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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#15565 of 24043 Recall notice I got
Jul 25, 2002 (5:57 am)
Emission Recall Campaign #0702F
Dear Mazda Owner:
Mazda Motor Corporation has determined that a defect exists on some 1999 and 2000 model year Mazda Protege vehicles produced from December 1, 1998 through July 31, 2000. If you are a recipient of this notice, your vehicle is included in this campaign.
What is the problem?
On some 1999 and 2000 Protege vehicles equipped with the 1.8L engine, the driving performance may deteriorate, causing hesitation, rough idle, and/or Malfunction Indicator lamp (MIL) illumination, due to failure of the ignition coil.
What will Mazda do?
Your Mazda delaer will replace the ignition coil with a modified one free of charge. The repair should take approximately 30 minutes, however, it may take longer depending on the service workload at your Mazda dealership.
What should you do?
Please make an appointment with any authorized Mazda dealer to have the ignition coil replaced at your earliest convenience whether or not you are experiencing any of the problems described above.
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....it is recommended that you have your vehicle or engine serviced as soon as possible. Failure to do so could be determined as lack of proper maintenance of your vehicle. Also, your vehicle may fail a state or local emission inspection if this recall is not completed.
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Jul 25, 2002 (6:00 am)
I'd just like to point out that I have NOT experienced any of the problems that they've mentioned.
And to folks who may be considering a Protege and might be scared off by this, well, I understand your concern BUT...
It seems to me that the Protege actually has had far fewer recalls than say <coughFocuscough> other cars in this class.
Jul 25, 2002 (6:04 am)
I know some of you said you prefer the manual over the automatic. This is going to be a hard choice for me because I don't know how to drive a manual. I have had 3 20min sessions months apart from each other. So my question is, have any of ever driven the automatic w/the "Sport Shift"? I really don't want to make a choice I'm going to regret. I will say this though, my Grand Prix automatic lever is in the floor & I constantly find myself reaching for it like I'm going to shift & my left foot is restless. I can't explain that. Any advice is good advice. Thanks in advance for your responses...
#15568 of 24043 Eleets...
Jul 25, 2002 (6:07 am)
I have driven the Sport Shift Protege 5, a couple weeks ago. The automatic works a little tiny bit less responsively than my Tiptronic in the VW I have, but it worked pretty good. The shifting is opposite to convention though (push back for upshifts, forward for downshifts). This took a little bit to get used to on the test drive. Overall, I didn't really see any value in the Sportshift feature. It doesn't cost extra (from the "regular" automatic's price, I mean) on the ES and P5 models, so I guess I wouldn't have a chouce in getting it.
#15570 of 24043 Dale, when did you receive the notice?
Jul 25, 2002 (6:08 am)
Mine was manufactured in that time frame, and I haven't received a recall notice. It'd be nice to know more about this since I'm taking my car in this afternoon!
Jul 25, 2002 (6:12 am)
I got it in the mail just yesterday.
Jul 25, 2002 (6:12 am)
Once you "marry" yourself to a 5-speed, you catch on pretty quickly. If you do, you'll never regret the increase in performance the 5-speed offers. I test-drove both when I was looking back in 2000, and there was no comparison between the two. You'll have a lot more fun, you'll have a more reliable car in the long run (manual trannies are much simpler than automatics), and you'll save nearly a grand on the purchase price.
2000 ES 5-speed
P.S. to Paul: I don't remember eleets asking for a comparo between the sport-shift on the Protege and those on other cars. Keep the Jetta out of it, OK? Thanks.
Jul 25, 2002 (6:13 am)
Maybe mine's coming. Wouldn't it be a gas to get home from my service visit today only to find mine in my mailbox and have to schedule another appointment! Dammit, I guess I should drive the 10 miles PAST the dealer to my house to check my mail before my appointment this afternoon!
Jul 25, 2002 (6:16 am)
Call your dealer this afternoon.
According to the letter:
"You do not need to bring this notice to the dealer, but it may assist in the check-in process."
Maybe they can check for sure whether or not your car is affected.