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#262 of 7874 Disappointed in Mazda Protege 5
May 14, 2001 (1:10 pm)
I just went to look at the Protege 5, as I am in the market for a wagon soon. I am 5 feet 10 inches tall and had only 2 inches to spare in the driver's seat. My hubby is 6feet 3inches, so forget it for us. I opened up the back hatch and it has about the same room as my 97 Corolla, so no improvement there at all. I think it is just a Protege with a different back-end. We drove a Protege in 1998 and it was very roomy, what happened to the car?? The pricing is right, but not competitive with the Ford Focus Wagon I am looking at. They aren't flexible on the options either, pretty much the sporty look only...
#263 of 7874 Re: Headroom
May 14, 2001 (1:13 pm)
Was two inches to spare with the seat adjusted all the way down?
#264 of 7874 RE: nemeca
May 14, 2001 (1:31 pm)
Seems strange, I have a 6'6" freind who hasn't complained about the same problem in his '00 Protege. I'll have to get his opinion of the P5 and see if it works or not.
#265 of 7874 RE: maltb
May 14, 2001 (1:40 pm)
Does your friend's Pro have a moon roof?
#266 of 7874 nope...
May 14, 2001 (1:44 pm)
and she didn't mention that either...I don't think at least. I'm too lazy to go back and look.
May 14, 2001 (1:45 pm)
Well to be honest with you...it is a protege with a different end. Not a totally new vehicle.
#268 of 7874 mazda graduate program
May 14, 2001 (3:08 pm)
Anyone know if Mazda will offer the 1.9 APR for 36 months + 400 cash back on the 2002 protege5 in the USA?
This degree might be good for something after all .. thanks
#269 of 7874 Options
May 14, 2001 (5:14 pm)
I'm sorry for all you Americans who are complaining about no ABS without moonroof. When I bought my last car (a 1994 Nissan Sentra) the Protege and the Civic were immediately removed from consideration because I couldn't get the top trim line (which had all the bells and whistles that I wanted) with ABS without moonroof. Even now, I can't get the Protege ES sedan with ABS without moonroof. I'm grateful that the options in Canada for the P5 seem to allow no moonroof (ABS is standard). One additional note, side airbags are not available here at all.
However, I have now seen 4 different P5s in 3 different colours (thanks lszabo for letting me know where I could see the red one; it is GORGEOUS) and every single one had a moonroof. I hope that this isn't going to be one of those phantom options where all cars produced have moonroof even if it is ostensibly an option.
nemeca, don't assume that since your husband is 5" taller than you that he won't fit. It depends on trunk length and driving position and a whole lot of other things. One additional question of course is whether the car you tried had moonroof. The existence of the moonroof does cut headroom. I don't know what you were expecting, nobody ever said that the P5 was anything more than a Protege with a different back end (and some sportier touches on the front and sides). The seating area is exactly the same as the current Protege according to the specs. The whole car IS a bit shorter, so the trunk would actually be slightly smaller (although of course you have additional height).
#270 of 7874 Hi Folks- Just a reminder that this discussion is linked to both the Hatchback and Station Wagons Message Board.
May 14, 2001 (7:31 pm)
For that reason, I've re-edited the title to include "Hatchbacks & Station Wagons" into the title name. Hopefully this will help to avoid any confusion with the discussion occuring here... from participants from both of these message boards.
Please note: you can access this discussion from either the Station Wagons or the Hatchbacks message board. However, if you enter from one particular message board, the links at the top and near the bottom of the page will take you back into the same message board you entered from.
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#271 of 7874 Re: Title Edit
May 14, 2001 (7:47 pm)
You might want to change the name to Mazda Protege5 since that is what the car is actually called both in Canada and the United States.