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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#4935 of 7874 DEFINATELY WAVE
Jul 28, 2002 (6:41 am)
HEY I WAVE TO OTHER Protege5 Drivers and I hope you do to. I use to sell Mazdas and it is absolutely true that Mazda people are a little different. I wouldn't take me more then a minute or two of talking to someone to figure out if the "get" Mazda, as in get excited over things like optimized suspension and steering system. NOT MAZDA PEOPLE want to know where the "auto-lock" door feature is and why an automatic tranny is extra.
So if you are ever in Camdemn County NJ and you see a red 2002 P5 on the road, give a wave.
Jul 28, 2002 (9:09 am)
unfortunately as more and more people buy p5's, I find less and less people who wave back to me or flash their lights back. I could be in yellow p5 at light next to them and they either completely ignore me, or don't see me. Oh well, I am glad I am in a club and we get together and have fun even though other people are stuck up.
#4937 of 7874 Thank you
Jul 28, 2002 (9:17 am)
to everyone whoi has given me advice on the topic of my damaged car. BUT, let me set the record straight... I DID NOT expect them to replace my 3-week old car with a new one. I DID expect them to offer some type of compensation -- over and above repairing my car and providing a rental until mine was repaired -- because they were careless and they created a situation which greatly added to the depreciation of my car. Also, my VIN now has an accident report attached to it, negatively affecting the resale value. Are they OBLIGATED to do so? NO. As good business and to show that they value their customers, YES. I DID write a polite letter explaining my concerns and grief over this situation. The Dealership replied that they were only offeing a replacement for my car IF I traded in my new/damaged vehicle plus $2800. That's the only option they would consider - no free extended warranty. No free car washes or oil changes. Nothing to appease my feelings of frustration and aggravation. Therefore, I will take my car elsewhere for service and not reccommend them to anyone i know who is looking to buy a new car. I have also filed a complaint with the CEO and National Sales Directors of Mazda N.A. Operations, as well as with the BBB. It may not get me anywhere, but i feel better.
OK, NO MORE ON THE SUBJECT!! I'm sure other people have horror stories about poor treatment from dealers as well. I just needed to vent. Thanks.
Jul 28, 2002 (11:04 am)
Not to drag on with your unpleasant experience but I just wanted to add that your expectations or hopes were/are reasonable with the dealer. Additionally, you've done what you can do to take control of the situation. The dealer has lost not only your future business (service and possibly new purchases), but also that of others I'm sure. You mentioned that the dealer wanted to make the situation "right". IMO,they failed considerably and really need a refresher course in Business101. Good luck going forward.
#4939 of 7874 wjk57, do this
Jul 29, 2002 (9:33 am)
Let the dealer replace your car, and you pay him $2,800 bucks. AS LONG AS, the dealer pays your car note off. Then you would only be paying $2,800 for your Protege.
Jul 29, 2002 (9:53 am)
I test drove the Focus 5dr, Matrix, and Protege5; looked at but didn't drive the Elantra GT. I surf, windsurf, mtnbike and cart around an Australian Shepherd almost everywhere I go, so I wanted SPACE (traded a Minivan-spoiled me for lotsa room!). Matrix had the room with those nifty fold-flat seats (the extra front folding helped for surfboards), but like others, I found the handling only so-so. Kinda liked the looks of the Matrix even if they're strange. The P5 on the other hand...OH MY GAWD! Truly had tears in my eyes driving 200 miles home from the dealer it was so sweet! Crisp, sporty, safe, tight, plenty of power for me, divine seats, great interior layout and ergonomics - the "feel"!! You do hafta drive one to see for yourself. The test drives were great, but that nice long ride up the coast - Whoo boy! It outstripped the competition for me, even with my need for space. There's enough room for my wife and I to go windsurf with 2 boards on top (that handy rack), quiver of 5 sails, 2 booms, 2 masts, misc. gear, wetsuits, helmets, etc. - and the DOG! Alone, I can get my 8'9" board inside (front pass.seat folded fully backwards). It's not the minivan, but it is SOOOOoooo much fun to tool around in, I don't miss it. The rack and hatch make for a very useable rig. Ok, we cant do 5 weeks in Baja so easily as in the minivan, but hey... As langiappe, it's great looking. I couldn't be happier with my choice. I am one tickled coast cruiser... Mazda, you've created a monster (me ;}
Jul 29, 2002 (9:59 am)
When I test-drove the P5 I finally bought, it had dealer-added $1700 wheels and tires (too 20-something for my 60-something tastes), but I had to keep them on till the next day - and my experience was that these made the ride SOOO harsh compared to the stock Dunlops I swapped to the next day. I wonder if those (including professional reviewers) who felt the ride was rough had different (ultra low provile?)tires. It made a huge difference. I was willling to live with it, but it was an unexpected negative. Imagine my relif (OH MY GAWD!)on the ride home next day...I am truly impressed at Mazda for what they've accomplished in a small pkg.
Question: Anybody know if you can buy the leather shift knob of the mid-cycle refresh at the dealers?
Jul 29, 2002 (10:25 am)
If it has a part number, you can most likely order anything you want from the parts dept. - just add money!
Jul 29, 2002 (10:57 am)
the leather one is:
1) more comfortable?
2) easier to shift?
3) both 1 and 2?
4) none of the above?
Jul 29, 2002 (11:20 am)
It's actually nice to see someone who does all kind of sport appreciates P5 driving spirit. This car is so selfish, only the driver can fully enjoy.