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  • My 2002 P5 warped it's rotors after about 15k miles. They machined them under warranty. Have been fine since and I'm up to 43k.
  • LoL, that is at least the 4th I've heard have the rears wear out first. Seems so goofy.
  • My guess is it's the rack. I had the same problem, I only heard the whistle between 70-75 Mph. Now that the rack is removed I never hear it. I think it's just the resonance threshold. Other factors may come into play but I think it's the biggest…
  • Yeah, where are all of you hiding? Went to PNC the other day and didn't see even one in any of the lots. Keep hoping to meet an owner to take a closer look, without having to deal with any salesmen.
  • "around here" is Zelienople/Harmony north of Pittsburgh, but I have yet to see one on the road any where in the North Hills. I've never been to Don Allen but I'll probably do some shopping when buying time comes so I'll stop by there too. And wh…
  • Krotine, which dealer in Pittsburgh did you deal with? We're going to buy in about a month, and stopped by Billco, they seemed ok. A friend bought a vw from them and had a good experience. And I haven't seen you in your red car just yet, if fact h…
  • So far I have to agree. The original Poortenza's wore out quickly and were abysmal in the rain by 9k miles. The next set were Falken Ziex ZE-512's which were a bit better. They wore out by 18k miles, but stayed good in the rain till about 15k mil…
  • 1. Have you noticed slower acceleration and reduced gas mileage due to the tires' larger footprint? No. Didn't notice any difference in either. 2. Has your cornering improved due to more rubber on the ground, or deteriorated from the taller side…
  • I hate buying new tires, but I love having new tires. Went with the GF Goodrich Traction T/A's in 205/50-V16. The same size as the Falken's and I don't think I'll ever go back to the stock 195 size. I like the bigger look. Sears seems to have …
  • Whooooly Mooooly, do you ever turn the wheel. I really don't know how anyone gets near that many miles on them. I know they won't all wear out it 15k like mine did, but man, tha'ts a lot of miles on those tires.
  • It's kind of tough to search but if you do you'll find numerous posts of the absolut same thing. There are not a lot of tires in the stock size. A lot of us have gone to 205/50-16 to get more choices. Also, a few of us have put on Falken Ziex 5…
  • Because they brought out the 3. The P5 was actually on the market elsewhere for many years, and Mazda only brought it to America for the 2002 year. The 3 is a new model replacing the Protege. So it just happens the P5 run in the US was short li…
  • If you got 36k out of the Dunlops, than I'd say go with them unless you know you'll like the Toyo's. At this poing the Dunlops are a known quantity and unless you don't like them for some reason than why change? Mine only lasted 20K and were rea…
  • 1010tires.com has them but not in the P5 size. The 205/50-16's which is the size Falken's I bought are $110 each which is $29 more than I paid for the Falken's. They do have the Proxes TPT in 195/50 size, but they are $108 each. Still signifi…
  • Tire Racks 15" package is pretty nice and is easy to deal with. Get it shipped and put them on. It might be a bit more expensive due to shipping, but it is darn conveniant. But you could look around local if you have places around that you want…
  • "eh no, the 6 hatch doesn't have "substantially straight rear door". So my definition still hold for the Mazda6" eh, yeah, and your point is? 6 hatch is a hatch, 6 wagon is a wagon. P5 has a back like the 6 wagon, so to me it is also a wagon. The…
  • There is a 6 hatch and a 6 wagon. To me the P5 is equivalent to the 6 wagon in form and function. Also, according to the definitions you guys are posting, it seems to me that the 6 hatch and wagon meet those definitions. I'm even more sure no…
  • I've always thought of a hatchback as a 2 door with a hatch opening or a 4 door that looks like a sedan but the whole hatch opens. But a 4 door with a straight back like the P5 will always be a wagon for me.
  • of stock tires in snow is they are terrible. I slid my way through last winter on them. I wouldn't want to do it again.
  • P5 plowing the snow looks pretty cool.
  • At least the car is fun enough to drive, even in traffic, that it didn't put you to sleep on the way home.
  • They don't come in 205/50? It took a little while to get used to the look of those when I put them on. 55's will be even a little bigger.
  • Can't help you much here. I don't know how much tires affect mpg and I've never based a tire purchase on it. I went wider, not narrower and I don't think I've noticed a bit of difference. My wife just mentioned yesterday how she thought her mpg h…
  • That really doesn't look too bad. I do like the idea of the extra storage pocket. I still haven't found a head unit I really like, but I haven't looked that hard. I like your JVC about as much as any. I'm not too concerned about a front inpu…
  • I like the idea of another place to stash stuff. I just don't usually like the look of the aftermarket stuff. I just wish manufacturers would quit making their own radios and just put a standard din space that you could put your own in or buy one…
  • Where is a good place to see pictures of aftermarket radio installs? I really don't want to remove the radio, but if I can make it look nice enough I might consider it. I really want to get more oomph, and have considered new speakers with an am…
  • "I was not totally satisfied with the first couple of responses,because I did not actually read any critique on the TOYO'S or the FALKENS" Sorry I don't live up to your expectations. I'm not a professional tire review writer.
  • Falken Ziex 512's in size 205/50-16 for about 3000 miles. While the handling does seem a little limited compared to the Dumflops, I pretty much only remember them when they were bald racing slicks that stuck like glue. There is no doubt that the…
  • That is amazing. Who would steal a stock stereo, when you have to be able to ge them for almost free from people who have replaced them. I can't believe there is a huge black market for stock Mazda radios.
  • 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 …
  • Just chiming in with my thoughts..... We bought the P5 a month after our first child was born. It has proved to be a great baby mobile. When the car seat was rear facing in the middle of the back seat I was a little short on front legroom. My in…
  • I've had my 205/50's on the stock rims for a few weeks now and haven't noticed any problems at all. I'm sure it's a cover your butt issue. I had one local shop tell me they wouldn't mount anything other than OEM size. They just don't want the wond…
  • 20k out of mine and would have gotten about 25 or 30 if it never rained. They started to get scary in the rain at around 15k and downright dangerous when I finally took them off at 20. I do drive mostly around town, so I'm sure that played a par…
  • Has anyone who owns a P5 had a pretty full load in it yet? One of my main problems with most small sedans/wagons is that you put 2 adults in the back seat and the rear end drags like its overloaded. Always bugs me since if it's a 4 door, whether i…
  • I would say they are fine in snow when new, but after about 7,000 miles they turn into ice skates. Slip slidin away, slip slidin awaaaaaaaay.
  • Not to me. I would hate for my headlights to be like that of the Corolla. My buddies Chrysler is like that and it has always made me nuts. I turn my lights on when I want them on and off when I want them off. The less the car does by itself the…
  • I never expected them to do it. I didn't even ask. He felt them pulsing during the clutch chatter test drive and asked if I wanted that fixed. I told him I wasn't ready to pay for it and he told me I wouldn't have to. I don't really remember…
  • The dealer turned mine under warranty well after 1/12. Can't remember how long he said they were covered, but I had around 17,500 miles at the time.
  • So far so good. Size was increased to 205/50-16. Ride is definitely smoother with the taller sidewall. I no longer feel every single little crack in the road. That is certainly a good thing. Just riding I79 through Butler County will drive you nut…