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When looking at the car (and I think you have most of it already covered in your question): The leading edges are the most susceptible ... this would include any part of the front fascia The A-pillar and maybe the leading edge of the roof Any part of the side which when looking at it, dips in, then comes back out ... the part which comes back out is ...
Water under the passenger side of the car is normal when running your A/C. The evaporator which is inside the car is located under the dash on the passenger side. When it cools the air, water condensates off of it, the water drips down into a catch basin, then goes through a tube which drains on that side of the car. What is not normal is that your A/C was ...
I'm not sure which engine the Z5 is, but this is the procedure for the 1997 Mazda Protege engines. The Protege's are called 323's elsewhere in the world for those years.
This sounds like a problem with the Idle Air Control (IAC) valve. This valve is a small motorized gadget which helps maintain the idle in the engine. (NOTE: Not knowing what year your car is, I looked at the last year for the Protoge5, which was 2003, which does have an IAC.) You may be able to clean up the old one with some carb cleaner, which I would try ...
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