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You are in the Mazda Protege
What is this discussion about?
Mazda Protege, Sedan
Oct 25, 2003 (6:47 am)
A major newspaper is looking to interview people who recently bought small cars after previously
driving larger cars or SUVs, despite whether you traded from big to small or if you still have the larger vehicle. He's especially looking for drivers of the Mini Cooper, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Dodge Neon, Hyundai Tiburon and Mazda Protege. Please respond to jfallonedmunds.com by Tuesday, October 28, 2003 with your daytime contact info and the type of vehicles you had and have.
Oct 25, 2003 (7:14 am)
I plan on adding a 3 by next summer, so we'll have 2 Mazdas too!
Did I say I love the ES-GT?
#22707 of 24043 In Virginia
Oct 25, 2003 (4:21 pm)
No, I was not being sarcastic (#22693). And yes I have been to several other forums with questions about lovely Protégé – now I am being sarcastic.
I have owned several vehicles and only this one has been a pain. I don’t know if mileage accounts for the noise but I have 64,452 miles on the car. Maybe that is a lot for a 99 Protégé but I live in Virginia where traffic is heavy. I am just amazed that so many love there Protégé, I must be missing something. While driving it today, the cassette player started making major cracking and static noises. (Yes, I still use a cassette play – I listen to books on tape while stuck in traffic.) I guess now I will have to get a new cassette player. If it is not one thing it is another. I may have to join the SUV club?
Oct 25, 2003 (5:06 pm)
Neesie, I think if you'd like some help with the issues you are having, the good folks here would be more than happy to try to assist.
It seems like you've had problems with your Protege since you first bought it - if you are thinking of replacing it with another vehicle, the Town Hall has lots of resources that you will find helpful in making a replacement decision. Check out the tabs above for all kinds of info on new and used cars, as well as great tips and advice.
It is true that most of the folks who hang out here report excellent experiences with their Proteges. I suppose that you may be just the victim of bad luck.
Anyway, like I say, if you would like the folks here to try to help you with the issues you are having, all you have to do is ask. On the other hand, if your purpose is to continue to make the point that you are unhappy and need to make another decision, we hear you on that and wish you well. It's not necessary to belabor the point.
Oct 25, 2003 (5:24 pm)
Like Pat said, you got questions, we'll be happy to help you, so let us know, ok?
#22710 of 24043 As far as the static and cracking noises.
Oct 25, 2003 (7:03 pm)
If a head-cleaning doesn't fix it, your connector cable between the tape player and the head unit may have come loose, or some corrosion may have formed between the pins and sockets. Unplug them and reseat them. That may help.
Oct 28, 2003 (6:41 am)
Are the pings, rattles and other noises you're talking about related to the cassette player and/or interior, or are these noises coming from under the car or under the hood? If they're coming from outside, have you taken the car in to have it looked at? Maybe it's nothing more than a loose heat shield (which you can fix yourself) or something like that. Have you kept up your routine maintenance, including the 30,000 and 60,000-mile major services? Some of the "pings" you mention -- if they're coming from under the hood -- can be caused by worn spark plugs that need replacing every 30,000 miles. If they're coming from your door, there's an easy way to solve door squeaks with double-sided foam tape.
Frankly, I think you're being a little hard on the car. For having just a noisy cassette player after 64,000 miles, you're doing pretty doggone well. We had to unload my wife's Chevy Cavalier because, at the ripe old age of 52,000 miles, it was on its third $600 head gasket and this one was leaking coolant like a sieve. My Dad raves about his 1997 Buick Riviera -- a 30,000 car back then -- and he doesn't see a problem with the fact that he's had to replace engine pulleys to the tune of $300 a pop twice in 70,000 miles. He's also on his third alternator in the car.
Not many people can brag that their engines have had zero problems in 65,000 miles -- but interestingly, Protege owners, from what I've seen here, can.
My Protege is a 2000 ES and, even though my car is a year newer than yours, I have 65,000 miles on it (and I live in Virginia too). Even so, I have had zero problems with the car.
Tell us a little more about your rattles and noises, and I'm sure the brain trust here can help you solve them.
#22712 of 24043 Re: I have decided to get rid of my 99 Mazda Protégé by Denise
Oct 28, 2003 (9:37 am)
Sell it and buy a new 2003 Subaru Forester.
#22713 of 24043 So that's what you did!
Oct 28, 2003 (9:46 am)
#22714 of 24043 Speaking of rattles...
Oct 28, 2003 (3:37 pm)
I can remember back when I had my 99 Protege DX. The door panels where the power window switches are in the higher-level models used to squeak in the cold. I got some white lithium grease from Pep Boy's ($2 a can, if I remember correctly) and sprayed it in there. No more problems after that.