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    Experience with early 90's Mazda 626 Turbo?

    Good to know consideration. Thanks.
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    Potential Mazdaspeed Protege owner with some questions.

    Rust on the MSP I'm looking at is very mild, just a few spots around wheel well, my former Protege5 had significantly more rust. I live on Vancouver island so we get a lot of salty rain and so that's why I had rustproofed the Protege5 and why I would do the same for the MSP.
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    Potential Mazdaspeed Protege owner with some questions.

    Someone has a 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege in good shape for sale not far from me and as a former Protege5 owner I'm curious about the car. Did some research and what seems to sum it all up is that it a) that it's a great out of the box sporty little sedan, b) suffers from the same rust issues as all...
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    Experience with early 90's Mazda 626 Turbo?

    All I've been able to find out in my research is that it's a solid car but suffers from considerable torque steer.
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    Experience with early 90's Mazda 626 Turbo?

    I have an opportunity to buy a 1991 Mazda 626 Turbo hatchback model. The price is good and the car looks like it's been well taken care of. Only issue the current owner mentioned is that there is a small oil leak in the distributor area. It's nearing 300K on it. I don't know much about these...
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    Oil loss, possible burning oil.

    Thanks. There are no leaks, PCV valve is good. A mechanic said he saw some oil around a sensor that was wearing out. I forget the name of the sensor, oil pressure sensor I think. The engine has a large degree of what I was told "blowback" so it was suggested it was an internal engine problem...
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    Oil loss, possible burning oil.

    I seem to be losing oil. As I've noticed my exhaust at times looks smokey (usually seen from my rear view window as I accelerate) I think perhaps the car is burning oil. Last time I had oil changed they mechanic said he didn't see any leaks. I see on the internet it's recommended checking the...
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    Car alarm options?

    Coming back to this thread because I will be traveling to a new city to live and packing up all my belongings in my car including electronic items. So I'm wondering if this situation would warrant a car alarm as a deterrent. Probably a 80-90% chance my car won't be touched but I can't afford to...
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    Actual cost of a catalytic converter?

    Great, saved me some money there. Cheers.
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    Actual cost of a catalytic converter?

    Ok thanks. So aside form when people buy aftermarket header the only reason people do the non-fouler mod is when the Pre-Cat is on the fritz and they want they light to go away?
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    Actual cost of a catalytic converter?

    Hey thanks! So what does the mod do? Just trick the sensor in some way or am I bypassing the pre-Cat?
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    Actual cost of a catalytic converter?

    I'm seeing prices at Rock Auto for a replacement cat between $150 and $340 USD. My local autoshop was quoting me $900 CAD + labour. So am I correct that's a significant mark up? Just wondering if I'm looking at spending a grand on replacement or not. Not sure if it's the pre cat or the final...
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    Looking for suitable summer tires 4 P5.

    Thanks again.
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    Looking for suitable summer tires 4 P5.

    ool. So I an stay with 205/50, I don't have to go to 45s?
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    Vibration noise through dashboard source?

    I notice a vibration noise through the driver's side dashboard at low RPMs. What are the first places I should look for the cause? Thanks.
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    Looking for suitable summer tires 4 P5.

    Thanks, decided to go with 205 in the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+. About $100 cheaper than the Continental Extreme Contact Sport.
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    Looking for suitable summer tires 4 P5.

    Hi, yeah I've considered that though I heard that would affect handling/cornering ability. I assume that's the sidewall...I wonder if there is a particular tire with a firmer sidewall or something to compensate.
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    Looking for suitable summer tires 4 P5.

    Best I could find for stock rims is CONTINENTAL EXTREMECONTACT SPORT 195/50/16. Essentially wanted a good all round summer tire. Good wet/dry tration, relatively low road noise, comfortable ride and decent handling. These fit the bill but are quite expensive and I am almost wondering if they are...
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    rattling noise

    I found this thread because I am experiencing something similar. My car is late 2002 and isn't in the VIN range for the recall issue. I noticed a vibration noise coming from in front of the driver's area. Sounded like the dashboard was vibrating noisily but it's not the dash. Starts at around...
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    Rust related rear bumper loose. DIY fix?

    Hey thanks. I only need to do the areas bubbling around the wheel wells so just the black is all I need. I might get that bondo kit with the metal mesh to recreate the area that rusted out around that bolt hole that the bumper fastens to. The other side of the car has similar issues though the...