Last post on Jul 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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Mazda Protege, Mazda Protege5, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#59 of 61 Re: poor mpgs [ahnyong]
Feb 02, 2012 (8:25 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 61 Ghost of the Mazda Protege forum
Apr 25, 2012 (6:48 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.
#61 of 61 MPG varies considerably with driving method
Jul 29, 2013 (2:46 pm)
After 118K miles with my ES 2.0 (2001) and zero problems (ok the seat belt warning does not work) I have come to realize that using a gentler approach can mean up to 6 miles more per gal. I have been experimenting with slow gentle take offs from start, coasting to red lights or down steep hills, no A/C or at least intermittent use when really needed to cool things off a bit, I have improved mpg from 27 to 33. On the highway to work I drive 2 miles above the 60 mph speed limit on cruise. I use premium gas (always have). I have agressively maintained it, changed all belts when doing timing belt together with water pump. Right now I am having both coil packs and wires changed along with new Iridium plugs. Mobil 1 every 5K. This car runs so smoothly and looks good inside and out (I did have it painted, but the eco-interior has held up very well). Anything can happen as the miles go by but so far this is a winner in my book.