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Mazda MAZDA3, Performance Mods
#79 of 88 Re: Alloy Wheels [wingz]
Jul 25, 2007 (1:11 pm)
Sep 12, 2007 (9:36 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 (9:14 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 (6:46 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 (10:11 pm)
Does anyone know an aftermarket source to get color matched body side molding for a 2010 Mazda3i 4 door?
#85 of 88 2010 Mazda3 OEM front & rear air dams
Dec 19, 2009 (4:28 pm)
does anyone have clearly-detailed photos that show well the appearance difference between 2010 Mazda3 with and without the factory OEM accessory front and/or rear air dams? The brochure is disappointingly vague -- or possibly the equipment is so subtle in appearance that I can't even tell. I know I've seen a new 3sGT without either, and I think it looks fine. The retail sticker of both parts is about $1000 so I'm having trouble believing why would anyone want them. The thumbnail photos in the brochure look the same as the car I saw, to me. I guess I'm saying no way do I want to spend $1000 for them, but I'm undecided whether it is important to make an effort to avoid them, or whether I can just say to a dealer "I don't care whether they are there or not, but I will only pay $zero for them".
#86 of 88 Attention "whobodym"
Feb 23, 2010 (12:06 am)
If you go to the Mazda web page where you can "build" a new Mazda you will
find that you can see the differences with and without the front and rear aero
kits. Build the car and toward the end of that process, you will see all the
accessories available for the particular trimline you're interested in which includes
actual pictures of how that particular accessory looks on the car.
Personally, my '10 sGT hatch has both aero kits and the front one is actually
pretty sharp, while the rear is more subtle. I bought several accessories when
I ordered my car because I don't want my ride looking like every other 3sGT
on the road!
#87 of 88 Mazda Front Mud Guards
Mar 17, 2010 (4:01 pm)
I have found that the bottom lip of the moulded front mud guards on my 2009 Mazda 3 are not low enough. As a result, mud and grit from the wheels is spraying up on the rocker panels and from what I am seeing, it won't be long before the paint is worn off my rocker panels. Has anybody on this forum replaced their front mud guards with an aftermarket type to resolve this problem?