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#10 of 19 Re: "normal key" [dan5678]
Oct 18, 2008 (4:45 am)
I'm not sure when is the last time you bought a car but a key chip, as part of the immobilizing system, is a common thing in many cars nowadays. The Mazda5 may not be on the top of the car theft lists but is always a good thing to have.
BTW, the Corrvette, Porsches nor RX-8s top the car theft lists but cheap, practical cars do, so I think it is more reasonable to have in on Mazda3s, Mazda5s, Mazda6s....
"The 1995 Honda Civic and 1991 Honda Accord led last year's list of the most-reported stolen cars, according to Hot Wheels 2008, the National Insurance Crime Bureau's companion study to its annual Hot Spots auto theft report.
It was the second year in a row the models topped the list.
Also making the top 10 for 2007 were the 1989 Toyota Camry, 1997 Ford F-150 Series Pickup, 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Pickup, 1994 Acura Integra, 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup, 1994 Nissan Sentra, 1988 Toyota Pickup and the 2007 Toyota Corolla."
#11 of 19 Re: "normal key" [coolmazda5]
Oct 18, 2008 (1:36 pm)
Last car was 8 years ago, I don't recall its book mentioning chipped keys. It had the keyless entry xmitter in a separate 'fob' but the key did have the molded plastic opposite the business end, so who knows what was hidden under there.
Now that you mention it, I do recall reading Camrys and Accords top those thefts lists because there's such a huge market for parts.
+1 for me living in a relatively sparsely populated town.
#12 of 19 Re: "normal key" [dan5678]
by vg33e power
Oct 20, 2008 (6:45 am)
...and +1 more for you driving a Mazda. LOL! Looks like there is no Mazda in sight on that Top 10 list. LOL!
#13 of 19 Re: "normal key" [vg33e power]
Oct 20, 2008 (7:29 am)
Yeah, but also is not on the top list of sales by volume which was my comparison point. I.e. I'm sure more Mazda3s are stolen every year than Mazda5s , but that does not mean because the Mazda3 is easier to steal, it is purely by volume of how many are on the street compared to the stolen ones...
Off-topic, but Mazda tries to sell well but not to outperform the big guys in numbers, which happens to also be an awesome thing as, if you notice, the more market share car makers want to make happy, the blander they cars look...
#14 of 19 2006 MZ5 lousy plastic key
Nov 08, 2008 (2:28 pm)
My 2.5 year old key broke at only place it can be mounted on a keyring. One dealer told me "normal wear and tear, not covered" but I prevailed at another dealer and just got a new one. Lo and behold, what had been chrome-plated plastic, at the weak spot that broke, is now a metal casting! Mazda has seen the light and is making better keys. So go ask for one if you need one too.
#15 of 19 Frustration in replacing keys
May 07, 2009 (1:35 pm)
I am so frustrated. Both of our key rings broke within the first year of buying our car. I have now managed to lose a key and we are down to one key. The cost of replacing is unjustifiable. Moreover, even if you buy the key on the internet and take to our local dealers, they want $99.00.
I have had trouble with tires, dioor lock doesn't work, and now keys. ***Poor choice in buying a mazda.
#16 of 19 Re: Frustration in replacing keys [rrratina]
by vg33e power
May 07, 2009 (2:21 pm)
Calm down a bit there, trouble happens in any car maker so don't be so quick to throw Mazda under the bus.
Almost all tires that come stock from factory are not really the best choice and quality, so when they wear out change them to better ones to fit your needs.
Door locks...there is a TSB out for this problem, go to your dealership and get it fixed.
Keys...almost all keys now-a-days with the theft deterrent system and built in keyless remote are pricey.
#17 of 19 Re: Frustration in replacing keys [rrratina]
May 07, 2009 (4:55 pm)
May 10, 2009 (6:03 pm)
what is the TSB number and where can I find it to print it off so that i can take it to the dealer now both sliders take several attempts to open now.