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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#10880 of 24043 I wholeheartedly agree, David!
Mar 28, 2002 (10:53 am)
Here's the history of the clutches in the new cars I've owned so far:
1988 Hyundai Excel: 117,000 miles
1992 Mazda Protege LX: 83,000 miles
1994 Mazda B2300SE pickup: 114,000 miles
2000 Mazda Protege ES: 34,500 miles
Each vehicle (except the current one, of course) was traded in on the next one in the list at the mileage indicated. I've never replaced a clutch or had any transmission-related problems. If anything, I'm more concerned about the longevity of the auto tranny in my wife's new Protege5 than I am about the manual in my 2000 ES.
Mar 28, 2002 (10:54 am)
don't forget the blowoff valve...
psssssssssss pshhhh psssssssssss pshhhhh
#10883 of 24043 Meade, insurance...
Mar 28, 2002 (11:29 am)
Interesting. My policy renewed last month and with no at faults or tickets they raised my 6 month premium by $164.50. Plus which I'd been with them quite awhile. I ended up with Progressive paying the same amount as on my OLD policy, same coverage. Still I'm a little nervous about the next renewal in August. Wondering if that was some sucker play on their part.
#10884 of 24043 IF they sell it
Mar 28, 2002 (11:30 am)
my guess is upwards of $3k.
The problem is to back it with a warranty would require a PCM/clutch/LSD/axle shaft/subframe and other component upgrades. Not exactly cheap. I say sell em out the back door...lol
#10885 of 24043 Dennis ... interesting!
Mar 28, 2002 (11:34 am)
Funny how Progressive seems to be lowballing everybody right now ... maybe they need customers!
Mar 28, 2002 (11:47 am)
Sheesh! You are getting ripped. I live in the city too and pay $106 a month with 1 reckless driving and two speeding tickets from the "5.0L". I just turned 25 though.
#10888 of 24043 Turbo kit and why its not a good idea.
Mar 28, 2002 (11:50 am)
Doing things aftermarket is usually not worth the bang for the buck. Unless one is talking about porking down $25,000 on top of a $60,000 Z06 to have John Lingentfelter massage it for you and get you 650hp from 400hp.....its really not worth the money for cars that cost $15-20k.
To get a turbo, good intercooler, diffy, clutch upgrade, intake mods, exhaust mods, will probably run $6000 installed. The intake and exhaust probably make up $1000 or less. A decent turbo and intercooler kit $3500. The diffy, clutch, and installation making up the rest. Doing it yourself will save about 3-4 days labor if you know what you are doing. Probably amounts to $1000 or so but I'm not sure. Thats all without messing with the engine internals, dropping the compression, timing, fuel mapping, all the associated stuff .
To get resonable power with relatively good reliability will probably run $8000 installed. I'm not talking about anything crazy here...hotter cams, better crank, better pistons, better fuel management, ECU upgrade, droping the compression too and messing with the timing AND making sure you can still run pump gas.
Unless you can get everything wholesale and do everything yourself it would be cheaper to buy the WRX, or WRX prodrive (STi), or the Lancer EVO when it gets here.
If Mazda could get a Turbo kit complete with all the upgrades required for good reliability AND driving dynamics at the 200hp level under $8000 installed I would be AMAZED. If they can get their 170hp kit on the market with just the turbo and intercooler (nothing else) for $3000 installed I would also be amazed....but not as amazed as getting 200hp .