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#74 of 88 Adding Side Airbags, Mazda 3, 2005
Jul 09, 2007 (10:19 am)
My 2005 Mazda3 hatchback did not come with factory side air bags, and I am wondering about adding them. Does anyone know if I can simply purchase new seats with the side air bags? Or are there additional electrical connections for the side airbags? I thought the seat bolster airbags were pressure activated, but I can't find any information about them, and my local dealer is baffled! Any advise is greatly appreciated.
#75 of 88 Re: Adding Side Airbags, Mazda 3, 2005 [shaw_jody]
Jul 15, 2007 (9:49 am)
Messing with air bags AT ALL is something you dont want to do unless you are a trained pro. Would probably be simpler and easier to just buy a M3 that has them already installed.
#76 of 88 Re: Adding Side Airbags, Mazda 3, 2005 [shaw_jody]
Jul 15, 2007 (10:11 am)
And it's not just the side airbags in the seats, but the side curtains that provide the critical head protection. Quite an extensive retrofit to add them. As was said, may be cheaper to trade for a car that already has them.
#77 of 88 Mazda3 2006 4 door spoiler
Jul 17, 2007 (7:01 am)
I've been looking around on the internet but is the only spoiler available for the 2006 mazda3 from the mazda dealer? Can anyone recommend any sites that sell a variety of spoilers for the mazda3?
#78 of 88 Alloy Wheels
Jul 25, 2007 (9:51 am)
I don't really like the new wheels for the 2007 model year. I would prefer to get the 17 inch alloys from the 2006 or previous years for my 2007 Mazda3 S Touring. Are there any websites where I can purchase them instead of going through the dealer and paying a higher price? Much appreciated.
#79 of 88 Re: Alloy Wheels [wingz]
Jul 25, 2007 (12:11 pm)
Sep 12, 2007 (8:36 am)
I drive a '07 3 Sport hatch w/manual tranny. Absolutely love the car! Only wish it had DRL's. (I'm in California.) I've seen posts for various other makes which allows you to make lighting modifications pretty easily. What I'm hoping to do, is to make the foglights on my "3" act as DRL's.
Anyone have a suggestion?
#81 of 88 2009 3i Hood Insulator
Jun 20, 2009 (8:14 pm)
The 2009 3i does not have the Hood Insulation that the 3s models have. You can order the hood insulator from your dealer for a 3s along with the 13 push lock pins and it will fit right on to a 3i hood. I don't notice a big reduction in engine noise but protecting the hood from engine heat will help prolong the life of the paint.
#82 of 88 Thule Roof Rack NHTSA Recall
Jul 22, 2009 (5:46 pm)
This just in....
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E011000
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
MAZDA / CX-7 2007-2009
MAZDA / CX-9 2007-2009
MAZDA / MAZDA3 2004-2009
MAZDA / MAZDA5 2006-2009
MAZDA / MAZDA6 2003-2009
SUBARU / FORESTER 2009
SUBARU / IMPREZA 2008-2009
SUBARU / IMPREZA STI 2008-2009
SUBARU / IMPREZA WRX 2008-2009
SUBARU / OUTBACK SPORT 2008-2009
Equipment Brand Name / Part No. or Model No.: Production Dates:
THULE / 3068 JAN 01, 2008 - FEB 28, 2009
THULE / 3069 JAN 01, 2008 - FEB 28, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E011000
THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO THULE AFTERMARKET ROOF MOUNTED LOAD CARRIERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV
#83 of 88 Body Side Molding
Oct 21, 2009 (9:11 pm)
Does anyone know an aftermarket source to get color matched body side molding for a 2010 Mazda3i 4 door?