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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Aug 01, 2003 (9:51 am)
That, or have a kid! That'll plant you on your posterior for a while!
Even now that our son is two and we're going places, we still eat dinners at home and find more things to do around the house than we used to when it was just my wife and me. Buying a house actually started this trend -- when you live in a dumpy apartment with rap-loving neighbors you tend to LOOK for reasons to go out for a drive.
I'm actually down from my old average -- my worst was during college when I worked for Pizza Hut. 1992 Mazda Protege, sold after 28 months (2 years and 4 months) with 83,000 miles on it. That's getting up in the range of you and your Galant!
Aug 01, 2003 (10:00 am)
It has finally stopped raining here in Richmond (where two days ago they announced we've just exceeded the total rainfall last YEAR). At least for the moment the sun is out. I just dismounted from my 11th-floor perch over the James River and headed outside to find a salad.
Man, the humidity just about knocked me to the ground. It's gonna be a 4-speed A/C in the 5-speed ES this afternoon! And since it's been raining every day since, oh, half past April, my grass is about eighteen feet tall. I'd estimate the temperature out there to be somewhere on the order of 174 with 254 percent humidity, for a feels-like temperature of, say, 386 give or take a half-degree.
So it's gonna be zoom home for me, so I can fire up the old spinning-bladed ozone destroyer and sweat my ... my ... sweatglands off in the yard before supper. That is if I get any supper after spending three hours raking up all the "grass phlegm" ol' Mulch-'n-Belch hacks out on the lawn during our foray into the moisture-laden rainforest of my lawn.
Oh no, here it comes ... it's coming ... it's here .......
Garth, how far is it to your place? I'll bring the beer!!!
#22086 of 24043 BF Goodrich T/A VR4 tires for '99 Protege ES ...
Aug 01, 2003 (10:24 am)
Thanks for the info .... and the welcome! I've checked with several local tire dealers, as well as the Goodrich website, and they don't seem to make that model tire (T/A VR4) in the size I need (P195/55R15) ... closest I can find is P195/65R15. I really don't know if that would work on the ES or not. What model do you have our your Protege ... and what year/model is your Protege?
Still working on trying to find the Toyo Proxes TPT in the right size ....
#22087 of 24043 Use the tire size calculator
Aug 01, 2003 (10:30 am)
You can normally be a few percent off, but not that much (less than 3-4%)?
Its at miata.net, under 'garage', called 'tire calculator'.
Aug 01, 2003 (10:34 am)
The early year 02 LX's did not come with alloy wheels as standard (I know because mine has steelie's with hubcaps). I think the mid year refresh cars came with the alloys.
When I bought mine, I told the salesman I didn't want a sunroof, so he never mentioned the roof/wheel deal that would have gotten me both for $200 or so. I didn't want to have to pay $600 or more for a sunroof that I wasn't going to use. I would have gotten it just to get the wheels had I known.
#22089 of 24043 Just to butt in......
Aug 01, 2003 (10:45 am)
Meade put 205/55-15's on his Protege.
Aug 01, 2003 (10:52 am)
Yes, Raymond is correct. The 205/55-15 is considered a "plus zero" replacement for the stock 195/55-15s; guess I should've been more detailed in my response. They fit just fine and actually make the wheel wells look a little nicer IMHO.
And they're "Touring T/A VR4s." Don't forget to add the word "Touring" in there when you're calling around; also the "VR4" part is important. BFG makes a bunch of tire models using the "T/A" wording, and you've got to specify that they're "Touring T/As." Also, as if to confuse people more, there's the Touring T/A VR4 and the Touring T/A HR4, with different speed ratings.
If you'll drop me an e-mail (it's in my profile), I'll give you some personal observations and a few links to try.
Aug 01, 2003 (11:04 am)
You know I really should be packing instead of logging onto this site to see what sage words people will share with me!
Considering the rain, tornadoes, construction, inept/degenerate drivers, and of course, CHICAGO, you should get here to WI before your work start time on Monday!!
The new "baby" got pinged by some small pea size hail a couple of nights ago...what a travesty...what an injustice...
Oh, by the way, my uncle used to live outside Richmond in Chester, VA. He worked for ABB until they shut down, get this, the most productive unit in the whole company. Can we surmise that productivity DOESN'T pay?? Then he moved out here and now he is back in WNY and laid off again. Troubled times we live in...
#22092 of 24043 windshield condensation
Aug 01, 2003 (11:17 am)
Just a quick follow up...
I checked the PRO last night and there is NO air coming from the defost vents when the dial is in another setting. Must just be a feature/flaw with the 6.
#22093 of 24043 ABB ... ah yes.
Aug 01, 2003 (11:22 am)
I used to pass it every day on the way to work down in Hopewell (when I worked in that rotten, stinking pit of a chemical-industry city). ABB built a new five-story building about five miles west of Chester in Midlothian and moved there about two years before it pulled out. The building sat vacant for a couple of years in a large tract of undeveloped land dubbed "Commonwealth Centre." Well, it took a couple of years but suburbia finally reached the area, the housing and service market boomed, another company now owns the building, and the rest of Commonwealth Centre is now one of the largest new shopping centers in the Richmond area. The ABB building is next-door to a 20-screen, stadium-seating theatre that's been rated Richmond's best.
And I live about two miles from it.