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#7579 of 24043 Bridgestone Potenza RE92...
Jan 25, 2002 (1:38 pm)
My 2 cents, I have over 34,000 miles on both my 2000 Mazda Protege ES's. At my 30,000 mile service (conducted at 32,225 miles & 32,355 miles), the OME Potenza RE92 tires rated at 5 on L.F./R.F. and 6 on the L.R./R.R. on both cars. Meade saw the condition of my Potenza RE92 tires at MAPP2 and can attest to both the condition of my Potenza's and the mileage of my car. A great OME tire for Mazda to outfit their 1999 & 2000 Pro-ES's with from the factory. Pretty gutsy of Mazda to set up, a "so-called" small econo sedan with pretty hot performance tires in the 195/55-15 size. IMHO, if they don't suit your needs change them to something else.
Wear Factors for Me:
1.)Mostly highway mileage.
2.)Rotated tires ever 7,000 miles (every other oil change is how, I remember).
1.)Stick like glue on dry pavement, very predictable.
2.)Better than average, all-season snow capabilities.
3.)Never scream or protest, no matter how hard they are pushed in the tight curves.
4.)Verrry cool looking shoes!
5.)Responsive handling and the RE92 nicely communicate road feel.
1.)I don't care for their wet weather abilities. My wife is a little scared to drive her 2000 Pro-ES in the rain. Nevertheless, no real-life issues thus far.
2.)A tad pricey $$$,for the lack of wet weather safety.
3.)A fair amount of tread noise.
I'm gonna prolly change them out with Michelin XGT V4's. Better all season capabilities and a top box performance tire.
Jan 25, 2002 (2:54 pm)
BIPROTEGEDISORDER (BPD for short) is my favorite. Hope I catch it.
Jan 25, 2002 (3:33 pm)
I FULLY agree with you on the exceptional dry pavement traction and handling abilities of the tire. That being said, I can't believe
a) how fast they wear out
b) and how useless they become on wet pavements
It's like a specialized compound like they have in F1. Actually the Potenza brand runs on F1 cars (Ferrari, BAR and Jordan Honda and others)... Something to think about for motorsport fans!
#7582 of 24043 more Ramps...
Jan 25, 2002 (4:07 pm)
Thanks Sporin, I didn't know the type of plastic (ABS). Anyway that stuff is tough. Designing a structure to safely withstand what is basically static loading (once you're parked on the ramps anyway) isn't much of an engineering challenge.
Mine are rated for 12000 lbs or the weight of 4.5 Proteges or the weight of 9 front halves of a Protege.
What? Me worry?
#7583 of 24043 I don't mean to bring up a "sore" subject again
Jan 25, 2002 (5:05 pm)
but this is the first chance I've had to get back here since last night.
I want to thank everyone for their comments about my post. I understand a lot better now what you are thinking and feeling and I appreciate your willingness to give me/us the feedback that you have.
Someone said they thought maybe I had been "put up" to that post - nope, nohow, noway - that really was me and my own ruminations. :o
And somone wished for more notice - I hear you and I'm sorry about that. The thing is that we thought we were doing the "right" thing by posting the announcement on the front page. But I do understand that we could have announced the changes, particularly about the chats, sooner than we did.
Please carry on and forgive my interruption here.
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WELCOME BACK LARRY! ;->
Jan 25, 2002 (5:11 pm)
Forgive what interruption ? :o)
#7585 of 24043 New Tire recommendations?
Jan 25, 2002 (5:24 pm)
Man, I can't wait to drive my Pro and join you guys. The dealer called me today to say he found 3 cars for me in siler, but is seeing who can get their car here soonest. I should know by Monday, hopefully by tomorrow. Anyway, I discussed tires with him. I don't know what manufacturers supply Mazda for the ES' 195/55/16. I know I saw some with Dunlops and that's what I was going to go with. He'll switch them for others on the lot if I want, but all the other ES models had Dunlops as well. Mazda's sight doesn't give tire supplier info. Does anyone here know who else sullpies the 195/55 other than Dunlop? Anyone have an opinion on why I should go with the Dunlops or another supplier?
I ask because I have a choice right from the beginning and I'd prefer not to make a mistake now. I read the posts about the Potenzas and I agree. I had a Civic with Potenzas that was great in the dry and scary in the wet. So, it got me thinking that since the car is new and the dealer would swap them with another ES' I should ask you guys. I have Dunlops on my 944 for the past 3 years and they're great in all seasons. Any input appreciated.
Can't wait to get behind the wheel. I'm getting tired of re-reading the brochure and I've about memorized the Mazda website info.
Jan 25, 2002 (5:29 pm)
I think they all get the dunlops...I didn't think they were still using the potenzas.
Jan 25, 2002 (5:33 pm)
Forgive what interruption ? :o)
#7588 of 24043 New Engine break in procedures
Jan 25, 2002 (5:36 pm)
One more item of question for me. My dealer did not have any concrete procedure to follow. Unless someone suggests otherwise, this was the Procedure Porsche recommended for my 944.
Allow no lugging or sustained speed in any one gear. Avoid use of cruise control.
Whether shifting up or down:
For first 500 miles rpm max 3000
500-1000 miles rpm max 3500
1000-1500 miles rpm max 4000
1500 change oil and filter
1500-3000 miles rpm max 4500
3000 miles change oil and filter engine fully seated.
But, this was back in 1983! My 944 also holds almost 7 qts of oil and has a finned aluminum dry sump oil system. Since the Pro has a much smaller capacity for oil, I was going to change oil and filter every 1000 miles for the first 3000 and then every 3000-3500 thereafter as I've always done.