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#301 of 335 Buying 2003 Protege5 I hope?
Feb 04, 2004 (6:32 pm)
Greetings everyone, I am new to this site and a prospective first time buyer of a Mazda Protege5 Sport wagon. I am looking at a 2003 that lists for 17,745 and with rebates is selling for 14,000. It sounds like a good deal, but I am concerned about its performance in snow, as I live in the northeast. The salesman has told me I can put 15inch snows in place of the 16inch Dunlops that are currently on the car. Has anyone else changed the tire size, and is it okay to do so, I am not very mechanically minded and I am going into this with very little knowledge of the Mazda line. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Feb 05, 2004 (7:48 am)
Sounds like an OK deal for 14k, but I would try to get them a little lower. It is a leftover, afterall. But still a great car. Glad I got one before they all gone.
Lots of people have gone w/ the 15" wheel/snow tire combo from tirerack.com (I haven't though). Last snow/ice here in N.C. my SP5000Ms seemed to do ok, although they only have 3000 miles on them.
#303 of 335 snow tires on P5
Feb 05, 2004 (9:40 am)
I do have snows tires (and need them) up here and love it. At first you will notice a bit of a difference but considering its winter, you will be driving slower anyway. I wouldn't leave the Dunlops on it if you didn't have to. Plus this will help the Dunlops last longer as they don't have a long tread life (25-40k miles, depending on your driving).
#304 of 335 Buying 2003 Protege5 I hope
Feb 05, 2004 (1:22 pm)
I bought my P5 last week after a bit of work and research. I worked with 3 dealers willing to go $5000-5100 off who were about 100-150 miles away. After I got my best deal, I gave my local dealer the opportunity to match the price and he did. Mine stickered for 17.8 and I bought it for 12.7!!
I have been out on snow once with the stock 16 tires and it did okay.
#305 of 335 New P5 owner
Feb 05, 2004 (1:34 pm)
Hi, my name is Andy and I am the proud owner of a new Protege5. I apologize for my last post without introducing myself first.
As I mentioned, I bought mine last week at a nice discount ($5100 off). I wanted and got a 5 speed and the only option was the ABS and side air bag package.
I am absolutely thrilled with this car!! All of the positive attributes that I read in all the reviews are there: great handling, great build quality, great value, etc., etc., etc.
I find the power more than adequate as I joyfully crank through the gears.
The suspension is admittedly a bit firm, but it is not bothersome to me. However, I do not like taking the car much above 70 mph as it gets a bit to busy and buzzy for me. This car will be a urban runabout for me, so this really isn't a problem.
I could not be any happier with this car!!!
#307 of 335 Congratulations Andrewk.
Feb 09, 2004 (5:32 pm)
My wife and I are quite pleased with her P5, and I'm very happy with my Protege. Yours should reward you with fun reliable service, as ours have.
#310 of 335 New 2003 ES Owner
Jun 01, 2004 (9:26 am)
I've been reading this Forum for over a month now. Started in the Mazda3 forum, but after I came to grips with the fact that I probably wouldn't be able to get in one (based on my budget) I decided that the Protege would be my 2nd choice. If I had the time, I may have held out; however, my old car was a 92 Nissan Maxima with 198,700 miles on it. It would stall on me at random times and the A/C was not blowing cold. Here in Dallas they both are issues. I got my money's worth out of her. So I was hoping to at least be able to drive her on a lot for a trade.
I located several Proteges (over the internet) still new on a few area lots and checked them out. Unfortunately, they sold by the time I got to them. I did notice that they sold for about 5,000 under MSRP so I used that ammo to help buy the ES I found on a lot near my work. The sticker was $18,060 w/ABS, side air-bags, and wheel locks. I managed to get them down to $13,900 including my trade ($600.00 towards TTL).
After reading some more on this site I decided to go with the Mazda extended warranty - because I will keep the car for a while. Got 7yrs/100,000 w/$50 deductible for $799.00.
I am very pleased with car. It's white, which wouldn't have been my first choice since my Maxima was white, but now I'm pleased with the color too. Wish it had the moonroof and 6 disc in-dash changer though. Anyway, it's all you guys have said yours were, and I look forward to driving mine every time I get in it. It had 114 miles on it (brand new) when I drove it off the lot. Now, I'm up to about 700 "babied" miles.
A few things I want to do is to tint the windows (right away) and upgrade the speakers to the Kenwoods that many of you have gone with. I've checked out the on-line Mazda sites you have mentioned you purchased yours at, but I've also seen some on Ebay for less. Debating whether to go with the Mazda ones because of the factory wiring/connectivity or save on the Ebay ones. Also would like to know how easy the speakers are to get to for self-install. I visited tboggs' homepage (http://homepage.mac.com/tboggs/Menu7.html) where he shows pics of his installs, but I'm not too car audio savvy. Plus I don't want to risk causing any cosmetic damage. I will try though if you all advise that it's easy. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
Also, what are anyones thoughts on going with an early oil change for the first one? Or, should I just wait for the 1st scheduled one?
Thanks for your time - if you took the time to read this. This is a great forum and has been a great help so far.