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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#3817 of 7874 Central Locking
Apr 30, 2002 (4:26 pm)
Hey seminole_key, as far as I know, you are correct about the central locking -- I lived in Europe for the past 5 years before moving back here to the States, and over there, they use "central locking" to refer to a car where you have one switch that locks all the doors and the trunk/hatch.
Also, on the European note, for those that were worrying some posts back about the 2002 being the first year for the Protege5, don't worry. I lived in England, and this car has been around for a while, just not with the cool looks the P5 has. They have had basically the same car for many years in Europe. I believe it was/is called the 323F over there, and it has been Mazda's best selling vehicle in Europe for several years.
Apr 30, 2002 (4:38 pm)
Protege'5 = 323 F in Europe = Astina (SP20) in Australia = Familia Sport20 in Japan.
They all zoom zoom
Apr 30, 2002 (5:26 pm)
sounds great. how do i find those in my area? are there any requirements?
Apr 30, 2002 (5:26 pm)
Okay...so the Mazda website shows the stock wheels as 6.0JJ x 16......does that mean wheels that I find that are 16 x 7 will not work? I don't think I've seen any that say 16 x 6.
Apr 30, 2002 (5:39 pm)
Not necessarily. 16x7 may work, but the offset would have to be just right to avoid interference with suspension, steering or body parts. The correct answer is "it depends" -- which is why it is so important to work with a company that GUARANTEES their fitments... like the Tire Rack. Aftermarket wheels are frequently offered in widths wider than stock wheels, so you may have limited choices if you desire a 16x6. I'm just curious - why do you want different wheels? Looks? Performance? If you are really just wanting polished 16s from Mazda, why not just order them through one of the online dealerships that offer discounts?
Apr 30, 2002 (5:43 pm)
Just got my June issue of Car and Driver....
They compared 6 "mini wagons" and here's the ranking:
1. Mazda Protege 5 (what else? )
2. Chrysler PT Cruiser (yukk.... and why the hell it's here?)
3. Toyota Matrix XRS (hahaha, nice try Toyota)
4. Ford Focus ZX5
5. Pontiac Vibe
6. Suzuki Aerio SX
I'm so glad we're #1!!!
#3823 of 7874 silver bullet
Apr 30, 2002 (9:11 pm)
Thanks for the info....and trust me....if/when I do ever buy new wheels....I will not do it on my own! Most likely I would go through a local shop.....where they can insure the proper fit and do the "installation".
As for the reason I want them...it is for looks. And I figure if I'm gonna have to buy some...might as well get some I really like and will differentiate my P5 from others. We'll see....I may get my car and be happy with how it comes...I really won't know til I actually see it...which better be soon!!
May 01, 2002 (2:34 am)
If you are thinking about plus sizing to 17's, I'd seriously consider the Racing Hart wheels that were fitted to the MP3 (assuming they also fit the P5 - anyone know for sure?). At least you'd have the peace of mind of knowing this wheel is an approved Mazda replacement. Looks are subjective, so get what you like and enjoy your car. Personally, I'd stay away from 17's unless you drive on very smooth streets!
May 01, 2002 (5:04 am)
My 2001 Protege had the standard 16-inch tires that the P5 has. I traded the car for a 2002 Jetta with 17-inch tires. The handling is a little better, but the ride is also harsher to reflect that. The 17s will definitely make the ride firmer, so think about that before adding them to your car.
May 01, 2002 (6:11 am)
Vocus, my friend traded the standard 16 inch wheels that came on his 2000 323i for the gorgeous 17 inch Motorsport wheels available on the sport package 330i. Now he has a car full of rattles, caused mostly by the 40/45 series tires, his sport suspension, and bomb crater Houston streets. I think he wishes he'd kept the 16's.