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#23709 of 24043 rebuilt distributor for 1995 Protege 1.5
Mar 09, 2005 (7:21 am)
I had some problems with my '95 Protege 1.5. It was missing and hesitating upon acceleration. My usual mechanic diagnosed a bad coil and replaced the distributor/coil with a non-OEM rebuilt unit. Problem came back, and I took it to another shop (both non dealers). The second shop said they had had persistent problems with non-OEM rebuilts and said they only install rebuilt OEM Mazda distributors. Is there anything to what he is saying or are they just trying to get more of my hard-earned dollars?
#23710 of 24043 My '99 Protege hit 60,000 miles today!
Mar 10, 2005 (1:18 pm)
Right on the nose as I parked at work too.
Time to get in for that service.....
...and yes, I do live in a state where the recommended change interval for the timing belt is at 60k miles. This will be one big service as I'm also flushing out the coolant and AT fluid and having the accessory belts changed since they'll have to remove them to access the timing belt.
One question I have: since they'll be able to access the water pump, should I have this part changed too? I didn't change the water pump on my '89 323LX, and it was still running fine at 142k miles.
#23711 of 24043 Re: r & r timing belt [yooper53]
Mar 13, 2005 (9:18 pm)
I"f I'm not mistaken the '01 was the last pre-Furd models available."
I think the last Protege ran up till the 03 model year.
"So there are no Mazdas in my future. i.e. look at the Tribute/Escape forum."
A family member of mine has an 03 Escape and its been problem free. Consumer Reports even ranks the Tribute/Escape average to above average reliability from 02-04 MY's.
Personally, I wouldn't buy a Mazda 3, there is not enough room for me in the hatch model anyway. The roofline is too close too my head. I would buy a Mazda 6 because I could actually fit in it comfortably.
#23712 of 24043 Re: No more clunks! [mdaffron]
Mar 14, 2005 (7:48 am)
I'm puzzled about people with 01's stating that the timing belt needs to be replaced at 60,000. The owners manual says 105,000. It is ridiculous that the manual says the belt should be "inspected" at 60,000. The reason this is such an expensive job is that getting to the belt is such a pain, so why you would let a mechanic tear down your engine to "inspect" your belt is silly.
My 01 LS 2.0 is running great. Just got new tires (BF Goodrich TAs at Costco, 40,152 miles on the old Potenzas), and they're great. Much cheaper than getting Potenzas again ($86 v. $126)
Mar 15, 2005 (11:21 pm)
I saw a Mazda3i today, a green one with a big driver behind the wheel wearing a bright red jacket, It looked like a stuffed olive on wheels.
Mar 18, 2005 (6:11 am)
Replacement interval mentioned in your manual depends on what state you live in. In most states, it's 60k miles, in a few states, it's 105k miles.
I'd get it changed anyway. Everything wears and stretches.
#23715 of 24043 2003 Protege LX ownership report
Mar 18, 2005 (2:37 pm)
22,000 miles and I'm happy with my Pro LX. Still not a single defect or failure of any part requiring warranty service.
The tires and wheels do however, cause me to rant and curse. Potenza tires are poor in wet weather and even worse in snow. The low profile size in 15" is difficult to find.
Twice now tire repairs were required (screw in the tire and metal fastener from chain link fence) and wheel machine damaged the wheels both times. I did not have the luxury of having the repairs completed at a trusted wheel shop. Oh, how I dislike low profile sidewalls.
Some time soon, BF Goodrich Traction T/A V tires and I'll either powdercoat the current wheels or buy new.
Overall, the vehicle is excellent.
#23716 of 24043 Wow, all these low-mileage Proteges!
Mar 22, 2005 (10:38 am)
Get out and DRIVE your cars, dangit!!!
My '00 ES is zooming along happily with 90,400 miles on the odo.
P.S. Bridgestone "Poortenzas" are awful; they were the cause of the hydroplaning accident that totaled my '92 Protege LX at only 28,000 miles. My '00 ES came with them, much to my chagrin, and I promptly ditched them. My current tires are plus-zero sized BFGoodrich Touring T/A VR4s (BFG has since replaced that tire with the Traction T/A tire) with more than 40,000 miles on them. Starting to get thin now, but still way better than the Potenzas ever were. My wife's Protege5 has a set of Traction T/A VR4s on it that are doing really well at about 10,000 miles. Her OEM Dunlop SP Sport 5000s only lasted about 16,000 miles, and the awful Falken Ziex's we replaced them with lasted barely 15,000 miles -- one actually blew out on her on I-95 and almost killed her! Guys and gals, there's a reason the Falkens are cheap -- they ARE!!! You get what you pay for, friends!
#23718 of 24043 Re: Wow, all these low-mileage Proteges! [mdaffron]
Mar 23, 2005 (6:02 am)
I'm just about hitting 45k. So I'm doing a little less 15k per year. But consider I drive 2 miles to work, the rest is all driving for the fun of it.
I second the Traction T/A's. Mine now have about 7k on them and they are barely showing wear. So much better than Poortenza's and the Falkens. And the handling isn't bad either. Not quite the super grip of the bald Bridgstones or the rain grip of the brand new Falkens, but still very nice.