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#7822 of 7874 Help with Protege5 decision... Opinions?
May 20, 2009 (11:16 am)
Hello! I've been looking out for a Protege5 for a while now, and it seems the price just goes up and up! Haha, well I found one that I am very interested in. Only problem is, it has 130,000 miles on it. Right now I have a chevy cavalier that has pretty much crapped out at 135,000 miles. I know I know, the Mazda is Japanese... But that doesn't mean I don't worry!
I plan on taking the car to get it checked out by my mechanic, but wanted people's opinions who've owned the car. It's a 2002 with an automatic transmission.
#7823 of 7874 Opinions? Pros for the Pro5 [layniel]
May 20, 2009 (1:44 pm)
Protege5 ... has 130,000 miles on it ... taking the car to get it checked out by my mechanic, but wanted people's opinions who've owned the car. It's a 2002 with an automatic transmission.
My 2002 P5 has been both a lot of fun and very practical. It has nowhere close to 130K miles as it's not used for commuting. At approximately 70K miles it has had its issues (see posts 7811 and 7815 above) but many of these were due to normal wear and tear and the occasional mishap. In sum, one great car!
Your mechanic should do a thorough check of the following:
- body (check for rust around rear wheel wells, door bottoms and underside)
- brakes (all four but especially the state of the front discs)
- tires (get a reading of the tread life and when to have them replaced)
- engine components (including radiator, battery, hoses)
- suspension components (including struts, stabilizer links, mounts)
- any parts that have been repaired due to accidents.
Also, try getting a copy of the service records showing that the previous owner has maintained the vehicle properly (including replacement of the timing belt and regular servicing). You'll feel a lot better knowing its pedigree.
All the best!
#7824 of 7874 Re: Help with Protege5 decision... Opinions? [layniel]
May 21, 2009 (6:21 am)
If most of those miles were highway miles I think you should be alright. I have 142k miles on my 2002 automatic and other than the rear brake sticking issue it has been a good car. I recommend not using the parking brake because I think that contributes to the issue. The timing belt should have been changed at least once in 130k miles so make sure that was done.
#7825 of 7874 Re: Help with Protege5 decision... Opinions? [layniel]
May 21, 2009 (5:21 pm)
I have my protege5 at 115K miles with everything original except tires.
touchwood: no problem so far
#7826 of 7874 Re: Help with Protege5 decision... Opinions? [dd123]
May 22, 2009 (11:58 am)
I have my protege5 at 115K miles with everything original except tires
Including original timing belt?
#7827 of 7874 Re: Help with Protege5 decision... Opinions? [autonomous]
May 23, 2009 (9:29 pm)
Yes, at 115K, I am still on original timing belt. Since, I dont drive my P5 a lot and it has a non interference engine, I am not really concerned about changing the belt.
#7828 of 7874 Tempting fate [dd123]
May 26, 2009 (9:11 am)
at 115K, I am still on original timing belt. Since, I dont drive my P5 a lot and it has a non interference engine, I am not really concerned about changing the belt.
Hmmm. So, you're on the highway doing 70 mph and the belt snaps, what's next? Wouldn't it be prudent to have the belt replaced according to the manufacturer's specs?
#7831 of 7874 2002 Mazda Protege 5 - need to get new tires... any advice..
Jun 18, 2009 (2:02 pm)
My P5 is at 82K and I need to replace my tires soon. I'm torn between Kumho Ecsta ASX and Goodyear RSA from TireRack.com.
Does anybody have anything to add to help me make my decision????