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Mazda Protege5, Mazda Protege, Tires, Wheels, Hatchback, Sedan
#1 of 42 Tire noise on P5; alternatives?
Aug 19, 2007 (8:00 pm)
I'm considering buying an '02 Protege5 with 78K miles on it. It's a nice car but I was shocked by how loud the tires are at speeds between 15-45 mph. The owner says the tires are newish and they looked it to me. I think they were Dunlop "high performance" tires but I don't recall the model. The noise could be a deal-killer for us so I was wondering (hoping!) that someone could suggest some low-noise tires for this vehicle. Thanks a lot.
#2 of 42 Re: Tire noise on P5; alternatives? [lacebugboy]
Aug 20, 2007 (12:24 pm)
the tires are newish and they looked it ... Dunlop "high performance" tires ... The noise could be a deal-killer
Being performance Dunlops they will likely wear fairly quickly and become quieter.
If you're looking for a set of good inexpensive replacements, you might want to look for the BF Goodrich Traction T/A 205-50 V-rated tires. I found the original Dunlops and the BFG tires equally non-noisy (but this is personal).
Try Tire Trends for other suggestions.
#3 of 42 Re: Tire noise on P5; alternatives? [lacebugboy]
Aug 20, 2007 (3:05 pm)
I had Kumho's. Quieter, but they wore badly and pretty quickly. Not a lot of choices in this tire size.
#4 of 42 Re: Tire noise on P5; alternatives? [lacebugboy]
Aug 24, 2007 (12:46 pm)
Proteges transmit lots of road noise to the cabin, and performance tires are generally noisy. Check out the tire tests at tirerack.com for comparison. I'm happy with Michelin PE2's, which have excellent dry road handling, best of class wet road handling, and less noise than other perfromance tires I've had on my '99 pro es.
Most tires get noisier as they wear.
You can also install sound insulation under the carpeting - not a quick job, though.
#5 of 42 Check the tire pressure too.
Sep 06, 2007 (9:03 am)
Sometimes installers forget to readjust the pressure after they install new tires.
#6 of 42 Replaceing 16 "wheels with 15"
Nov 05, 2007 (9:12 pm)
Has anyone had any experience with putting 15" wheels on 2003 Mazda Protege 5? I would like to mount a set of winter tires on 15" steel rims.
#7 of 42 Re: Replaceing 16 "wheels with 15" [larry80]
Nov 06, 2007 (10:49 am)
I have 15" aluminum wheels for my winter tires. As long as the wheel clears the brake hardware you should be OK.
#8 of 42 Re: Replaceing 16 "wheels with 15" [iamz]
Nov 06, 2007 (11:55 am)
Agreed. This should not be a problem. If you want to save money you can use steel instead of aluminum wheels. This is going to be my 6th year on snow tires and steel wheels and they have paid for themselves in saving wear and tear on my alloy wheels and summer tires.
#9 of 42 New wheels and tires
Nov 11, 2007 (2:43 pm)
I have a 1999 Mazda Protege (120k) that needs new wheels and tires. Love this car bit don't want to spend a lot. Any suggestions? Thanks.
#10 of 42 more on P5 winter wheels/tires
Dec 04, 2007 (12:15 pm)
I have an '03 P5. Looking to see if my 1yr. old Dunlop Graphipcs (sp?) 205/55/R15 will mount ok if I can find some cheap steel or alloy 15" wheels. Tire Rack has some for $50, but that's more than I wanna pay. Any ideas would be appreciated.