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Mazda Protege, Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege, Sedan
#42 of 51 mazda mech problems since ford took over
Feb 01, 2003 (4:46 pm)
I also drove a 1992 pro for 257,000 km - all trouble free. But my 2002 2litre has all sorts of quirky engine problems - including a severe engine vibration in the steering wheel and gearshift lever. Did Ford go cheap on the motor mounts?
#43 of 51 Mazdaspeed Protege
Feb 04, 2003 (3:26 pm)
I saw my first Mazdaspeed Protege during a weekend trip to Vegas. A group of 4 young (late teens to early twenties) kids were standing around talking while it was being filled at the gas station. I asked them how they liked it and if it had as much torque steer as I have read. One of the kids said it has a lot of torque steer when under heavy acceleration. I mentioned that my Passat with the 1.8T doesn't have any torque steer and has the same HP as his Protege but that my VW has to pull more weight so it isn't as fast or handle as well as the MSP. He said that I was full of it because his Protege had 240 HP! Is there a chip mod out there to crank the stock 170 HP for the MSP up to 240 HP? I personally think he was misinformed about the power of his ride. Any input?
#44 of 51 big guy
Feb 04, 2003 (3:55 pm)
it could be possible but he should check his rods to make sure they are still straight. The MSP runs a relatively low boost so that the aging 2.0 doesn't grenade itself. The boost and fuel delivery are there, but they just need to be unlocked. At 240hp, which is possible, he'll be doing engine swaps every 6 months.
You'd be surprised at what your 1.8T is capable of with a chip.
#45 of 51 Mazdaspeed is nice....
Feb 10, 2003 (2:35 am)
if any of you are doubters... my friend has one....
if you push it to the limits... I think you'll find nothing compares. Just my opinion
#46 of 51 maltb - MSP
Feb 10, 2003 (11:19 am)
I figured a salesman was blowing smoke up this guys skirt leading him to believe that he had more ponies under the hood than he was stating. I think the salesmen told him "it had been turboed to 40 Hp more than a stock Protege" and he misheard him and thought he said "it had been turboed 240 HP, more than a stock Protege".
Yeah, I know the 1.8T has a lot of potential. Audi uses the same unit in the TT that cranks out 225 HP and is still covered under full factory warranty.
Apr 16, 2003 (8:24 am)
According to the Mazda USA, that awful orange color for the MazdaSpeed Protégé is no longer available, there are four colors now, dark grey, silver, yellow and blue.
#48 of 51 Spicy Orange
Apr 16, 2003 (10:58 am)
I will miss it. The local dealers have about 16 in stock. Almost all black.
#49 of 51 What should I buy?
May 07, 2003 (6:41 pm)
I have been looking at the MazdaSpeed and the Nissan SE-R. I like them both and everyone tells me to get the mazda but I have heard that mazda cars don't last as long as nissans. I drive about 65 miles a day and would like a reliable car. Any suggestions?
#50 of 51 Mazda Speed Protege:
May 08, 2003 (9:44 am)
The protege has a good reliability record and has been built in Japan for many years. Would I trust it to be reliable as Honda, Toyota, or Nissan? Yes.
May 15, 2003 (1:31 pm)
Check out the latest Car&Driver...they do a comparo that you may find helpful.