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#3757 of 24043 Regarding Older Post - Protege Maint.
Aug 12, 2001 (2:07 pm)
I own a 1999 Protege ES (actually, wife drive it now after blowing the engine in her 1995 Neon). It is a 5-speed.
I have changed the oil and filter every 5000 miles with synthetic oil (Mobil 1). I replaced the wiper blades about 6 months ago. I replaced the spark plugs and tires at about 25,000 miles. I replace air filters and PCV valves every 20,000 miles (done it twice so far for each). I drained the manual trans around 30,000 miles and replaced it with synthetic gear oil (75W-90, I think).
I still have everything else original, including all brake pads. The car now has 46,800 miles on it. We're getting to the end of the bumper-to-bumper warranty, so I hope if something important is going to malfunction that it does so within the next 3,000 miles.
The ONLY repair that has been needed was a new water pump at only 5,000 miles. The car started making a weird clattering sound around then, but ran perfectly (just noisy as heck). When the dealer looked at it, they found that one of the internal fins had broken off the water pump and was being grinded against by the other fins as they spun around. The dealer said it was the first time they had ever seen that happen to a water pump on a low mileage Mazda. This is the only problem we have had with the car outside of regular maintenance, and the dealer gave us a rental car and had the repair finished in less than 2 days.
Our Protege doesn't burn a drop of oil between changes and feels as spunky as the day we bought it. No rattles, buzzes, or anything else. Of course, my Protege was built in Japan, while I think the newer ones are built in the US, so I don't know if that will be a factor with the new cars or not.
#3758 of 24043 Compensate, USA?.........
Aug 12, 2001 (2:33 pm)
All Pros are built in Japan, I wouldn't have it any other way. When the Pro starts becoming a Ford(focus)I will say sooooooo looooooong to Mazda.
Aug 12, 2001 (3:46 pm)
Some jerk hit my back bumper on my 01 ES in the parking lot yesterday. I only have 8000 miles, the car is mint, and now this. It made two huge marks and it ruined the plastic bumper cover. They left no note, hit & run. I can't believe what kind of POS would do something like that. They shouldn't be driving. I was so P'd off that I couldn't see straight and I swear I'd be in prison now if I found out who did it. Now I have to pay my $250 deductable to get it fixed and my insurance premium may go up and to top it off, silver is really hard for a body shop to match. Arrrrrrgggggg!!!!!!!!!
Aug 12, 2001 (4:23 pm)
That stinks...make sure you get a good shop, you are right about that clear coat silver. If I'm not mistaken, the original bumper has two different painting methods: lower portion is slight orange peel, and the upper portion is smooth. Look at it closely under the clearcoat and see if I'm right before you hand the keys to the bodyshop.
Aug 12, 2001 (4:50 pm)
People like that should really be locked up (or shot)...I feel for you Todd! That's my nightmare!! Good luck matching it up! Keep us updated on how it goes!
Aug 12, 2001 (5:07 pm)
Do you have broad form collision? I had someone ding my Pro in a parking lot, no note. I notified the police and it won't cost me anything.
#3763 of 24043 Newcar 31............
Aug 12, 2001 (5:24 pm)
I would be so pissed I couldn't see straight. Someone hit my wife's front bumper(hit and run) 3 years ago. Had her 95 626 (gold) repainted and it looked great and held up well. I know how upset you are. Like Maltb said, find a great bodyshop and let them know you want your Protege perfect. If you have a good relationship with your Mazda dealer talk to the Servive Mgr,I'm sure he can recommend a good shop.
People who hit and run are POND SCUM!
#3764 of 24043 Don't you hate that!
Aug 12, 2001 (5:46 pm)
Probably a bluehaired old lady who parks by ear. Uses her longnosed Buick to ram through traffic.
Check out the bodyshops, they vary greatly in quality work. Don't go where your insurance adjuster suggests, they like the cheap shops.
Metallic paint has to be sprayed on at the same angle as the factory painted the car or it will look different from the other paint, if the metal flakes go on at a different angle the sunlight reflects differently.
Years ago when I had an office in a small mall, a lady came in and asked if I would check her car. It was an old model Cadillac, she had just had it painted at a cheap shop -- the surface felt just like sandpaper there was so much metal flake in it.
Also reminds me of when I special ordered paint on a new Buick Riviera. I sellected a Cadillac paint the Buick factory had never used before. They had to paint that car three times! First time, Cadillac didn't send enough paint. Second time, it was the wrong shade of light blue. Third time, they got enough paint, the right color, and screwed up on spraying it. The front end was a different shade than the rest of the car because two different people painted the two sections. Metallic paint. At that time, Buick would paint a car any color a buyer wanted for $85.00. After their experience with the Cadillac paint, the price went up to $285.
To give you an idea how long ago that was, that loaded Riv cost $6,450. In 1981, the Mazda GLC Special Edition hatchback cost about the same amount. Ah, the good old days.
#3765 of 24043 Thanks for the support....
Aug 12, 2001 (6:35 pm)
I need it. I am really worried about a body shop doing a cut-rate job on my brand new car. I know which shop I am going to take it to. Its called Lamettry's and it must be good if it is one of the few body shops in the country that can do frame repair on aluminum body cars like the Audi A8. Thanks for the tip Maltb, I will check that out. I'm still worried though about paint match, and fit and finish.....I am a stickler. I was almost in shock when I saw the damage. I seriously believe that people who do things like that should not be driving. If you can't pay attention going .5 mph in a parking lot, then how can you be trusted on the freeway going 65 mph? It scares me. Yooper-Broad Form collision? whats that? Do you have to fill out a police report? This happened in Minneapolis and I don't think that they would waste their time on something like this.
#3766 of 24043 newcar31
Aug 12, 2001 (7:30 pm)
I'm really sorry to hear your incident. But the other day I was just passing by Lametry's Body Shop at Eden Prairie, and judging from the building and the cars parking there, waiting to be repaired--Audi A8, Porsche Boxster, Acura Legend, Volvo, etc.--I'm sure they'll do a good job (I know it doesn't sound like a scientific way to make judgement, but hey, first impression counts). Keep us posted with the progress and I certainly hope all the best!