Mazdaspeed Protege. Thoughts?

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  1. ocular

    ocular Active Member

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    Already posted about it, but what do you guys think about this car?? Looking at getting one at a local dealership, and since it's an 03, I can get almost $5k off sticker on it, or even more with a little more talking. I'm not too into modding, but this car comes with everything that I would want to do if I were going to. Going to dinner, be back to check on this. Just wondering what your thoughts were on this car.









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    Specs if you're wondering...

    Engine 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Type 2.0L DOHC 16-valve in-Line 4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled
    Turbocharger Fully engineered boosting system powered by a Garrett T25 Ball Bearing Turbocharger
    Intercooler Factory air-to-air cooler air intake
    Displacement (cc) 1991 cc/121.4 cu. in.
    Bore x Stroke (mm) 83 x 92 mm/3.26 x 3.62 inch
    Compression Ratio 9.1:1
    Horsepower (SAE hp @ rpm) 170@ 5500 rpm - estimated
    Torque (SAE lb-ft @ rpm) 155 lb-ft @4500 rpm - estimated
    Emissions T-LEV-B
    Fuel Premium Fuel Only

    Transmission 5-Speed manual
    Type Front-wheel drive
    Gear Ratios 5MT
    1st 3.307
    2nd 1.842
    3rd 1.310
    4th 0.970
    5th 0.755
    Reverse 3.166
    Final Drive 4.105

    Steering and Brakes 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Steering Type Power assisted rack-and-pinion / engine RPM sensing
    Turning Diameter (ft) Steering stiffness: 18 kgf cm/degree
    Turns Lock to Lock 15.4:1
    Turning Diameter 34.1 ft./10.4m
    Turns to Lock 2.7
    Brakes Front Euro-spec ventilated front disc (274mm / 10.8") and high-friction brake pads
    Rear Euro-spec solid rear disc, (280 mm / 11.0")
    and high friction brake pads

    Master Vacuum Diaphram Tandem diaphram cylinder diameter 7" + 9"
    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) 4-sensor, 3-channel with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    Capacities 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Fuel Tank 55 Liters / 14.5 Gallons

    Curb Weight 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    5-Speed Manual 1279.5 kg / 2843 lbs.
    Weight Distribution Front / Rear 63 / 37 - estimated
    Left / Right 52 / 48 - estimated

    Suspension 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Front Independent MacPherson struts, strut tower brace, coil springs (spring rate 2.59 kg/mm), Tokico dampers, stabilizer bar (27mm), polyurethane stabilizer bar bushings
    Rear Independent strut type with Twin Trapezoidal Links (TTL), coil springs (spring rate 2.10 kg/mm) Tokico dampers, stabilizer bar (20 mm), rubber stabilizer bar busings

    Wheels and Tires 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Tire and Tire Size Bridgestone Potenza RE040 215/45ZR17 Z-rated directional tires
    Wheel and Wheel Size Custom MAZDASPEED 5-spoke by Racing Hart
    17 x 7 Aluminum - Super Silver Finish
    Tire Pressure Front: 32 PSI / Rear: 29 PSI

    Exterior Dimensions, inches (mm) 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Length 4434 mm / 174.6"
    Width 1704 mm / 67.1"
    Height 1410 mm / 55.5"
    Wheelbase 2611 mm / 102.8"
    Minimum Ground Clearance 140 mm / 5.5"
    Track Front 57.2" / 1455 mm
    Rear 57.4" / 1460 mm

    Interior Dimensions 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Head Room (without moonroof) 39.3" / 37.4" (front / rear)
    Leg room, inches (mm) 42.2" / 35.4" (front / rear)
    Shoulder room, inches (mm) 53.9" / 53.4" (front / rear)

    Audio 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege
    Kenwood Stereo System KDC-MP919 head unit (1 DIN) with liquid gel 3-D screen and MP3 / ID3 Capability; wireless remote control; and, rear glass antenna
    Amplifier Kenwood KAC-5295 with 450-watts maximum power (50w per channel x 4 and 250w x 1 power amp) (amplifier rear woofer + power amplifier rear package tray assembly)
    7-Speaker System 7 speaker system (4 mid-base speakers, 2 tweeters, 1 subwoofer)
    Front Speakers 6 x 9 coaxial 2-way single 8" subwoofer, custom designed with heavy-duty magnets
    Rear Speakers 6" coaxial 2-way
    Subwoofer Single 8" subwoofer
    Note: 8" subwoofer with extra heavy-duty magnet design
     
  2. Not a bad car for the money.

    I just wish it had been AWD and had more power. :sad2:
     
  3. Dr_Trac

    Dr_Trac doh!@

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    not bad for the price...but if you can afford an extra couple thous. you should go for the WRX. :)
     
  4. ocular

    ocular Active Member

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    i was looking into a civic si, but I can actually get this one cheaper...and awd would've been sweet, but for the price what do you guys think? i've got it down to 16.3, but could probably get it into the 15's. sticker is 21
     
  5. ocular

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    be back, dinner
     
  6. Dr_Trac

    Dr_Trac doh!@

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    damn...that's good negotiating. :cool:
     
  7. For 15s new, go for it.
     
  8. iZero

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    I'd buy it.
     
  9. not worth the money, under powered and weak tranny, same tranny as a regular protege, stomp on the power on a rough road and see how long it lasts...

    if you can get it that cheap then go for it otherwise no way
     
  10. blitz91

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    id love to buy one, but since there isnt a protege anymore, kinda worthless buying a car that will only exist for two- three years..good luck finding parts...
     
  11. iZero

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    FYI, $2,000 off a Spec V = $15,000. So you can get that car for the same price. You'd be surprised how close they match up.
     
  12. Yail Bloor

    Yail Bloor OT Supporter

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    srt4 > that
     
  13. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Awesome...15k? I'd do it, fa sho.
     
  14. Dr_Trac

    Dr_Trac doh!@

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    **** > dog shit > dirt > walking > neon
     
  15. MrFoggy

    MrFoggy OT Supporter

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    Truth
     
  16. Seraph

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    the car is slow, handles good, has good sound, but eventually will cause u problems. the tranny sucks and will give u shit. the cd player has been known to mess up. a lot of problems with these have been reported.

    the turbo is the smallest i think mazda could find. a 170 hp turbocharged car? come on.
     
  17. Dos Equis4

    Dos Equis4 nebraska democrat (oxymoron?)

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    a buddy of mine got one..

    i personally wouldn't ever buy a mazda product again.

    junk junk junk

    6psi, who gives a shit.. gimme 15 then we'll talk
     
  18. MrFoggy

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    :rofl: :rolleyes:
     
  19. jk

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    For 15k that is not bad.
     
  20. 240KAT

    240KAT Bannana Phone>*

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    where's that 'werd' smiley?
     
  21. MrFoggy

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  22. ocular

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    if i do get it i'll probably up up somehwere in the mid to high 15's. do they really have that many problems?? i'm not too sure about the reliability of these cars, but they do have to 4yr/50k warranty.
     
  23. ocular

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    and also it's not like i'll be racing, i just want a car with a little pep
     
  24. Seraph

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    yes they really have many problems. thats why i ended up buying by 2000 civic si. check out mazdamp3.com in the msp forums. the car sucks. i dont wanna buy a brand new car that fucks up within the first 5,000 miles.
     
  25. MrFoggy

    MrFoggy OT Supporter

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    All the effort that post took you makes it not funny.

    Let me guess. You drive a Neo...errr...SRT-4, right?
     

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