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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#6885 of 7874 Nissan recall and Mazda
Nov 06, 2003 (4:09 am)
The defect was found inside a sensor in the engine that could lead to a short-circuit and stop the engine from working. There have been no reports of accidents caused by the problem. ...
The recall affects many popular cars manufactured between 1998 and May 2003, including the Sunny, March, Cube, Primera, Presage, X-Trail, Skyline and Fairlady Z, as well as two cars built for Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries and Mazda Motor Corp. on an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) basis ...]
It seems it concerns Mazda Familia, aka Japanese Protegé(5). I'm not sure which market cars are specifically concerned.
#6886 of 7874 oops..left the lights on
Nov 12, 2003 (12:12 am)
Do the protege5 's have a feature that keep your battery from draining if you do something stupid akin to leaving a dome light or map light on?
It seems like it. Once I started my car and lo and behold the dome light was on apparently by itself. I gather I left it on previously..but hey, the car started and I wasnt left stranded due to a dead battery.
Same thing happend this weekend with a maplight. This time the car started but not as crisply as normal...little sputter, but it turned over.
I think it's a neat feature. Perhaps all new cars have it, and I just never noticed.
Or, maybe I'm hallucinating.
#6887 of 7874 you aren't hallucinating
Nov 12, 2003 (12:28 am)
I have "tested" this feature too.
Though I never "try" with the headlight. It shouldn't work with the headlight, but then there is an annoying bipping that reminds us if we forget to turn the light off and exit the car.
#6888 of 7874 Thinking of getting into a Pro5...again
Nov 12, 2003 (6:42 am)
Hello all. Due to circumstances (financial) beyond my control, it appears I may have to trade in my 02 Miata LS and my OTM for a new car...
I'm looking into getting another Pro5, yellow, leather, 6cd/moonroof, polished bling-bling wheels. Does $15,000 sound good?
I'm also looking at a 2003 Ford Focus SVT. They now have $2500 rebates like the Pro5, so I'm htinking that about $18000 might be doable (the ones the local dealer has are fully loaded models)
The advantage (as I see it) that the SVT has over the Protege5 is power (of course), 6-speed (love the one in my Miata) and traction control.
The disadvantage I see is the whole Ford thing...I just think that Hiroshima can build a more durable car than Hermisillo.
My next step is to test drive the SVT )don't need to test-drive the Pro5, I had one in late 2001) and see what kind of a deal I can strike up. This will be a real PITA with 2 trades but I haven't had any luck selling my OTM (97 F150).
Any thoughts? opinions? info on deals to be had? comparisons between the two?
#6889 of 7874 Pro5 vs SVTF
Nov 12, 2003 (10:05 am)
I too considered the SVT Focus and went w/ the Pro5. Here's why the SVT lost:
requires premium fuel
MPG was pretty low
I didn't find it's 170 hp that impressive
just felt 'cheaper' than the Pro5
less cargo space
recalls? (Pro5 has none)
more expensive than Pro5
Don't get me wrong, the SVT is a nice vehicle and it was a tough choice. But I LOVE the Pro5 and am VERY happy w/ my decision. If you choose the SVT though, you can get em much cheaper than $18k, probably $16k range. There have been a couple at my dealer sitting for quite awhile now. Make em an offer. I got my new Pro5 for 13400, but I didn't trade. $15k for the options you list sounds ok, but then again, make em an offer!
#6890 of 7874 P5s are on sale.
Nov 12, 2003 (10:44 am)
Since they're being discontinued. One local dealer is advertising 25% off list for all P5 sport-wagons and Protege sedans in their inventory.
Nov 12, 2003 (12:55 pm)
Just bought a new, Laser Blue PR5 with AT4 and 2AB packages from a MileOne near Baltimore
Price was a bit more than should have payd (over 15k), but considering what prices some dealers around D.C. offered, it was a good deal.
Nov 12, 2003 (7:10 pm)
The Ford Recall is impressive on paper and on a test drive, but isn't a good candidate for long-term ownership. We all know what Ford stands for, except now it is fix or recall daily. On the other hand, the P5 may not have any recalls, but there sure are some annoying TSBs to contend with.
I have seen some incredible deals on P5s now that the Mazda Vibe is coming out.
#6893 of 7874 Is this normal?
Nov 12, 2003 (7:29 pm)
I posted first on the "troubles" forum, but I realized that most people don't go there.
I bought a new MP5, red, MT, only option of ABS/Side Airbags few weeks ago and the engine can't seem to maintain constant speed. For example, if I carefully hold the accelerator at say, 2000 RPM, it will go up and down around it at about 1 second intervals. Variation is about 1900 to 2100 RPMs, give or take since it's not very accurate. I can feel the slight studder at each ~1 second cycle. The variation is actually more noticeable at higher RPMs than at idle, as if it's a percentage of the current speed or something.
This is my first new car (1990 Civic Si all this time and still have it!), so I was hoping for the perfect car, but maybe that's not realistic. Should I take it in? I hate when I have to deal with the mechanics with subtle problems....
Could other owners please tell me if similar things happen on their cars?
Thank you much.
#6894 of 7874 That's not normal. Take it in.
Nov 13, 2003 (4:50 am)