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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#1463 of 24043 I can't remember if I posted this or not ...
Apr 10, 2001 (5:21 am)
But I'd be interested to know what kind of stuff everyone's been able to tote around in their Protege.
My most recent vehicle, prior to my 2000 Protege ES, was a 1994 Mazda (built by Ford = piecajunk) pickup. So I was used to hauling basically whatever I want, when the damned thing was running.
I surprised myself a few weekends ago by being able to place a Type 1A (heavy duty) 6-foot fiberglass stepladder in my Protege, with the back seats folded down, and SHUT THE TRUNK to take it home. And no, I didn't have to recline or slide the front passenger seat forward -- my pregnant wife rode home from Home Depot with me and the ladder.
Another amazing tidbit -- I went to Lowe's about a month ago and purchased FIVE 4x8 sheets of OSB (which aren't too lightweight), along with eight 8-foot 2x2s. Of course, I had to have the OSB cut into thirds (it was OK, I was flooring my attic), but with all that weight (and mine too -- check out my photo on Prototech; I'm not a lightweight either) the car did fine. (Well, my ES rode and handled like a Buick Roadmaster, but it made it home OK!!!)
Anyone else stretched the limits of Protege utility?
#1464 of 24043 Protege Utility, trunk lock, sun shade vents
Apr 10, 2001 (6:06 am)
Yep, let's see. Beginning of March, me and 2 of my neighbours headed off to Costco. Put into trunk: 4-40 lb boxes of kitty litter, 6 cases of 24-cans pop, 6 jugs of juice, 2 cases of laundry detergent, and about 10 bags of groceries. I still had my curling broom and a small shovel in back. Closed the trunk with room to spare.
With 3 adults and trunk loaded handling didn't seem to be affected at all, plus I saw my ES reflected in the Costco building as we pulled out of the lot and the back end of the car looked normal.
Meade. Re. Sun shade vents - good question, need to ask someone with Mazda insight, right maltb?
Trunk lock - I'll ask again, why the air space around the lock?
Apr 10, 2001 (6:35 am)
I made it to North Carolina and back this weekend. Got caught in the traffic on 95S on Friday afternoon when a truck full of treated sewage spilled south of Fredericksburg. Yuck. Stop and go for three hours. Protege ran wonderfully, no complaints. Saw a 2001 Millenium Red Pro ES in Virginia from Quebec! He was a long way from home. That's the second ES I've seen so far.
#1466 of 24043 Utility...sunshade vents
Apr 10, 2001 (7:18 am)
I took home a new front door from Home Depot the other day. Although I couldn't fit it all the way in, a ratcheting tie down kept it from coming out. I have the same problem as you Meade. After coming out of a truck, I don't consider what I purchase. I buy it, take it out to the car, scratch my head for a minute, load it up somehow and go.
My guess is that the sunshade vents allow you to tilt the glass up and keep the shade closed.
Norcan, explain your trunk loch question. The only time I worry about ice is when I go to the quicky mart and hope that they have ice in the soda machine.
Apr 10, 2001 (8:51 am)
Hmmmmmm, there's a wee space around the loch, it's just floating i'there I tell ye. Take a closer looch.
#1468 of 24043 Nessie will have to wait
Apr 10, 2001 (9:41 am)
I'll take a look at lunch.
Note to Malt:
LLL (look lock lunch)
This issue may be as elusive as the beast of Lochness.
Can you tell I suffer from sleep deprivation?
#1469 of 24043 You guys are killing me.
Apr 10, 2001 (9:58 am)
I love the humor here. Just go read another topic -- this one looks more like a fraternity -- or even maybe a family. It has ... dare I say ... SOUL!
Aye, I doon't recall any wee bit o'space arewnd mah loch, man, but I'll lewk latair fer ye.
One little idiosyncracy that did take me by surprise occurred this past Sunday when I was installing new license plates on my Protege. The two threaded holes for the trunk-mounted plate go right through to the trunk! My original plan was to take off the old plate and wash the car so I could clean off the grit and dirt that had built up behind the plate, but I had to block the holes with the screws so I didn't shower the trunk! I guess this is common on many cars, but it just kind of surprised me -- kinda makes me want to put some silicone or something in there with the screws so moisture doesn't weep its way in there.
Norcan, I wasn't the one who asked about the sun shade vents, but I agree with your idea.
Sfrat! You drove right by me here in Richmond! If there's a next time, let me know ahead of time and we'll meet up somewhere.
Norcan, I don't know how long you've been on this topic, but last winter I discovered a neat feature about our Proteges that involves icing in another way. I had the misfortune to turn on my windshield wipers to try and clear ice (no snow, just ice) off my windshield, not realizing that the wiper blades themselves were frozen to the windshield. I saw them move about 1/4 inch and stop, the motor obviously straining to pull them free. By the time I stopped the car on the side of the road and freed them manually, they wouldn't move at all. I tried turning the switch off and on for at least a minute or two. "Damn," I thought, "I've burned up my wiper motor." ... or at least blown a fuse. Nope, all the fuses were fine. Oh well, I thought, back to the dealership. Just as I was beginning to fabricate a tall but believable tale so I could get the motor covered under warranty, I tried the wiper switch one more time. Swish swish!!! (Not to be confused with ZOOM ZOOM, of course.) They were back! There must be an overload protection feature in the wiper circuit that resets itself after a few minutes. They've worked fine ever since!
#1470 of 24043 fowler3, meade...
Apr 10, 2001 (10:23 am)
Meade. Sorry, you're right, sunshade was fowler3's question. Talk about out to lunch.
Re. wipers, I sure hope the motors are protected because I do that all the time - turn the wipers on without checking if they're frozen. I hate when that happens
Pro'ers, IMO, the red is absolutely gorgeous, saw it when I first went looking, a 2001 ES with a 'sold' sign in the showroom. It sold me! Only reason I didn't get same was that my last 2 cars were 'reddish'. Just haven't seen one on the road yet. Of course, I also like black, silver, sand, seagreen, etc
Apr 10, 2001 (10:51 am)
I am sitting in M.I.S. class right now and I can't help but go to the edmunds board. This is much better than class. All this talk about ice and winter needs to stop. We had one of the worst winters ever here and its just starting to go away. I wish the only ice I needed to worry about was the ice for my soda. It may be soon, because I am looking for jobs in So. Cal. right now. Hope the "rolling blackouts" go away soon. I guess its better than the whiteout we get here for about 6 months of the year. I'm getting ready to wax my car for the first time, any technique/wax recommendations for a silver car would be helpful. 3 zooms.
#1472 of 24043 I have yet....
Apr 10, 2001 (11:00 am)
to see the power go out here. It appears that the ISO is careful about switching off areas of large business populations. I think it's a big PR blitz to keep more people from coming to California.
Uuu-uu-hh-hh...oo-ooo-o-h-hhh-hh-h-hh-hh...Itt f-eells ll-llik-ke a-an 8.5 earthquake....
See how it works?