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#7759 of 7874 Mazda Protege5 : 6 Year Update
May 22, 2008 (9:04 am)
My 2002 Protege5 will be celebrating its 6th birthday in a week or so. Overall, I have had a great time with it. The P5 is still nimble, safe and fuel efficient (avg. 25 mpg). Feels as good as new.
Annual mileage has gone down as I no longer need to drive to work. Total about 104,000 km. (65,000 miles) for an annual average of over 17,000 km (11,000) miles.
Four major troublespots:
1) Dunlop performance tires wore very quickly (after 25,000 miles)
2) rust around rear wheel wells; repaired by dealer and Mazda Canada under good will agreement;
3) EGR failed; replaced by dealer
4) Steering rack failed / damaged; this was likely due to a driving error on my part.
As mentioned above, my overall assessment is it's still a great car!
#7760 of 7874 Mazda Protege5: Replacing Brake/Tail Lights
Jun 09, 2008 (1:42 pm)
Has anyone replaced the brake/tail lights on their Protege5? One of mine has burned out so I need to replace it myself or do it via the dealership. Any tips?
p.s. I've replaced the front bulbs a couple of times in the last 6 years and it was a bit tricky but doable.
#7761 of 7874 Re: Mazda Protege5: Replacing Brake/Tail Lights [autonomous]
Jun 10, 2008 (8:51 am)
There are little plastic covers/plugs snapped into the hard plastic molding surrounding the inside of the hatch where you can gain access to the lamps (if I remember correctly that is). It's been too long for me to remember precisely but I think you turn the socket assembly 60 or 90 degrees and it should pull right out.
#7762 of 7874 Re: Mazda Protege5: Replacing Brake/Tail Lights [iamz]
Jun 10, 2008 (9:15 am)
turn the socket assembly 60 or 90 degrees and it should pull right out
Yes, it appears there are 3 screws/sockets that you need to unscrew to access the bulbs. One of my concerns is how to reattach the assembly to ensure it's water-tight without cracking the glass. Also, it's a bit awkward working in the space but I'll give it a go.
#7763 of 7874 Re: Mazda Protege5: Replacing Brake/Tail Lights [autonomous]
Jun 16, 2008 (2:23 pm)
there are 3 screws/sockets that you need to unscrew to access the bulbs ...it's a bit awkward working in the space
Replacing the rear bulbs is an easy fix (except for the tight working space). Required: replacement bulb (GE 7383), screw driver, 10mm socket.
p.s. it would be handy to have a magnetic driver to hold the bolt.
Jun 19, 2008 (5:31 am)
I have question about my headlights on the P5 (just the normal lights not the brights or blinkers). I have had to replace them both since I got the car, the owner before me said in the time he had owned the car (since he bought it brand new in 2002) he had to replace the bulbs 7 to 8 times! I want to buy a little bit more expensive bulb but it's not worth it if they keep burning out.
Any ideas as to why this could be occurring?
#7765 of 7874 Re: Light bulbs. [raceman13]
Jun 19, 2008 (7:09 am)
7 or 8. Yep, that's about right for me to. I recommend buying the cheapest bulbs you can find because when I tried the more expensive (whiter / bluer ) bulbs, they burned out even faster.
Not sure what the problem is. Maybe some kind of voltage surge.
#7766 of 7874 Re: Light bulbs. [raceman13]
Jun 19, 2008 (2:24 pm)
headlights on the P5 (just the normal lights not the brights or blinkers) ... the owner before me said in the time he had owned the car (since he bought it brand new in 2002) he had to replace the bulbs 7 to 8 times!
Amazing! My 2002 P5 front bulbs have fared much better. Only one replacement per side.
Replacing the bulb can be tricky (esp. getting the critters out of the paperclip contraption) but it is doable (esp. if you have small hands with long fingers - unlike mine). For all halogen bulbs the rule is: don't touch the bulb as your bodily oil shortens its life. A tip: Be patient esp. the first time as you figure out how to unhinge the casing and afterwards flip it back in place. The bulbs sold by my dealer have not cost me more than at the local auto supply store.
#7767 of 7874 Re: Light bulbs. [iamz]
Jun 19, 2008 (8:27 pm)
We have an '03, with 95K on the clock, and we too have had no additional life from more expensive bulbs. I'd say we've changed each side at least 7 or 8 times apiece. I've never experienced anything like it. That being said, the car has otherwise been bullet-proof. (Knock-on-wood!)
#7768 of 7874 Re: Light bulbs. [isseyvoo]
Jun 20, 2008 (6:11 am)
Yeah, it really seems crazy but it isn't the worst thing. I just keep an extra couple of bulbs in the car at all times. I used to always leave my lights on during the day for safety (prevent people from pulling out in front of me) but have stopped doing that to conserve bulb life. If they can't see a bright yellow car coming down the road I sincerely doubt having the lights on would help.