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#23904 of 24043 I've returned 2000 Protege ES Manual
Aug 23, 2006 (9:25 am)
I posted when I first bought by car under lgb (had a few issues with clunking and squealing). I still have my baby, with 95000 miles on it. Just took it on a trip from LA to Zion, Monument Valley and GC in May. No problems even took it off road in MV park. Crossing my fingers that nothing would cut up the tires though.
Pros: Front seats so comfy for me, lots of adjusments
Rear seat room, trunk capacity and configuration amazing for little car.
Peppy engine when passing or getting on freeway.
Tight handling and fun to drive.
Reliable, only repair beyond maintenance was an alternator last year. (Check engine light came on and car stalled out when I got 100 feet from home).
No timing belt replacement needed at 60K.
Paint has held up well but then we have no salt here.
Cons: Still hard to shift in low gears, have to feel like I'm slipping the clutch. However I haven't burned or worn it out yet. No more clunking though.
Various squeals (at high speed) and noises.
Sometimes the car vibrates strangely at idle, but not always. I've just learned to live with it.
No lock on split seat backs or visor.
Bad news: The Mazda3 doesn't have a big enough trunk to be my replacement car. I looked at the Mazda5 but I need an enclosed trunk/cargo area. I sat in the drivers seat and HATE the interior design/layout. So next car IS a Subaru Impreza Wagon 2.5i. It has a Mazda like zoom zoom and build quality but after owning 3 Mazdas (including my beloved 92 Protege) I will eventually be Mazda-less. Still going to keep the Protege as a "beater" for when I need to park it in "the hood."
#23906 of 24043 STILL RUNNING STRONG
Sep 04, 2006 (4:35 am)
I HAVE A 1999 PROTEGE LX w/194,000 MILES ON IT.I'VE MODIFIED THE AIR INTAKE AND THE EXHAUST TO GIVE IT SOME MORE POWER BECAUSE THE 1.6 ENGINE IS SLOW IN STOCK FORM.I AM THE ORIGINAL OWNER SO I'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF DRIVING.I HAD A PHOTO ALBUM BUT I ERASED IT TO POST NEW PICTURES AND NOW I'M HAVING PROBLEMS DOING THAT.HOWEVER YOU CAN CHECK OUT MY HOMEPAGE PICTURE.
#23909 of 24043 Who's still here? Me!
Sep 18, 2006 (10:14 pm)
I'm still around too...well...sort of.
I'm in Phoenix still, and have Trigger still, and I've had problems too...
Squeak in the tranny when changing gears at low speed under load
Replaced my air conditioning compressor ($2k, all in all)..but, I'm taking the dealer to court over that repair. DON'T use Biddulph Mazda here in Phoenix. Go to BIG Automall, they won't try to take you for all you're worth, and they have a great service dept.
Replaced front motor mount (anti-roll mount?)
3 of 4 tires ruined by a bunch-o-nails on the Loop 101 here in Phoenix. New Kumho Ecsta SPT's (205/50-15) for $325 (total0 for 4 new ones.
No other real problems in the last 30k miles worth mentioning. I now drive about 2500-3000 miles per month for work, so Trigger JUST turned 90k this week. I'd like to get another 35-40k of reliable miles before I retire her. That's about 1.5 years at my current rate!
Glad to see Dale, Meade and Pat are still around!
Regards to all from Phoenix,
#23910 of 24043 Happy Birthday, Trigger! [speedypt]
Sep 19, 2006 (7:32 am)
Grand! Let us know when Trigger reaches 200K kilometres (approximately 125K miles).
Sep 19, 2006 (6:49 pm)
Glad to see you and the car are doing well.
Regards to the family!
#23912 of 24043 zoom zoom anyone?
Sep 22, 2006 (4:11 pm)
I see it's no longer called RevItUp. There's a link to it from Mazda's USA site.
Hey Pete, maybe you'll run into (not literally, I hope) my brother!
#23913 of 24043 Tip re Winter Blades
Nov 22, 2006 (8:50 pm)
The Trico web site says that 19" and 21" Winter Blades are available, but I have never found them anywhere I have looked.
However, to my surprise, I discovered that 18" and 20" Trico Winter Blades are almost exactly the same length as the Mazda OEM 19" and 21" summer blades!