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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-14-2005, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hitting 100,000 miles has made me think...

By the time I finish my next tank of gas, I will have put 100,000 miles on my Protege. That's really made me think about a couple things. I'd like to compare certain aspects of this "journey" with anyone else that is willing to contribute some of their experiences.

There a few little things I've been thinking about that surprised me over the past few days.

After owning my car for 4 and half years, I have not once replaced a single light bulb. Not a dome light, not a headlight, not a turn signal... NOTHING. Is that normal? I've noticed cars that look almost brand new with burnt lights.

Also, in all that time, I have not once had to replace the battery in my keyless entry remote... until yesterday! I was expecting it to be a tiny watch battery (I'm not sure why) and it turned out to be a 12 volt "camera style" battery. Anyone else know what the voltage on their remote's battery is? I've always marveled at how good the range on my keyless entry is... a relatively high voltage battery would explain why my range appears to be well above average.

Another issue (or non-issue) that has prompted some head scratching is the "tune-up" report from my mechanic. He told me that the engine was in very good shape and needed very little tuniing (whatever the hell that means). Meanwhile, my friend that owns a 98 Mercury Tracer has been driving like grandma and needed a tune-up after just 40,000 miles (she was setting up an appointment to get her third tune-up in 130,000). I've pretty much beat the piss out of my car since I drove it off the lot... and apparently it's ready for another 100 grand. The fact that my interior has held up as well as it has, has made me very glad that my wife and I chose a Protege way back in 2000. I only hope that when I upgrade to a 3 that I'll have half as much luck as I've had with my Protege.

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Hitting 100,000 miles has made me think...

My family has a '94 Protege LX that we got for 2k at a public auction back when I got my license. It had 78k miles on it when we bought it, and is now approaching 150k (if it hasn't passed it already -- my dad drives it now). That car has gone through hell and back when it was my daily driver. It's been driven very very hard (it's quite easy to make a 1.8L engine scream :-D)), the transmission has seen some abuse (neutral-drops on an automatic to "burn out&quot, it was taken around sharp turns go-kart style, it's hit the curb and needed repairs, it's spun out & hit the guard rail doing 60 on a sharp S-turn and needed repairs, it's withstood my DIY services, I've ripped out the interior to install audio stuff, and the darn thing won't give up! I all but drove it into the ground, and it runs like we just bought it yesterday. It doesn't even burn oil :shock:

The only things that have needed replacement are the battery, tires, and the distributor cap.


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Hitting 100,000 miles has made me think...

I hope its a sign that our mazda's will be good. I hope it lasts like yours MetalCord.


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I bought that Protege from Earnhardt Mazda in Chandler. The salesman kept trying to get me into a Focus but I just couldn't stomach the styling! I'm glad I stuck by Mazda!

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Re: Hitting 100,000 miles has made me think...

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By the time I finish my next tank of gas, I will have put 100,000 miles on my Protege.
Damn, and all this time I had a vision of you driving a 3. Now I'm heartbroken.

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After owning my car for 4 and half years, I have not once replaced a single light bulb. Not a dome light, not a headlight, not a turn signal... NOTHING. Is that normal? I've noticed cars that look almost brand new with burnt lights.
Ya, mostly german automobiles. For all of their mechanical engineering prowess, they can't seem to come up with reliable electrical systems. My old 98 Accord with 180K miles still has all original bulbs.

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Also, in all that time, I have not once had to replace the battery in my keyless entry remote... until yesterday! I was expecting it to be a tiny watch battery (I'm not sure why) and it turned out to be a 12 volt "camera style" battery. Anyone else know what the voltage on their remote's battery is? I've always marveled at how good the range on my keyless entry is... a relatively high voltage battery would explain why my range appears to be well above average.
Yea, that's the CR123 type, I think. It's popular with garage door openers and stuff, definitely more heavy duty than the 3 volt lithium button-type batteries that are used in most other keyless entry remotes.

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Another issue (or non-issue) that has prompted some head scratching is the "tune-up" report from my mechanic. He told me that the engine was in very good shape and needed very little tuniing (whatever the hell that means). Meanwhile, my friend that owns a 98 Mercury Tracer has been driving like grandma and needed a tune-up after just 40,000 miles (she was setting up an appointment to get her third tune-up in 130,000). I've pretty much beat the piss out of my car since I drove it off the lot... and apparently it's ready for another 100 grand. The fact that my interior has held up as well as it has, has made me very glad that my wife and I chose a Protege way back in 2000. I only hope that when I upgrade to a 3 that I'll have half as much luck as I've had with my Protege.
Tune ups these days include pretty much a plug change and general inspection. Maybe the '98 Mercury tracer still used the older type plugs that needed more frequent changes. Also, different mechanics will say different things about different cars to different owners.

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Ya, mostly german automobiles. For all of their mechanical engineering prowess, they can't seem to come up with reliable electrical systems.
I remember hearing about a piece that VWVortex did about the electronics on german cars. IIRC, they figured out that many of the problems they are having are actually not the car manufacturers' fault, but they are problems with Bosch parts lately (particularly MAF & O2 sensors).


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Tune ups these days include pretty much a plug change and general inspection. Maybe the '98 Mercury tracer still used the older type plugs that needed more frequent changes. Also, different mechanics will say different things about different cars to different owners.
"My" mechanic has been pretty straight forward with me. I'm very good friends with his daughter. I even helped her get her green card... so he usually treats me pretty good

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3andMe, I saw your post and agree. I know from some insiders at VW that the 2004 MK IV Jetta/Golf and up are using upgraded bosch electronics, and that the new MK V's use Siemens now.

BMW and Mercedes have also started to use Siemens after some updating of software. When BMW owned Rover, the Discovery series had infamous electrical problems. They were switched to Siemens also after being sold to Ford. The Bosch setups were leading to light failures, CEL's and other sensor issues with oil and trans.............etc,

There is an article a few months back in the trade mag Automotive News that released this information and also said that Siemens and another company named AHD are the up and comming auto electronics manufacturers. the article in the weeekly mag is availible online.


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I have connections with BMW here in NJ and a buddy who is a VW corporate R&D........who is a MK II fanatic..........

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Thank you, superjudge. I was trying to remember which company is replacing them. Siemens, of course


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