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#7671 of 7874 Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S
Oct 14, 2006 (12:42 pm)
Newbie to the Mazda Protege5 site.
I bought a used, red 2002 Protege5 for my 16 year old Daughter in August. It's a sharp looking and performing car.
It came with the 195/50/16 Kumho ECSTA SPT, not a great tire, especially for the Northeast Ohio winters. Decided to shop for a much better tire for my Daughter's sake.
Decided on the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires.
Cost me $730.00 for the four plus I'll get an additional $50 off with the Michelin rebate currently for the 4 tires.
Wow! What a difference, the ride is much softer, tires hug the road especially on the turns, less noisier than the Kumho's. I haven't gotten to drive the Protege yet in the rain or snow but I can't wait to see how they perform. If my Daughter lets me drive.
Has anyone else put these on their Protege?
Currently, I drive a mini-van and my wife drives a Honda Pilot. We both like to drive the Protege, Wow! It feels so sporty, zoom, zoom!
#7672 of 7874 Re: Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S [cameramatt]
Oct 15, 2006 (2:35 pm)
Michelin generally make excellent tires. Did you get the 195/50/16 V rated ones?
p.s. I believe these are all season tires so if you're concerned about winter driving you may want to consider buying a separate set of winter tires with rims.
#7673 of 7874 Re: Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S [autonomous]
Oct 15, 2006 (5:32 pm)
Yes, they're the "V" rated 195/50/16. I looked at winter tires but the performance wasn't that great plus I considered the cost of purchasing four sets of tires & steel rims a factor, so I decide on the Pilot Exaltos A/S, especially for the all-season high performance it offers.
p.s. I added two 60lb sand bags in the trunk for weight in the snow/ice. Has anyone done this or is this overkill for the Protege5?
I bought the 2002 with 47,500 miles on it and it's very clean inside and out and runs great.
#7674 of 7874 Re: Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S [cameramatt]
Oct 15, 2006 (9:37 pm)
I run studded winter tires with steel rims on my 02. I've been in a bit of snow with all season M&S. Handling seemed okay. I wouldn't want to try mountains and ice though.
#7675 of 7874 Re: Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S [cameramatt]
Oct 16, 2006 (5:30 am)
The sand bags in the trunk will provide you no benefit being it's a front wheel drive car. Worse case, in an accident (rollover) they could come out of the trunk and cause serious trauma to the passengers.
#7676 of 7874 Sanding the Protege5 [iamz]
Oct 18, 2006 (8:51 am)
sand bags in the trunk will provide you no benefit being it's a front wheel drive
How would 120 lbs. of sand in the trunk affect the driveability of the P5? Since it is a front wheel drive, wouldn't it help to "balance" the car as most FWD are front heavy? Most seem to be in the 60/40 weight distribution (60% on front wheels 40% on rear wheels)?
On the other hand, my understanding is that in the winter adding weight to the back to offset the heavy front would not be advantageous in many cases since you want the front wheels to grip and go.
Also, driving with an extra 120 lbs. is likely to affect the fuel economy.
#7677 of 7874 Re: Sanding the Protege5 [autonomous]
Oct 18, 2006 (12:14 pm)
Sand bags are only for RWD cars/trucks.
#7678 of 7874 Re: Sanding the Protege5 [autonomous]
Oct 18, 2006 (4:37 pm)
Thanks for the input, took the sand bags out and back to the store.
#7679 of 7874 ABS working again
Oct 25, 2006 (4:56 am)
Just an update to my post a couple of months ago about my ABS not working. Turns out it was nothing more than low brake fluid. The odd thing is that it wasn't really that low. I had checked the fluid level before and it was at about the mid point between the min and max marks, so I figured no big deal. Well apparently it is. There must be a sensor in the reservoir that is a little overly sensitive to fluid level. After I topped it off the light cleared and the ABS has been functioning normally for a few weeks now.
So, keep your fluid at the max level.