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#5 of 140 Mazda iPod adapter
Oct 14, 2006 (4:34 pm)
Just bought my new 2007 Mazda3 Sport (Canada). Car is fine, two days in, but audio system is another story.
In short, I purchased the new Mazda iPod adapter ($187 CDN) when I ordered the car, but can't seem to make it work. It didn't come with instructions. When I plugged in the iPod, the Mazda logo appeared on the iPod screen and below that it read: "O.K. to Disconnect". The car audio display said EX 1: 1. But the system only played one song, over-and-over. It won't randomly play multiple songs, as advertised.
So I checked out the Apple website for "ipod adapter". It referred me to this page. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93879
It turns out that BMW was the first to use the adapter, in 2004. In order for it to work in the BMW, the user had to create playlists specifically titled BMW1, BMW2, etc; that allowed the Mazda adapter software to recognize the iPod and different playlists. I tried making playlists using MAZDA or MZD, but nothing worked.
To make matters worse, the new AUX IN that came with the car doesn't work (the jack is in the container under the arm rest in the 2007 M3 Sport). According to the car manual, I am supposed to press the button on the console that says MEDIA in order to activate the AUX IN. But nothing happens.
Now you might be asking, why don't you ask the dealer for help? Thing is, I did, and although they installed the Mazda-branded ipod adapter (by the way, they ran the wire into the cupholder compartment, not the glove compartment as they were supposed to), they told me they don't have a clue how it's supposed to work, that none of them even own iPods. They told me to call Mazda Canada, which I did. A surly customer service agent said she had never even heard of such a thing called a Mazda iPod adapter, that it's the dealer's poblem and that perhaps I should call Apple. Yes, great customer service.
So if anyone owns a 2007 Mazda with a Mazda iPod adapter and has any advice on how to make the adapter work, I'd greatly appreciate it. Do I have the right to ask my dealer to take the damn thing out if they can't make it work and give me my money back?
Any help would be appreciated.
Frustrated in Toronto, Tosh.
#6 of 140 Re: Mazda iPod adapter [tosher]
Oct 19, 2006 (6:42 am)
I just purchased the same ipod adapter for my 2007 mazada3 and got pretty much the same problems responce from the dealer. Except the only ran the cable to my glove compartment. Luck when I picked up my can the mazda rep was there and I showed them the problem. They said they will get back to me in a few days.
Anyways as far as figuring out how it works, this is all I figured out so far. By changing the Disk fast it changes the play mode used by the iPod (via playlist, artist, track, genera etc...) You can tell what mode you are in by the 3 digits on the display, they are 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, & 600. I think when in mode 500 you are cycling through the playlists. but still a bit confused as I need a user guide badly. There is also a problrm when u only have one track in a playlist or one track from an artist the track step button restarts the song and at 1st I thought something was wrong untill I figured out what was going on.
Anyways best of luck and if you get any info please post it and I'll do the same
#8 of 140 ipod mazda3 adapter is lame
Nov 08, 2006 (3:41 pm)
Thanks. I read those instructions and they were better than nothing.
But really folks - why do we put up with this? All I needed was a way to get the iPod to play thru the car's speakers directly - without using RF. I don't need to power the iPod, I don't need another way to navigate the iPod. I just want a way to hear it thru the car stereo without FM tuning it. Why is it so hard? This lame adapter Mazda came out with puts my entire music collection behind a wall of babel. They call this an interface?? I call it a waste! All I needed was a male headphone jack that connected to the stereo's amp for crying out loud!
I am an extremely unhappy customer. Myself and every person on this forum had to search for instructions and those instructions STILL have to be correctly translated.
This adapter is a SHAM!
#9 of 140 Re: ipod mazda3 adapter is lame [madatmazda]
Nov 09, 2006 (8:43 am)
"All I needed was a way to get the iPod to play thru the car's speakers directly - without using RF. I don't need to power the iPod, I don't need another way to navigate the iPod. I just want a way to hear it thru the car stereo without FM tuning it."
I don't know what model year Mazda you have, but don't the '07 models include as standard equipment an 'aux in' jack (and a power plug) in the center console?
#10 of 140 after the fact Sirus
Nov 20, 2006 (10:00 pm)
Want to put in satellite radio and have heard with the aux input it should be easy to get the lil portable tuner. How much more equipment is there, i dont want my brand new car looking like a dj booth with a ton of wires all over the place. Would i be better off just hard wiring it in?
#11 of 140 Ipod pod issues 2
Dec 01, 2006 (1:19 am)
Well I sort of feel better now that I see it's not just me w/ the ipod issues followed by the blank look of the Mazda sales and service people you think they would know a little more about the product they are selling and/or fixing.
I just bought the 07 GT w/ the aux jack in the arm rest and which I thought was kool and was assured by the salesmen that I could control it through the steering wheel and was a deciding factor between getting a year end deal on the 06 or spending a few extra bucks and saving lives by keeping my eyes on the road and not the ipod.
I was at the Mazda service center today and they said I needed some adapter that costs close to $200
Does anyone know hopefully more than the people who a certified to service these cars what is needed to control my ipod through the steering wheel
#12 of 140 More than one brand of adapter?
Dec 04, 2006 (8:17 am)
Is the brand name of the faulty iPod adapter Neo ProLink (PODMAZV1)? Are there other brands available? I'm thinking of buying the Neo Prolink online. The company claims "You can not only move between tracks from the factory radio, you can skip between playlists, albums, and artists as well." I would have my local car audio store install it for me. No need for Mazda customer service if anything goes wrong. Any advice?
#13 of 140 Re: Ipod pod issues 2 [notthe1]
Dec 06, 2006 (12:36 pm)
Using nothing but the aux port in the 2007 Mazda3, the only steering wheel control you have is the volume -- and that's only if you have a a special cable that plugs in from the aux port to the iPod's docking port (not headphone port), which costs about $30.
The one being sold by Mazda is a true iPod integration kit that allows you to use the steering wheel controls to skip through the first 5-6 playlists you have, as if they were CDs in your CD changer. However, because you can control the iPod through the stereo or steering wheel controls, use of the iPod controls are disabled (or at least they are on other similar systems). It also charges your iPod while it's plugged in.
Most car companies now have their own branded product for true iPod integration, but they all work the same way -- that is, the system gets plugged in to the back of your stereo system (usually at the expense of losing your CD changer or satellite radio); the stereo/steering wheel controls will control the iPod, but only to some extent; the first 5-6 playlists are treated as if they are CDs in your CD changer and the tracks can be set to play at random, with the last "playlist" being the entire contents of the iPod; the iPod controls are disabled while plugged in; and the iPod is charged while plugged in.
Hope this helps.
#14 of 140 Re: Ipod pod issues 2 [mazda3_fan]
Dec 07, 2006 (7:42 pm)
Where do you find this $30 auxport -> docking port? I just recently purchsed a 2007 mazda3s and like you, I was told ipod connection was possible.