What have you done to your P5 today?

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03 p5, 92 miata
The Jetta having the added benefit of requiring specialised tools to break the fasteners off? ;)

Thanks, triple square!
I dont want to talk about it.... The amount of tools Ive had to buy to work on this damn car already. Just here for the mpg, otherwise I dont love the car
 

31N007

31N007
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Mazda Protege5
I say that in jest now owning a MK7 GTI as a daily.

With the Protege5, at least I didn't need specialty tools to break things.
 
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2x 2001 SP20 323's
The blue daily had it's annual inspection / Warrant of Fitness on Monday.
Failed :( spare wheel wasn't secured and the passengers rear brake caliper was leaking.
284,400 kms and the poor thing is showing it's age now

Apparently good second hand calipers are getting really rare here, so my slightly dodgy spare has gone on and the leaky unit is getting a rebuild

About 30 minutes from start to finish for a caliper replacement now!
 
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03 p5, 92 miata
The blue daily had it's annual inspection / Warrant of Fitness on Monday.
Failed :( spare wheel wasn't secured and the passengers rear brake caliper was leaking.
284,400 kms and the poor thing is showing it's age now

Apparently good second hand calipers are getting really rare here, so my slightly dodgy spare has gone on and the leaky unit is getting a rebuild

About 30 minutes from start to finish for a caliper replacement now!
Now and then I go back through my order history to see how many times Ive replaced the rear calipers in 11 years...
 
I installed the GR2's new along with the springs. Ride height is just right as this is my daily driver / kid hauler. I would say The Tein H.Techs paired with the GR2's are the edge for me for ride comfort.]
You can’t use regular length shocks with lower springs because you’ll spend too much time at the compression limits and blow out the seals. Especially the terrible KYB’s. We used to call them pogo sticks.
 
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2003 protege 5
While I agree with DiamondDave's statement I will add that that is more evident on something lowered more than 1.5". The H techs are like 1" and are far less susceptible to premature wear. Most likely theyre just stiff from everything being new. Give it a few hundred miles and itll soften up a bit.
 
You can’t use regular length shocks with lower springs because you’ll spend too much time at the compression limits and blow out the seals. Especially the terrible KYB’s. We used to call them pogo sticks.

The ride is a little stiffer but far from a pogo stick. An inch drop does not really necessitate short stroking the shocks, that is why I specifically chose the H.Tech of the S.Tech.

Installed Moog tie rods and camber bolts and did an alignment. Wow, turn in is much more crisp.

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Replaced a cracked fog light cover on one side and replaced the fog light bulb on the other. It is much easier to take the tire and bumper off rather than trying to work with the bumper in place. Sadly some clips were sacrificed during the removal process. : (

Tomorrow, trouble shoot some back rotor vibration (can feel it on the brake pedal) on some new rotors. Wish me luck!!
 
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03 p5, 92 miata
I sadly missed my estimate of pulling into my driveway at 260k yesterday by one mile :(
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This will be the last major milestone for this cars life at this point. I drive my miata or mk4 tdi much more often and after nearly 12 years of reliable service, the p5 is really just back up transport.
I replaced the heater core hoses in it the other day to get rid of that leak though finally!

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03 p5, 92 miata
I swear the laser blue color is especially bad with the rust.

Congratulations at 260k!
thanks! I know a lot of the rust is on me just not taking care of it like I could with regards to regular winter washing and such. Really a shame since the motor, transmission, and clutch are still all original and work absolutely great. Consumes oil but just top it off and keep driving! Just wish it rode smoother but even new suspension didnt fix it :(
 
thanks! I know a lot of the rust is on me just not taking care of it like I could with regards to regular winter washing and such. Really a shame since the motor, transmission, and clutch are still all original and work absolutely great. Consumes oil but just top it off and keep driving! Just wish it rode smoother but even new suspension didnt fix it :(
Yea I feel the same way. It's. Really fun car but everything else is such a bummer. The newer mazdas doesn't seem to offer the same "fun per dollar" as the p5. Maybe I'm just being a little bias.

The only real rust that I have are the door trims and it's almost rusted through. Every blue mazda that I found at pick n pull all have rust in the exact same area.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
The rear wheel wells are one of the worst spots for rust.

This is my parts car...

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It helps to cake grease on that lip/ledge around the wheel well. It's messy but it helps. That lip always fills up with dust and dirt then when it gets wet, it stays wet for days, maybe weeks.

Even if it's not salt water, it's not good.
 
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03 p5, 92 miata
The rear wheel wells are one of the worst spots for rust.

This is my parts car...

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It helps to cake grease on that lip/ledge around the wheel well. It's messy but it helps. That lip always fills up with dust and dirt then when it gets wet, it stays wet for days, maybe weeks.

Even if it's not salt water, it's not good.

Oh well. such is life for our cars!
 
I debated posting this is a tongue in cheek “mod” because it’s so janky. However, it really did piss me off that both my P5 and MP5 can’t hold my Yeti coffee cup. Oh the projects my Dremel has allows me to complete.

I ordered a 3 for $8 pack of these large diameter inserts from Amazon. Then pulled the console and roughly outlined the new diameter cup holder. removed the 4 screws that hold the cup holder to the console and dremeled out both.

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Now I just need to do the same on my P5.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
The 2002 P5 cup holders completely SUCK !!!

They aren't deep enough and any cup taller than 4" will topple over.

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