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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#1447 of 3738 severe vibes
Feb 03, 2003 (7:40 am)
I have owned a 2001 Protege ES and a 2003 Protege5. I never experienced any sever vibrations of any sort. I would tell your dealer's service manager that you are going to call Mazda to complain about their service since they refuse to address your concern. I would also drive another Protege on the lot to compare. If yours didn't do it when brand new, then it shouldn't do it now. The simple fact of the matter is that dealer service centers should behave better than what you are experiencing. It is your responsibility to make them.
Feb 03, 2003 (12:48 pm)
Hope I'm not too late with my input.
I also own a 2000 ES 5-speed. I now have 49,900 miles on the car. I have had none of the problems you mention other than the coil replacement which was a recall -- but my CEL was not coming on, nor was the car idling rough. This Protege, my third since 1991, like the other two, has been pretty much flawless.
Sorry to hear about your misfortune.
My wife drives a 2002 Protege5 we bought thirteen months ago. At 16,000 miles, it too has been flawless.
Meade in Virginia
Feb 03, 2003 (1:03 pm)
How simple? I have the shop manual for my 2k ES 5sp and it shows that in order to take out the blower all the associated components have to come out first. Namely, the cooling unit for the A/C and the heater core. And these can only be removed by removing the dash(or some of it anyway).
How do these leaves get in there anyway? It appears there is some kind of foam rubber filter under the cowling to prevent this sort of thing. But just like you I had a leaf in the blower that caused all kinds of racket.
#1450 of 3738 Protege Idle Problems -- Scooterling
Feb 03, 2003 (6:10 pm)
In reply to 1440: My '98 Protege ES does the exact same thing. I've taken it in for repair but with no success. They bumped up the idle speed and claimed to have fixed it, but it still happens, just not while it was at the dealer!
Feb 03, 2003 (6:55 pm)
Both my 1992 and now my 2002 prefer high test gas ( 91 octane or higher ) . This does improve the zip ( or is that the zoom? ) and gives better gas mileage so does not really seem to damage the pocketbook too much.
Feb 04, 2003 (6:58 pm)
A little Bob and Doug Mackenzie humour. (heheheh)
A hose has come loose behind my glovebox (2000 1.6SE), its an opaque white flexible hose, one end is attached to the A/C cooling unit, the other may go into the HVAC fan, does anyone know where it attaches to?
#1453 of 3738 Probably the drain hose.
Feb 05, 2003 (5:34 am)
There should be a boss sticking out of the firewall underneath the dashboard on the passenger side, towards the centerline of the car. Just press it back on.
That's what it was in my '89 323 (hose was black); I had to unplug it to clear the line and drain the box under the cooling unit (water backed up into it and overflowed onto the floor...I think some spider crawled into it and clogged it with webbing). I'll check my '99LX tonight.
Feb 05, 2003 (7:07 am)
In my case, it was VERY simple. The manual called for the removal of the glove compartment first, which I did by pulling towards me on the right side and working the hinge on the other. However, I found that this was completely unnecessary. If you crawl under the dashboard on the passenger side, you will see the 'butt' of the blower motor. There are 5 screws (all of them Philips). Two of them hold the cover of the motor, and the other three hold the whole squirrel cage assembly (motor and all). If you take these three, the whole thing should come down with a little wiggling. In my 96 there was also a plastic tube that connected to somewhere else, but there was nothing holding it - It just popped out and back on when I was done.
Now, you have a 2000, and the body changed considerably between 96 ans 2K. In any case, I did not have to work much. Hope this helps,
#1456 of 3738 Mass Airflow Sensor, 1999-2000 1.6L
Feb 11, 2003 (7:54 pm)
Has anyone had their Mass Airflow Sensor fail on their 1.6L engines? I received an extended warranty notice from Mazda, and the car has started to show symptoms of the problem, but not enough to be conclusive. The car idles rough and hesitates occasionally. I'll probably tell my service advisor on the next visit, but I'd like to know more about the symptoms.