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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#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!
#23205 of 24043 Welcome back, Garth!
Mar 08, 2004 (4:37 am)
Well, you just happened to catch me on a little "Edmunds rebound" myself. I've been AWOL for awhile but have resurfaced here in the past few days. Good to hear from you!
#23206 of 24043 Everybody seems to be
Mar 08, 2004 (6:53 pm)
AWOL lately, have they become frozen in? I'm on here every day checkin' da posts.
Mar 08, 2004 (11:13 pm)
Is this a Mazda Pro thing: the left side of my instrument cluster seems sorta dim even at full blast. I know Mazda cheaped out in a few places (door lock buttons, no trunk release with the fob, lack of true power window locking, etc) so I've never been sure if my dim interior lights are a result of Mazda engineering or a real mechanical/electrical flaw with the car.
Other than that 7300 miles (since december 1) and no real problems. Gotta get an oil change soon though...
#23208 of 24043 Dim instrument cluster
Mar 09, 2004 (7:13 am)
The left side of my instrument cluster (the fuel and temperature gauges) is dim when the car is very cold (minus 20 celsius.) To fix it, I just tap the black plastic below it and the light comes back on.
Mar 09, 2004 (8:37 am)
I was just sharing (with a co-worker who owns a new Tribute) my amazement that my 2000 ES with 70,900 miles on it has never had one bulb burn out anywhere -- not a dome light, headlight, gauge light, nothing.
I will have owned the car four years May 24.
Mar 09, 2004 (11:44 am)
Four years for me on May 3rd. I think the car just doesn't like bitter cold, can you blame it, I'm a little "dim" on those days too. I've had one bulb sort of burn out, it was the driver's rear stop lamp, it has two filaments, one for the brake and other for the rear lights. The rear light burned out (I see a lot of Proteges in Toronto with this condition.) Its hard to notice because there are other smaller rear light bulbs that are near to it. Total cost: $10 for two bulbs and about 10 minits of work, easy. If your dealer offers to do it, tell them to beat it and do it yourself.
#23211 of 24043 If you're speaking of the window-mounted brake light ...
Mar 09, 2004 (12:00 pm)
My car came with the trunk spoiler attached from the factory, and it uses LEDs. The newer models with the spoiler got a different parcel shelf that didn't include the redundant window light, but we poor 2000 owners have both -- the spoiler with the LEDs, and the brake light in the window, although the window light is disabled at the factory.
I was surprised, a couple of years ago when I got curious and popped the cover off, to find that all they'd done to "disable" the window light was unplug its pigtail. Mine even had a bulb in it! For a while I plugged it back in and used both just for fun, but then I started worrying about current loads and that sort of thing and unplugged it again.
I feel the need to make use of this unused accessory on my Protege. I've thought about replacing the red lens with a little cutout of a middle finger and running a switch to the dashboard or something like that ... or maybe a little "zoom" word that I can make appear after I cut someone off on the highway?
#23212 of 24043 Definitely Zoom
Mar 09, 2004 (12:32 pm)
Put a Zoom in that spot and put a switch on the dash. At night it would look cool pushing it on and off as you go past people.