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#23930 of 24043 Mazda Protege lease end questions
May 03, 2007 (6:35 pm)
My 48-month lease on my 2003 Mazda Protege is ending on 6/21/07, meaning I have only one (May's) monthly payment left. I plan on buying the car at lease end, and then selling it, since it's worth quite a bit more than the buyout amount stated in my lease contract. I was allowed 48k miles for the term of the lease, the car currently has 34k miles.
My concern is this: the Mazda dealer where I leased the car is saying that they have to charge me registration fees (expires in June), plus another doc fee, in addition to the payoff amount. Plus, they say that they will be taking an odometer reading AND checking for damage beyond normal wear and tear, just like I were turning in the car and walking away. I don't understand why they're doing this, since I'm going to be buying the car anyway. I have never leased before, so this is all new to me.
I live in California, if that matters. Has anyone who has ever leased a Mazda been through this before? Is this make-specific, or do other manufacturers and/or dealers do this, too? Please help and advise, if you can! Thanks!
#23931 of 24043 Re: Mazda Protege lease end questions [zoomandyzoom]
May 04, 2007 (1:33 am)
They may just be checking for the wear and tear as a formality. There is absolutely no other reason why they are doing this, since as you have said, you are taking the buyout. I can't comment on the doc fee or registration fee. Can I ask what your buyout amount is? Good luck to you. Sounds like a good deal.
#23932 of 24043 Re: Mazda Protege lease end questions [bocatrip]
May 07, 2007 (2:54 pm)
The buyout amount currently stands at $6,613, which is $1,000-1,500 less than trade-in, and about $3,000 less than private party value.
#23933 of 24043 low idling on Mazda Protege 2000
May 18, 2007 (3:05 pm)
I am really frustrated. I have had all the fuel injectors in my Mazda 2000 protege cleaned out. It has a low idling issue that two shops have been unable to solve. I will be sitting in traffic, and it usually idles no higher than 500 RPM. The car will be shaky, and suddenly it will shake some more, causing the idle to drop to almost zero. The last shop I took it into says their computer shows that all systems are working properly, including the EGR valve. We took it for a drive, and of course not once during the entire drive did it do its thing of shaking hard and dropping to zero suddenly. It does this too when I shift out of park to another gear. He said it idles about 1000 RPMs too low for him, but he didn't see anything wrong enough with it to take the throttle bottle apart and clean that. There was no charge, but I walked out of there feeling very frustrated, knowing that there is indeed something wrong with my car, and no one can seem to pinpoint the problem. I have investigated possible problems: IAC system, input/turbine speed sensor, or the tcc circuit. Any thoughts on what this problem may be will be greatly appreciated!!! I even asked them to go ahead and clean the EGR valve, but they wouldn't, stating that the computer says it is working as it should! Help!!!
#23934 of 24043 Re: low idling on Mazda Protege 2000 [smorris1891]
May 18, 2007 (5:12 pm)
check for vacuum leaks.
#23935 of 24043 Re: low idling on Mazda Protege 2000 [smorris1891]
May 18, 2007 (5:18 pm)
I believe it might be the computer itself. My suggestion is to unplug the connector to the commuter and re-connect a few times there might be some kind of oxidation with the plug.
Probably the computer is good as they are bullet proof, 99% of the time.
I had this problem with my 1997 having oscillating RPM and I got lucky by using this method, never did have it stall though, but the RPM sure did get very low.
Lots of luck!!!
May 19, 2007 (8:49 am)
I recently purchased a used Protege and come to find out the CD player does not work when I insert a disc it says TR and spits it back out.unfortunately I did not recieve and owner's manual so I don't know if this is a simple factory error code or what. Any help would be appreciated!
#23937 of 24043 Re: Cd player error [md_wardell]
May 19, 2007 (12:32 pm)
You might try going to mazdausa.com and download your owners manual. I also did not get an owner's manual when I bought my 2003 Protege DX used. I don't remember if I had to register before I downloaded mine or not. Good Luck. I've had no problems with the car or the CD player. Bud
#23938 of 24043 Re: Cd player error [md_wardell]
May 20, 2007 (10:25 am)
There was a technical service bulletin on the mazda cd unit. I got mine replaced by Mazda under warranty. Out of warranty your probably out of luck.
09-010/03 MULTIPLE MODELS - CD MODULE MALFUNCTIONS
All Mazda vehicles with single CD module audio that are manufactured by FMS
Some customers may complain the CD module (single CD) malfunctions and no sound is heard from the speakers. When switching to the other modules (radio, cassette tape, and MD), all features are functional except no sound is heard from the speakers as well. This condition is caused when a disc is inserted into the CD module, static electricity is discharged inside the CD module causing the malfunction.
The mass production procedure has been changed to correct this concern.
Customer having this concern should have their vehicles inspected/repaired using the following procedure.
NOTE: Do not replace the CD module immediately. First diagnose the problem per the following procedure, then replace the CD module with an exchange unit if necessary.
Record all radio presets.
Disconnect the room fuse (10A) or negative battery cable and wait for more than 30 seconds, then operate the CD module.
If normal operation is restored and there is no problem with other modules (radio, cassette tape, and MD), only replace the CD module with an exchange unit according to appropriate Workshop Manual.
If normal operation is not restored, the problem may exist in other areas. Perform normal troubleshooting according to appropriate Workshop Manual.
NOTE: In some cases normal operation of radio, cassette, and MD modules may be restored when CD's eject button is depressed. However, CD module still malfunctions.
Reprogram all radio presets.
NOTE: This information applies to verified customer complaints on vehicles covered under normal warranty. Refer to the SRT microfiche for warranty term information.
Part Number Main Cause
Refer to Parts Catalog
Operation Number / Labor Hours:
XX479XRX / 0.3
#23939 of 24043 Oil filter location on 2001 Pro
May 25, 2007 (7:25 am)
Is it on the driver's side or passenger's. Can someone give me an approx. location. Can I get to it easily if I raise one side up with a ramp? Thanks.