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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#3032 of 7874 Paul ... re: "real" valet key
Mar 06, 2002 (4:39 am)
I'm always whining about the "cheaping-out" of the Protege as each new generation has come out (well, I guess until the 2001s showed up and they put back things like 4-wheel discs, lighted ignition key, etc.), but now I'll whine again:
My 1992 LX had a "real" valet key. And the seat backs had locks on their backs. So the valet key only opened the car's doors -- not the trunk. So once you locked the seatbacks from the trunk side and closed the trunk, the valet key could only get you into the passenger compartment and start the ignition. My '92 also had a locking glove box. My 2000 doesn't. (And why, oh why, can't Mazda put a damned LIGHT in the glovebox?) My '92 also had little static-discharge buttons on the doors; you touched 'em prior to closing the door and you didn't shock the hell out of yourself.
I guess I can get along without those features in my 2000 -- but I sure miss some of them, especially the lighted ignition switch (and it wasn't just a cheesy little bulb like in the 2002s; it was a lighted ring around the whole switch). I think Mazda should bring back the old standard features before they embark on new ones.
And BTW -- look at the back of your center armrest console sometime -- the very back, facing the rear seats -- see that square punch-out? That's SUPPOSED (and used) to be an ashtray for the rear seat passengers! I used to use the one in my '92 for trash, gumwrappers, etc. for rear-seat people (who also, BTW, had a folding center armrest to use if they desired). As the car is now, there's nowhere for anyone to place a gumwrapper if they're riding in the back seat! (No cupholders either, for that matter.) I had to remove my center console to install a VHF 2-way radio, and I noticed that that punch-out is quite an affair. It's actually tapped and bolted into the console. Now would it have cost THAT much more to install a little swing-door plastic ashtray there in place of the bolted-in punch-out panel? Geesh, would it have raised the price of the car more than ten bucks?
Mar 06, 2002 (4:53 am)
you just said more negative stuff about the Pro than I did.
Maybe you should sell it and stop posting here.
All in good fun.
Saw a Seabreeze Green for the first time today. Very sharp! Though I think the owner mucked it up with the large bra and moonroof deflector. One of the nice things about the Pro, IMHO, is the clean lines.
Mar 06, 2002 (5:26 am)
Compared to the other cars in its class in May 2000, the Protege had more (or at least the same) features, but was much more fun to drive. And it still is. I'm very satisfied with my car; I just miss some of the stuff my '92 had. But in defense of the 2000, it has much more interior room than the '92 ever hoped for, a much more comfortable driver's seat, air bags, and a few other features.
These features are features I accepted when I took delivery of the car -- so I can not and will not condemn the car for them. I made the decision to buy it, and I love the car.
But even if I hated my car, which I don't, I wouldn't pull a "Hocus-Vocus" (LOL) and go upside-down after having owned the car only 22 months.
ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM!
#3035 of 7874 Anyone else experiencing this?
Mar 06, 2002 (7:55 am)
The Town Hall has a group named "Hyundai Elantra GT vs. Mazda Protege5." When I get the listing, it displays a last update date of today, March 6, 2002. However, the last message in the group was posted December 31, 2001. What's going on? All the other groups display the correct date of the last post except that one.
Mar 06, 2002 (8:07 am)
The wind noise problem can be solved by adding a moonroof deflector.
#3037 of 7874 Hi mdaffron- To answer your question. Post 2957
Mar 06, 2002 (8:07 am)
Whenever any kind of posting activity takes place in a discussion, it automatically updates "last Post" date at the top of the page. This could involve an edit in the Helpful Links and Title... or other behind the scene changes.
So next time you notice this, you may want to check out what may be new in the Helpful Links section. Of course it could also be possible that someone posted a message then decided to delete it.
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Mar 06, 2002 (10:01 am)
Mar 06, 2002 (10:54 am)
This was posted in the "Mazda Protege5 Problems & Solutions" forum.
#68 of 70 by coznefx Mar 04, 2002 (11:09 am)
I'm going to try a few more tanks of gas. Strangely, Mazda suggests that you use the lowest octane recommended for the car, which in this case is 87. We'll see if that helps.
On the engine rattle front, I have some very reassuring news. I just got off the phone with Mazda North America and a fix is indeed on the way. By mid-March dealers should have an ECU reprogram that will solve the problem.
Is this true?
How can we find out if Mazda has sent out any fixes to the dealers, which the fix would be covered under our warranty? I know that if something was wrong and would endanger the customer, Mazda would put out a recall and it would be fixed. How do we find out about little things, or things that really dont affect the car, but should be fixed if the owners wants it fixed?
Mar 06, 2002 (12:27 pm)
Fear not, this is at most a minor annoyance, that apparently not everyone has or notices, for that matter. It does not affect the performance or safety of the vehicle. Obviously Mazda does not want to draw attention to their little error, hence the reason why this "fix" does not qualify as a recall. Frankly, my dealer did not know this problem even existed until I brought it to their attention.
Technical bulletins and the like are internal memos that the general public does not have access to. The only thing that I can suggest is if you have a problem (such as the above) that the dealer is unable to resolve, contact Mazda North America and I assure you they'll devise a remedy. Mazda is trying to aggressively re-establish their presence in North America, and they'll bend over backwards to accommodate you.
Mar 06, 2002 (7:48 pm)
Meade, I don't get what the big deal is with the valet key. I hate valet parking and avoid it anyway, but sheesh, if the guy can open and start your car, he can also drive off with it and break into the rest of it at his leisure.