I would do. There is another event in two weeks that is for practicing before the races start for the summer. Someone was nice enough to take me around for a race lap in their Z28 and it was a very quick sub 50 seconds. I've always thought that race car drivers are in great shape but this give me a new level of respect for them as what I had the chance of doing is nothing even close to what its like in a F1 car. Has anyone ever done this with their P5 or any other car? What do you think about this? For those in my area (London Ontario, Canada) these events are held at the Delaware Speedway race track in Delaware just outside London. Their website is "" if you want more info.
  • birdman_1birdman_1 Posts: 14
    I was southbound on Howell Ave, you were northbound at 7:45 this morning. I woulda waved sooner but I was just getting OFF work at 7:45 am and my reaction time at that hour is a little slow!

    Drive safe and enjoy this weather!
  • *laugh* Yep, birdman_1, that was me on my way to work. I was thinking the same thing..

    (singing along to the Clash) "hey. HEY! That was just a silver P5 that passed me. Wonder if that was birdman??"

    So it wasn't until you had already passed that I thought about waving. Next time I'll try harder. That was still the first time I've seen a silver P5 on the road in Milwaukee.

    vf (Jessica)
  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    Let's me try to understand, you have slow reaction but still drive fast, right? LOL

    Happy zoom zoom.

  • dwryterdwryter Posts: 87
    Sharon, my P5 was an advertiser with less profit than usual. The dealer was not anxious to remove the polished wheels for me (I didn't want them) and lose that markup. So I suggested he replace them with the stock wheels but knock only $400 off the price instead of the full $500. He got an extra $100 and the sale, and I saved $500 off the price I had been ready to pay at another dealer until I'd seen his ad.

    Best of luck on our negotiation.
  • mnkyboymnkyboy Posts: 108
    Revka had to delete my first post. Sorry about that. That pic isnt copywrited, but rules are rules i guess. See below for my repost.
  • mnkyboymnkyboy Posts: 108
    I originally wanted to find out if this pic was a Protege 5, but I answered my own question by doing some research. Apparently there is a company in California that customizes cars to have a full sunroof. PopSci had an article about the new and future options on vehicles, and the huge moonroof was one of them (with the pic of the Protege 5).
  • mnkyboymnkyboy Posts: 108
    Front of Protege 5

    Sorry about the (3) separate messages, but why only 115 characters? Ive seen post longer than that...
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Thats pretty cool. I still want a P5 convertible.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Determining whether a pic may be violating any copyright protections is not the easiest task for me. Since you mentioned the pic was from Popular Science, I was thinking better safe than sorry.... Hope you understand. Nice pics, btw. Thanks again for sharing those. ;-)

    Hatchbacks & Station Wagons Boards
  • mnkyboymnkyboy Posts: 108
    Hey, I understand. There has to be rules here, otherwise things could get out of control! LOL :)
  • mustang87mustang87 Posts: 129
    i like that p5. how much do they want for the roof job. i am not going to get even if its free because aftermarket sunroofs are not quality and WILL eventually leak and reduce price of the car.
    it looks good though.
  • boopoppaboopoppa Posts: 48
    so today I went to my local BMW dealership and sat in the new mini cooper S. *sigh* i'm in love. this car rocks! i dind't have enough time to take it for a test drive, but we're talking 165 hp in a teeny car. zoooooom!!!! the inside was soo cool with all it's toggle switches. i thought i was in some car designed for james bond that had all these secret weapons.

    as much as I adore my pro5, i would have to say that the mini exceeds my adoration, but it's also out of my budget right now, so I await the day that I finish med school and residency :-)
  • I drove another P5 today and it was a very interesting experience. The salesman drove the car off the lot and then we switched. Right as I started to drive the car the salesman said to me "the windows in the P5 don't roll all the way up so you will notice a wind whistling sound" !!!!!!!!!

    I couldn't believe it! I had said NOTHING to this person about having heard wind whistling noises in P5's. In fact I didn't even tell him that I had ever driven a P5 before and the first thing out of this guy's mouth was that I was going to hear a wind whistling noise! We didn't ever drive fast enough to hear the noise on this particular test drive. I find it hard to believe that the windows don't roll all the way up. I am driving a Protege sedan right now that has no wind noises and I can assure you the windows roll all the way up. I would be very suprised if the P5 windows didn't roll all the way up but it does have different rear doors than the sedan so I suppose that is a possibility.

    But to respond to minkyboy, I didn't quite understand what he meant by installing a moonroof deflector would solve all the problem since cars WITHOUT the moonroof make the noise too. If however removing the roof rack cross members and installing the flat inserts solves it I would be happy. But if the cause is the windows not rolling all the way up like the salesman said that would give me some concerns to say the least.
  • sunbyrnesunbyrne Posts: 210
    Richard, you should never, ever talk to that sales guy again--that's a crock. The windows most certainly do roll up all the way in the P5. That's just so patently absurd I don't even know what else to say...
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