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#909 of 1151 2001 Protege servicing
Jun 17, 2005 (9:43 pm)
Hey all, I'm new here. I live in Iowa and have a 2001 Protege DX, mileage at 56,500. I've had the car for a year and a half now, and love it. Never had to take it in for anything but oil changes so far....until today. I'm taking a trip to Colorado in a few days, and the check engine light came on yesterday (of course, great timing). I took it in to the local Mazda dealership, and the diagnosis was that the PCM software needed to be updated for the base idle speed. For this, they charged $222 for diagnosis and reprogramming of the PCM. It's the first time I've used the dealership, and was just wondering if their prices and diagnosis are legit. Also, when I picked my car up (after-hours), I noticed a very faint knocking coming from under the hood where there was none before. Would this be normal, or is it something that I should take back in before I leave on my trip? I've got more questions, but I'll save them for a later post, as I appear to be writing a novel already. Any input would be appreciated, as my Mazda is baby and I love her.
#910 of 1151 I'd get them to check the source of the knocking.
Jun 25, 2005 (11:23 am)
And be sure to mention that noise wasn't there before they worked on it.
I do think that was expensive for the diagnosis and service. Did they do anything else? Any services or parts would be listed on your receipt. The labor rates at the dealerships I've used is around $75/hr. They usually charge only 1/2-1hr for a simple diagnosis (hook it up to their computer and read the codes without any real investigating).
Most auto parts stores also offer free code-reading for a CEL. I've bugged my local AutoZone for a recurring CEL (related to a stuck EGR valve). My dealership had to clean that bugger out at least 3X. At least they didn't charge me for the follow-up services, but they did occur really soon after the cleaning service (which I thought was expensive, as replacing the EGR valve would have cost only a little more). They also gloss the sidewalls of my tires and offer a shuttle service within a 12 mile radius of their shop (which just gets me to and from my workplace).
#911 of 1151 Sometimes it pays to dumpster-dive.
Jun 25, 2005 (11:38 am)
OK, it was more like rooting around while standing outside an over-sized corrugated cardboard carton.
But I scored some Chilton shop-level service manuals (still in shrink wrap!). I think some distributor didn't sell all their copies, and just decided to recycle them (I was dropping off a load of paper and cardboard). I got a 2001 and a 2003 import service manual. Heh heh.
So the moral is: It pays to recycle.
#912 of 1151 What does a 60K Protege maintenance cost?
Jun 29, 2005 (10:39 am)
I have a 2000 Protege and want to do the 60K maintenance. From several shops I called north of DC I got service times of 2, 3, 4 and 7 hours and costs from $269 to $585. Does anyone know what a good 60K job is supposed to cost and how many hours it generally takes?
Jun 29, 2005 (2:49 pm)
If you're talking dealer shops, every one will probably include different items from every other one --- and none may exactly match the Mazda recommended 60K service. If it were me, I would pick the one coming closest to matching the Mazda recommended service, at somewhere closest to the lowest price if possible. In any case, get a precise list of what is included, and make sure they do not proceed with anything beyond that without checking for your permission.
#914 of 1151 Timing Belt help!
Jul 01, 2005 (9:23 am)
I am sure you have heard this many times before but I have had one recommendation to get my timing belt replaced on my 01 LX Protege with 67,000 miles on it and I have no idea of how much this will cost. I am a female who does not know a lot about the internal elements of my car and I just need some advice. For the record I am a full-time college student and I do not have a lot of money, so I am trying to figure out the cheapest way to fix this. I live in Vegas, does anyone know a reputable and not to expensive car shop I could go to? My car is my life, I use it for school and work and have obviously put some mileage on it since I purchased it in '02. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you all for your time!
#915 of 1151 re jesmawal post
Jul 01, 2005 (11:37 am)
Timing belt replacement recommendation for 2001 Proteges in the Gates Belt guide is 105,000 miles. I believe Mazda's recommendation is something like 100,000 miles. You're having no problems now? Why change the belt early?
#916 of 1151 Check Engine Light
Jul 05, 2005 (11:08 am)
I have a Protege LX 2000 model, which completed 45k. I recently (on 7/1) got the Signature service from Jiffy Lube done (Oil Chng) after this.
First, the service record says fluids topped, but I could immediately see that windshield wiper fluid was not topped off (as against "Claimed on service record").
Second, after driving home 10 miles, the "Check engine light" came on. I saw the tech at center & he said it is because of some "emmision" related problem. Another one said it could be because of factory set that needs servicing at 45k.
They reset the code, but the lights came on again after driving 10-12 miles..
Need to know what should I do about this case, as I feel cheated. I went to Jiffy for the first time, & have had the problem.
Any or all suggestions welcome.
#917 of 1151 Re: Check Engine Light [choosy]
Jul 05, 2005 (3:10 pm)
It sounds like the service may not have been first rate. The service rep could be correct in the emission guess but there's only one way of finding out: take the car to a garage you trust and have them check the CEL code to diagnose the source of the problem. It could be your oxygen sensor, for example.
#918 of 1151 Timing belt.
Jul 06, 2005 (12:34 pm)
In most states, Mazda recommends changing timing belts at 60k miles. In a few states, they are required to push that to 105k miles.
Whatever. If you don't change it, and the timing belt breaks, at least the engine is "non-interference", so the worst that will happen is you'll need a tow to a garage. In an "interfence" engine, a blown or offset belt could mean broken valves and damaged piston heads (lots of money to fix) in addition to a tow.
Anyway, expect it to cost around $250, give or take $50 (independent to a dealership).
I had mine done in conjunction with a 60k mile service, which included flushing and changing the coolant and transmission fluids. I had them change the accessory belts (they have to be removed to access the timing belt) as well. I also slapped on an EGR valve cleaning since I was getting a CEL (code P0402, which indicates a stuck valve). Total cost was about $800. They threw in a free rental car since I was spending a lot.