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#12090 of 24043 " changing the tranny oil would be a waste of money ?"
Apr 13, 2002 (3:05 pm)
It's been a while since I have posted--I own a 2000 Protege LX with manual transmission. It has 61,000 miles and I have yet to change the transmission oil. I don't seem to remember any mention of changing the gear oil every 30,000 miles in the owner's manual. Unlike an engine, there is no combustion in the transmission and, as a result, breakdown of lubrication must be very slow. It seems to me that changing the tranny oil would be a waste of money until the car is several years old with well over 100,000 miles. Even then, the transmission is a sealed unit and should not attract too much moisture. Am I out of my gourd on this subject?
Mazda specifies a regular time and or mileage intervals for the changing of manual transmission lubricant in your Protege. You can find this information in the Mazda Protege owner's manual. Manual transmissions are lubricated by a lubricant that is splashed throughout the transmission by the moving gears. Curt, the lubricant should be at the correct level and changed on schedule or the transmission parts could wear out prematurely. The interval for lubrication level check should specified in your Mazda Protege's maintenance schedule in the owner's manual. My brother used Redline MTL (Manual Transmission Lubricant) in his 1998 Saab 9-3 when he had his replacement done. His mechanic raves about Redline products.
Apr 13, 2002 (3:21 pm)
frankpcb: Make sure you take a lengthy test drive in the Protege in ALL driving conditions to make sure it's a good fit for your driving style.
fowler: Our lottery is $220,000,000 (that's a big number even to type) so even if it is paid in annuities (which I don't believe it is) it would be almost $10,000,000 per year. GA also has the lump sum option but I'd rather get the money every year. It'll give me something to look forward to. I definitely think fxashun and I could afford to get everyone here a turbo kit that will make the engineers at Mazda cry.
Apr 13, 2002 (4:58 pm)
fowler: Our lottery is $220,000,000 (that's a big number even to type) so even if it is paid in annuities (which I don't believe it is) it would be almost $10,000,000 per year. GA also has the lump sum option but I'd rather get the money every year.
Virginia has the same option, payable over 26 years or lump sum up front. For young people, the first should be considered; for older people lump sum is best. More money in less time is best in most situations other than lotteries. When the 26 year option is chosen all the money bet goes into annuities, the Lottery keeps the principal (at the end), the winner gets the interest in 26 annual payments. Lump sum is what it says, but it takes 60 to 90 days for it to come in.
And the BAD NEWS for people in North Carolina? It's against the law to be in possesion of lottery tickets. Punishable by jail and a fine. Does that stop them from crossing the border -- NOOO!
North Carolina has a lot of STO laws.
#12093 of 24043 STO laws!!!
Apr 13, 2002 (5:17 pm)
So what are you saying - if someone in NC wins the lottery after having bought the ticket in Virginia, they could get arrested for being in possession of the ticket??
Sorry for the OT post, but curiosity has overcome me. Here I am ~30 minutes from the NC-VA border and I know very well how many folks come up here to buy lottery tickets. If it is illegal for them to be in one's possession, why do they do it?? The "possession" thing is overlooked if they win? STO law indeed.
I seem to remember some dispute between a group of NC residents who had gone in on some tickets together, one of the tickets won, but the designated purchaser held out saying he played that particular ticket separately from the group buy. Heh, if they'd have thrown him in jail for "possession of illegal lottery tickets" that would have been the end of that issue!!
#12094 of 24043 Sunil, Frank, ZoomZoom/fxashun
Apr 13, 2002 (5:25 pm)
Sunil: You're going to enjoy owning this car! I have a 95 DX, with almost 80K on it now, and it runs great. I'm in NoVA too - thought I'd mention that. Do check out the Yahoo! group for info about the MAPP - in the vicinity soon!
Frank: One MAJOR problem with the Protege is the desire it instills in its owner/driver to go out for a drive under the silliest pretexts, and to take the long route, and drive freeway ramps at higher than the posted recommended speeds. But I agree with ZoomZoom - go out, drive it in all situations - you sacrifice a TINY bit of quietness and comfort, for the rock-solid stability in the (newer, like 2002) ES and its incredible handling prowess (compared to cars in its class - NOT the Audi A4, right maltb, fxashun?)
Cindy/fxashun: Sign me up for the turbo kit! Wait a minute - I only have a (automatic!) 95 DX. How about a nice new Mazdaspeed Protege instead? Wouldn't (noticeably) stretch your fist annuity either
#12095 of 24043 STO? (Ford SHO bash)
Apr 13, 2002 (5:35 pm)
Doesn't Ford make a (ROTFL) Taurus that they call STO? No - wait a minute, thats a SHO!
At the NYIAS, they had a NASCAR Ford Taurus, and I went up and chatted to the (Ford rep) person sitting by it. At the end of it I got him to admit that the only things 'Taurus' about it, were its Ford badge, Taurus badge, trunk lid (I doubt he's serious), and perhaps the fact that it was first designed in April, LOL.
Hate it when people say "Ford Taurus" won so-and-so Nascar race. Ugh!
Can anyone tell that I just took the time out to catch the (repeat) F-1 Imola qualifying on Speed Channel, and my ears are still ringing at 13K rpm?
Apr 14, 2002 (12:56 am)
I will hopefully be getting to the stereo sometime next week.
On a sadder note, today I changed my plugs (man 30k came quick) and noticed that there is a small tear in the plug wire where it folds over. The bummer is - no auto part store around me carries these damn things. And I am afraid to go to the dealer, I don't even want to know what they are charging for them. If worse comes to worse I order them from corksports.
Apr 14, 2002 (6:57 am)
Most people do ignore the STO law. A man was arrested last month, in King, NC, for possession of lottery tickets. Fined, no jail. NC is a no-gambling state. The man's real mistake was selling VA lottery tickets. For days after his arrest the local TV news anchors reminded citizens that it is against the law -- with big smiles on their faces.
The former governor wrote a letter to the current governer telling him to have the STO law thrown out, "It's outdated."
For $300 million most people could handle a year in jail and a fine. And the real way to screw NC is to pay the state taxes in Virginia, they are lower.