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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#4388 of 24043 Grubbs...
Sep 04, 2001 (7:34 am)
I feel your pain. I too have a black 2001 Protege ES, and it has several scratches on it at only 6 months old and 14,500 miles.
My car has been mistaken for an Audio A4 before, as well as a Mercedes C-Class. I just say to the people, "No, it's a Protege", and they look at me kinda dumbfounded. Ugh.
I am finally talking my dad into getting his driver's license at the age of 55. I told him we would go and look for a car for him (something like an Accent or something, because he wouldn't drive that much). He wasn't having it. He said he wanted to share my car. "Share MY car???", I said in return? He said, "yeah, I wanna see what Mazda means by those ZOOM ZOOM commericals that I keep seeing on TV". Looks like I am in trouble now. Hope my dad doesn't end up taking over my Protege like my mother took over my 1999 DX when I had it.
Sep 04, 2001 (8:04 am)
By the way, if your air filter has been in there for 2.5 years, I think its time to get a new one.
Sep 04, 2001 (8:26 am)
I like to replace my paper air filter once a year, regardless fo mileage. I usually change it after mud season. Given how much sand is used on our snowy VT roads, I dirty paper filters pretty quickly.
Sep 04, 2001 (8:31 am)
But again, I took it out and shook and banged the air filter to death(well alnost)...but there was hardly any dirt on it.
I will change it....but my brain says....it's clean...why do you want to change it.
some one tell me why? pleaseeeee.
Sep 04, 2001 (8:50 am)
How many miles are on it? 2.5 years sounds like its time to be changed. Mazda filters have a filter oil in them that traps dirt and makes them look kinda black at about 15K. If yours doesn't look dirty, this makes me think that the filter oil is gone now and you can just "shake" out the dirt. This is not good. That is why I don't buy part's stores air filters; they have no filter oil.
Sep 04, 2001 (8:54 am)
LOL... I made the mistake of letting the dealer change my air filter. I don't know what I was thinking (although I think that was the day a super-rare 323 GTX DOHC AWD Turbo was in for an oil change and I was drooling over it). I couldn't believe how much they charged me to do this! I don't remember exactly how much, but I believe it was around $25 or so!! I could have bought a new filter myself and spent the two minutes installing it. Oh well... I had mine changed because it looked like an insect collection (along with my hood, windshield, and front bumper) after a trip to northern California (which I am leaving for tonight once again, another new air filter?). Even if your filter is just orange, it is probably allowing about 10% less air in, which means lower fuel economy. I would just change it for the sake of it being 2.5 years old. CorkSport sells a MazdaSpeed air filter for the '99 and '00 ES. I would imagine it is the reusable foam type like a K&N filter, and I would also imagine there is some type of small horsepower gain (1 or 2, nothing noticable).
#4394 of 24043 grubbs1 09/03/01
Sep 04, 2001 (9:01 am)
Regarding your wife's wondering why grown men and women would waste their time...Don't feel bad. The same thoughts have occurred to me from time to time. What the hey. I really can't think of a better "real world" source of info and ideas regarding these dynamite little cars. Sorry your requests and posts have been ignored. Don't cut us any slack. Re post. That's what this forum is all about.
Sep 04, 2001 (9:03 am)
Filter OIL...in the filter?
I thought this was a simple compressed paper filter.
Somebody please confirm this, please.
#4396 of 24043 MAzdaspeed Air filter
Sep 04, 2001 (9:04 am)
99p-6-001 MAZDASPEED Air Filter (1.8 DOHC) $85
are they crazy?
Sep 04, 2001 (9:15 am)
In Mazda air filters, there is an oil impregnated in the filter media. This is to better trap dirt and dust. Nissan, Subaru, Ford, GM, etc. use similiar filters. Some of the crappy parts stores' filters (and Jiffy Lube filters) don't have any oil in them, they are just paper. This is why the dirt in my air filter looks black, because the oil in the filter makes the dirt look darker. I am not BSing you. Remember, I still work at Jiffy Lube.