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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#4003 of 24043 Meade, Meade, Meade...
Aug 22, 2001 (7:58 am)
Why does it sound like you are taunting me to Protege bash??? I could continue if you like, LOL...
The funny thing is that I had a 1991 Ford Escort GT, which sat on a 323/Protege platform, powered by a Mazda 1.8L DOHC engine, driven by a Mazda transmission, sprung by Mazda suspension, and stopped by Mazda brakes. I never once had a single problem with that car and if they still offered that car on the marktet, I would definitely buy it again. What a terrific car...
My Ranger, practically identical to your B2300 pickup, was and still is absolutely problem free. Not a single problem with anything!! That was wasted money on the extended warranty.
So, as you can see, I have had a terrific experience with a first generation "Protege" much like you have had. I have had a terrific experience with a Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series, unlike you had with yours. I am having less than stellar experience with my '99 Protege. Perhaps it's not me... perhaps it's just the car that has problems.
Aug 22, 2001 (8:05 am)
I'll have to remember 'Emerald Mica' in case anyone else inquires about my color. I'm terrible at remembering official color names!
Pro_fan - I'll be thinking up every excuse in the book to not let her drive it. I'm not sure I should let her sit in it! We got a quick bite to eat last night at Arby's, and she refills her diet coke and brings it with her in the car. I just looked at her and said "You will NOT be spilling any of that, will you???!!!" I'm much more anal about keeping a car clean than she is. You should see our van after she's had if for a couple of days! The things I put up with...LOL!
#4005 of 24043 ... and my brother had an '85 Escort ...
Aug 22, 2001 (8:06 am)
... which did NOT contain Mazda components, and the head gasket blew at 60,000 miles and totaled his engine.
So what? What's your point?
My point is that your "problems," for the most part, were not faults of the car itself or its manufacture. They were caused by the DRIVER. And you admitted it ... then you blamed it on the car ... then you admitted it again ... etc., etc.
#4006 of 24043 MIke ... LOL!
Aug 22, 2001 (8:13 am)
My wife will leave french fries under her seats (dozens of them, mind you) for MONTHS until they're so hard you can use them as railroad spikes. The worst thing was a drink ...
She's been at home with the baby, taking a break from work, since mid-May. Being the nice hubby I am, I offered to fully detail her car for her back in June (actually, I was concerned about the stale french fry odor coming from it ... hee hee). When I opened her door, I was confronted with a McDonald's cup that had been sitting in her cupholder, WITH COKE STILL IN IT, for about a month. The Coke had seeped through the cup and bonded the cup to the cupholder. I had to sit there for a minute and figure out how to extricate this "artifact d'aperitif" from the car without spilling Coke all over the car. Eventually I had to bring out a wad of paper towels and soak up the remaining Coke sludge from the cup before I could continue. I then had to remove the cupholder from the car and soak it in the kitchen sink for the ENTIRE AFTERNOON before the remains of cup would dislodge themselves.
Was it Tim Allen who quipped that guys are a funny breed? We can keep a car looking showroom new for years but can't keep the stains out of our underwear?
Aug 22, 2001 (8:26 am)
A special site for MP3s? I dunno about that but how about information on the additional toys that the MP3 has? Point: other than a single sheet reminding the owner not to clean the Racing Hart wheels with a Brillo pad and three manuals on the stereo (1 on the stereo in English, 1 in French, a sub-woofer manual plus a laminated two sided quick reference guide to using the damn thing), there is nothing. How do you adjust the suspension for instance? Does doing Autocross void the warranty? Does a bottle of nitrous? Where's the aftermarket turbo kit?
Zoom - Zoom and Boom - Boom
Aug 22, 2001 (8:27 am)
I like Tim Allen's humor. I can relate to it many times!
Not only do I have to worry about my wife messing up my Pro, I've got two daughters (5 and 8) who aren't exactly neat freaks when it comes to clean cars. Plus, my 5-year-old has a tendency to get car sick! She's puked four times in the van. We keep a bucket in there at all times!
#4009 of 24043 I can relate to that!
Aug 22, 2001 (8:49 am)
My wife and daughter both get carsick all the time. Luckily, they can hold it down so no need for a bucket. Neither one of them likes riding in my ES since I usually take the most fun path I can find and the manual transmission makes it jerk a bit too much for their tastes.
Meade...welcome to the new world!
#4010 of 24043 Plastic Surgery
Aug 22, 2001 (9:02 am)
My Protoge is in the shop as we speak to get the bumper cover repaired. Meanwhile, my insurance company stuck me with a rental car. I have been driving this Ford Contour 4 cylinder automatic for for about 15 minutes and I already miss my car badly. There is an amazing difference in build quality between these two cars. The Contour's door panels are squeeky, the steering wheel shakes at speeds above 50 mph, the suspension creaks, the transmission shutters, and the engine is LOUD and it only has 6000 miles on it.
Aug 22, 2001 (9:25 am)
Are you sure they didn't give you my car? LOL...
#4012 of 24043 Messy cars...
Aug 22, 2001 (9:29 am)
I can not really relate about having a messy car, because mine gets a little nasty inside sometimes. The worst was when I took it to get the windows tinted. They had to clean out the underneath of the seats to get in all the seats to do the tinting. Well, they found 12 CDs, a box of cheese crackers (closed, but still), 2 empty soda bottles, about 10 sheets of wadded up paper, and 4 gum wrappers. I was so embarrassed I could have died! The day after that, I did a complete detailing job on the car from front to back. That will teach me to be messy.