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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#1 of 24043 First post!!!!
Feb 07, 2001 (9:04 am)
I got it!!!!
Time for a new Protege topic. Lets Zoom Zoom!!
Feb 07, 2001 (9:08 am)
I just got a 2001 " best car I have ever owned"
#3 of 24043 Post count...
Feb 07, 2001 (9:23 am)
Why do they let the post count get so high with the new software now? They never used to before. Maybe it can handle more.
With my Protege: I have taken the car to two different dealers several times for the transmission shifting problems. They always say "no problem found" for it. The CD player has been mentioned both of those times too. At least if something would happen, it's documented that there was a problem. I do deep down like the car, but the driver's seat being uncomfortable (like something sticking in my lower back) turns me off. It seems to be getting worse with age too.
My best friend is about my height, but my roommate is shorter (by about 2") than both of us. When my friend drives the car, he complains about the seat poking him in the back, just like me. My roommate, however, cannot feel it at all. I don't get it. I am going to take the car to the Mazda dealer and get someone to sit in it that's about my height. I have sat in several other 1999 and 2000 Proteges (not DXs though) and never felt the seat poke me this way. I just need to get it fixed, then everything will be fine. Also going to add the fuel injector cleaner when I get a chance.
#4 of 24043 Protege seats - vocus
Feb 07, 2001 (9:31 am)
Don't forget Vocus that the DX is the base Protege. I agree that the poking is not acceptable, but it is a DX. I've noticed that with most OEMs, base model seats just kill me. They make them that way so that you will pay $1.5K more the next time you purchase.
Concerning the trans, have them go on a test drive with you! If you push it with the dealer, you may get them to meet you at home on a cold morning. If not, make a stink with Mazda Customer Assistance 800-222-5500. Don't settle for mediocre!
Feb 07, 2001 (9:36 am)
I have never heard so many bad things about the protege. Do you take good care of your car? The cd player will probably not be replaced unless they can dulicate the problem. I just bought a new one and it seems to be great. I took it on a 8 hour trip after 1 day and it was the bomb. I had 4 other people with me and they all said it was a good ride. No back pains or anything. The CD player is also better than my $200.00 blapunkt. It did not skip at all (even over big bumps). The driver seat is also good and is made of a very high quality product. We got a ink stain out with just water. The enging also feels solid. I think it is the only compact that is built and is 100% japan made. I would consider getting a new 2001 ( if you got the green). The inerior is also a 2 tone color ( dx/LX ). I got the 2.0 engine...it has 130hp ...real nice ZOOM ZOOM.
#6 of 24043 Mazda 2.0L engine
Feb 07, 2001 (10:06 am)
How does the 2.0L engine preform in the Protege? I was told this engine was from the 626. In general, how reliable are these engines? In general, how reliable are Mazda Proteges? Is it reasonable to expect 200,000 miles from them? When it breaks, are parts expensive? Are they easily accesible? Would you reccommend buying one?What's your biggest complaint against the Protege? Do Mazda's hold their value? Sorry for all these questions, but I'm seriously considering buying a Protege thus all these questions. Thanks for any advice.
#7 of 24043 leomort....
Feb 07, 2001 (10:14 am)
The 1.8l DOHC motor in the Protege is a derivative from the 2.0l 626 motor. I'm on my third Pro and never had a major problem. I expect the 2.0l motor to be as good or better than the 1.8L motor, especially since it doesn't have to be revved as hard to get the power out of it.
I've never had a problem getting parts for my Mazdas, but plug wires are really expensive for some reason. ($90 set)
My Service Manager has a '90 Protege SE with over 200,000 miles on it and it runs like new. He obviously takes excellent care of it, but it has never been rebuilt and sounds/runs like it just rolled off the showroom floor.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Protege to anyone who asks. I wouldn't have bought three if they weren't a Great Little Car (the protege is a descendant of the GLC).
Protege's seem to have a little higher depreciation than say Toyota or Honda, but that's okay...you pay less to get a Mazda in the first place. If you plan to drive your car for 200,000+ miles, resale should not be a consideration. Any car with that kind of mileage will have very little resale value.
#8 of 24043 RE: Mazda 2.0L engine
Feb 07, 2001 (10:16 am)
It's a time tested engine. Yes it it the same 2.0 FS engine from the 626 without having the Ford CD4E tranny. As with the reliabilty, Protege still ranks high albiet with the 1.8, but the FS is a solid performer and smoother. As far as parts go, are you asking about engine parts or overall parts? The Protege part prices tend to be in line with the industry, with exception to the Corrolla(Toyota gets a real premium for there wares).
Go drive a 2001 ES and you will be sold. If you look at the content and price vs. the competition, not to mention high ratings by Consumer Reports and others, it will be an easy decision.
I may not be the most impartial opinion, but still a valuable one.
Feb 07, 2001 (10:30 am)
The 2.0 engine is great...like I said 130hp...I had a V-TEC in my 2000 honda civic and it did not even come close to this car.The hond was very slow on merging and passing. The protege's %100 japan engine and tranny will stand the test of time. I really have no complaints. The new body also is much nicer than the older one. Just drive one, and you will agree. As the ads say " it is a BMW at half the price " <---or something like that.
#10 of 24043 Maltb & Unmarkedcar
Feb 07, 2001 (10:40 am)
MaltB: Whether the DX is the base model or not, the seats should not be this umcomfortable on my back. I can drive for 30 minutes and am in pain already. That is uncalled for. I will definitely spend the extra $1000 next time for the uplevel model. Also, I have taken the service manager on a test drive once when the car had 6500 miles on it and the car wouldn't do the thing. He said he had never heard of a problem with the transmission in a Protege. He also said if it were a 626, it would have made sense. And with the CD player, it just sticks sometimes. I am going to leave it in there once and take it to the dealer, but always grow impatient and "smack" the dashboard above the CD slot. The CD then comes right out.
Unmarkedcar: I like the car alot, and the only problem I have had is the CD player and transmission. Considering before I moved, I was commuting close to 100 miles a day back and forth to work, I really have nothing to complain about when it comes to dependability. I zoom the hell out of my DX too (not much power, but I knew that when I got it), and it has never broken down on me or anything. I guess I have just been driving the big old Bonneville for too long now. Need to get back into the Protege and get back in touch with that whole ZOOM ZOOM thing!
I was looking at a used Bonneville to replace the DX and the current Bonneville I have. I decided against it for now. Since the Maryland dealers don't have any 2001 Proteges yet (they said March), I am going to wait at least until then to check out a 2001 Protege. I can't help it, I sat in a 2001 LX 1.6 model at the car show and kinda liked it. I HAVE to wait to see the 2.0 ES!