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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#3116 of 24043 The sad thing is...
Jul 11, 2001 (9:07 am)
That I have driven all of my cars I have owned even harder than this and they all lasted. Granted, the RX-7 was designed for that type of use. But the 1991 Escort GT I used to own was always bulletproof no matter how hard I drove it (but it was a rattle-trap). That had the Mazda 1.8L. It is based on the Miata's engine, so perhaps it too was designed to run hard. The 1996 Ford Ranger I used to own, which now belongs to my father, was pushed very hard (4-cyl 5-spd extended cab) because you had to just to keep up with traffic. That truck has over 90,000 miles on it now and has no rattles and has only had basic maintenance performed, along with new brakes and tires at 60,000 miles.
I still wish I hadn't traded the RX-7 for the Protege. That 1982 RX-7 was quieter, smoother riding, quicker, more comfortable, and handled better than the Protege. Plus, there were no payments on it, so when something did go wrong it wasn't like pulling teeth to have it repaired. For an 18 year old car, it sure was terrific. I now see that the old saying is true... "They don't build them like they used to."
#3117 of 24043 Jerry...
Jul 11, 2001 (9:17 am)
I break about 300-320 miles per tank, but my 2001 has the larger 14.5 gallon tank in it too. So I am pretty happy with the economy. It's about the same as the DX I used to have, but with alot more get up and go.
I am still in shock about that review. Definitely a no-holds-barred look at the Protege. I commute 70 miles a day, and add mileage quickly. I tend to tire of cars quickly though, but really wanna keep this one until it lays down and dies (or starts costing me alot of money to repair). I hope that will be at least around 150,000 miles. Since I will have 100K before it's paid off, I would love to be able to have at least a year or so without a car payment due.
#3118 of 24043 Jerry....
Jul 11, 2001 (9:22 am)
you forgot the jerking/jolting A/C.....nail in the coffin.
Jul 11, 2001 (9:52 am)
Not only does it jerk and jolt, it now barely cools the interior (but the service department says it's still within "specs").
#3120 of 24043 Injector cleaner
Jul 11, 2001 (10:01 am)
I was looking for an injector cleaner for my 98 Protege LX (Canadian, the same as the ES in the States) but since there are no Chevron stations nearby, I couldn't find any Techron. So I dropped by the local Mazda dealership, and they have a Mazda Injector Cleaner; has anyone used this stuff already? How good is it? And do you have any idea who makes it (is it Techron under another name or is it just another brand to avoid?)
Jul 11, 2001 (10:03 am)
The last tank full, was up to 24.4mpg all city driving,from 23.4 earlier. My LX 2.0 has only 1985 miles on it. Most speeds are in the 35mph to 45mph.
I don't drive hard, brake ahead and slow down early to avoid brake problems and running up on cars in front of me. RPM's stay below 4000. Occassionally drive on expressways to get rpms up and speeds up to 70mph.
Avoid potholes and don't slam the doors. No rattles. Avoid steep driveways to prevent body twisting.
#3122 of 24043 Good brakes, lousy tires.
Jul 11, 2001 (10:26 am)
Had to brake hard today to avoid rear-ending someone who was confused about which way she wanted to go at a green light (looked like she wanted to go straight at a "T" intersection). I wasn't expecting her to stop suddenly at a green light like that.
Anyhoo, the brakes on my 99LX worked wonderfully. Even w/o ABS, managed to maintain control. Too bad the stock Firestone FR680-2s (read: Ford asked them to reduce the cost of the regular FR680s by removing a ply of polyester) don't have much grip. They squealed like pigs being stuck.
I should probably drive harder to wear them down faster. ;P They're lasting way too long for my liking (looks like the tread will last me for at least 30,000 miles...I should stop rotating them).
Any feedback on the new 550s from Yokohama? I was looking at Avid T4 and H4 tires, but heard they squeal rather readily. I'm hoping for better from their new designs.
Jul 11, 2001 (12:32 pm)
I have 30,000 on my '99 es.
I hate 2 things about it:
1. Jolting A/c at idle (but cools like Ice on the freeway)
2. Front passenger seat is placed way high to sit comfortably, at least I find it a problem when my wife is driving(not so in the corolla). my knucles hit the dash and head is barely 3 inches below the roof - feels awfully tight and sways when turning.
The driver's seat is excellent though.
Jul 11, 2001 (12:34 pm)
I forgot about them poor-tenzas...noisy.....but still going...i'll get at least 10-15000 more on them.
#3125 of 24043 chikoo...
Jul 11, 2001 (12:47 pm)
"...and head is barely 3 inches below the roof - feels awfully tight and sways when turning."
your head sways when turning? hmmm