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#3637 of 7874 Protege changes for the 2003
Apr 18, 2002 (10:52 am)
This may be old news for some of you. A short while back, a participant (bjewett) here asked about changes for the 2003 Protege5. Here's a little information from Edmunds' Future Telling section that some of you may find interesting. It states Mazda will offering a choice of either a 2.0-liter or 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in their 2003 Protege sedan and hatchback. Hope this is helpful. Perhaps someone here has more to add.... Thanks!
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#3638 of 7874 what kind of 2.3 engine is that?
Apr 18, 2002 (11:56 am)
I don't see any current commercialized Mazda vehicle equipped with the 2.3l four inline engine.
Apr 18, 2002 (12:17 pm)
The 2.3 will be shared with the new Mazda 6 and will not come until AFTER the redesign.
Apr 18, 2002 (12:24 pm)
I hope a redesign doesn't come too soon. I'm already plenty miffed that my automatic, a mere 3 months old, is obsolete.
Apr 18, 2002 (12:35 pm)
Same one that the B2300 truck uses now. It's a Mazda designed engine that is being built in the states for cars built in the US. When it's used in the Pro, it will be built in Japan for those vehicles. It's supposed to be a good motor.
Apr 18, 2002 (12:40 pm)
Of course Mazda is redesigning the P5! I pick up my new midnight blue P5 on Friday. Dang.
Oh well. Such is the way of modern marketing and manufacturing. I got my 450 Mhz Mac a month before the price fell $500 due to the introduction of a speedier model.
Think of it this way: We'll always be the P5 pioneers!
Apr 18, 2002 (12:52 pm)
OK. So the spec of the 2.3l should be something like
155 ft.lb 4050 rpm
Apr 18, 2002 (12:58 pm)
I would think that it will be tuned for a couple more HP in exchange for some torque. Just my guess though.
Apr 18, 2002 (12:59 pm)
I would guess it would have the same output as the new 6. 170 hp
#3646 of 7874 Don't get panic guys and gals...
Apr 18, 2002 (1:09 pm)
If you look at the specs, the difference between the two engines are not that big and the new engine couldn't probably rev quite happily as the old one (rpm at max power is quite low.) I'm quite happy with the 2.0l engine: economic, quite, reliable, and peppy (the car jumps without any delay when I step on the gas). Probably Mazda just put a bigger hp engine to be "hp"-competitive in the market and avoid all those complains about under-powered Protege.