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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#7450 of 24043 RBrooks...
Jan 23, 2002 (8:23 am)
I had two Proteges, a 1999 DX and a 2001 ES. I traded the 2001 ES for a Jetta 1.8T, but not because it was a bad car. I had always wanted a Jetta, and got a good opportunity so I took it. The 2001 Protege did have some problems in its 20K that I had it (from new, 2 miles). The driver's power window got stuck halfway down (track obstruction I think), the brake rotors warped (my fault for washing the car when they were hot), the radio died several times (replaced, but the new one still acted up), and one time the car completely died on me (at 9850 miles). It wouldn't start at all. I think it was the radio's fault though.
The customer service I received from Mazda was satisfactory (although not as good as VW has been to me, but my Jetta was $7K more). I liked both Proteges, but the DX was more reliable (38K and only one little problem).
I looked at everything you could imagine before getting my 2001 ES, and the Sentra was one of them. I am 6'3 and the car just didn't have enough room inside for me. Plus, the back end was ugly too.
#7451 of 24043 Meade...
Jan 23, 2002 (8:25 am)
I checked out the link for the heck of it. My 1999 DX is still there. I am sad now. Thanks alot! Just kidding.
#7452 of 24043 Vocus & Ron ...
Jan 23, 2002 (8:31 am)
Paul, sorry for the little trip down nostalgia lane. Feeling reminiscent, are we? For a laugh, go read my "bye bye" I just posted on the Cavalier topic (and the requisite response by dindak, Mr. Cavalier Defender to the hilt).
BTW Ron, I had done everything but sign the papers on a 2000 Sentra GXE when I drove the Protege. I bought the Protege on the spot and never looked back. (And speaking of "back," I echo the other comments on the Sentra's clamshell-looking rear.)
I'm a big guy, yet I can sit in my Protege's back seat behind the driver's seat and not have to adjust anything. In the Sentra that was impossible -- I was eating my knees! If you ever need to transport more than one passenger or need to install a child safety seat, forget the Sentra unless you have a "significant other" who's either (a) paraplegic or (b) no more than four feet tall!
Jan 23, 2002 (8:35 am)
re: your fog lamp lens.. (see my post #7206)
I haven't got down on the ground to look at it yet. Any idea how hard or easy it is to r&r? Just called the dealer I bought it from.
left fog lamp assy: $143.40
Think I'll give tomciviletti's idea a try!
#7454 of 24043 Meade...
Jan 23, 2002 (8:36 am)
I saw it. But you all need to stop fighting over cars. There is enough hate in the world already.
I agree about the Protege's back seat. It's pretty roomy. About the only thing I would have liked to have kept over the Jetta I have now. It's a mess trying to get 4 people in the car. But that just means my friends drive their cars or else don't complain. But they always want a ride in mine though, they say it reminds them of an Audi or something.
#7455 of 24043 Paul brother, you're one to talk!
Jan 23, 2002 (8:39 am)
How DARE you come back in dindak's defense?! See if YOU get the driving directions to MAPP III this year!!!!!!
#7456 of 24043 Meade...
Jan 23, 2002 (8:55 am)
Now, now. Be nice. I didn't come back to his defense. I am trying to alleviate an argument, but I guess I got caught in the life of fire.
And driving directions to MAPP 3? I didn't think I would get those anyway... :0
Jan 23, 2002 (9:05 am)
...i haven't gotten down and looked at the housing for the foglight. it's been -20ºC here lately (= -4ºF), which is just too cold to be crawling around under the car!
tomciviletit's idea is good...but i have no hole, just a crack across the entire light. my friend has this glue that can "fuse two things together forever!" (as she put it), so i might give that a try when it gets warmer. for now, i just put a piece of tape over the crack to keep water from splashing in...(even though i'm sure water HAS gotten into it...)
i'm assuming that price u mentioned is in US$. sheesh, that means it'll cost me like $300Cdn!!! ouch! let's hope that glue works out!
#7458 of 24043 Paul ... sorry, I am Word Man ...
Jan 23, 2002 (9:13 am)
(That's what my wife calls me) ... and I just have to make fun of your typo in your last post.
You got caught in the "life of fire?" Sounds like you went to Hell!!!!
Hee hee hee!!!!!
I'm glad my wife can't read these posts and see how much I'm drooling over her car!!!
#7459 of 24043 Cracked foglight lens.
Jan 23, 2002 (9:20 am)
Ouch! At least you don't have to buy a pair!
Duh_ster, if you have a crack and no hole, try one of those windshield repair kits. I think they inject clear resin (air-cure) into the crack that should seal it against water intrusion. I had decent success repairing a "star" fracture in my wife's SL2's windshield. Only a little divot is now missing on the outside.
Yooper, y'might want to give that Stongard a try! Sorry, being a brat.