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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Jun 12, 2002 (7:57 am)
Let me be the first to congratulate you on a great choice of car! I drive a 2000 ES and my wife drives a 2002 Protege5. Counting those, I've had four Proteges since 1992. Great, great cars, and I've never had any unscheduled maintenance problems with any of them.
That said, I don't know what the current state of incentives & rebates are; I do know that Mazda typically jacks up the rebates toward the end of the model year. Maybe maltb or one of our other "insiders" here can offer some help in this area.
Again, great choice -- and welcome to our discussion. Please don't be a stranger!
Jun 12, 2002 (8:22 am)
and my oil looks like it's still going strong. I have 18,000 miles on my 01 ES and this will be the first extended drain interval. I can't believe that the oil looks so clean with 3000 miles on it. My Integra would turn the oil black in 3000 miles. Must have been all the trips to 8000 rpms. Now that I have a car with low-end torque, I think the oil will stay cleaner because the engine is much more relaxed.
On a different note: My brother just bought a 2002 Civic EX coupe. My friends asked if I was jealous of my brother's brand new car. I told them I'd only be jealous if it was a 2002 Protege ES because it would be newer than mine. I tell them I feel bad for my brother...
#14312 of 24043 Which is the best ultra-high-performance tire? ANSWER: BFG T/A's
Jun 12, 2002 (8:29 am)
"Larry ... what a liar you are..."
"you go spouting off..."
"BFG T/A (the top-of-the-line, which you DON'T have...
Meade, I purchased a set of four BFG T/A VR4's. Not their VERY best all-season ultra performance tire, however their VERY best all-season high performance tire. The T/A's still beat the junky stinky cruddy rubber Dunlap tires you over paid for, a couple of months ago! Your Dunlopes (rhymes with dopes) are prolly ready to be replaced soon? If you can't afford to replace them with a set of high quality B.F. Goodrich T/A's why don't you get a set of Bridgestones Poortenzas S-03's like Speedy Pete, their bloody "amazing!!!"?
BTW, I coming to Richmond very soon, lets just say it's almost "go time"; buddy!
IF ANYONE NEEDS TO REPLACE THEIR MAZDA PROTEGE OEM TIRES, LISTEN TO CHIKOO, KEVIN CLEMENS from AutoMobile Magazine, http://automobilemag.com/features/447.html AND PRO-2! BUY THE GOODIE T/A's!!!
#14313 of 24043 it takes almost 6000 miles
Jun 12, 2002 (8:29 am)
for the oil to turn dark brown.
In fact i used AMSOIL 5w30 on 3rd change and ran 10,000 miles w/o any problem. oil was great but decided to change since car is under warranty.
Got it filled by dino pennzoil at the dealership.
#14314 of 24043 because of what happened back in August 1992.
Jun 12, 2002 (8:59 am)
Meade, you haven't posted a link to the pictures of your horrific crash or re told to us the tedious boring details of the events of 9/92 in at least a week. How about telling us again for the hundredth time about your death defying crash? Perhaps, we will once and for all understand why you apply STICK-UM to your Dunlopes Sports before driving anywhere?
Jun 12, 2002 (9:00 am)
Unless, that is, Ford decides to Taurusize it. - Meade
Actually... The next Taurus will be based on the Mazda 6 platform, as well as most of Ford/Mercury/Volvo/Jaguar/etc. midsize sedans. Mazda is the "global excellence" center for 4-cyl design, compact platform design, and midsize platform design. Go Mazda!
Jun 12, 2002 (9:09 am)
I have changed the date of the California Mazda Protege Meet so that it doesn't fall on Father's Day... Are you coming? Don't make me come up there and drag you out by your ear! LOL
California Mazda Protege Meet
On another note, I am planning on organizing an official club for California with San Diego, Los Angeles, Central, and Bay Area chapters. I want it open to all generations of Mazda's 3-series platform: GLC, 323, Protege, 3 (future). What do you guys and gals think of California Mazda 3-Series (CM3) Club? Too corny?
#14317 of 24043 Mazda on a roll.
Jun 12, 2002 (9:12 am)
They're focused on their niche instead of trying to be all things to all people. Zoom zoom. B)
And hey, I happen to like my Dunlop Sport A2s. I think they're excellent performance all-season tires and decent on light snow. I've had them on since about 11,700 and I'm now on 27,000 miles. Slight wear, so I expect about 45,000 to 50,000 miles out of them before I will be replacing them. And, no I don't wait for tires to go bald before I replace them....too scary on wet roads.
Jun 12, 2002 (9:46 am)
I don't wanna talk about the car right now. I have it back though.
And I do have one of the best tires. The Michelin Pilots. For $213 EACH, they better be the best!
Jun 12, 2002 (10:11 am)
Go compare specs at TireRack. Go compare user ratings. Compare mileage warranties, treadwear ratings and UTQG ratings. And read Tire-Rack's test of the DunLOP against two other competitors. Yours hasn't been tested so there's no data to comment on there.
You seem to be overstepping a line here, buddy. I can't tell if you're serious or not. If you are threatening me about coming down to Richmond, I hope you're really prepared.
I have my shirtsleeves rolled up and my transmission in first. Any time, buddy ... any time. RAIN or shine. Straight or curved.
But I don't have any control over the deer.