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#4780668 - 06/07/18 09:30 PM 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles
mazdamonky Offline


Registered: 12/08/15
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Loc: Arkansas
I just picked up a base model 2002 protege for my girlfiend about 3 months ago since she wrecked her Grand prix. Bought the car with 291k miles on it and service records appeared as if the last Timing belt was done at 110k. I went ahead and pulled the valve cover gasket just to check and the Timing belt appeared nearly new. I figure it was just done by the one of the two previous owners. Here is a pic of what it looks like without the valve cover.

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#4780681 - 06/07/18 09:42 PM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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#4780693 - 06/07/18 09:56 PM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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How much does a Mazda Protege with 291k miles sell for?
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#4780697 - 06/07/18 10:01 PM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Looks good! Looks like you got a bit of oil on the timing belt, either that or a piece is missing, I can't tell.
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#4780699 - 06/07/18 10:02 PM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Quite good thumbsup
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#4780712 - 06/07/18 10:12 PM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Looks good! Yep I wonder also what that spot is on the timing belt
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#4780755 - 06/07/18 10:45 PM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: PimTac]
mazdamonky Offline


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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
Not bad! Thank you for posting thumbsup


No problem!

Originally Posted By: Leo99
How much does a Mazda Protege with 291k miles sell for?


I managed to get this guy for $750. Needed a new air tube from the filter to throttlebody for $60 and the front brake rotors and pads were replaced for about $100. Also new struts all around for around $200 after rebate. So I was into it for around $1100. Proteges are really reliable cars in my experience. Very under Appreciated. They are much like a toyota or honda in the fact that for the most part they run and drive until A: you wreck them, or B: you oil starve them as most burn a quart per 1k miles and people aren't used to topping oil off.

Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
Looks good! Looks like you got a bit of oil on the timing belt, either that or a piece is missing, I can't tell.

Originally Posted By: PimTac
Looks good! Yep I wonder also what that spot is on the timing belt


It was just a drop of oil that came off of the valve cover. Just wiped it off and put it back together.
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#4780830 - 06/08/18 01:15 AM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Registered: 05/29/09
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Loc: WA (USA)
Yes, I had a 1998 SE that I forced myself to part with at 384k miles. May be I was lucky, may be Japanese assembly had something to do with it, but I had no break-downs. Even AT was original. I was pretty careful with maintenance though. Mobil 1 10W-30 all her life.

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#4780848 - 06/08/18 02:26 AM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Registered: 09/02/15
Posts: 32
Loc: Australia
Timing belts often look new even when they've been in use for 100000km. I wouldn't assume it has been done especially when timing kits are cheap and these are easy to work on. Even though I believe these engines are non-interference the hassle of dealing with a broken down car isn't worth it for a hundred bucks and 3-4 hours of your time.

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#4780868 - 06/08/18 04:02 AM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Very nice. It looks like the PO took good care of it.
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#4780885 - 06/08/18 05:12 AM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Loc: The Old North State
Looks good, like engine well maintained.

Agree with post that timing belt appearance can be deceptive as to time used.

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#4780904 - 06/08/18 05:56 AM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Loc: PV Az
Good luck with it. I just can't image buying a car with 295k miles on it.
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#4780948 - 06/08/18 07:00 AM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: chrismo]
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Registered: 06/14/11
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Originally Posted By: chrismo
Timing belts often look new even when they've been in use for 100000km. I wouldn't assume it has been done especially when timing kits are cheap and these are easy to work on. Even though I believe these engines are non-interference the hassle of dealing with a broken down car isn't worth it for a hundred bucks and 3-4 hours of your time.

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Proteges from that era were among the most reliable and durable cars you could buy.
You can't tell a timing belt's age by looking at it. That engine IS an interference engine. Replace the timing belt, if it breaks the car is history.


Edited by wag123 (06/08/18 07:03 AM)

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#4781032 - 06/08/18 08:43 AM Re: 2002 Protege Under Valve Cover 295k miles [Re: mazdamonky]
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Loc: North Texas
Thanks for sharing. Looks great.
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