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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#23605 of 24043 Re: Sport Auto and Mazdaspeed parts questions [rbrooks3athome]
Oct 24, 2004 (7:43 pm)
1. Yes, all post-2002.5 Protege ES sedans have the sport auto with manual shift mode. It's only available on the Protege5 and the ES sedan though.
2. Mazda never officially sold a factory turbo kit that owners can buy from dealers and bolt onto their regular Proteges. However, in 2003, Mazda came out with the Mazdaspeed Protege, which came installed with a 170hp turbocharged engine, along with a whole bunch of performance modifications. But it only came in a 5 speed manual transmission, so that's out of question for you.
3. I'd just save your money on the sport auto and get a LX with a traditional automatic, unless you want the additional features that come with an ES. In the end it's still just a slushbox automatic.
Oct 24, 2004 (7:43 pm)
you should be able to pick up a 02.5 ES sedan for around 12k now...
#23607 of 24043 yes, IFF you can find one!
Oct 24, 2004 (8:59 pm)
Even here in Chicago, for some reason ES are hard to find.
#23608 of 24043 new to protege - question about the gas pedal
Oct 25, 2004 (12:27 pm)
Just tested a 97 Protege LX 2.0. Everything was fine except the gas pedal was little hard to press: that is, if I pressed softly, the car hardly move; but if I pressed harder, it gave me a sudden accelarate.
Is this a problem because of age or is pedal adjustable? How much money needed to fix it?
#23609 of 24043 check throttle linkage
Oct 25, 2004 (1:41 pm)
throttle wire may be sticking a little.
#23610 of 24043 Or, it could just be ...
Nov 08, 2004 (4:19 am)
Nov 11, 2004 (7:18 pm)
It has indeed been a long time. I'm surprised you have so few miles on yours. And you need new tires so soon? Did you have the Dunlops? My excuse for having only 30K in 3+ yrs is that I still drive my 256K 82 VW diesel to work most days. No problems so far - rock solid car. Have flirted with the thought of selling it to raise cash and perhaps buy another car in a few years.
#23612 of 24043 Why a Mazda Protege?
Nov 14, 2004 (6:46 am)
I'm new to this group. I just bought a used 2000 Protege LX. Wanted a Mazda 3 (being my very first car and all) but I'm a little tight on the budget. Why'd you guys chose a Mazda intead of a Honda or a Toyota? I'm actually debating on these 3 makes and ended up with a mazda.
#23614 of 24043 Re: Why a Mazda Protege? [janslor]
Nov 14, 2004 (6:30 pm)
I researched many, many cars and decided on a 2001 ES because of its high Japanese parts content and past reliability records. I also put my mother in a 2003 ES (brand new in summer of 2003).
I avoided the Honda because some of my friends had transmission problems (Accords and Civics)...unheard of for Honda until recently. Toyota had some engine sludging problems, and from some previous research, some of the newer Corollas are needing entire engine replacements at very low miles...again, unheard of until recently. News like this sends shivers up my spine!
All in all, I am very pleased with the reliability of both cars. I find myself fixing things on the 2001 that were poorly taken care of by the last neglectful owner...certainly not the fault of the car. The 2003 has 30,000 miles on it and has never been back to the dealer to correct anything...not even a minor squeak or rattle. My mother came from Chevrolets, Buicks and Cadillacs and vows to never "go back"!
Good luck with your purchase and keep in touch on the Mazda boards.