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#3465 of 3742 Re: 2000 Mazda Protege LX o/d off issue [funguy123]
Mar 24, 2009 (1:19 pm)
I will never buy another Mazda again in my life and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Did you buy the car new or used? If used, do you know how it was maintained prior to your procurement?
How many miles do you have on the car? All cars (and most of us humans) have problems as they age. Having to spend $600 on a repair for an old car is not unusual. And, a nine year old car with transmission problems should not be a shock. But that's not your case, because your nine year old's transmission seems fine.
#3466 of 3742 Re: 2000 Mazda Protege LX o/d off issue [ddekleuver]
Mar 24, 2009 (4:18 pm)
"o/d off" is a light next the check engine. Which means over drive is off. I have automatic gear so when this light is on my over drive (3rd and 4the gear) are off and car will never go to 3rd or 4th gear. Means i can't drive more than 40 MPH.
First let me ask you this, Can you some time drive into 3rd or 4th gear without a problem? If yes that i don't think its a transmission issue.
Also, As you can see i was given 3 codes when they checked my car. That was all because of bad circuit. That may be the case for you.
I would say take to the places that do free codes on your car. Make sure you get more than one opinion as I found out, the first guy may not always be correct.
Honestly I think your issue is probably electrical just like mine. I was able to find a decent place who checked everything out for < $200. Unfortunately these problems are not slam dunk. Good Luck and let us all know how it goes.
#3467 of 3742 Re: 2000 Mazda Protege LX o/d off issue [autonomous]
Mar 24, 2009 (4:28 pm)
Sorry I should have been more clear on why i am not happy with Mazda.
We purchased this car new back in 2000. My comment wasn't just based what just happened but series of issue and lack of Mazda's support.
The first issue with Mazda i had was their shifting is always a problematic. Even when the car was new (4 months old) I had issue where if slow down from 45 down to 40 than it will unnecessary go back to 3rd gear from 4th. This means I could never go to 40 MPH because it will go back and fourth between 3rd and 4th. This really really sucks. In my area there are lot of roads that has 40 MPH speed limit, now i am stuck with going either below 40 OR over 40. What do i tell Police when i get pulled over? LOL
I took the car to two different Mazda dealers and as expected they were no help. Instead they told me it has Ford's transmission so those issues are expected. What the hack... One dealer goes on to say, all Mazda have this issue and there is nothing they can do. WoW... great..
Also, When my car was newer (<1 year old) I had the same issue couple of times where "o/d off" They looked at the car and found nothing. Bad Customer Service and So So product aren't going to win customers.
#3468 of 3742 Re: 2000 Mazda Protege LX o/d off issue [funguy123]
Mar 24, 2009 (7:20 pm)
whats up, yea the problem has pretty much progressed worse and worse.. it started out it would shift into 3rd and 4th fine, get up to 50 mph or so, but recently it has struggled, rpm kinda bounces a little i'd say maybe, and I've had to use the optional slap shift to reach 3rd gear. But even in 4th, I'll have the pedal to the metal, no rise in RPM or 30 - 35ish MPH .. as I said though the check engine light has come back on so I'll go get it checked out again.. there was an issue with the 4th cylinder misfiring, but the spark plug is firing fine.. but i'll check the codes and go from there, i'll let you know, thanks man.
#3469 of 3742 Re: 2000 Mazda Protege LX o/d off issue [ddekleuver]
Mar 25, 2009 (10:40 am)
It sounds like electrical problem. But have them check the codes and go from there.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
#3470 of 3742 97 mazda protege lx- trottles when takes off
Apr 02, 2009 (2:05 pm)
Please i need your help anyone. I have a mazda protege lx 97,130.000 mil,
after i had a taken the car to the dealer,done a tune up,coil,distributor,one fuel injector replaced,and clean the rest, the computer changed at no charge,still i come home and the car have the same symptoms,runs a bit better, i had an engine light come on,it is the egr valve,i took it out cleaned took gunk out,replace the hose and the gasket check, also replace oil, filter, transmission fluid, and pcv valve,while i was at it.the first test was i put back the platinum plugs,when i turn the engine on the lengine light went off.i test and drives almost the same but as before but stalling and esitating,i put back the nkg regular plugs and it runs better no stalling or choking,do you think the egr valve is bad or it could be someting else, also today i unplug the egr valve it runs better but the symptoms are still there,when i take off still as poor accelleration and it feels like is rolling,also stalls if i stay in gear when stop, it only gets worse when i put the platinum plugs brand new, but sometimes the car is running and it does a stall, almost fells like a small cough. i am thinking is a fuel related problem,i had a nightmare with the mazda dealer they charge me about 800$ and the problem it is still there ,aprreciate your proffessional opinion,any help is appreciated.thanks jack
#3471 of 3742 car not going into drive
Apr 02, 2009 (3:57 pm)
i havea1998 mazda 1300 ,just change the engine and two years ago the transmission 2 weeks ago had to replace the top convertor after which the gears was also changed on saturday the car would not go into drive will only reverse can some one tell me what is wrong and what can i do to fix it
#3472 of 3742 Re: 97 mazda protege lx- trottles when takes off [giacomod]
Apr 02, 2009 (5:20 pm)
In that whole dissertation I saw no mention of the the fuel filter being replaced nor checked...
BTW, in no way am I a 'professional' so plz take my input with a grain of salt...
#3473 of 3742 Re: 97 mazda protege lx- trottles when takes off [giacomod]
Apr 02, 2009 (6:58 pm)
Go with OEM plugs and forget about the platinum. Don't listen to anything they say about plugs at the parts store about plugs - just buy OEM NGK.
Check for vacuum leaks. The accordion-like hose between the air cleaner and the intake manifold often develops cracks. Usually these cause more idle problems than anything else, but check it out.
Make sure the vacuum port leading to the EGR chamber is not plugged.
#3474 of 3742 mazda protege 97
Apr 02, 2009 (9:45 pm)
thanks for the reply,
yes i forgot to mention i did have the fuel filter replaced at the same time i did take in.Today like i said i disconnect the eletronic control egr valve and it seems that it had some more power but as soon i take over 65 when i slow down and stop restart action,
it stars again like it trottles almost like is rolling in the back ,and hesitates just like cough, i will check the air filter connector to the manifold to see if has any cracks .
appreciated any of your sggestions thanks.