2000 Mazda Protege LX 1.6L from North America
Basic, uninspiring transportation
Check engine light keeps coming on. I took it to the shop and was told it was an IAC motor and idle conrtol valve. After replacement (for $800) the car ran no differently. The light stayed off for just over a year. It's on again. This time I went after it myself. Simply checking the ROOM fuse and replacing it caused the light to go off... so far, so good.
Belts squeal despite multiple replacements. Seems to be temperature dependent- just when starting on cold mornings. I've had the alternator belt and power steering belts replaced twice by two different shops. At this point I'm going to drive it until something falls off!
My 1994 Protege was a dream- no problems in 9 years. Unfortunately, I had to leave it overeas. The 2000 was bought used, but is not as well built or solid as my '94 model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th March, 2006
To help you out with the belt squeal problem you have to replace the alternator belt with the OE Mazda belt. All after-market belts are made a little different from the original and do not grip the pulley properly, thus causing squealing noise from slippage. I have discovered this after a lot of research and have shared it with many repair shops. I do not work for Mazda, quite the opposite I work for a company that makes after-market belts for cars.
I seem to have the check engine light on all the time and the lights won't come on... On top of it, the ignition seems slow.. I think I probably need to replace the room fuse... I am a complete novice - so, where is this room fuse and is there any instructions online on how to replace it?? Also, do you know where I can buy a room fuse...
This car is killing me.