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You are in the Mazda Protege
What is this discussion about?
Mazda Protege, Sedan
Feb 06, 2001 (2:25 pm)
going to the NHTSA website and running recall search and TSB searches...
2000- 4 TSBs, 0 recalls
2001- 1 TSB, 0 Recalls.
1999 (last major body change)- 18 TSBs, 1 Recall
2000- 20 TSBs, 0 Recalls
2001- 0 TSBs, 0 Recalls
2000- 135 TSBs, 6 recalls
2001- 0 TSBs, 1 Recall.
even looking at the Chevy Cavalier
2000- 20 TSBs, 1 recall
2001- 1 TSB, 0 Recalls
1995 (last Major Body Change)- 64 TSBs, 3 Recalls
Your thinking is flawed. each of these cars listed has had much less incidences of TSBs and Recalls over the last yr and a half. Even looking into major body change years, the Focus has had 2x the amount of the next runner up, the Cavalier. The civic, giving you the BOTD, will have either 1 TSB or 1 Recall now. So a 2 yr old designed car has as many TSB/Recalls as a newly designed Civic.
135 TSBs and 6 recalls is too many.
Feb 06, 2001 (2:33 pm)
Well, I haven't had any of the other problems you mentioned and I feel like this is a good value for what you get. It's just that this clunking thing is a little disconcerting. If it did this with a rear wheel car I would suspect "U" joint or rear end, but this front wheel drive manual is a new animal to me and I don't have a clue as to what can cause it. CV joints maybe. Only got 4k on it though and first noticed it with less than 1k.
Apparently though, this must not be too wide spread a problem since no one else is offering their experience with it.
#244 of 3742 nikecar
Feb 06, 2001 (4:02 pm)
According to you the '01 owners are just making this up. Right?
From the "Honda Civic 3" board, post #164:
"I just received my first official "Motor Vehicle Product Update" from Honda today in
the mail for my less than 2 month old 2001 LX. It says that the PCM (Powertrain
control module) could be damaged by a surge in the electrical system. This was
my first Honda purchase and I am hoping that this is not sign of the months and
years of ownership to follow with this car."
#245 of 3742 Hell hath no fury.......
Feb 06, 2001 (4:49 pm)
My references to Sunfires and Neons was just a little dry humor. My prior cars had been a VW Beetle, 2 Toyotas and the 323 Mazda. My experience with the Japanese cars must have given me a false sense of security. All were trouble free and only seen the dealership for scheduled maintenance. This Protege however is a let down. I'm satisfied that I got the starter and fuel tank repaired (it took 4 trips to the dealership) but this clunking is something I have never heard in any of my vehicles (all were manual trans.) I guess time and miles will tell. And yes.. the tires are awful. Don't get me wrong ... I love the car, but it's just a rude awakening.
#246 of 3742 Reversing on steep inclines
Feb 06, 2001 (5:43 pm)
I was on a steep incline facing downwards and put my Protege ES (2001, AT, 1 week old) into reverse and took my foot off the brake, and the car slid forward (and down). Is this normal? I did the same thing on my friend's old Buick Regal (also AT) and the car stayed put, so I'm not sure if this rolling forward happens to all Mazdas, or if I have a problem. I was under the impression that with AT, the gears lock into position when put into reverse. I live in SF, so this is a major concern. Could someone with experience in this matter post a response? Thanks!
Feb 06, 2001 (8:10 pm)
I'm just posting what I said I found on NHTSA website. and I did, in the last paragraph, mention that giving you the benefit of the doubt (BOTD), there will be 1 TSB or Recall on the civic. go reread it. The civic, giving you the BOTD, will have either 1 TSB or 1 Recall now. So a 2 yr old designed car has as many TSB/Recalls as a newly designed Civic.
The Focus, in its 2nd yr has a recall. The Civic in its first new major body change has either 1 TSB or 1 Recall. sad for the focus.
#248 of 3742 sfinfo- Incline
Feb 06, 2001 (8:12 pm)
If the incline is steep enough, gravity will exert a much stronger influence than the engine will in reverse. seeing as you did not have your foot on the gas, just in plain reverse, it is possible that the car will go forward. Just as if you were aimed up the hill and put the car in D and without your foot on the gas, the car could go back.
#249 of 3742 how reliable is Mazda Protege
Feb 07, 2001 (6:15 am)
I'm thinking about getting a Mazda Protege, probably the 5 door hatchback which is suppose to come out this June as a 2002 model. In general how reliable are the Protege's? I'll be switching from a Toyota to the Mazda. Also how reliabe is the new 2.0L engine that they put into the Protege? I heard this engine came from the 626.
#251 of 3742 My 91 keeps cutting out on me...
Feb 08, 2001 (12:10 am)
My 91 auto. stalls and when I try to restart I have no dash lights therefore it turns over but won't start. Anywhere from immediately to 5 minutes the dash lights return and I can fire the car up.
It happens mostly in stop and go traffic, when slowing to a stop and in mild weather and rarely happens on the highway and in cold weather.
The dealer has replaced the distributer, engine temp sensor, ignitor and ignition module.
This car needs to live on...please help.