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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Jan 17, 2003 (1:01 pm)
I've been looking for a late model, low miles Protege for about three weeks. I went to look at a 2001 Protege LX today. The first thing I noticed was there was no trim emblem on the front panels. This shot a warning sign to me that maybe the front end was wrecked and rebuilt but I did not see any evidence of it.
The engine compartment looks new, the odometer only has 6000 miles on it and it seemed to drive just fine .
I could not get to much out of the people showing it to me as they said they were selling it for a friend. I never talked to the owner as everytime I call I get a recorder and then her friend calls me back. The most I got out of her was that her friend bought it from an auction after it was reposessed.
The only way I new it was an LX is because it had cruise control and matching side moldings, it also had moonroof and alloys. It was missing manuals and keyless entry (don't know if that was standard in 2001).
I put the VIN in at Autocheck and Carfax and they both came up with two reports which would probably be when it was registered and then when it was issued a Title to the original owner. I will run by a Mazda dealer and see what they have to say about the warranty.
Please advise if anyone has seen a Pro without the trim emblems on the side.
Thanks in advance,
Jan 17, 2003 (1:08 pm)
it could be that the front fenders were repainted due to (as you noted) previous accidents. How does it drive? If it drives straight and well it should be fine. But do use this as a bargaining chip to push the price down a bit
Carfax will only show 'official' title transfers or salvage titles, any repairs that were done to it will not show up on the report.
If repaired properly (e.g. using OEM Mazda parts), the car should be fine, and you would still be able to use the warranty on it for future repairs (crossing fingers)
Jan 17, 2003 (1:46 pm)
Talked to a salesperson today about the 6: "At the end of the month". Got a 6 brochure - saw the options, saw the prices, got my PRO's brakes fixed and now I'm all happy.
So drop by in early Feb. or call 905-889-2001 to find out when they're getting them. The options are so much better set for us in Canada!
Jan 17, 2003 (1:59 pm)
Yes the options are better in Canada, but the wait is ridiculous - I first saw this car in Oct '01, and it's coming to dealers in Feb '03!
Thanks for the info though.
Jan 17, 2003 (2:07 pm)
Thanks a lot!
Jan 17, 2003 (2:09 pm)
Send me an e-mail, please.
Jan 17, 2003 (2:18 pm)
Every new car seems to generate 2 comments on its title. One is the odometer reading at time of transfer to the buyer. The second was the passing grade it got on a state-mandated emissions test.
I checked the VINs of our cars and discovered to my surprise that my '99 had 2 entries! I subscribed for a 30-day period and found out they were items like that.
I'd still invest in a title search on any used vehicles you're interested in as you'll find ones that were salvaged. Keep in mind that non-salvage repairs won't be reported. You'll have to check for signs of bodywork (like non-matching paint, welding etc.).
Jan 17, 2003 (2:33 pm)
The emblems certainly could be missing due to repairs.
But I know of some folks who removed them simply because they didn't like the way they looked on the car.
Jan 17, 2003 (4:25 pm)
I was at Downtown Mazda in early January and they said that they were expecting a couple 6s to arrive by the end of the month. I sat in one yesterday while my protege was getting serviced, its nice, the gauges are big (almost too big) and the manual shifter is positioned a little higher than the Protege, I'll have to drive it on the next visit.
Jan 17, 2003 (8:14 pm)
You won't believe the computer I use to get on here. It's a 1997 Macintosh 200Mhz with only 64MB. The OS is seven upgrades behind current Macs. And my browser is Netscape 4.5 (1996), way behind. Read ANTIQUE!
Everything worked fine until Edmunds redecorated.
Now, I get grey screens for 3 to 5 minutes before a page downloads. Downloaded pages are not in pieces as before, they are all at once. Text looks 8 point even though I have it set at 24 points. While waiting for a page to download my screen freezes completely.
This isn't my best computer, which is up-to-date. I just don't go on the Net with it. At least not yet.
Pat, where's that feedback page?