Mazda Protegé

Started on June 27 by Powar (Forum Supporter)

Ride Rating


I bought this car last December from the original owner. At that point, it had 255k miles on it and a blown head gasket. The entire car was filthy, and the driver's seat and door panel had massive holes in them. Instead of repairing the high mileage engine, I got one from a totalled car in the junkyard. The current engine had just over 152k on it. While replacing the engine, we replaced various seals, clutch TOB and pilot bearing, fuel filter, coolant hoses, etc. We also replaced the damaged seat and door panel with pieces from the same car that donated the engine.

The car was a complete stripper from the factory, with the sole options being A/C and power steering. It had no radio, no passenger-side mirror, and power nothing. It even had the factory radio blockoff plate. Awesome.

It doesn't leak or burn any fluids, and got 36.3 MPG on the last tank of fuel. Perfect for a daily-driven car.

The only modifications are as follows:

JVC Head Unit Kenwood rear speakers Rockford Fosgate front speakers 14x6 Fittipaldi 5-Spokes 195/60/14 Falken Azenis RT-615s

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Jun 28, 2008 9:30 a.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter):
That is totally awesome! How much do you have in it now? I've been considering a cheap project like this to keep the miles off of my current cars.
Jun 30, 2008 12:17 p.m.
Powar (Forum Supporter):
P71: I think total investment is hovering around $1k... Maybe a little less. Some would argue that I could have just bought a car in running condition for that, but I know this car inside and out now, and anything that is going to fail, I probably already know about and can plan accordingly.
Sep 12, 2008 2:13 a.m.
Is this a dx or lx?
Sep 26, 2008 2:28 p.m.
Powar (Forum Supporter):
It's a DX, and it's about to be for sale.

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