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You are in the Mazda Protege
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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#6319 of 7874 Alarm/Mirror
Jun 02, 2003 (6:41 pm)
I have the Perimeter Alarm on my 2003 Miata. Apparently, there is a lot more to installing this than flipping a switch considering the technician had to call Mazda twice for help.
I have the auto-dimming mirro on both my Miata and my Protege5 (with tinted windows). It is great. I highly recommend it if you are considering it. It apparently is also difficult to install. Again, the techinician had to call Mazda for help twice during installation on the Miata, and it took 4 tries to get it properly installed on the Protege5. Don't they train these people to install the accessories they sell?!
#6320 of 7874 I do care about mpg.
Jun 03, 2003 (3:48 am)
If the difference is only 1-2mpg, I can deal with it, but not when it's on the order of 8-10mpg. That's just too much of a drop for me, if the two vehicles I'm comparing are pretty even otherwise.
I wish Mazda did have a bit more economy, but I realize it's due to 1) lower compression due to non-interference engine designs and 2) lower gearing to provide more seat-of-the-pants feel. Still, I wish they had another overdrive gear or a taller one for freeway cruising. I downshift when I want to really pass someone anyway.
#6321 of 7874 One more gear
Jun 03, 2003 (5:25 am)
I also would like a 6th gear or taller 5th. 80% of my driving is on the highway (I walk/bike to work and most places during the week). I'm sure by doing this we could get another 5mpg out of this car easy. Otherwise I like how close the ratios are (except the 1st - 2nd jump).
It will be interesting to see how the new 3 is when it is released.
Jun 03, 2003 (6:28 am)
Otherwise I like how close the ratios are (except the 1st - 2nd jump)
In all the car I drove so far, there is jump between 1st and 2nd. I think the 1st is always designed to be short. Ever start a car on a hill of 25% with four passengers inside and a 1000lb trailer behind?
Jun 03, 2003 (10:06 am)
The autodim mirror is a great feature. You will see many posts from people who have it and would never have another car without it....I order it on alot of our cars for inventory....
It's a little tricky to install but if you have some mechanical abilities you can do it.
#6324 of 7874 Protege 5 vs ES
Jun 03, 2003 (4:38 pm)
I'm not really trying to start an argument here, just wondering what excatly is the difference between the two, aside from the look and the anti-sway bar thingie
Jun 03, 2003 (7:33 pm)
There are few differences. The ones that come to mind are:
1. The ES does not come with a strut tower brace.
2. The P5 has a different front bumper, head lights, and fog lights than the ES.
3. The P5 comes with side skirts.
4. The ES has 6x9 rear speakers while the P5 has 6.5s.
5. The P5 weighs a little more.
Jun 04, 2003 (4:05 am)
6. The P5 is shorter by 4-5in
7. You can shove more into the P5 than the sedan, nonetheless.
8. There's more headroom in the rear seats of the P5.
9. The rear outboard seats in the P5 have adjustable headrests.
10. P5 has a rubberized whip antenna (more durable?).
11. P5 now has a subwoofer mounted in the spare.
12. P5 has a rear wiper & washer.
13. You can put the MPV wiper stalk into the P5 to get variable intermittent wipers while you have to import the old Canadian 626's stalk to do the same in the ES.
14. Look under the front suspension. I know the P5 has a stiffener brace in addition to the stabilizer bar (the brace does impede access to the oil filter), not sure of the ES though.
15. You'll probably hear more noise from the cargo area in the P5.
16. The P5's rear bumper cover is different as well.
Jun 04, 2003 (5:39 am)
17. The P5 has different tail lights.
Jun 04, 2003 (5:42 am)
the P5 has longer name.
Seriously, what's the color of the gauge and interior light on the ES?