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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
Jun 27, 2002 (5:13 am)
I have a 2000 ES 5-speed, and yes, my clutch slips in the morning for the first one or two engagements, especially when it has rained overnight or the air is humid. It always goes away after the first one or two engagements.
This is a well-known quirk of Mazda clutches (even experienced in the Miata), and it's been talked about at length over on the Protege discussion several times in the last couple of years. My '92 LX had the same quirk. I have spoken to my service manager about it, and it seems to have something to do with moisture forming on the clutch plate -- much like sweat on a glass of cold water. It in NO WAY affects the life of your clutch (my 1992 had 83,000 miles on the original clutch when I sold it, and my 2000 ES currently has 39,000 trouble-free miles on it).
In short, friend, don't worry about it. It gives your car character!!!
#4659 of 7874 so clutch slippage is not a bug ...
Jun 27, 2002 (7:39 am)
its a feature, eh? My car is missing this feature - maybe I should see if Mazda will buy it back as a lemon! Maybe it doesn't slip because it is so dang dry where I live.
Jun 27, 2002 (8:17 am)
Speaking from experience, you do NOT want to have to go through that ordeal, even as a joke. It's not pretty at all.
Jun 27, 2002 (8:24 am)
Like I said, it's intermittent and seems to be linked to humidity. I wouldn't be upset if it DOESN'T happen, LOL ...
#4662 of 7874 Cruising SoCal in a Yellow P5 rental
Jun 27, 2002 (12:33 pm)
I just returned from a week in North County and San Diego. I was initially supposed to rent a Mustang, but when I saw a yellow P5 with sports shift in the lot, I made a last-minute change. I'm sure glad I did.
That car has a SOUL. Edmunds is right when they call it "utterly charming." I can't tell you how much pleasure was derived from driving up the old seaside highway (route 101) around sunset, putting the P5 through the twisties, and seeing the looks from people on the beaches.
The sports shift was excellent. I've always driven a stick, but wouldn't hesitate to switch after experiencing this. The only two irritating things were the power (need at least 10 more hp) and the inability to be able to put quickly put the back seats down flat.
I have rented many cars, but this is the first time I've actually felt sad to part with a rental. My 1996 Altima seems pretty lifeless after driving the P5.
Jun 27, 2002 (12:44 pm)
to put the back seat down flat you must rotate the cushion up and forward first. You can even remove the cushion completely which release some additional cargo space (I like to put my tents, water, etc.. down there when going camping).
Jun 27, 2002 (12:44 pm)
Sounds like there may be an Altima on the Mazda dealer's used car lot before too long
Jun 27, 2002 (12:55 pm)
except I bet that Altima is (almost?) paid for.
I really like to see that people like the car. It's nice to know that I'm not the only person that really loves the P5.
Well and all the regulars around here of course.
#4666 of 7874 Chrome wheels
Jun 27, 2002 (1:27 pm)
I don't normally order too many P5's with the chrome wheels (we have a theft prob. in our area) but I slipped in a mid year refresh unit with the "new" chrome wheels and they look really good.
Jun 27, 2002 (1:34 pm)
My local dealer tells me he "can't" order a P5 the way I'd like it -- basically, I want a base 5-speed with just mats, but I'd like the yellow (well, maybe leather as well). Is he just blowing smoke? Also, is it too late in the year to order a car equipped a certain way? Thanks!