Last post on Jun 09, 2012 at 11:01 PM
You are in the Mazda Protege
What is this discussion about?
Mazda Protege, Sedan
#952 of 24043 Resale of 1995 and other things...
Mar 18, 2001 (6:03 pm)
Selling the 1995: Go to Edmund's and check the TMV on the car. List it for that price or somewhere around that price. $4000 does sound about right though.
In-stock Protege ESs for sale in Maryland: I stopped by Russel Mazda on Route 40 in Maryland. They have one Premium Pkg. automatic ES in Millenium Red, one 5-speed no options in M. Red, one automatic no options in Seabreeze, and one additional automatic no options Millenium Red. Also, there was one LX 2.0 on their lot as well, and I think it was Sunlight Silver. Just wanted to let people in the neighborhood looking for an ES that there were some available.
On another point, I have not seen another ES (or 2001 Protege, to think about it) on the road since I got mine on 2/23/01. I now have 1801 miles on my car and still loving it!
Mar 19, 2001 (2:17 am)
There is no guarantee, nonetheless, it seems VERY likely, based on recent history, that Mazda USA will extend the $750.00 sales incentive or perhaps "improve" on it. They maintained sales incentives/special financing rates throughout all of last year.
#954 of 24043 Color + options
Mar 19, 2001 (9:14 am)
I'm about to pick up a Protege ES. But a couple of questions. First, I only wanted the ABS brakes and the side air bags, but the only way to get them is to also purchase a moonroof which I didn't want to pay extra for - in the premium pckg.
Next, I hear its very hard to find an ES without a built-in cassette player - which I also didn't want to pay extra for.
Is anyone else in this bind?
Also, whats some of your choices on the color to pick?
#955 of 24043 Ford is doing exactly what was expected...
Mar 19, 2001 (9:28 am)
1999 - pushed Focus like a rocket into the market.
2001 - Time for the Protege to hit the market..I am sure rebates will continue left and right...
2 years down the road....watch out...
#956 of 24043 POLL --- What do you think of the 2001 ES Interior?
Mar 19, 2001 (10:17 am)
I just want to do a quick survey on what people think of the ES interior. I know that a few people have made comments on it already. I've been torn between purchasing an LX with gray interior fabric and normal black gauges and purchasing an ES with the black fabric and the white gauges. I really wish that Mazda offered a choice of ES interior colour.
At this point, I'm not sure if I'd learn to live with the black ES interior. It's too dark, looks like it can get dirty in a hurry, the pattern on the fabric looks cheesy and cheap to me, and I don't like the white gauges either. However, the LX trim level offers far fewer bells and whistles (particularly here in Canada, where you can't even get things like power windows on the LX at all), and I like bells and whistles.
For those of you who are like me and aren't too hot on the ES interior, has it been enough to dissuade you from purchasing the ES model? If not, does the interior grow on you after a while?
#957 of 24043 Re. Automatic Tran and Grad Rebate
Mar 19, 2001 (10:23 am)
Maria22 - I have the 2 litre ES with auto. I am constantly impressed with the acceleration, smoothness and 'brains' the transmission has (post # 878). I have no trouble accelerating from 100kmh to 120kmh for example. Compared to my old Corsica 3.1 litre V6 this car gets up to speed quicker and is much smoother.
pygmalion - the graduate rebate is a Mazda program that should not affect the price you can negotiate at the dealer. Try contacting Mazda Canada directly for information. At the dealer, get the price finalized and then tell them you want the rebate. If they're on the up and up it shouldn't be an issue.
#958 of 24043 ES interior
Mar 19, 2001 (10:34 am)
I like the black interior color, I would rather have it than a light colored interior anyday. My integra's interior was tan and it got dirty easily. The only thing I don't like about the ES interior is the fake aluminum center counsol and I think I am going to paint it black as soon as I figure out how to take it off. Any Pro drivers from the Twin Cities in here? I haven't seen a 2001 yet, but I notice the 1999s and 2000s a lot.
#959 of 24043 Re. Poll and Cargo net question
Mar 19, 2001 (10:35 am)
I am now used to the ES white guages and the red backlight at night. Took a couple of days but now is fine. The dark interior shows dust and all the cat hair I drag into the car with me but it doesn't bother. Obviously I bought the car!
Does anyone have the cargo net installed? What do you use it for specifically? The one I saw at the dealer would not really hold groceries or even prevent them from moving around. Is it worth $74 + tax?
Mar 19, 2001 (10:55 am)
I feel your pain, my friend. I have NEVER used the cassette player in my Protege, I sold all my cassettes in a yard sale last year, lol! In defense of Mazda, they don't sell a ton of Protege's, in comparison to say, the Corolla, Focus or Civic. Mazda does try to configure the different optional equipment in "groups" that appeal to different shoppers. Most of the "mass" auto manufactures do the same to a lesser extent, (build more cars offer, more equipment options). Alex, the cassette player and power moonroof options will set you back roughly $975.00 or so. However, they will definitely increase the appeal and value of your PRO-ES at re-sale/trade-in time. I own two, 2000 Protege's with power moonroofs and absolutely love this option. I am 6'1" and the moonroof does not negatively effect head room for me. We have 20,000 miles on our PRO-ES's and have had zero problems with the moonroof or anything else, for that matter!
If you need the ABS and side air bags and don't wish to bite the bullet on the cost of the moonroof/cassette player optional equipment, you should speak to a sales manager. A top box Mazda dealership should be able to find out if there are any other options. I do not think you can "custom order" most Japanese imports like you can domestics. If I remember correctly, you can ask your local Mazda dealership to contact Mazda USA. Mazda will search for your preferred model, color, and options in their inventory of incoming stock from Japan, for a match with your desired vehicle config. I believe your local dealer will ask for a small deposit ($250 or so, is customary) and have Mazda USA divert that vehicle to their list of incoming cars.
Alex, we are all on a budget, just ask my wife, hehe! However, the $750.00 custmer sales incentive will almost pay for the moonroof/cassette options. BTW, you will not be sorry you purchased a Protege, my friend. Zoom Zoom Zoom.
#961 of 24043 I don't want nikecar to have all the fun!!!
Mar 19, 2001 (11:05 am)
Changes come in twos, right everybody? Well, to go along with the new baby, who's still 10 weeks away from entering this world, Meade also has added a NEW JOB to the pile of changes going on in his life!
Instead of working in an 80-year-old streetcar maintenance shop doing PR work for the local transit company, I now (effective April 2) will be Public Relations Manager for the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, the local authority that oversees Richmond's toll roads and "The Diamond," home of the minor-league Richmond Braves! (Free tickets, I hope ...)
So besides extra money, what are the benefits?
- 11th floor office with a window overlooking downtown and the James River! (Sure beats a second-floor window overlooking a bus maintenance yard)
- More flexible work hours
- Lower-cost health, dental and vision
- Power, prestige and importance
For my beloved Protege:
- his own, free spot in a new parking deck
- no more tolls - I work for the toll collector!!!
ZOOM ZOOMMMMMMM!!!! I'll let everybody know my new e-mail address after I make the move. My last day here at this job and address is Friday, March 30.
Now maybe you'll understand why I've been so vacant on this topic lately! Busy with painting, baby stuff purchasing and JOB INTERVIEWING!!!