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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Nov 04, 2001 (8:51 pm)
I have been found out. Sorry guys, but I drove that 1.8T Jetta with the Sport Luxury and I was hooked. I got $11,500 for trade on my Protege, and my interest rate dropped like 2% too. (The KBB value was $10,600 on the Pro, and mine had a cracked windshield and was scratched to hell.)
I had wanted a Jetta since they came out in 1999, and didn't get one because of the predicted reliability. I did get the 1.8T, which is a great and proven engine. Also, mine is a 2002 so the warranty matches the Mazda's at 50,000 miles. Also, I had problems with the Protege too, so every car has problems. I hope it will remain trouble-free though.
My friend (the one who accompanied me to the MAPP)jokingly said "no more Protege Picnics for you now". I feel kinda bad, because now I am kinda a rival. I won't be comparing the Protege to the Jetta though. They are both great cars, but have different feels behind the wheel of them, and are in different price classes somewhat (mine is a loaded GLS 1.8T, $25K sticker). Happy motoring in your Proteges, and I will still be here chatting about my experiences with the two Protege I had.
Nov 04, 2001 (9:59 pm)
Be careful on excessive mileage, I've heard turbo's cost a LOT of money to fix and that 100,000 miles is there usual life span.
Nov 04, 2001 (10:11 pm)
No subcompact car that costs $24,400, should be compared with a $17,000 econo sedan, lol!
Paul, you now own a car, that is compared with a Acura Integra RSX or Subaru Impreza WRX! My only concern for you, is your happiness. Sounds like you made the right choice! Good Luck!
#5691 of 24043 Congratulations, Paul!
Nov 04, 2001 (10:30 pm)
Here's a toast to your new car, and hoping you enjoy owning it for many trouble-free miles! Which will be racked up pretty soon, knowing your average daily mileage!
I'll be following your posts and reports on the Jetta board too, as its among my top few choices for a new car, come mid/late 2002 (Unless the Mazda Familia Sport Wagon with 180hp and AWD gets here, or the Mazda 6 Wagon!)
#5692 of 24043 Unidirectional tires.
Nov 05, 2001 (5:48 am)
Since you got them from Tire Rack, they probably mounted a pair rotating in one direction and another pair rotating in the other. Just move the offending wheels to the other side and you'll be OK. For rotation purposes, you can only swap them front-to-back.
#5693 of 24043 Ordered my Dunlop SP Sport A2s.
Nov 05, 2001 (5:50 am)
On a set of Borbet type "T"s. I kept the same tire size (185/65R14). I'll let you know what I think of them.
#5694 of 24043 Paul- Congrats
Nov 05, 2001 (6:06 am)
I seriously looked at Jetta's too. Reliability and crappy warranty turned me away. Very nice cars though, I'm sure you'll be happy. I'm glad you were able to improve your financing. It made sense with the financing deals that were being offered
Nov 05, 2001 (6:27 am)
The lower interest rates being offered presently are truly awesome. However, it never pays to roll negative equity on one car into a new car even at 0% interest. However, if a person can't live with his present vehicle, I guess "rolling over" negative equity is one way out.
Nov 05, 2001 (6:36 am)
Just got back from a trip to Florida in my Protege. It really is a great highway car. I was averaging just at 30 MPG going between 75-90. I can judge a car's greatness by how long I am able to drive it without feeling sleepy or looking at my fiance jealously as he sleeps away in the passenger seat. I didn't get sleepy once and we usually switch drivers every 100 miles on long trips but I drove to the GA/FL border (about 250 miles from my house) before I reluctantly gave the keys up. The only other car I felt the same about was my 98 Civic EX sedan. I drove that car all the way to Wilmington NC (7 hour drive) without wanting to stop.
vocus: Congratulations! I hope you have better luck than some of the other 1.8T owners. They were having crazy problems with the oxygen sensor last year that kept them out of operation for weeks at a time while VW got the part. The Jetta also used to be on my list but the bad reputation (plus a few experiences of my own in driving later model VW's) kept me away from it.
Nov 05, 2001 (7:28 am)
Where did you go to visit in Florida, last week? The weather looks pretty rough today in South Florida!
I will check in with my friend, vocus from time to time for his feelings on the V-Dub Jetta's reliability and satisfaction. I truly love "German Styling". If I needed a new sedan today, the Volkswagen Passat GLS would be the first car, I would test drive. You can get a nicely equipped full size Passat sedan for under $25,000. The 2002's Passats come with the improved 50,000 mile warranty and they based on that awesome Audi A6 chassis! My concerns with any V-Dub,....poor dealer network reputation in North America and Volkswagens Passats and Jettas 2001 reliability has deteriorated to below average in Consumer Reports Owners Poll's.