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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#1999 of 3742 Brand new ProES in for service !!!
Mar 05, 2004 (12:17 pm)
Just got a 2003 Protege ES last week, when I test drove it it veered to the right, salesman told me no problem it would be aligned before I actually bought it. When I went to pick it up, the problem had not been corrected so it went in to service, after that it seemed fine. As it turns out it still was misaligned just not as bad as before. Going to take it in Monday.
A/C is only adequate, worried about how it will do during the summer down here in Florida, going to check it out as well, maybe it needs re charging. I have had many Mazdas before; MX3, 626, and never had this problem.
Also the inside plastic panel that covers the left front pillar seems to be loose.
I hope this issues will be addressed by the dealer or Mazda, would hate to think I bought a Lemon.
Aside from this issues I am very happy with my new car.
Mar 05, 2004 (12:20 pm)
See my response to your double-post over on Protege.
Mar 05, 2004 (5:26 pm)
I believe the NGK wires I bought were the same as mazda uses. I imagine napa wires would be fine as well.
#2002 of 3742 go easy meade...
Mar 06, 2004 (7:03 pm)
I'm sure there are a FEW manufacturers of quality spark plug wires out there that in fact are better than OEM, however, my personal experiences with aftermarket wires on cars that I repair everyday have found that MOST aftermarket wires pull apart with the slightest effort to remove them, or just do not fit properly. I KNOW that the factory wires work properly and last longer than most of those aftermarkets. The simple act of replacing aftermarket wires with OEM has repaired quite a few cars over the years. I'm sure the miata owner you spoke of noticed a big difference- performance wise -as soon as he/she installed those NAPA wires on their car. Since this is a protege board and not a miata board, this point goes even further. The aftermarket cap and rotor that NAPA is going to supply you with will jeapordize those wonderful new wires. I have had customers bring me their proteges with a no start problem (no spark) and they go on to tell me-"it's not the distributor-Ijust put a new one in it". The aftermarket rebuilt distributor IS not at fault, it's just that it didnt come with a new cap and rotor, and the aftermarket c&r are to blame.
I don't make money on the parts at my job, and if I thought aftermarket parts would make my repairs better, I would certainly use them.
Also meade, if your post was directed at me, and I think it was, don't misquote me. I never said factory wires are better than belden's or whoever- I just know factory wires work properly, so it's a good idea to use them......
Mar 07, 2004 (5:41 pm)
Thanks for the responses - I'm curious how this wire discussion will short itself
#2004 of 3742 Well, you OEM guys win.
Mar 08, 2004 (4:35 am)
I picked up the Belden wires on Saturday and brought them home, and guess what? They don't have the little square boots on them that keep stuff from going down into the block where the plugs are. And the boots on the OEMs are molded onto the wires -- you can't just slide them off and reuse them. So it's back to NAPA after work today to return them, and then over to my dealership to pay twice the price to get those stupid little boots.
The wires did look nice. Too bad for Belden and my wallet!
Mar 08, 2004 (5:10 am)
Advance Auto Parts, if you have one where you live, has all its Purolator Premium air filters on sale for $5.88. The one for the Protege/Protege5 is normally $13. Go stock up!
Also Pep Boys has Rhino Ramps on sale. Both models are $10 off -- the ones I got were the 12,000-pound ones, normally $29.95, on sale for $19.95. I bought them after reading how much some of you like yours -- and I'm impressed. First plastic ramps I've ever owned, but man are they lighter than my old steel ones, they did NOT contact the air dam when trying to put the car up on them, they have very tall back stops so you won't drive off the front of them, and -- perhaps most importantly -- they did NOT sink into my asphalt driveway under weight like my old steel ones did!
#2006 of 3742 Now watch the "I told you so" comments flow in :)
Mar 08, 2004 (7:30 am)
It's all good Meade. Now we know 100% sure (from raotarykid and you) to only get OEM wires.
#2007 of 3742 apology accepted......: )
Mar 08, 2004 (7:41 am)
I told you so is something that people say that guessed right.......what I said is fact and comes from years of experience.....no need for me to stick it in your face..........
#2008 of 3742 I told you so.
Mar 08, 2004 (7:48 am)