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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#7099 of 7874 Re: Service Advice [isseyvoo]
Jul 14, 2004 (8:50 am)
Regarding your smelly A/C, you should take a look at NHTSA's website. I think this issue was brought up before in this forum or the Pro sedan forum. Anywho, I did a search under Recalls, then Service Bulletins, but for 2002 Protege not 2003 and your issue does in fact come up. The Summary says, "SUBJECT REGARDING AIR CONDITIONING MUSTY / MILDEW ODOR." Check it out. I'm not up to date on my lawyering skills, but this may be grounds enough to get Mazda to fix it on their dime.
#7100 of 7874 Wind noise, rough idle TSBs
Jul 14, 2004 (12:27 pm)
Some time ago Mazda issued TSBs on excessive wind noise entering the cabin around the windshield or side windows, and through the vents. I brought my 2002 P5 into the dealer to have these items fixed under warranty. They no longer showed the TSBs on their system. The manager said if I can find and print the TSBs, he'll look into the matter more. Same problem with a rough idle, which intermittently drops about 300 RPM just for a moment. I'm wondering if anyone here has had either problem fixed under warranty and, if so, whether the fix succeeded. Thanks.
#7101 of 7874 Re: Aromatic AC
Jul 14, 2004 (1:36 pm)
While at the dealer I noticed that Mazda does have an open TSB on mildewy smells from the air conditioning. Ask your service advisor to check. I don't know if the TSB offers a solution, but icvci is right. Just get into a habit of turning off the AC a couple minutes before you get to your destination and that'll help you avoid future occurrences. In my case, I turn it off as I turn onto my street when heading home, and at the intersection just before my office. Leave the fan on, of course, to dry the moisture.
#7102 of 7874 Re: Aromatic AC [dwryter]
Jul 16, 2004 (10:49 am)
Thanks for the heads up on the TSB. I tried that route with the dealer. They faxed us a 3 page "fix" procedure, that involves spraying some compound into the system to coat the A/C coils and "encapsulate" the mold/mildew. Seemed like a strange fix. At any rate, the last line states "Not covered under warranty". So much for that.
I know this is "just business," but I feel let down since I had been an enthusiastic proponent of Mazda, having convinced a colleague to get a Mazda6 from my dealer, and a friend in NJ to go out and buy a Mazda3. Foolish I suppose, but I feel like a buddy has let me down.
Meanwhile, we've been leaving the fan on low at all times (when the A/C is off), just to flush new air through the system. Seems to help somewhat. Hopefully that will continue. And we've adopted y'all's advice to turn off the A/C awhile before stopping the car.
Thanks for your tips!
#7103 of 7874 Re: Aromatic AC
Jul 16, 2004 (12:18 pm)
Several of our previous cars had the smelly AC problem. It's probably very common. But we learned from the first instance to air out the system after turning off the AC, and now you've learned that, too.
No car is perfect and despite the windnoise, rough idle, and a few other nits, I'm still enjoying my P5 and happy I bought it. Perhaps your pals feel the same way about their Mazdas.
As for disappointment with the dealer, you'd benefit by lowering your expectations. I ask them to look at and fix problems under warranty, but don't expect results. However, I have those problems documented as existing under warranty and that should help me fight later, six miles after the warranty expires, when the service guy says, "You need a new computer and master brake cylinder. That'll be $1200, please."
#7104 of 7874 Re: Wind noise, rough idle TSBs [dwryter]
Jul 16, 2004 (7:22 pm)
I too have experienced the rough idle in my 2003. Is there any way to get copies of this TSB so we can take it to the dealer?
#7105 of 7874 Am I the only one left?
Aug 23, 2004 (9:07 pm)
Where did everyone go? Did another forum start up and everyone migrate over there?
#7106 of 7874 Re: Am I the only one left? [kauai215]
Aug 24, 2004 (5:21 am)
I too wonder about the lack of p5 messages. I have had mine for 7 months now and still am as excited about the car as the day I bought it. Not a single problem to date. Am getting 31 mpg in combo city/highway driving aggressively with the 5 speed. Have never been happier with a new car! Zoom-Zoom!
Aug 24, 2004 (11:47 am)
- I thought my computer went bad or something. Whenever I log-on to this site, I see messages from long ago.I had to type in the most recent message number in order to view anything current. I wonder if others are having similar difficulty and not being directed to the most current messages. Anyway, my 2003 P5 has 8500 miles and runs sweet except for some minor tire feathering.
Aug 24, 2004 (12:20 pm)
Well, we're up to 32K aggressive miles on our 2003 P5 5 sp. and still grinning (except for a smelly air conditioner - but that now seems to have cured itself). Still on the original tires, but will have to change them before old man winter rolls around. Are there any "high miles" drivers out there that can give their 2 cents as to what to expect as the odo marches upward? I know the timing belt gets swapped out at 60K or so. What else? Problem areas?