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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#21603 of 24043 Greetings from T.O.!
Jun 01, 2003 (6:16 am)
Been busy working 6 days/wk lately (and will continue until the end of June) and with the # of posts in the PRO and 6 threads, it's a P/T job just keeping up with it, so now on a Sunday morning, here I am, having skipped a few pages at a time just to get caught up.
Still actively looking at used 91-93 Integras and so far I haven't been able to find one that I felt comfortable buying - too many are leaking oil around the head gasket... The search continues.
The PRO just passed 60.000 kms last Sunday on the way back from Montreal. It still drives VERY well and I have nothing to complain about.
This week I replaced the rear chrome-looking badges (Mazda/M-logo/Protege) as they had chipped. Weird I know since the front M-logo is clean, but I have 3 new shinny badges now - 2001-style of course.
Jun 01, 2003 (10:12 am)
Are you sure they are leaking oil around the headgasket? It was common for the cam seals to leak in those engines and sometimes the oil would run down the head. It's a simple fix, just new cam seals and some "honda-bond".
Jun 01, 2003 (9:28 pm)
I switched to synthetic on the 01 Protege I had, and it didn't make a noticeable difference in the way the engine ran. It was still the same to me. I wouldn't really waste the extra $ for synthetic again.
Also, the 'not being able to go back' thing is bull from what I hear. Goodyear told me you couldn't either, but someone else told me that wasn't so.
With the brake pads, I had to replace mine on the 99 DX at 26K miles and have the rotors machined. I am harder on the brakes than you are though, probably. I know they tried 3 different sets of pads at Goodyear that day, and finally had to go to the dealership and purchase them for the car.
Jun 02, 2003 (5:37 am)
I don't think anyone can really notice a difference in how a car runs with synthetic. That's not why I use it. I use it because it's better for extreme temperatures, it keeps your engine much cleaner, it lasts longer, and I like the best for my Protege. I can justify the cost since I do it myself and spend less on oil changes than the average person does anyway.
#21607 of 24043 Got a Maxima
Jun 02, 2003 (5:50 am)
Todd, you might be right about the seals, but I wasn't comfortable with those cars.
I found a grey 91 Maxi w/192.000kms (120.000miles) in good shape yesterday and I'm going to pick it up this week. It has a setting for the suspension (Comfort/Sport) and for the tranny (Comfort/Power). Unfortunately it's an auto, but for $4200 CAD and this being the first car in over 3 weeks of search to feel comfortable buying, the deal was made. On the bright side it has a sunroof, it's very clean and a 1-owner vehicle. Doesn't ride as tight as the PRO, but I was going 90mph just under 3000RPMs on the test drive yesterday and it felt like 65-70 in the PRO. It has a weird digital dash and I can't seem to find any info on it, except that there were very few made like that. I'm picking it up by Wednesday.
PS: The PRO will now be more rested. His 2nd b-day is approaching in July.
#21608 of 24043 Check the prices on those adjustable shocks before you buy
Jun 02, 2003 (10:22 am)
You think an Integra head gasket is expensive? Those Nissan Adjusta shocks are murder.
#21609 of 24043 gee, u got me
Jun 02, 2003 (10:51 am)
>>> It has a setting for the suspension (Comfort/Sport)<<<<
#21610 of 24043 Power side mirror
Jun 02, 2003 (12:13 pm)
I think there is a triangular plastic piece on the inside of the car that you can gently pry off with a flathead screwdriver. Behind that piece are screws that are holding the side mirror in place. Hope that helps.
#21611 of 24043 Already bought it guys
Jun 02, 2003 (3:56 pm)
Everything's OK so far...
Jun 03, 2003 (4:45 am)
Well, I could tell a difference with cold starts (y'know, car sitting out in temps 10F or below all day or night before you start it).
The engine starts more easily and idles more smoothly before warm-up.
Other than that, I can't really tell. But I figure if I can hear and feel the difference when it's below freezing, it probably makes a difference at normal and elevated temperatures too.
Well, OK the first few changes with synth also washed out a bunch of gunk left behind by the regular oil too. I noticed it got "dirty" looking quickly until after the 3rd fill-up with synthetic.