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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#23195 of 24043 Well, that "clutch chatter" ...
Mar 05, 2004 (12:02 pm)
... was labeled as a "Protege idiosyncracy" by both my dealer's service writer and a Mazda certified mechanic who's also a personal friend on both my 1992 LX and my 2000 ES. The '92 went 83,000 miles before trade-in, and my '00 has gone 70,800 miles so far -- and neither car had/has clutch problems. The "chatter," while noticeable on cold starts on wet mornings, has never, ever been anything more than a minor quirk, and always has disappeared after two or three steps on the accelerator.
I don't call a problem a problem until it's a problem!
P.S. That mechanic and I saw each other when I was dropping off my car this morning. We got to talking about the 3, and he said he was so upset to see the Protege line go that he bought himself an '03! He showed it to me, and of course it's got all the options (except auto tranny, heh heh). Now, if a Mazda mechanic who's been at my dealership at least 10 years believes in the car enough to buy one for himself ...
#23196 of 24043 Brand new ProES in for service !!!
Mar 05, 2004 (12:12 pm)
Just got a 2003 Protege ES last week, when I test drove it it veered to the right, salesman told me no problem it would be aligned before I actually bought it. When I went to pick it up, the problem had not been corrected so it went in to service, after that it seemed fine. As it turns out it still was misaligned just not as bad as before. Going to take it in Monday.
A/C is only adequate, worried about how it will do during the summer down here in Florida, going to check it out as well, maybe it needs re charging. I have had many Mazdas before; MX3, 626, and never had this problem.
Also the inside plastic panel that covers the left front pillar seems to be loose.
I hope this issues will be addressed by the dealer or Mazda, would hate to think I bought a Lemon.
Aside from this issues I am very happy with my new car.
Mar 05, 2004 (12:16 pm)
Make certain you have your recirculate switch on when using the A/C -- otherwise it never will get really cold. Also, the Protege's A/C doesn't do a great job at idle -- get the car going and you should notice a big difference.
I have an '00 ES and I had the chance to use the A/C for the first time this year yesterday when it got up to 80 here in Richmond. I'm continually amazed at how much frigid air comes out of my vents. My earlier Proteges ('92s) couldn't hold a candle to this one's A/C. I once stuck the probe to my digital thermometer in my center dash vent and got an A/C temp in the 40s. I'm impressed.
Mar 05, 2004 (12:26 pm)
"Does anyone know if there is required relocation of any cruise or AC components when a strut bar is installed?"
Yes, the cruise control needs to be moved. The strut tower bar kit should come with a new bracket that moves the cruise control.
Mar 05, 2004 (12:33 pm)
"Make certain you have your recirculate switch on when using the A/C -- otherwise it never will get really cold. Also, the Protege's A/C doesn't do a great job at idle -- get the car going and you should notice a big difference."
I tried the A/C as you have stated and the car does cool down, but it never really gets cold. After reading your post I am thinking that it may need a recharge of gas, after all this car was just sitting in the lot for maybe a year.
#23200 of 24043 Someone please fix my scratch!
Mar 05, 2004 (12:46 pm)
Is is possible to fix a very light scratch without painting the whole door? Well doors.
I put a very light but noticeable scratch from my drivers door handle just onto the rear door. While the car is dirty I never see it, but as soon as I wash it, the darn thing jumps out at me like Pat on a Meadeball post.
I would care so much if it was on the passenger side since I'd never see it.
Mar 05, 2004 (1:05 pm)
If it is in the clearcoat it may be wet sanded and polished. If it is into the paint then you are out of luck.
#23202 of 24043 To Get an Online Copy of Your Mazda's Owners Manual
Mar 05, 2004 (3:37 pm)
go to Mazdausa.com, register for "My Mazda", supply identification of your vehicle. Where it says "download manual", right click and save the manual to your hard drive (where it will be easy to access). Hope some readers will find this useful.
#23203 of 24043 it's just like this past summer...
Mar 05, 2004 (4:01 pm)
remember me? I was once a frequent poster but a cross country move back east, two hospitalized parents, crazy work schedule and graduate school put edmunds on the back burner!
anyway, my mother's 2003 ES that was purchased in July 2003 has almost 17,000 miles on it! It has been the only car ever in her history to be "tweek free" in its initial miles. It still runs beautifully and is admired by friends and foes alike!
I of course broke down and decided to do the car payment thing again. I sold my 1996 Mitsu Galant with 183,000 miles on it and bought a 2001 Protege ES. I originally went for a new one, but decided with one more year of graduate school, a lower payment would be best suited for me. I searched high and low in Buffalo and on accident walked onto a lot one night that had a 2001 green Pro with 19,000 miles on it fully loaded...sunroof, alloys, fog lamps, spoiler, and even side air bags - a must for me! It was just traded in a couple of HOURS before I got there. One test drive and, in the words of the much esteemed Emeril, BAM, I was out the door. Now there are two Mazdas in the garage. Both trouble-free and both ready to zoom zoom at the drop of a hat! I don't miss the Mitsu one bit! It still amuses me to lurk on the domestic car sites and read the consumer gripes and think to myself, "Been there, done that, never again!" I had a great Galant (I'm not so sure about the newer ones) and I anticipate a great experience with the 2001 Pro from what I have read here.
Hey Meade...poignant tale of you and the deer. Deer are spotted daily down the road from me and, I too, almost clipped one on the way to work! Also, good advice regarding the plug wires. I will definitely consider that soon. My 2001 is at 27,000 now.
Hey Dinu...remember when you said you would give the name of that tire place near you in Toronto? Well, almost seven months later, I could use that info. I will definitely be replacing the tires over the summer.
Good to catch up with my "reading".
#23204 of 24043 Tires - A few choices
Mar 07, 2004 (5:52 pm)
I dealt with these guys:
Tire DepotYonge/Steeles 905-882-8473
There are other ones, but I don't have the tel#/website (for all)- maybe if you do a search it'll come up
Tiremag (Keele & Hwy 7)
Extreme Tire up in Richmond Hill
Tireworks in Mississauga
Wheels Direct near Scarborough Town Center Mall
Pickering Tire n Mag
Wheels Direct - 416-754-0997 (around Sheppard & McCowan)
Nantucket Tires - 416-288-9399 (around Kennedy & Ellesmere)
"Public Tire" on Lawrence JUST WEST of Dufferin.
OK Ready Tire On Weston Road just north of Steeles.
Hope this helps!