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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Nov 06, 2001 (10:52 am)
I'm never gonna make my 2 o'clock meeting, LOL!
The Protege is built almost entirely of Mazda parts in Japan. I've had three, and my most recent one, a 2000 ES, has 97 percent Japanese parts content. (Said so on the sticker.) And I think the 3 percent other stuff is stuff like seat fabric etc. The important stuff (forward of the firewall) is all Japanese.
My first Protege died in an accident in 1992. My second, a 1992 LX, went 83,000 miles in only 27 months, delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut. Never a problem. My 2000 ES has been 28,000 miles since May 2000 and the only two problems it's had are problems I caused (a stuck CD because it had a stick-on label on it -- a no-no, and a broken plastic clip in the trunk after I smashed a huge box into it). Interestingly, even though both of these items were my fault, Mazda covered them under warranty.
Now we're about to buy a Protege5 for my wife, and I have no reservations about my decision at all. Great, reliable car.
#5762 of 24043 Meade...
Nov 06, 2001 (11:14 am)
You going to become a member of the EAA to take part in the S plan for the Protege 5? I would hope so. Good luck on the purchase of your car too.
And as far as resposibilities, I was about to buy my own house back before I got the 2001 Protege. I was to close on January 15, 2001. That all changed very, very quickly when I lost my mother in her sleep on January 3. I had a whole house to take care of then, and getting my own place is out of the question as long as my dad is alive. He needs someone to kinda take care of the house and all. I figure, might as well get the car I want now and live and enjoy it, because I too might wake up dead one day. There were so many things my mother talked about doing "when she could be able to", like vacationing, getting a new car, fixing up the house, etc. She didn't get to do it. Damn if I am going to work like a dog and save and scrimp only to not to get to enjoy it. You know, you can't take it with you. So you might as well enjoy it now.
#5763 of 24043 Come on now...
Nov 06, 2001 (11:15 am)
I know someone out there wants this MagnaBra thing I have. It has to be a Generation3 owner though. Maybe even only a 2001 owner, not sure. But if you want it, email me and let me know and I will send it providing the shipping costs are sent first.
#5764 of 24043 mdaffron, Tirerack
Nov 06, 2001 (11:30 am)
I ordered 4 Michilin Artic Alpins, steel wheels, mounted and balanced for $498.04. This amount includes $58 shipping by UPS. Plus I saved $29.88 sales tax on that amount. Locally I was quoted $750 + $45 sales tax = $795. I thought I had a couple mounted backwards but figured out that they have to be put on the correct corner to be directionally correct. They didn't tell me that though. Still I saved $297. Ordered on Thursday, had 'em on Tuesday. I'll probably get my Dunlop oem replacments there when its time.
#5765 of 24043 What i don't get
Nov 06, 2001 (11:36 am)
I just want to know why some of you all finance your cars? As soon as you finance a car, you instantly go into debt. Yeah sure, you might be able to afford a $450 a month payment now, but what if you lose your job two years from now? Will you be able to afford it then? Its just a way of diggin a huge financial hole for yourself
Hence, why I chose to buy a used 93 LX. I wanted a car that accelerated well, handled well, was quite reliable, got good enough fuel economy, had power locks, and seated 5 (for college purposes). So I chose my car, and paid $4000 up front for it. Its nice having a paid off car b/c I can spend my money on anything else I want instead of having another bill to pay off.
One thing i don't understand is why people feel the overwhelming urge to buy a "New" car??????? What is the friggin point? THe things depreciate about 1/2 second after you drive them off the lot about $1000. Sure you get a warranty and stuff, but that is to cover manu defects, etc. I could see if you like that warranty if you dont' know how to drive and destroy your tranny or something, but i'd MUCH rather buy a car that has reliability records recorded for it online, and in consumer reports (my car's problems as of the 99 buyers guide are in its hardware, brakes and exhaust, which is something i'm going to replace anyways).
I dunno....I'm just curious is all.
Nov 06, 2001 (11:39 am)
I got your pictures and stuff but DAAAYMMN!!! they are still HUGE in filesize. I spent all of an hour at least shrinking them down (it took forever for my connection to d/l them). I was able to shrink them all from 300k to anywhere between 40-120kb's.
For some reason, i only got your 1,2,3,4,5 and 7th emails....there was no 6.
oh and all that picture sending maxed out my mail boxes limit LOL....it was up to 6.7 out of 6mb's allowed.
I will get them online soon....whenever i access my pages again after my XP install
#5767 of 24043 Quick Meade bash...
Nov 06, 2001 (11:48 am)
A true friend would admonish in private.
Nov 06, 2001 (12:01 pm)
It has been ages since I posted but still do lurk once in a while. New baby on the way and classes have kept me busy. 01 ES doing great - already 14k on it and no problems. Mileage still averaging about 33mpg. Infant seat fits perfectly in the back (: I have enjoyed the posts of the past day - it so reminded me of myself 15 years ago. I was raised with very little so when I got my first job at age 18 I went nuts...bought a new 19 foot boat and in the next several years went through a new Toyota truck, a Honda Accord, Nissan 280Z, Toyota Corolla and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I enjoyed these beasts for a short period but would soon tire of them and had to have the newest and latest for what ever reason. I was proud to boast of my new purchases and was content for a short while. As I look back, how I wish I would have resisted temptation on just a few occasions and banked or invested my spare change. I now have a baby on the way and the usual mortgage and expenses - could have had a fortune saved by now!! Oh well, I enjoyed the vehicles when I had them and when you are young it is hard to look ahead at the bigger responsibilities of the future. Hope my Pro lasts for many years - it has to!! Your priorities change and you find contentment in different ways as you get older. Sorry for rambling - just saw myself in the mirror. Will try to check in for some chat soon on thursdays.....bye for now - Greg
#5769 of 24043 how to reset check engine light on protege 95
Nov 06, 2001 (12:06 pm)
This is occuring too often. In last 8 months, this is 3rd
time I have check engine light in the dash set.
Car is running ok as far as I can tell.
From the earlier experience, its the same exhaust recirulation
How do I reset it without taking my car to shop ?
Can I simply disconnect the battery and reconnect it ?
Is there a magic number like 30 times cold start, and the
light will be automatically reset (if the problem that set it in
the first place never occurs in the mean time)
#5770 of 24043 Mazda reliability.
Nov 06, 2001 (12:20 pm)
I still have an '89 323LX with over 137,000 miles on it. Other than some body rust (due to some careless mechanic bending the sheet metal over when putting it up on the lift), it's pretty good. The engine vibrates the car more, but it's aged better than many Civics, Corollas, Sentras (and other 323's too!).
I also have a '99 Protege LX. So far, no real problems. The steering wheel was about 15 degrees off-center, which was fixed immediately under warranty, has been the only "major" issue. Having learned with the 323, I now do my own oil changes and tire rotations (3 stripped oil pan bolts and two cross-threaded wheel studs that had to be replaced due to mechanics being careless with their pneumatic tools) so I can avoid having to pay for repairs due to operator error. At least, I can only blame myself.
Mazda is overall rated slightly below Honda and Toyota. Of course, this includes vehicles with significant Ford content (626 auto, the truck etc.). The Protege is probably one of Mazda's most reliable products and I would rank it with the Civic and Corolla, and above the Sentra, Impreza, Elantra etc. We'll see what happens after they move the next-gen Pro onto the Ford Focus platform (I'm hoping Mazda fixes the bugs in its design and execution).