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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Looking into a MSP

I have an '07 2.0 atx 3 now. I haven't had any problems with the car for 20k miles, and have just reached about 44k on the clock now. I am looking into MSP's though, because I like the way they look, they are relatively cheap, and have a turbo + 5 speed. The MSP I saw though has about double the mileage as my 3 now does. But everything looked and sounded great. I went to see the car in person and it is all stock too. I was wondering would it be worth it (in reliability terms) to switch on over to the MSP, which looks soo pretty in person. I have been looking on mazdas247 but can't make up my mind yet. I wouldn't do much else beyond an intake and possibly hard pipes, to let the engine breathe, but not jack up the boost. Thanks. here's a link right away. The price I would see if i could get down as well.

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Re: Looking into a MSP

seen em for cheaper, 6000 etc etc.. also consider srt 4, and the 2002 wrx, rx8, 350z and s2k in that range
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Re: Looking into a MSP

In terms of reliability, it'll be worse than a 3 or MS3...the MSP's turbo engine is basically a regular Protege engine with a turbo kit. The internals are completely the same, and not terribly appropriate for a turbo application. A friend of mine has one, and at 120k miles (the vast majority of those from freeway driving to/from work) his engine was making enough nasty rattles that he decided to pull it and rebuild it with better internals.


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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 11:45 PM
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Re: Looking into a MSP

It is pretty, and you'll get the rarity factor too!

But yeah... if you think the MS3 is limiting as far as modding goes, I think the MSP is even more? But it's so pretty... those Racing Harts wheels... oh my!
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Re: Looking into a MSP

Protege... I would not agree that it looks good nor that it is better than a normal Mazda 3. I am sorry, but 8k for a Protege isn't in any way "relatively cheap".

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I think the MSP was praised more for its ridiculously good handling, and not power.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-29-2011, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Looking into a MSP

Yeah, a lot of this seems to be what I saw. The suspension's great on these cars, but they kind of skimped on the transmission and seems like they just threw a turbo and intercooler onto the normal protege engine. It seems like people love driving the car, but there are a few common problems. I'll just keep going with the 3 for now, and keep an eye on other cars. I was looking into the 02 wrx as well. Just wanted to get some extra advice on the subject. Thanks. And no, 8k isn't cheap haha

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