Oh my gosh, I am so glad this is here. I recently acquired an 01 ES protege with high mileage and it has the exact same problem. Tons of smoke on start up, but quits within a minute. Mine is very bad though. With a 22 mile drive to work each day i went through about a quart of oil in four days. I also notice a random smoke cloud on take offs even after warm. Ive been so perplexed as to what the exact problem is and where to start.
Yes, there are more of us with the problem...Im very glad to know theres more with the same problem.
Well, depends how much you love your car... If you plan to drive it / own it for a longer period of time, it can be rebullt to last...Now im just not sure what all to do about it.
are there any good aftermarket pistons with factory compression that have better oil drain holes, or do i have to modify my own?
Does mazda know about this crap?
Why dont all owners have this problem?