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Mazda5 Audio & Entertainment Questions

Has anyone added the XM radio to their Mazda5 GT and do you have advice on how to do so? My dealer is clueless although they did include the brochure that offers a sign-up deal. Both the XM and Mazda websites do not list the 5 as a vehicle option, but the Satellite button and space for the receiver are clearly there on the audio panel. ???
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  • I think we have decided on the Touring model (after previously deciding on a Honda Odyssey) but my question is about the MP3 player. Is that standard on the touring or an option? When I test drove on the other day I knew more about the car than the salesperson - very frusterating. The brochure does not elaborate on the MP3 feature either. So any owners out there who have/use the MP3?
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    The MP3 player isn't standard on any of the US Mazda5 models. It's optional, and it's basically just a CD player that has the capability to play CDs that have MP3s on them.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,960
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  • nym5nym5 Posts: 20
    The SAT button is for Sirius, the module costs a bundle at around $370US. I put an XM receiver in my 5 with the control unit between the seats and the antenna on the rear roof with the cable routed in the roof drain, down the windshield trim, into the engine compartment, and through the firewall where the bulk of the cars wiring goes through a large rubber grommet. It's an easier install than it sounds and it looks clean & hidden. Also, I have the audio going directly into the head unit with the nice 'AuxIn' module, uses the cassette input and since I have long since thrown out my cassette collection....
  • vcgenovcgeno Posts: 5
    I have an XM MYFi and the car mount fits nicely on the driver’s side of the center console. I put the antenna on the small overhang between the ignition and the center console and it gets great reception. I keep the car power adapter plugged in all the time because it's location of the power plug at the bottom of the center console keeps it and the wires conveniently located out of the way. No need to run anything outside of the car.

    I’ve had my Mazda5 Sport for about a week and love it.
  • rlyonrlyon Posts: 57
    Hey all, I'm looking into the 5 and was wondering if anyone has experince with the DVD entertainment system? We want that for our little ones, like thew wireless headphones, but the dealer didn't have any models with the DVD. They said they'd install it, but I think I'd want a model with it from the factory.

    As for them being hard to come by, I read Mazda expected to sell 4,000-10,000 units the first year. That would make them hard to come buy as I think they've sold like 16,000 so far IIRC.
  • wusterwuster Posts: 153
    I'm 99% postive that the rear DVD system is a dealer install accessory. Even though Mazda list it as an accessory on its website.

    I'm going to buy a two screen DVD system that can be strap to the rear headrest. We have a Touring model and with the sunroof, I think a ceiling mounted DVD system would be too far back. It would make the kids look almost straight up to see the screen and that is with the middle seats all the way back.
  • rlyonrlyon Posts: 57
    Dealer installed? Really? OK, well that's good to know. I like the idea of it being factory installed and not aftermarket. Also, it plays CDs and the wireless headphones would be cool.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    I like the idea of it being factory installed and not aftermarket

    Mazda does not install any DVD entertainment system at the 'factory'...it is done by port workers at the port. They do it the same way it's done at the dealership.
  • rlyonrlyon Posts: 57
    Ah I see. Thanks for clarifying that up for me. Now I'll feel a little more comfortable should I order the DVD player.
  • kev604kev604 Posts: 30
    I purchased a portable dvd player (nothing fancy just the cheapest one I could find not worried about the performance of the unit, I'm sure before too long somebody will drop it). And purchased a portable dvd player case from Case Logic. The case opens up in an L shape so it holds the dvd player open and can be hung between two headrests so all passengers behind can watch or strapped snug on one headrest so the passenger behind can watch (thats how I'm using it). There is a picture example of this on Case Logic's website. On the Mazda 5 it doesn't fit nearly as well as the picture but after adjusting it and trying different positions the end result is acceptable under the circumstances. I never tried it between the two seats so I can't comment on that.
    Total cost of the project about CDN$110
    Installation $0
    I prefer this over an installed system because if you sell the car or have to get rid of the car for whatever reason then the system is gone as well. Secondly, I have two cars so I can move it from one car or the other. Thirdly, if an installed system ever breaksdown I would think it would cost alot to fix. Lastly, once you get to wherever your going, for example a restaurant you can take the portable dvd player with you as well.
  • Any way you could post some pictures of your installation? I like the idea of not having to run cables all over the car, cutting holes, etc. Thanks.
  • artcartc Posts: 1
    johnsfnm,
    did you have removal instructions for the head unit. or, did you figure it out on your own? i'd appreciate any help on this. i just got an ice:link from dension, for my ipod and have had my mazda 5 for a few weeks and really want to get my ipod in there.

    thanks
    art
  • mazda5njmazda5nj Posts: 2
    I just bought the Touring but the ill-informed dealer did not advise me it lacked MP3 capablility and I am required to buy the option. Has anyone attempted and/or know if it's possible to obtain the MP3 6 cd chgr headunit and install yourself? IS it just plug and play for the MP3 unit when replacing the identical existing unit minus Mp3? I am thinking of going this route i/o using an external jack method.
  • wa98stratwa98strat Posts: 66
    that's my biggest gripe about hte Mazda5, lack of MP3 capability with the stock stereo, Afterall it's just a difference in the software. For that they charge you $700. I'm actually going to wait a bit and try to find a center stack facia from a wrecked 5 and install my current Pioneer Head unit. No way am I paying $700 for mp3 capability.

    HAving said that I would think that the MP3 CD changer is a direct swap for the non mp3 CD changer. Just unbolt the center stack facia (2 bolts at the bottom once you've removed the facia from the shifter console. Then unbolt the stereo and disconnect it. reverse the procedure for the install of the new unit
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    Soon I will be a Mazda5 GT owner. It's on order and should be here within the week. I've a question about the current Sirius/Mazda promotion.

    In reviewing the Sirius/Mazda press release...

    'Toronto, April 4, 2006 — Mazda Canada Inc. and SIRIUS Canada Inc. today announced that for a limited time, customers purchasing or leasing any new 2006 Mazda will receive a SIRIUS Satellite Radio plug-and-play receiver at no extra charge. The promotion runs from April 4 until May 31, 2006 and includes installation of the plug-n-play device as well as a 12-month subscription to SIRIUS Canada ...'.

    Can anyone confirm that installation is included?

    Which Sirius product is on offer?

    (Look out for a snowflake white pearl Mazda 5 in Kanata, Ontario soon)
  • wa98stratwa98strat Posts: 66
    In a week!!! Hw did you manage that?? Current lead time for a Mazda 5 is 8 weeks!!! I'm in the process of negotiating for one and I've been given dates ( from 3 dealers) of around June 25th for delivery!

    You must be getting a vehicle from another dealers stock!

    I'm soo jealous!
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    Hi wa98strat. 'You must be getting a vehicle from another dealers stock!'

    Yes I am. There's a dealer in Barrie that's got the one I want.

    I ordered it on Easter Monday. My Ottawa dealer says they located the right colour etc at a dealer in Barrie, and the shipper is arranging transport. Could take a week or so. Remains to be seen what happens.
  • caliaghicaliaghi Posts: 7
    Welcome to the club :shades:
    In fact today I just got a Sirius Radio from my dealer....it's
    in a plastic package, the "do it yourself" kit. I'm scratching
    my head how I'm going to install the cables and first of all...where I'm going to put this little box, ...attached to the windshield...on the dash...attached to the sunshades...I think
    I have to ask a specialist....I'm afraid I'm going to do a mess! :sick:
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    Thanks caliaghi.

    I'm also going to install the Sirius Radio. There is one thing to consider I think is very important.

    If your M5 has side-curtain airbags (as mine does) then I would be hesitant routing the antenna cable above the doors (inside the trim) as was recommended by my dealer. The cable could interfere with the correct operation of the side curtains.

    Also, the Sirius Mazda deal includes installation, so you sholdn't have to do it yourself. From the press release, 'Toronto, April 4, 2006 — Mazda Canada Inc. and SIRIUS Canada Inc. today announced that for a limited time, customers purchasing or leasing any new 2006 Mazda will receive a SIRIUS Satellite Radio plug-and-play receiver at no extra charge. The promotion runs from April 4 until May 31, 2006 and includes installation of the plug-n-play device as well as a 12-month subscription to SIRIUS Canada ...'. I got confirmation from the Mazda Canada head office that installation is included.

    If you get the dealer to install, make sure the cable does not interfere with the side curtain!
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