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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Apr 25, 2002 (8:42 am)
My 2000 has the tether anchors on the parcel shelf. They really help in that department. Offhand I can't think of another way to secure it so it'll be more stable, other than *trying* to do it on one of the sides (as opposed to the center position) so you can use the shoulder harness. But I did that when Sean was in a rear-facing seat and it didn't really help -- in fact it tended to make the seat sit at an angle toward the center of the car.
Maybe you can get a tether retrofit kit that lets you install a tether anchor on your parcel shelf? Maybe Mazda has some magic way of doing it; maybe (and this is probably just wishful thinking) they can perform this mod of bringing your car up to current child safety requirements for free or for very little cash? I suggest calling your dealership's service manager and asking if it can be done and for how much before you start drilling holes in your parcel shelf.
Those tether anchors are great. Now, in my wife's 2002 Protege5, she has the new "latch" system, and we were able to install a seat for Sean in her back seat without using ANY seat belts! Man, that sucker's in there like it's part of the car!
(Of course, both of these installations will be present and available for inspection at MAPP III, if anyone's interested in seeing how a Protege accommodates the next generation of zoom-zoomers ...)
Apr 25, 2002 (8:45 am)
DON'T LET THE DEALER INSTALL YOUR PADS!
That's what they call "highway robbery," my friend!
It's not hard to do yourself for about 1/4 the price ... but if you just don't want to do it, take it to Meineke if you have one around. As I said a few thousand posts back (last week, was it? ), Meineke put lifetime brakes on my truck and my wife's car a couple of years ago -- they were just as good as the factory brakes -- and the price was MUCH less than what your dealer's quoting you, and this was for ALL FOUR WHEELS. (Plus you get the lifetime replacement guarantee.)
Shop around. Don't get that done at the dealership unless you've got money to burn!
Apr 25, 2002 (9:09 am)
Call mazda's 800 number about the tether anchors. I think I remember something about a retrofit being free. Thanks for jogging the brain meade.
Apr 25, 2002 (9:28 am)
With the new "latch" system, the baby seat does essentially become part of the car. However, I still would not recommend not using a seatbelt at all with it.
#12811 of 24043 ISOFIX is cool.
Apr 25, 2002 (9:31 am)
Not only do they attach really securely, but they're (supposedly) identical across all vehicles that employ them, so you can move your child restraint system from vehicle to vehicle without the nonsense of tightening belts and wedging in supports.
BTW, my daughter's booster seat also flops over when placed in the center. I place the bottom in one of the seat "wells" on either side position and it stays snugly in place. Of course, your child seat may differ, but try it.
#12812 of 24043 Seat placement...
Apr 25, 2002 (9:33 am)
I never put my friend's car seats in the middle of either of my Proteges, so I don't know about that. She had her kids a year apart, so we always had 2 of them to take with us. I know it's really easy to put the child seat in and get it out. Her seats are older ones as well, and I don't think they have the provisions for the ISOFIX attachments. At least I never saw if they do.
#12813 of 24043 Protege5 - Service Manual & Mud Flaps?
Apr 25, 2002 (9:43 am)
I would like to know where I can purchase a Mazda Protege5 Service Manual and what the cost is.
Also, I'd like to know if anyone has found mud flaps for the Protege5, and where if you did.
Apr 25, 2002 (10:08 am)
Couldn't have said it better myself
Apr 25, 2002 (1:03 pm)
$189.99 for only the FRONT pads?!?!?! That is a rip off!!! I got mine done at Midas for $89 for the fronts. Even that is high, but your dealer must be smoking crack.
That reminds me about the time when I was sitting in the lobby at my dealership when the service manager was explaining to this elderly lady that she needed new wipers and it would cost about $40...of course she said alright. I was like...oh my God...
#12816 of 24043 Mdaffron...I agree completely...
Apr 25, 2002 (1:09 pm)
It is hard to understand anyone's intentions and I enjoy bantering (is that the word?) with the best of them. It is quite possible that I totally misunderstood the intent of the poster who criticized my decision to both recommend a Protege and turn around and try to sell it 3 days later.
Nonetheless, I tried to be very candid about my reason for selling the car when I referred to my wife's health--maybe I should have saved this information for Dear Abby instead of Edmund's.
I do appreciate the best wishes for my better half--she has been quite a trooper in life and amazingly, she continues to work full time. She asked me way back in 1999 to buy the automatic Protege but I was too proud to give up the last bastion of masculinity (the shifter). Marriage is funny, we guys give up the remote control within a few weeks and exchange it for a vacuum cleaner handle.
Anyway, thanks for the input on the advertisement, Vocus. I got a pretty good offer for the car here in my home town so I chose to pull the car from EBAY since nobody had placed a bid yet--I did notice that it did have 150 or hits while it was out on the web. This is not bad coverage for $ 40.00. Had somebody placed a bid, I would have left it on Ebay. It was a thrill while it lasted.