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#23619 of 24043 Why'd I buy a Protege?
Nov 17, 2004 (10:45 am)
No brainer. I'd owned two 1992 LXs, one of which saved my life in a hydroplaning accident. And both (the first one up until its demise at 28,000 miles, and the second until I traded it at 83,000 miles) were completely and totally trouble-free.
My current Protege, a 2000 ES 5-speed, just crossed 85,000 miles this morning. My wife drives a 2002 Protege5 with just over 40,000 miles on it.
Mazda makes small cars that buck the "appliance car" trend. They're a blast to drive, and my little Zoomster still makes me smile all the time.
They also fit us "big and tall" guys much better than Civics and Corollas, at least from my large butt's point of view.
My next car? No brainer there as well. Ol' Zoomster's going out to pasture next May, when he'll be replaced (well, he can never really be REPLACED) by a 2005 Mazda3.
Nov 17, 2004 (10:48 am)
A word of advice ...
Most of us usually check all the Protege discussions when we look at the Town Hall ... so there'll be no need to cross-post future questions on three discussions!
Posting on just one discussion not only makes it easier for us to answer you; it also makes it easier for you to find all the responses when you come back!
#23621 of 24043 Re: Why'd I buy a Protege? [mdaffron]
Nov 17, 2004 (6:20 pm)
Hey Meade...Long time, no read...your posts that is!
I went and looked at the new Mazda3 hatch last week and really liked it. I also sat in the new Kia Spectra5 and absolutely hated it! (This dealership does Mazdas, Kias and Lexuses) If you're looking for leg room, AVOID the Spectra5. With the seat all the way back, my knees were hitting the steering wheel! (I'm approximately 5'11'')
Anyway, my only initial complaint with the M3 is the arduous process of removing the back "shelf" to fully utilize the hatch cargo room. The piece seemed cheap and prone to breakage. Also, I'm still a little concerned with the A/C performance issues...they appear to have been worked out, but it's difficult to say.
So, needless to say, I may keep the 2001 ES a little bit longer. I'm rather frustrated with myself that I didn't pursue a P5 near the end of their run when they were doing their cash back incentives. Finding a good used one, or even a bad used one, is next to impossible!
Keep us posted as to your future purchase thoughts.
#23622 of 24043 Re: Falken Ziex ZE-512 tires doing well so far. [mazdafun]
Nov 18, 2004 (7:42 am)
The Falkens should be great in the rain. They were amazingly good for the first 15k miles. In the last 5k wear has increased exponetionally and I'll be replacing them this weekend.
Looks like I'm going the Meade endorsed BF Goodrich route. I need something that will get me through winter and wear a little better.
#23623 of 24043 All in the family
Nov 18, 2004 (2:26 pm)
According to Consumer Reports, the M6 has poor reliablity. I wonder if the M3 will suffer the same weakness. That would be sad. My '99 pro es has done quite well.
Good to see some old-timers around.
#23624 of 24043 Mazda 3: All in the family [civiletti]
Nov 22, 2004 (1:08 pm)
Consumer Reports rated the Mazda 3 as reliable and the best of the breed (economy sedans) in a recent issue. The Mazda6 rating, which came afterwards, was a surprise to many of us, as a result.
#23625 of 24043 Re: Yeah, I'm OK. [mazdafun]
Nov 22, 2004 (2:37 pm)
Hi Mazdafun... just read your post now... my 1994 Protege DX which I bought back from my aunt still had the Dunlop A2s that I purchased back in 95. She put around 61K miles on it. The tires were awful at that point and were making weird noises so I just replaced them with the Kumho Ecsta 716 tires.
Nov 24, 2004 (12:34 pm)
She must've been really easy on those tires. I think they're rated for 40,000 miles. She's the record so far.
#23627 of 24043 Keyless remote std on 2000 Protege ES?
Dec 04, 2004 (10:13 pm)
Hi all, I'd like to ask a question... Did every 2000 ES have keyless remote as standard equipment? The one I'm looking at doesn't have the fobs, but Edmunds mentions it as standard on the ES. Thanks!
Dec 05, 2004 (2:23 am)
it was standard on the '99 es.