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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles

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1998 Mazda Protege wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Mazda Protege Owner Comments

problem #2

May 312008

Protege 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving alone my 1998 Mazda Protege along a local route in tewksbury MA in light rain at about 30-35 mph when a car a few cars ahead of me made a quick stop for a left turn. Several car behind stopped without problem, but I was not able to stop and skid all the way into the car at front which was a 2002 Camry. At the time the car at front of me hit the brake I tapped on my brake almost at the same time and there were about 10 car length distance between me and the 2002 Camry that I hit eventually. The traction provided by my tires are extremely low especially in wet. The tires I was riding on are 4 Goodyear integrity P175/70R13 that I installed in May 2005 in allied tires and service in gainesville, fl 32607. I had about 40K miles on them at the time of accident. My car passed the MA state safety inspection in Jan 2008, and my most recent visual check on the tires showed there were enough tread left. From day one I noticed these tires were extremely slippery compared to other tires, a little bit more on throttle or brake could cause tire spin in even dry condition, in wet it's much worse. As a safety driver I considered myself, I always drove well under speed limit with extreme caution, at that time I didn't consider these tires an imminent hazard so I took no action and continued using them until this accident. I deeply regretted this. I sincerely request your full investigation into the grip performance on this line of tires. I am a safe driver with 7 year of clean record before this accident. Before I made this complaint I found many previous complaints on this site also addressed the grip issue. And there are substantial complaints of this line of tires on the grip performance on internet. The accident happened at 1:30 pm, May 31, 2008, at main St rt. 38 in tewksbury, MA 01876. Should you require more details you could contact me or the tewksbury MA police. I appreciate all your effort on this. Thank you, wing-hin wong

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 021998

Protege

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At low speeds of 5 mph, when going down a slight incline, like a driveway, a piece of metal hit the road and the front end of vehicle bottomed out. Dealer could not find a problem with vehicle. Also, the original pirelli tires were rated at 32 lbs. Not good enough to prevent front end of car to be hit when going down an incline at 5 mph. Changed to yokohoma tires 330 radilas tires 0F 35 lbs, side walls much stiffer an vehicle rocks solidly.

- Hamden, CT, USA

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