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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Apr 24, 2003 (9:15 am)
Yes, I remember you. Life has been a whirlwind of job changes and family events and I've had little time to visit Edmunds. The current job is so demanding I am about to lose my mind!
About the alternator, I had it replaced by a non-Mazda garage. The alternator cost about $210, with about $75 labor.
I also wish I had never traded my 1992 Protege! It was problem-free for the approximately 60,000 miles I owned it. Bought it for $1500 under invoice, too. The seat fabric was the best non-leather fabric I have ever seen - durable as heck! Oh well, we live and we learn.
Good luck to you!
And, protege_fan, I am pretty certain that my 1.8 liter DOHC is an interference type engine. Maybe the newer 2.0 liter version is a non-interference type (like the old 1998-2000 Ford Escort 2.0 liter engine). I could be wrong. . .
#1613 of 3742 one of the reasons why the protege has a poor mileage
Apr 24, 2003 (9:27 am)
is attributed to the fact that Mazda makes non-interference engines for the Protege.
So No. You do not have an interference engine.
Apr 24, 2003 (11:11 am)
"And, protege_fan, I am pretty certain that my 1.8 liter DOHC is an interference type engine. Maybe the newer 2.0 liter version is a non-interference type (like the old 1998-2000 Ford Escort 2.0 liter engine)."
The 1.8L and 2.0L in 99-03 Proteges are essentially the same engine with different stroke lenghts, both are non-interference. The Escort 2.0L engine is not the same engine as the Protege 2.0L.
#1615 of 3742 00 ES 5-Speed Question
Apr 24, 2003 (12:00 pm)
I own a 00 ES 5-Speed with 32,000 miles. Lately I've noticed a drop in MPG of around 2mpg. Also, when I back up with the wheels turned either direction and depress the clutch the car will stop as if the brake is slightly on. It does not seem to occur in forward motion. The emergency brake is not involved. If I straighten the wheels out during the event, the car will roll with no resistance.
Also, while accelerating I occasionally feel like something is holding the car back? Like someone is pushing against the front as I accelerate?
Does anyone have any thoughts? I was wondering about the differential? I have had the car in the shop twice over the past 3 years for them to check out a "clunk" sound I get on the 1-2, and 2-3 after the car is warm. Both times I have been told it is a normal sound. I have service tickets from both appointments. The car is under warranty until 7-20-03.
Apr 25, 2003 (3:41 am)
Ditto. My '92 was running like the proverbial "top" when I traded it in at 83,000 miles. I had the "Elegant Beige Metallic" paint job. I passed one on I-95 going home yesterday; it looked pretty darned good. I could only imagine how many miles were on THAT 11-year-old zoom-zoomer!!!
Apr 25, 2003 (3:42 am)
Had your brakes checked?
(My 2000 ES 5-speed is at 54,000 miles and doing just fine!)
Apr 25, 2003 (5:34 am)
Gates is wrong.
Apr 25, 2003 (7:41 am)
may be the brakes. My 96 Protege had a problem with the caliper pins not sliding and the problem was agravated when I turned (poping sounds when breaking while turning at low speeds). If your calipers are not sliding properly, they may be binding, thus the resistance when you accelerate plus the lower milage.
However, I also noted the same feeling of resistance when accelerating and lower mpg's due to spark plug wires. How many miles do you have on your current set of plug wires?
Apr 25, 2003 (8:05 am)
if u put it in N, does it roll easily?
that might help u rule out the brakes angle.
or is the brake fluid tube getting pinched when u turn full? that may cause it to push the calipers?