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Mazda Protege5, Wagon
#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????
#7832 of 7874 Re: 2002 Mazda Protege 5 - need to get new tires... any advice.. [gerdie]
Jun 18, 2009 (2:26 pm)
Have you considered the BF Goodrich Traction T/A 195/50/R16 V rated tires?
#7833 of 7874 Re: 2002 Mazda Protege 5 - need to get new tires... any advice.. [gerdie]
Jun 21, 2009 (5:48 am)
I chose Kumho's a while back because of price & ratings, vs OEM Dunlops.
IMO, price was the only advantage.
Dunlops were better in snow. Dry cornering w/ Dunlops is much more responsive. Initially, Kumho's are better in rain. Once a bit worn, they are no better than Dunlops.
If you are looking for an alternative to OEM Dunlops, you may want to continue towards Goodyear, Goodrich, etc.
#7834 of 7874 Re: 2002 Protege 5 [oldman15]
Jun 26, 2009 (12:10 am)
Before a hose cracked, I never changed the transmission fluid. When they replace the hose for $6.00, they replaced with new tranny/brake fluid. No effects with change.
Even with 170,000 miles, I have never replaced my brakes other than pads. Pads were not Mazda. They're fine.
In reference to the K&N filter, no issues of sensors. And I've had the K&N filter for almost 100,000 miles.
I'm in So California and have not any problems that I've read by other owners but I have to think it's the climate and how they drive. Only big thing was a water pump at 80,000 miles and that's been it. Same clutch which I can't believe. The gearbox is smoother than my Speed 3. 6 spd turbo.
The K&N filter gives a deep sound and if you don't care for it, you might not want a K&N. But I think it gives a "throaty, deep" sound which sounds cool.
Hope info helps but I'm keep my PR5 til it drops.