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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#23993 of 24043 Re: I'm still around. [mazdafun]
Apr 27, 2008 (2:22 pm)
I'm checking in more too now that I have DSL and an LTop. Long time no type. I joined the Mazda Forum in 2001 when I bought my Pro on your's and the other 40 owner's advice. It was correct on evry point. Love the handling and the fuel economy even today.
No mechanical problems whatsoever since day one, now at 34,000 miles. Like new except for to dents in rear bumpercap where I argued with a garage door and a stoned wall. Both won.
What would I trade for these days? To be honest, there isn't a single car out there, and I have looked carfully, that would give me anymore than what I already have in the Protegé. Swoopie lines and wild interiors do not a long-life car make. They get dirty easy. And Toyota's 36mpg add campaigne is no more than what the Pro gets with an AT. It has the same trunk capacity as the new Acura RL. Comfortable seats without having to buy electric lumbar adjustment. The list goes on and on. As Mazdafun says,"It's still a nice looking car too." Look how hard the designers have to work at modernizing classic roof lines and fender blisters!
Zoom zoom comes free.
#23994 of 24043 Re: Hey, Pete! [chicagopro]
Apr 27, 2008 (2:31 pm)
Hey Dale and old friends! Long time no type!!
I'm still driving my Pro and believe it or not it's just turning 34K since 2001.
I'm still online with a few changes: Sold townhouse, moved to apartment close to all the services I use (no worry about gas prices), had a heart attack, recovering now, Tippy is still with me only she is getting older too.
#23995 of 24043 Re: Hey, Pete! [fowler3]
Apr 28, 2008 (8:10 am)
Hey Jim, glad to hear you beat out that attack and all is well. I'm not sure if Dale still checks in here, but I see her other places so I'll give her the heads up.
Apr 29, 2008 (9:21 pm)
Yikes, sorry to hear about the heart attack, but glad Tippy is still with you!
My Protege turned 70K this week. Still pretty much intact, although occasionally the wheel bearings complain. My original dealership closed, so now I'm going to a different one where the service dept. waiting room is all posh and new and easily twice the size of my whole apartment.
Next fall I'll be looking to replace the Falken Ziex 912's, which turn out to be quite dangerous in the snow.
Good to hear from you!
#23997 of 24043 any oldtimers around?
Apr 30, 2008 (7:09 pm)
I still drive my 99es in classic red, only 70k miles, runs like new, and would look that way if my daughter never drove it. She, by the way, begs us to give it to her, but I'm ready for new wheels yet.
#23998 of 24043 Re: tire replacement [fritz1224]
Apr 30, 2008 (7:17 pm)
I would buy tires somewhere other than Sears - just my opinion.
tirerack.com and Costco are good choices. tirerack has great selection and Costco has a great service package, but limited selection.
#23999 of 24043 Re: Hey, Jim! [chicagopro]
Apr 30, 2008 (7:36 pm)
Hey Dale: Yeah, I'm still here and my 2001 Pro just hit 33889 this evening. It's second set of tires still on it -- summer rated Touring tires, I never changed them to even four-season. When it's ice or snow we stay put. They have done well, highly recommend Khumo. Otherwise, we are two dogs growing old together: both of us have arthritis, both of us have lost two teeth, both of us have vision problems, and both of us are on medications for old-age symptoms. She has a bad liver and I have a bad heart, the organs in each which are the most serious for dogs and men.
We still enjoy our rides and she still hangs out the window to bark at neighbors (say Hi) as we pass by. Having moved to an apartment the neighbors are getting use to her "Hi's". All have become Tippy's new friends.
#24000 of 24043 Re: any oldtimers around? [civiletti]
May 02, 2008 (6:02 am)
I second this. I now buy tires only from Costco. I saved some $200+ on a set of 4 Michelin Exalto P2's over Sears. When I asked them about it and reminded them they had 'lowest price" and "we'll beat any price" signs in the store they said it was on 'most tires'. Costco also regularly has a $60 discount on 4 tires making them even cheaper.
#24001 of 24043 Re: Hey, Jim! [fowler3]
May 03, 2008 (3:25 am)
Hey Fowler: Good to see you're still posting here. We both bought our Pro's about the same time at that High Point dealer. And I have 62K on mine, would be a lot more if I didn't have the 82 Jetta, although lately I've been using the Pro. So far I've had 0 problems whereas my wife's 03 Camry at the same mileage had worn belts and a CV boot change. The battery was surprising, lasted till yesterday. Your dog reminded me of our last retriever. He would snap at cars going by, trying to catch them like flies. All the best.
#24002 of 24043 Re: Hey, Jim! [edmund2460]
May 03, 2008 (6:10 am)
Yes, I remember you asking if the dealer was a good place to trade. Their lot is now full of Mazdas, so many they block the entrances on weekends so you can't drive on the lot to look at them. Have to park on competitor's lot and walk. Hundai's look sharp now too.
I'm surprised the battery lasted that long, mine was shot by 24K miles, but it was actually three years.
Mazda has a lot of nice cars now, would be difficult to decide which I like the most. I think the Mazda5 is a better choice than the Mazda3 5-door, depending on one's needs. I'm still a small car fan. Even the Mazda2 interests me.