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#2198 of 3742 100,000 Miles Update
Jul 08, 2004 (5:17 am)
Well, the wife finally passed 100,000 miles on our 1999 Protege ES 5-speed. The car has been very reliable. Outside of regular maintenance items (brakes, oil, filters, plug wires, etc.), the only real issue was having to replace the alternator around 65,000 mils (if I recall correctly). But, other Mazdas I've owned (1986 626 and 1992 Protege) have had similar life expectancies on their alternators, but rarely other problems.
The only issue we are now having is some hesitation under low rpms, especially in the lower gears. Since the plug wires and plugs have been replaced recently, I've ruled that out. We had Auto Zone hook a diagnostic to the CPU and got a message about a failed vehicle speed sensor that is supposed to be attached to the transmission. The part can only be acquired from Mazda last time I checked and it costs about $200, which I don't have. However, I am not sure that is the real problem. I was told that it could be a problem with clogged fuel injectors, but the dealer wanted a lot of money to professionally clean them.
Thanks and enjoy your Proteges!! They are great cars!
#2199 of 3742 Re: Clunking,Thumping, popping, clicking [jjn]
Jul 08, 2004 (1:43 pm)
I am replying to my own posting. Has anyone been able to figure out the cause of the problem I described in message 2188? The dealership said they will 'look ' at it again, but, I think until I can come up with the cause, they will say the same thing ' Can not duplicate the noise'.
They want me to wait till the problem is severe enough that they can actually see it without needing to troubleshoot.
This is very frustrating. If I knew what the problem was then I would expect they would pay me...Anyway, any help would be apprecitated.
Jul 10, 2004 (3:45 pm)
jjn, I'm not sure about your problem.
I had clunking over bumps, and had my front and rear stabilizer links replaced yesterday. My car drives reeeeeally well now, and no more clunking.
Jul 12, 2004 (4:28 pm)
I use a bottle of Techron every 6 months to clean injectors. You may try a bottle for each of tne next few fillups to see if that works.
#2202 of 3742 A Trans Flush for $180?
Jul 13, 2004 (4:01 am)
Try one of the oil change places (Jiffy Lube, etc.). When I owned an auto trans car, I used to tkae it to Jiffy Lube about every 25,000 miles for a flush. I don't think it cost much more than $30 at the time (been a few years), but I expect it will still be MUCH cheaper than having the dealer do it.
Jul 13, 2004 (4:44 am)
I haven't gotten around to doing anything about mine yet.
P.S. Do you have an extended warranty, and if so, were they covered?
Jul 13, 2004 (6:32 am)
I actually tried using some high-strength cleaner in the gas tank about a month or so ago. It didn't change anything, so then I added another one when the gas tank was nearly empty (hoping to send a concentrated amount of the cleaner to the injectors, but that didn't make a difference either.
The nearest Mazda dealer (and not one I trust, based upon past experiences) swears that only a professional cleaning will work fully and pretty much said that those bottled cleaners didn't do a good job, but I don't trust this dealer anyway . . . I think he wants to make a sale.
Does anyone know anything about this vehicle speed sensor that is part of the manual transmission?
#2205 of 3742 On going AC problem- Need Suggestions!
Jul 13, 2004 (11:50 am)
When driving my 2001 Mazda Protégé for more than 3 hours at highway speeds with the A/C ON the blower freezes up. The A/C is set on fresh mode and the fan speed is set either on speed 1 or 2 the whole time. When the blower freezes up you can turn the fan speed up to 3 or 4 but all you get is a hissing noise coming from the blower. The little bit of air that still comes out of the vents when the blower freezes up is still cold. When the blower freezes up I turn the A/C off and the fan off. If you put your hand on the heater box (I think this is the heater box - the black box on the left side behind the glove compartment) you can feel water condensation has built up on it. This water condensation then drips onto the passenger floor. After leaving the A/C and fan off for about five minutes to unfreeze the blower works again and I can turn the A/C and fan on again. If I continue to leave the A/C on at this point it will freeze up again about every 2 hours while driving on the highway.
This car has had this problem since I purchased it new in 2001. I've had it looked at by Mazda 3 times and have had a new fan blower installed, but this has still not solved the problem.
Has anyone out there experienced the same problems? Any ideas for how they (Mazda)can fix this? Thanks!
#2206 of 3742 Re: On going AC problem- Need Suggestions! [syd968]
Jul 13, 2004 (11:57 am)
You may have a clogged/blocked/kinked drain line. If you don't see water on the ground underneath the car a few minutes after turning off the car and parking...after driving with the A/C on, it would tend to confirm this. The condensation is probably backing up and freezing up "the works" so to speak.
#2207 of 3742 driving at full cold setting
Jul 13, 2004 (12:05 pm)
and fan at lowest setting is not recommended by many. try keeping the fan at a higher speed.