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#8588 of 24043 Larry, if your service manager is up to snuff ...
Feb 26, 2002 (8:58 am)
... and you wound up having the same problem with your other car a year from now, I would hope that (a) you would go into your dealership wearing armor and wielding a big axe (or at least my wife's sway bar)
(b) your service manager would recognize that your car is only a smidgeon out of warranty and that you've had the same problem with another car, and try to make things right for you by either (1) seeking assistance from Mazda or (2) discounting the service.
Not that I think it's going to happen. If every 2000 Protege whose auto tranny came from that "parts bin" had a bad tranny after two years, we'd be hearing something here -- or at least seeing a LOT of complaints registered at the NHTSA site, and NHTSA would probably be opening an investigation on par with the one it just opened on the Tribute/Escape stalling problem.
My Mazda dealer, Whitten Brothers here in Richmond (which is one of three in the area and the best as far as I'm concerned) kept working on my 1994 B2300 pickup WAAAYYYYYY past its warranty expiration (until I sold it at 5 years/115,000 miles), treating my ongoing engine problem as if the vehicle was still under warranty. I was -- and still am -- a "preferred customer there" since I'm now on my fifth car from the dealership. And when they want to keep a valued customer, who will return and buy more of their cars, they'll bend the rules a little. They did with me, and since you have TWO, they should for you too.
Feb 26, 2002 (9:11 am)
We're chattin' away on the Yahoo! group right now -- my first chat ever! Where the heck is everybody? Come join us! Back to chatting ....
Feb 26, 2002 (9:19 am)
"My cars was built the same month as Trudy's"
Actually one is built in Sept and one in Oct.
Feb 26, 2002 (9:23 am)
Can't chat Dang Firewalls
#8592 of 24043 Larry...
Feb 26, 2002 (9:29 am)
I made the decision to trade my car in about the same time as you are thinking about it (20 months for the 1999 DX) and lost a good chunk of money. You might not, because you said your wife put a big down payment on the car. But what I said before is that an extended warranty would cost alot less than starting all over with car payments and down payments and all that crap.
I complain about the car I have now sometimes, because of a rattle here and there. But I like it alot, and am not going to be trading it because of that. You learn from dumb mistakes and trading cars too often (with high mileage to boot) is one dumb mistake. Believe me, I am there and did it.
Just talk to your dealer about the extended warranty, or else go to one of the internet websites and check on one. Alot of them will let you do a free quote. At least you can find out what it would cost. And don't despair. I know it makes you sad because a major part of the car went, but it happens. Defects happen all the time. If it happens more than once, then that would be a reason to trade the car in.
#8593 of 24043 That's a great idea, Paul!
Feb 26, 2002 (9:52 am)
Larry, check with your dealer on the cost of an extended warranty -- you can still get it! Both of our cars have the warranty our dealer uses -- EasyCare. Here's their website if you want some more info --
#8594 of 24043 How to change front speakers?
Feb 26, 2002 (9:55 am)
Well, I just found out that my great price at Best Buy does NOT include the fronts as I was initially told. Just found out when I changed my install date to next Monday. So, in the interests of saving $38.00 Does any one either know how to change the fronts or know a website that discusses it? I assume the door skin has to come off but I don't want to mess anything up on a 3 week old car. I don't want to just start prying away and break a pin or anchor. Any help is most welcomed.
#8596 of 24043 Larry....this is you chance.....
Feb 26, 2002 (10:05 am)
Jump on the service manager of Lancaster Mazda and make him give you extended warranties for FREE on both of your cars (or at a highly discounted rate).
But the way you are talking about another car, it looks like u have fallen in love with a new 2003 model....and inadvertently creating a mountain out of a molehill....
But honestly, I would go for the Extended warrantly if U still love your car.
But if have fallen for something else, there is nothing much we can do about it. Right?
But if you opt for option 2, we will surely miss you and your gentlemanliness on the Protege Form.
Feb 26, 2002 (10:12 am)
"Jump on the service manager of Lancaster Mazda and make him give you extended warranties for FREE on both of your cars (or at a highly discounted rate)."
Oh geez....here we go again!