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    Autox Junkie Katya4me's Avatar

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    Goodbye P5, it was a great run

    After nearly 16 years of ownership, it is finally time to say goodbye to my Protege5.
    I bought her in September of 2003 with 40 miles on the clock and she went to a new home last month with 187K on her.

    Last day of ownership:


    Over the years, she changed a lot from stock to modded and back to mostly stock.

    I started modding her early on. I won some Sprint springs at a Spool meet and picked up a Kartboy shifter. Got an MSP blue grille, put on the AWR 21.5mm rear sway bar, Wagner shorty header, swapped to coilovers, put in an MP3 head unit and got a MSP axleback.

    The MP3 HU was stolen at a car event, so I put in a carputer for a while before removing it for racing:
    https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showthread.php?92240-My-Latest-Mod
    https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showthread.php?123805828-Free-Just-Pay-Shipping-3rd-Gen-Protege-Carputer-Setup

    Then she was unmodded and raced:
    https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=213303&d=1456163652

    Developed an obsession with 15” wheels:
    https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showthread.php?123656896-15-quot-Rims-that-fit-the-MSP

    Took her on some great road trips:
    https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showthread.php?123840788-Very-Eventful-Week

    Over the years, there were a few issues, but never anything terrible and most were self-inflicted. However, she was starting to show her age but felt like that comfortable old shoe you can’t bear to throw away. Last spring, I started test-driving cars, put together a spreadsheet to compare them, but nothing was really appealing to me. Winter came around and nothing was grabbing me, so we installed seat heaters in the car and I was on cloud nine for the first winter in a long time.

    And then the rumors started, that Mazda was going to be releasing a 30th Anniversary Miata and it was going to be a bright color. For those who are not familiar, we’ve owned 7 Miatas, raced 6 over the years on both dirt and asphalt and love brightly colored cars. Since the ND Miata was announced and I got to autox one 4 years ago, I’ve loved everything about them but the boring colors. So, come February when Mazda made the 30AE announcement, I got in my pre-order.

    Say hello to 0070:


    Not nearly as practical as the P5, and way too assertive when it comes to all the technology that was not present in my 16 year old car, but it’s so fun!!

    I can’t say what the Blue Book value is on a minisplit, but I think it was a good trade for the P5:


    I am happy that she will enjoy her 2nd life with her new owner, Voodoofury:


    DD: 30AE Miata

    Autox: Current: CSP in a NB Miata: Oh, this is fun; ES in 2012: Welcome back, it's been a long time; GS in 2011: Spicy FTW, until it goes boom; BS in 2010: RX-8 was fun; HS in 2008: been there, done that; STS: Whee!!!!; ES in 2006
    Rallyx: Current: PR in a NB Miata; PR in 2015: Tired RX-7 is tired, let's switch to an NA Miata instead; MR in 2014: Slideways is the best way in the dirt.

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    I know what you mean, my car is bigger but now I only get 21mpg if I baby it. If not I get 17mpg.

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    Sorry to hear you had to go. I think my time may be nigh too. Ten year owner here. It seems this is the year that many P5s are finally seeing their last days

    there’s a sentimentality about it, is there not?

    We’re all, at minimum, enthusiasts here, and many are car professionals. And With a car that’s been such a big part of one’s life, personally or professionally, we are, in a way, finally letting go of all the memories and things that happened while we owned that car. All the family, friends and people you’ve known and driven in that car. The places you’ve been. The time I got the call at 5 AM that my grandma died, hopped in my P5, picked up my cousin, and drove 500 km back home. Those are the real days of our lives.

    It’s not the prospect of losing the car that’s tough, it’s the reminder of all the special times that have passed and how much life has moved on. As much as I try to think of getting a new car as “refreshed and renewed”, a somber voice in my head always creeps in to remind me of the times gone by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NaturalFlavored View Post
    I know what you mean, my car is bigger but now I only get 21mpg if I baby it. If not I get 17mpg.
    I average 17mpg and I drive easy. But I've got a V8 explorer now with full time AWD. But sooooo much more comfortable. I don't drive anywhere NEAR as much as I used to, so the mileage really isn't a big deal. I've had this for a few months now and haven't even gone 5k miles. Before I was driving 3-4k miles per month easy...


    I didn't mind letting the P5 go so much. I had it for about 4 years or a little more, and it was a good car. I always liked it, but never really was "attached" to it. Guess I'm getting older and just don't care as much anymore, as long as it gets me where I need to go, and functions the way I need it to then I'm happy. I need to be able to tow a trailer so that's the biggest reason the P5 had to go for me. But my car customizing days are long gone... The only reason I even replaced the radio in my explorer was because the factory radio volume knob would go "up" but not back "down". Actually, "down" also made the volume go "up" LOL. I had an extra navigation radio laying around so I put that in and called it a day. No other modifications or plans in the future of this one...

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    Yeah I loved the p5 the body was so sexy it wouldn't really go out of style and I spent so much money on extra parts, I was very attached but having a kid changed everything. I love the the new car and luxury it offers.
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    There definitely are a lot of memories associated with it, and life experiences. It was also the first car that I raced, the first car that I modified, and while not an ideal race car, it was a fantastic DD and I think it was a good one for playing with mods on as well.
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