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#6272 of 7874 No More Protege5 after 2003
May 29, 2003 (10:40 am)
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May 29, 2003 (10:44 am)
Look really good to me. I like the design better than the Toyo's.
But what size to get? 205/45-16?
May 29, 2003 (11:02 am)
That would be the correct plus 0 size for a P5. The speedo would be 1.7% too fast with that size. 205/50R16 is another option.
May 29, 2003 (11:37 am)
Why don't we just PAINT a thin layer of rubber on the wheels?
45- and 50-series tires on a sport wagon? Did Mazda ever consider that some people may buy this little car for its utility AND its sportiness, and may not be interested in Z-rated tires with no sidewalls for a economy car that's incapable of exceeding 118 mph???
Yeah, sorry guys, I'm a little hot here. We bought the Protege5 because of my good experiences with Proteges, and its ability to do things like haul strollers and other gear for our baby.
My wife has to drive her car for her job sometimes, and has to frequent places like trailer parks with gravel roads, potholes and driveways that are in poor repair.
All this with 45- or 50-series "sport" tires on a car that should have a few options other than the one offered.
No doubt Mazda and Dunlop are in bed on this mutually beneficial deal.
#6276 of 7874 Maybe Meade....
May 29, 2003 (11:49 am)
pull a Vocus and switch to 15" wheels. Sure there is cost, but you could sell your wheels to me for my snow tires (if I decide to buy them) and recoup some of the cost. The higher sidewalls of the 15" tires might just be a good thing for your wife.
Like you said, she doesn't exactly drive it like a race car.
205/55-15 is only .8% too slow but gives you a much more compliant sidewall height.
#6277 of 7874 Well, it's worth thinking about.
May 29, 2003 (12:05 pm)
I could probably pull a deal with TireRack and get some nice aftermarket wheels with 15-inch tires on 'em and come in close to spec on speedo error.
If I saved $50 or $60 per tire, I could break even not too far into the future -- considering we keep our cars until they're well paid-off.
I might do a wee bit of pricing on TireRack's website. Have you guys seen the neat feature that lets you "see" their wheels on your make, model and color of car? Kinda fun to play with ... try putting those "daisy" wheels on your P5 for a good laugh ...
#6278 of 7874 New Tires and Plus Sizing
May 29, 2003 (2:35 pm)
I will soon be needing new tires for my P5 but now all the talk around here is getting me scared. I'm a lot like Meade's wife, I don't need sport tires, just new normal stuff that can handle rain and WI winters and doesn't cost a ton.
The Dunlop FM901 isn't recommended nor the Goodyear Eagle, the only two I had found that fit. Why aren't they recommended? Crappy tires that blow up? Or just part-time Speed Racer preference? How bad would a summer tire (Kumho) be in winter snow?
What are the benefits/drawbacks to plus-zero sizing? I read the plus sizing description on DiscountTireDirect, but doesn't let me know what would happen if I picked them. I researched back through this forum and it sounds like the 205/50-16 is the way for me to go. I assume with that size the only thing that's different is the tread width since the wheel size and stuff are the same. Would my speedo just be a little off? That I can deal with. If I needed wider wheels, that's a no-go.
Oh, here's the update on my stupid mistake about tossing the headlight piece. I'm paying an "idiot tax" of $13 to get a Mazda replacement and will be picking it up on Thursday.
May 29, 2003 (4:08 pm)
dang, 60% more than MSRP. Your dealer wasn't very gentle I see.
#6280 of 7874 Tires and Costco
May 29, 2003 (4:28 pm)
When the local Costco was a Price Co., one could purchase tires elsewhere and Price Co. would balance and install them with new stems for $7 per tire. You might want to call your local Costco to see if they (still) do that.
#6281 of 7874 Re: Dropping Brake Pedal Pressure
May 29, 2003 (4:31 pm)
No, they're not ABS. Guess this isn't a common problem or someone else would have said, "Me, too!"