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Mazda MAZDA3, Performance Mods
#49 of 88 After Market In Dash Stereo
Jun 04, 2008 (12:59 pm)
Has anyone had an aftermarket cd unit installed in their 3? I have the six disk factory, with NO aux input (2005). I am assuming if I went aftermarket, I would lose my steering wheel controls and my clock area would be blank. Can anyone confirm?
#50 of 88 Re: After Market In Dash Stereo [dride]
Jun 05, 2008 (1:31 pm)
You don't necessarily have to lose your steering wheel controls. There is adapter (or whatever it's called) that you can buy that will maintain that functionality. As for the clock, I believe you will lose that functionality. For more and better answers regarding aftermarket radios, check out mazda3forums.com. There's a lot of info there, including installation guides, tips, and pictures of various audio modifications.
#51 of 88 cool mazda accessories
Jun 06, 2008 (5:30 pm)
Try mazdastuff.com. Lots of cool stuff for 3's.
#52 of 88 Cigarette Lighter
Jun 07, 2008 (12:04 pm)
Wife bought a mazda 3I Touring,
Comes home and tells me a cigarette lighter came with it. So I go back to the dealer and gave him the lighter and he gave me a plug for the hole.
I bring the car home thinking she would be happy,but no" The plug had a red line
through burning cigarette ,so I'm in the doghouse or on the couch again. My Acura has a snap on cover. Does anyone know whereI can puchase such a thing.
I have been all over the web to buy a 12 volt cover or plain plug. I tried Walmart, Best Buy,Napa ,VIP
#53 of 88 Re: Garmin GPS Installation Suggestions [wildthing]
Jun 07, 2008 (12:13 pm)
I had the same problem. I tried disk mount on driver side dash,no good,worked well on cup holder and there is a mount that goes down the cup holder.
What i did was go Garminshop.com and buy the bean bag you can twist or slide your Nuvi in works great no marks,tape,glue and move it from car to car.Fits any where even o sloping dash.
#54 of 88 Re: cold air intake [autonomous]
Oct 13, 2008 (9:20 pm)
You could just get a K&N OEM size Replacement filter for like $40, that is what I did.
#55 of 88 Re: Garmin GPS Installation Suggestions [joem5]
Oct 13, 2008 (9:33 pm)
I agree with a previous post, my suggestion would be to get the Beanbag from Amazon, I bought mine with my Garmin Nuvi 660. Additionally, you can transport the Garmin GPS into multiple cars and it leaves no indication of being in the car if you put it in your glovebox or under the seat, eliminating theft risk.
#56 of 88 Re: Garmin GPS Installation Suggestions [06mazda3s]
Oct 15, 2008 (8:38 am)
actually ended up having my GPS unit installed in the space between the two tuning buttons. I'm quite pleased about...no trailing wires and the installer used the existing 12 v power cable and unit connector. The car's a 2005, so when I sell it or trade it in, I'll leave the GPS unit as part of deal....hoping to hold on to the car for at least 2 - 3 more years so by then I expect Nav systems to be become as common and standard equipment as say car am/fm radios are today.
#57 of 88 Engine Block Heaters?
Oct 30, 2008 (3:30 pm)
Just moved to New England and looking at installing an engine block heater. Have any of you done this? Any recs? My car will be outside of the garage alot being we have two cars and only a one car garage.
#58 of 88 Questions on 2009 Mazda 3
Nov 02, 2008 (11:51 am)
Hello all. I am purchasing a new Mazda 3 5-door and have a few questions. I really want the factory installed navigation in my car so does anyone know how it works? I know the graphics may be a little outdated but as long as it works effectively, that's what I want. Secondly, I was thinking about purchasing a cold air intake to give my car more power but how will it affect my gas mileage. I mean am I gonna sacrifice 2mpg or more? And the third issue I had was I was thinking about putting the spoiler from the Masdaspeed 3 on my Mazda 3. But my friend says that will also affect my gas mileage a little. Cmon! I mean how much heavier is the other spoiler. And lastly, should I get it in black or metroplolitan grey? Both gorgeous colors. Thanks!