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Mazda RX-8, Audio, Exterior, Lights, Performance Mods, Tires, Coupe
#94 of 143 aftermarket moonroof, anyone?
Mar 31, 2006 (3:45 pm)
I'm getting an 05 AT Sport today. Has anyone installed an aftermarket moonroof? I'd appreciate any suggestions or experience people have.
#95 of 143 Anyone add Remote Start?
Apr 03, 2006 (3:41 pm)
We are waiting for a 2006 RX-8, just gave the dealer the specs and are awaiting word on when we can expect to follow through with the order.
Has anyone had remote start added to their RX-8? Any problems? What about "ride flat" tires? (I think that's the terminology) Anything new from Bunnygirl?
#96 of 143 Re: Anyone add Remote Start? [mcusmc]
Apr 03, 2006 (5:29 pm)
Unless you really need it, remote start is a "bad idea" (pat. pending). It disables the best security system yet invented - the vehicle immobilizer system. To add remote start you have to hide a key in the car (close to the ignition key switch). Most installers put it inside the plastic housing around the steering column. Most theives know this! Say "bye bye" to your car! The reason the key must be there is the car will not start unless the system senses the chip in the key close by. When I say it will not start I mean the engine will not get fuel. The car will still crank and determined theives may even try to "bump start" it - but it will not run! Even if you cut the key body off (leaving the handle and chip in the housing) you still have disabled the immobilizer system, and anyone can "hotwire" the car. Note that this immobilizer system is different from the "key in pocket" system the 2006s offer. The new system takes it one step further by extending the range of the sensor.
What we really need is the immobilizer system built into the transmission insead of the engine such that it locks the car in neutral (or Park for autos) until it senses the key in the car - for those of us who need to get the car warmed up before driving it - not really applicable to the RX-8 though. I wouldn't want a remote start system to try to start my RX-8 when it's sitting at -20 deg. That's just asking for a flood!
The tires you're talking about are "run flat". Close. They work but you do have a tradeoff - they run a little rougher as they have stiffer sidewalls.
#97 of 143 Re: Anyone add Remote Start? [pathstar1]
Apr 04, 2006 (7:39 pm)
This information is not entirely true nowadays.. I have a 2005 Mazda 6s Sport Sedan, and I installed the genuine Mazda remote start kit. Contrary to what you stated, it does NOT require a key be left in the vehicle, and it does NOT disable the immobilizer system. What it DOES do is has a small RF transmitter that is installed around the collar of the ignition switch. The module of the remote start (which replaces the Mazda factory alarm), is then programmed when the system is first installed with the correct RF information to send to the immobilizer when the system is activated. When the reote start is activated, the module causes the RF information to be transmitted to the immobilizer, and the starter is enabled for the remote start in the same fashion it would be if you used your key.
So, if you are looking at a *Mazda* genuine remote start system, the issues with the immobilizer system mentioned above do NOT apply. It does NOT disable ANYTHING that the poster mentioned.
#98 of 143 Re: aftermarket moonroof, anyone? [rx8wannab]
Apr 10, 2006 (8:17 pm)
I just bought a 2005 6 speed manual and had them throw in an aftermarket moonroof. It works great and has a lifetime warranty. The dealer hooked it up for about 1100. I would make sure whoever you go to has the lifetime warranty or at least to last as long as the car. It was definately worth it!
#99 of 143 Re: aftermarket moonroof, anyone? [vingiesel]
Apr 13, 2006 (12:02 pm)
Sounds good...do you know the brand & model? And, I assume it is a "spoiler" type model? How many inches of headroom did you lose? There isn't much to spare in the RX8.
#101 of 143 Re: aftermarket moonroof, anyone? [vingiesel]
Apr 17, 2006 (3:43 pm)
Pictures would be most helpful. Thanks.
#102 of 143 Re: Anyone add Remote Start? [rickny1]
Apr 18, 2006 (6:12 pm)
Thanks for replying to my remote start question. Can you be more clear? Was your Mazda genuine remote start system added by you, the dealer or factory installed? We just ordered our 2006 RX-8 automatic last week and are very excited. A few years ago we added the remote start to our Lincoln. We love to enter our car that's nice and warm or cool as a cucumber. I would hate to give that feature up. I would think the remote start would be an asset as everyone says to let the RX-8 warm up.
#103 of 143 Re: GPS Navigation [sugarlander]
Apr 28, 2006 (7:59 pm)
hi, i just bought a 2005 rx-8 and would like to know where i can get a factory installed gps system for it or one that will be installed in the dash and not sticking on the window. Thanks.