Last post on Apr 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM
You are in the Mazda Protege
What is this discussion about?
Mazda Protege, Mazda Protege5, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#57 of 60 Re: poor mpgs [mazdanut]
Nov 21, 2009 (9:11 am)
Do you really like the lines of the M3 better than the MP5?
I just love the MP5 design.
I can tolerate the M3 lines because of the continuous performance improvement.
I'm getting near retirement and looking at the M6 wagon which has the MP5 design profile and a softer suspension, more room in the front and back (although the rear seats in the MP5 have more room than the larger M6 wagon).
Can you figure why Mazda is holding back on availability for the 2010 M6 wagon?
Bruce of Canton
#58 of 60 Re: poor mpgs [mazdanut]
Feb 01, 2012 (2:25 pm)
I've been running into a similar problem with my 2003 MP5 automatic. I've been averaging around 20-21 mpgs, as low as 18 and occasionally on a drive out to Las Vegas as high as 25. Needless to say, this seems like a far cry from the upper 20s I was hoping to be getting when I bought the car. Any advice or suggestions for things to get checked out?
#59 of 60 Re: poor mpgs [ahnyong]
Feb 02, 2012 (9:25 am)
According to Consumer Reports, 25 mpg is the overall average for a Mazda Protege automatic.
As to improving fuel efficiency, the usual nostrums apply including driving smoothly, avoiding lots of short trips and proper vehicle maintenance.
In the case of the Protege, you might want to check that the fuel emissions system (including the EGR valve) is in good working order.
#60 of 60 Ghost of the Mazda Protege forum
Apr 25, 2012 (7:48 am)
Been a while since I posted here. I'm still driving my 2001 Pro LX and it is beginning to do poorly
on mpg, but it has only 48K on it. Gets an inspection the end of the month. One surprise, the Check Engine light came on last week. That was the old bug the Proteges had in 2001. I didn't tighten the gas cap on the previous fill, when that was done, the Check Engine lamp turned off.
My reason for not trading: you can't beat the Mazda Pro for being practical, frugal, roomy, and reliable. And its lines are Classic, similar to M-Bs. For a smoother
ride buy Khumo Summer Cruising tires or any brand with soft rubber sidewalls.
Have yet to see anything worth trading for, that offers considerably more in all areas. Although, the Kias look promising.