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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#9102 of 9328 Re: 2006 Mazda3 sedan question [bob01420]
May 07, 2007 (10:43 am)
You can get the factory installed cruise control installed on your 3i. I did it to mine ('06 Mazda 3i with manual transmission). All you need to get is the brake switch for cars with cruise and the cruise control switches for the steering wheel. You can install it yourself, switching out the brake switch is easy(well, space is kind of tight). Changing out the switches on the steering wheel requires taking off the airbag. I had the dealer do this step for me, I was just too scared. But it all works fine, I even have the cruise control lights light up in the instrument panel.
Just check this link out for more detailed instructions:
#9103 of 9328 Re: 2006 Mazda3 sedan question [tomkozski]
May 07, 2007 (11:31 am)
Changing out the switches on the steering wheel requires taking off the airbag.
Does the airbag work?
#9104 of 9328 Re: 2006 Mazda3 sedan question [autonomous]
May 07, 2007 (7:34 pm)
Taking an airbag out isnt a big deal (Everyone listen to this part) for a TRAINED PROFESSIONAL!!! I have been certified in airbag replacement and i know full well i would not want to mess with one if i didnt know what it could do. NEVER take out an airbag if you dont have the know how. It seems easy and looks easy. Problem is the something even as small as static electricity can set on off when not hooked up to the car.
May 11, 2007 (7:15 pm)
Bought my mazda3s in Jan. and have not been able to use the navigation system while driving.....I know this is for safety reasons......but if I'm low on gas on the highway....pulling to the shoulder to search for a gas station on the nav. system makes no sense.....anyone know how to override this feature......
#9107 of 9328 Re: nav. system query [geekman555]
May 12, 2007 (11:15 am)
anyone know how to override this feature......
Don't think it's possible.
#9108 of 9328 Re: nav. system query [geekman555]
May 14, 2007 (4:16 am)
I'm sure it's possible-- it seems tied to the speedometer, and it seems to allow you to scroll around at speeds up to amount 5 mph. How to disable it though is a tougher question. The easy fix for finding gas stations though is to enter the settings menu and have it show POI's while you drive. You can select what type of POIs you want to see. They will only show though while you are zoomed in fairly close.
#9109 of 9328 Feedback from 3 owners re: A/C
May 22, 2007 (11:50 am)
Hello all, getting ready to graduate after going back to college, and thinking of a new car in the near future. The Mazda 3 is at the top of the short list being considered. I noticed on the website of, shall we say, a leading Consumer magazine you might have heard of, that there is feedback on the 3 from a fair number of owners who routinely complain the the A/C is weak and inadequate. Can folks here who own one and live in a hot climate ( I live in Kansas City with 100 degree summer days ) give me some feedback on whether this is a problem with the car? I am one of those few people who is not a big hot weather fan and does not mind cold, so I'd rather be too cold than too hot, so if anything I want an A/C unit that can keep up with the heat, not one that can barely keep the cabin tolerable on a hot sunny day. Thoughts on this much appreciated. Thanks! Matt
#9110 of 9328 Re: Feedback from 3 owners re: A/C [bricknord]
May 22, 2007 (12:52 pm)
I have a 2006 5-door 3 and I would say the same. The AC is a bit weak. It's a friggin furnace here in Austin. I'm from MN so I hate the heat too. With the recirculate on it does cool off but takes a few minutes. I have to say it's my only real complaint aside from not being able to plug in an MP3 player. Great car, I love it.
#9111 of 9328 Re: Feedback from 3 owners re: A/C [bricknord]
May 23, 2007 (2:35 pm)
I'm also in the KC area, and feel the same as you re: the weather. I have a GT with the auto climate control. It, combined with the black leather, does not keep up on summer days. It's not intolerable, but just irritating.
I've been told that window tint helps, but I havent tried that yet.
That said, the car is great, and surpasses pretty much all comers. The stongest competitor is the civic, which trades the performance for mileage. I wouldnt nix the 3 from your shopping list yet, but I would test drive it and the competitors in the summer if possible to see if the weak AC is a dealbreaker.