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    Recently bought a 1998 Protege DX

    Hi

    First time mazda owner

    Thought it would be a good idea to join this forum as I like to do most routine maintenance myself. I bought the Chiltons book but seems like it could use a few more pics in certain areas.

    Anyways, car seems to run well and just clocked over 81k miles. Door fit is factory spec so they close w/a reassuring "thunck". Replaced 2 dry rotted tires and checked brake innings. All looks good

    Will ask questions about routine maintenance in the coming weeks

    Love the 29 mpg city in a 4- door to boot

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    Welcome..I own a 97 lx . Post up a pic..

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    Yours looks nice

    Since I took my pic, I got some color matched paint from Sherwin Williams to paint my bumper. Just waiting for the rain to move out

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    Got some paint from Sherwin-Williams and painted front bumper today I will post pics up later

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    Great little cars... my wife's first new car was a '96 Protege LX 1.5L. We sold it back in 2007 with around 120K miles. I happened to do a VIN search a few months back and noticed vehicle had ended up in a local Pull-A-Part yard. I had to see how many miles it ended up so paid the fee and went in. It was just shy of 275K miles. That is a more than respectable service life in my book,
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    Great little cars... my wife's first new car was a '96 Protege LX 1.5L. We sold it back in 2007 with around 120K miles. I happened to do a VIN search a few months back and noticed vehicle had ended up in a local Pull-A-Part yard. I had to see how many miles it ended up so paid the fee and went in. It was just shy of 275K miles. That is a more than respectable service life in my book,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bits View Post
    Got some paint from Sherwin-Williams and painted front bumper today I will post pics up later
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    Was thinking of buying a JDM sticker for my car window but then I read up about them and they’re engines for domestic use in Japan is that right? My US Mazda protégé would not have a JDM engine in it would it?

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    Did a considerable amount of overspray when painting because I neglected to simply throw an old sheet over the hood. Wet sanded it yesterday and now will wash and apply polishing compound. Hope that removes the sanding swirls

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    Recently bought a 1998 Protege DX

    Waxed it for the first time today. Took me so long because I bought color match paint for the bumper and that took a while to do and was frustrating and I’ve been working a lot and the weather has not been good




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