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#23889 of 24043 2002 Mazda Protege ES-GT-Auto
May 25, 2006 (8:36 pm)
Just had my Protege for 6 months and wanted to share my thoughts
$1000.00 cheaper than a civic or corolla with more features
Handling is unreal for an econobox
Still a good looking vehicle after 4 yrs
Can find a comfortable seating postion
Excellent quality looking interior
Good gas mileage
So far mechanically sound (38,000 miles)
Good passing power on the highway
No door lock/unlock function on the passenger door
No lighted vanity mirrors
No cup holders in back seat.
Not the strongest acceleration
Sometimes the transmission seems to be guessing
on which gear to kick into
Again the dislikes are minor, I am quite happy with my purchase.
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Jun 07, 2006 (1:17 pm)
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#23891 of 24043 I'm still around.
Jun 11, 2006 (8:38 am)
Just check in less frequently.
My Pro is still going strong. Some of the plastic trim bits at the bottom edges of the door windows are cracking. The front ones look easy to replace, but I have to remove the glass in the rear doors. It's only cosmetic. Maybe I'll learn to live with them, but probably not.
#23892 of 24043 Re: I'm still around. [mazdafun]
Jun 12, 2006 (8:38 am)
My Pro is still going strong. Some of the plastic trim bits at the bottom edges of the door windows are cracking
Good to hear from you! Hopefully the cracking is happening on your 99 Protege and not your 03 P5. I've been using Armor All to preserve the plastic in my 02 P5; so far it's good as new.
#23893 of 24043 It's on the '99.
Jul 03, 2006 (6:11 am)
No plastic trim troubles on the '03 P5 yet (other than the side mirror that got knocked off and since replaced under warranty).
The front part looks easy to replace. The rear door part involves removing the window glass too.....hmmm. I may wait for it to break down further and really irk me before I tackle them.
#23894 of 24043 electrical problem - '91
Jul 08, 2006 (7:02 pm)
the lower passenger compartment got flooded and now the car won't start. the automatic seat belts won't activate and there is no power to the starter. all the other electronics seem to work. i've discovered a circut board underneath the drivers seat with a wire bundle into it that appears to have fried. what is this board? it has a part number on the case but i can't seem to locate what it is, or what it's function is.BR70 67 780. Is there an aftermarket source for this? Is it likely to be my electrical problem. Thanks for your help.
#23895 of 24043 Still Running Strong
Jul 25, 2006 (10:06 am)
My '99es now has 58k miles and runs like a champ. I've had some of the typical minor problems:
buzzes in the dash
warping rear door panels
disintegrating door lock covers
CD player shorts out
But the only problem that has cost money was a vacuum leak in the intake manifold, which was too minor to cause any drivability probems.
Just about to install a set of struts from tirerack.
The alpine CD and Polk rear speakers are a great improvement over stock.
Jul 26, 2006 (4:41 am)
I traded my 2000 ES (same car) for a 2005 Mazda3 in April 2005. It had 91,100 miles on it then. I never experienced any of the problems you reported -- except maybe road noise, but the car was always relatively noisy on the highway due to the low-profile tires -- so I don't consider that a problem per se.
The only thing I ever had to do to the car was replace some strut bushings in the front at about 80,000 miles. It was a $300 job that was covered by my extended warranty, and I had to pay a $100 deductible. So, $100 in repairs in 91,100 miles. Not bad!
#23897 of 24043 I don't know if I would call it weird...
Jul 26, 2006 (6:57 pm)
...just representative of the fact that we all live in different climates, drive on different kinds of roads, have different driving habits, etc. etc.
My report: 2000 ES, approx. 55,000 miles
replaced under warranty:
--busted seat belt latch thingy
And yes, I have the warped rear door panels, too. Door locks and such have been fine, though, so far.
YMMV, of course.
#23898 of 24043 Welcome back, Meade! [mdaffron]
Jul 27, 2006 (12:57 pm)
It's been a while since you've shared the sage advice, Meade, but you've come back stronger than ever. Glad to see you back, amigo.