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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#15600 of 24043 Pete ... What size are your wheels?
Jul 26, 2002 (3:59 am)
If they're 15s, you can do what I did and plus-zero your next tires and get a set of Dunlop SP Sport A2s in 205/50HR15. After 6,000 miles, these things still stick to the road like glue even in a downpour. I can't praise them enough (as you may have noticed).
P.S. Unfortunately, I don't think Mazda's listening. They've been putting Poortenzas on their cars at least since my first Protege, a 1992 LX I purchased in September 1991 and proceeded to total (hydroplaning, of course) in August 1992 at 28,000 miles. In my wanderings around the lot yesterday, I was pleased to see new Proteges with Dunlops on them, but the 626s were still shod with Poortenza RE92s. I hope they don't put 'em on my 2005 Mazda6!!!
Jul 26, 2002 (4:07 am)
There are 2 blue Protege5's.......Midnight Blue(my favorite)kind of a dark navy and lighter blue similar to the MP3 color. The Sedan needs a blue color. Although, I believe I've seen a few 00 sedans in Midnight Blue, it was a rare color.
#15602 of 24043 What a nice service department!
Jul 26, 2002 (4:09 am)
They're taking care of the stink the right way. Stick with them and promote the heck out of them!
Jul 26, 2002 (4:17 am)
Yes they are 15" wheels. It looks like I'm going to buy tires this fall for both of our cars. My Wife's 01 MPV needs new rubber with only 23K. Minivans are brutal on tires. I've had good results with Discount Tire and their prices are similar to Tirerack after you pay mounting and ship.
Hey, if you and your Wife have any more rugrats in the future:), consider the MPV. I HATED minivans, but the MPV handles very well and the GFX package looks way cool, it even comes in Midnight blue.
#15604 of 24043 That was me on M-3. Insurance.
Jul 26, 2002 (4:19 am)
Gratiot does ring a bell. I don't know how I ended up on it, but I headed in generally the right direction and waited to hit an interstate listed on my set of directions. I eventually made it to my appointment with a few minutes to spare.
I insure 3 cars (two drivers, both over 25 etc.) on the same policy (my 99Pro is the costliest to insure at $240/6months since it's the newest, so the coll & comp is highest). Might be some discount for that too, but this agent's always been charging me less than other agents, even those from the same insurer (Allstate). I think it's because he's been in the business so long that he's willing to take less commission on new policies. Anyway, shop around, and also call different agents from the same insurer (they don't have to live near you...for instance, there are several Allstate agents physically closer to my residence, but I've stayed with mine since 1991, even as I've moved around). Rates will vary. I've found rates can vary as much as 100%, or even more. Sometimes a personal reference can help, since they may judge you partially on the company you keep. This likely doesn't apply to companies like Progressive that quotes over the phone and doesn't link you up with a specific agent. However, I've found their rates to usually be the closest when I do my annual check on insurance rates. State Farm's usually the most expensive (not counting the ones that specialize in insuring "higher-risk" drivers), in my experience.
Jul 26, 2002 (4:23 am)
Thought you liked the trunk of your Sedan better than the hatch of the P5?
And I have that blue! Na, Na, Na, Na, Na!
#15606 of 24043 I do like the trunk better.
Jul 26, 2002 (4:28 am)
But the Protege5 is a way-cool-looking car. My wife has one, you know ... and I'd rather have TWO non-blue Proteges than ONE blue one!
Pete -- funny you mentioned that. While we're not planning to expand the family past Sean, I've been looking at the MPV anyway. I like its looks and the utility it affords, and since we had to sell our pop-up camper when I got rid of my truck and I miss the camper dearly, I'd like to get something with a V-6 in the future that can pull a small camper so we can buy another one.
My next car choice is gonna be a difficult one, because I also drooled a little over the Tributes. Seems Ford is finally addressing the stalling problem, and according to my mechanic the mid-year 2002 Tributes have new PCMs and don't stall anymore. If there are still Tributes in 2005 or 2006, it may be a hard choice between a Mazda6, a Tribute and an MPV.
#15607 of 24043 Mazdafun...
Jul 26, 2002 (5:22 am)
State Farm is cheaper for younger drivers. I got the cheapest quote from them, so I stuck with them.
Jul 26, 2002 (5:24 am)
You can have those signal lights installed that are on the "refreshed" models. I had them put on my 2001 ES, if you remember. I got them for free from a friend, because I have him some fog lights I had ordered for the DX before I traded it for the ES. They are something like $100 to have installed though, and they do have to cut holes in the front fenders for the lights too.