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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#6194 of 7874 Zany Tire Size
Apr 28, 2003 (4:19 pm)
In my discussions with an individual who worked in sales allocation at Toyo, it came up that in model year 2001, only 5,000 cars with the 195/50R16 tire size were sold in North America. One can assume most if not all of those were Proteges. He described that size as "European," and said that they sell about twenty times as many in that size in Japan, Europe, Australia, etc. Apparently, we just need to catch up with the rest of the world.
I think the reasons Mazda chose it are it is a relatively low profile tire, so it looks and rides sporty. At the same time, it is a little on the narrow side, so fuel economy does not suffer too much.
#6195 of 7874 Miata Stereo
Apr 29, 2003 (7:17 am)
I was at the dealer yesterday looking at the cars in the showroom and I noticed that the Miata stereo head unit looked remarkably similar to the one found in the Protege. Does anyone know if these Miata units are interchangeable with the Protege?
#6196 of 7874 Miata Stereo
Apr 29, 2003 (7:31 am)
Not sure if they are exactly interchangeable. I know a lot of people on miata.net are buying overstock 6-disc changers from the Tribute off eBay. The components have different part numbers on the various accessories brochures (except the 6 Disc changer in the Miata/Tribute). Why do you ask?
BTW- I have an 03 Protege5 & 03 Miata. It seems to me that the Miata stereo looks a little smaller, but I thought that may just be a perspective issue. The Miata stereo is nothing special either, and most Miata owners agree that the Bose system is not worth the money.
#6197 of 7874 miata stereo...
Apr 29, 2003 (10:28 am)
...doesn't have rear audio controls, so I don't think you'd want it in your P5. The modular components(CD, cassette) are interchangeable which is why Mazda is using this design across most of it's line-up.
#6198 of 7874 Miata - I know, I know off topic, but...
Apr 29, 2003 (10:51 am)
Interestingly, my Miata stereo DOES have a fade setting. If I turn fade all the way to the back, I get no sound from the speakers. What does this mean as far as rear audio controls? Could I add rear speakers (assuming I found a place to put them)?
Apr 29, 2003 (11:08 am)
maybe they have changed it since I last looked. I drove an '02 a couple months ago and I don't remember it having it. I have heard that Mazda is working on some accessory speakers for it so that's probably how they would tie it in.
Apr 29, 2003 (3:16 pm)
After reading the last two posts I was curious...so I took a look at the Shinsen version Miata I have on the showroom....If you push the right side dial it rotates through bass, treb, mid range and fade. when you turn the dial to hear the rear fade the sound vanishes.
#6201 of 7874 told you so
Apr 29, 2003 (3:18 pm)
Perhaps it is just Shinsens as that is what I own.
Apr 30, 2003 (5:21 am)
Met the dealer this morning and of course on our drive he doesn't feel any clutch chudder(shudder and or chatter). It's quite possible, as I didn't feel it yesterday either. It's a dry day today, and it mostly happens on damp mornings. Without dew on the car this morning I had the feeling I was in trouble. He still has my car thoughk, so I've asked him to drive it a few more times today.
While on the drive he did feel the break pulsations I've had lately. I've avoided even bringing that up to anyone as I didn't feel like paying for new brakes already. He said he could replace the rotors under warranty which should fix the problem. Since I have the rental car till the end of today, I told him to keep mine and replace them. So maybe by the time I get back to pick it up he will have verified the chudder.
So at this point, if they don't feel it today, I asked him if he would consider driving it for a few days. I figure that's the best way to know for sure he will feel it. He didn't really respong to that, but I may pursue it further if I can't get Mazda to do anything else.
And btw, I I I I have have have an an an Echo Echo Echo. I think it's nice for what it is, cheap transportation. I do LOVE the center pod guages. It took me about 5 minutes to stop looking down for my speedometer and get accustomed to it and the center position is very natural. I would love that to become a design standard.
Apr 30, 2003 (6:26 am)
The only reason that auto makers have adopted the center gauge design is to save money. They do not have to design 2 different dashes for different markets. Ergonomically, it is not as good as a having the gauges right in front of you. Instead of having to look down, as with traditional gauges, you have to look down AND to the side. The best place for gauges would be right in front of you, but that would tend to get in the way of actually driving the car.