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Mazda3 Interior & Passenger Comfort Concerns

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  • richmlrichml Posts: 156
    I think it was in the Mazda3 online Shop manual

    Where do you find that?

    And hi to everyone, I haven't been on here in ages.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    Enjoy, and you're welcome. :)

    http://www.midwestcarclub.com/mazda/manual/

    BTW, if you have trouble viewing it, use Firefox.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    I live in the desert & in the summer it gets 100+ (but its a dry heat) & when I use the AC is it best to keep the vents open (with it being so hot outside) or to use the recirculate? With my old car, I always kept on recirculate & mildew(?) built up & made the air system stink...
    Thanks in advance!
  • zzoomp09zzoomp09 Posts: 30
    I'm having the same problem. I have 10.5 wide shoes and the gas and brake pedals are too close IMO. Plus, I'm not tall so I can't push the seats back too much because it would hurt by back if I tried to push the seats back too far and reach the pedals. But, this M3GT 5dr is really fun to drive!!! :D
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    The A/C cannot keep up with the hot air if you have the vents open letting outside air in. Use the recirc button whenever you use the A/C; even then, you may feel the A/C is inadequate.

    To prevent or minimize mildew, just shut off your A/C, keep the airflow on and vents open for the last 10 minutes of your drive. However, the mildew smell has never been an issue with any of the 3's I have driven. I cant say that about other cars though.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Thank you!! :) I just wasn't sure because when I had my 01' Protege (the old car) and I went my service advisor about it he told me to keep the vents open... Recently, we have been using the a/c a little and if I have on recirculate then later in the dday when the weather cools off and just recirc the air w/o the a/c it kinda of stinks so thats why I was wondering...
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    ... been using the a/c a little and if I have on recirculate then later in the dday when the weather cools off and just recirc the air w/o the a/c it kinda of stinks ...

    To avoid the musty smell, you want to keep the air flowing. So, never turn the fan off (in other words keep it at 1 or higher). As mentioned, to avoid the smell, let the condensation developed by the AC dry off and not accumulate and start creating mold. Running the fan does this. Over the years, there is a greater chance to have mold, so you may want to have someone "clean" the system eventually.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I think the light sensor is on the windsheild. Right in line with the rear view mirror.
  • ex_tdierex_tdier Posts: 273
    I think the light sensor is on the windsheild. Right in line with the rear view mirror.

    yeah, that's where it is, in the same area as the rain sensors (for the wipers).
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Yup, I just check the sensor and it is right there. Good eye. By the way, a windsheild cost $900.00 for the Mazda 3 GT, since it has all these sensors made on the glass. OUCH!!!
  • oreokieoreokie Posts: 5
    I'm 6'3" and wear 13's. There IS a trick to keeping the right foot on the right pedal! I found that keeping the right edge of your right shoe firmly in contact with the carpet does the trick nicely. After 6500 miles I rarely contact the brake pedal anymore.

    2007 MS3
  • zzoomp09zzoomp09 Posts: 30
    That's exactly what I'm doing. Ever since I learned how to drive, and I learned on a stick, I always firm up the right edge of my right foot on the floor near the gas pedal side. This technique always does the trick for me, but being that the pedals are really closer than what I have driven before, my issue now is that sometimes when I hit the brakes, I accidentally hit the gas pedal too. At least, I got used to stepping on the clutch when I start slowing down and braking. So even though I hit the gas pedal while hitting the brakes, I won't accelerate while braking. :)
  • oreokieoreokie Posts: 5
    HEHE I guess you just get to listen to a little extra exhaust note then! :)
  • zzoomp09zzoomp09 Posts: 30
    Aboslutely LLLLOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE that sound!!!! :)
  • dh5551212dh5551212 Posts: 3
    Is there a way to extend the steering wheel? I have the telescope all the way out already.
    I am 6' tall and have longer than normal 37 inch arms. Even with the ape arms the steering whell is too far away when I am in my normal driving position. Too get where my arms are comfortable I have to move the seat way up so my legs are bent and I constantly have to bend my foot back (this gets tiring) or tilt the seat uncomfortably forward.
    Has anybody else experienced this? Any suggestions or do I just have to sell the car after a few weeks of ownership and take a massive hit? Thanks everybody.
  • tomkozskitomkozski Posts: 32
    I'm 6' tall as well, though have shorter arms (34-35"), but I find the position of the wheel to be just fine, and I don't have the wheel telescoped all the way towards me. With your long arms, I feel the steering wheel would be too close to you the way I have mine set up. Probably a dumb question, but are you sure you have the steering wheel pulled out towards you as far as possible?
  • dh5551212dh5551212 Posts: 3
    Hi Tom,
    Yep, it's all the way out; I pull on that sucker until it makes a loud thump and won't go any further.
    I find it hard to believe with my long arms that it is so uncomfortable too. My VW Passat is perfect, and other people's cars are fine too.
    I do recline a little bit but not like a lowrider or anything.
    Do you have the seat all the way back?
    Do you sit with your back vertical?
  • fshkpr1fshkpr1 Posts: 3
    It's fine with me: no problems at all. I would suggest you try to sit a little more straight, which is good for you anyway.......

    Vincent
  • tomkozskitomkozski Posts: 32
    I do not have the seat all the way back, though I think I'm about 1 'click' or notch away from it being that far back. I do sit straight up, pretty much vertical.

    -Tom
  • I've been seriously considering getting an '07 3iT sedan, and I noticed they've made a few changes since '06. Firstly, what's with the new shifter? It looks more precise/sporty, but the old one complimented the interior better. The newer one just doesn't seem to belong. Also... the trims. I see a lot of faux wood in pictures. Is that standard on i models or is there a choice?
  • bean3422bean3422 Posts: 183
    I know these comments were made awhile ago, but I just wanted to point out that the pedals are setup on the Speed3 that way on purpose. This makes it easier to perform "heel n toe" downshifting like "real" race car drivers do. You can research this on the internet, but basically you should hit the gas while downshifting to attempt to match "revs". If you are in 5th gear downshifting to 3rd, you may be going 3000 RPM in 5th, but 5000 RPM in 3rd. You should already have the engine running at 5000 when you release the clutch.

    The majority of time that you downshift is when slowing down for a curve, etc. Thus the necessity to hit the brake while hitting the gas to match the "revs".

    I practice this constantly because of my race driver fantasy, but I suppose would be an inconvenience for most drivers. Even though if you own a Speed3, it would not be beyond reasoning to think it would interest you. It is a better way to drive, once you get the hang of it. Less stress on the drivetrain.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,357
    I practice this constantly because of my race driver fantasy, but I suppose would be an inconvenience for most drivers. Even though if you own a Speed3, it would not be beyond reasoning to think it would interest you. It is a better way to drive, once you get the hang of it. Less stress on the drivetrain.

    I practice the method in all of my manual transmission vehicles- including my 1999 Jeep Wrangler. It keeps me in shape for track events. I also "double-clutch" on downshifts, my goal being to shift as smoothly as a good slushbox.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • I agree! It is one of the poorest designs out there.
    If you're going to put a telescopic wheel in a car it should go from too close to too far. Not from bearly close enough to way too far!
    This is probably the biggest reason I will not keep my Mazda3. The seats are up there on my list too, I'm kind of use to the poor pedal placement by now(30K+miles)
    I actually prefer to drive my 1995 Nissan Quest, which never won any ergonomic awards itself.

    JKG
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,357
    I agree! It is one of the poorest designs out there.
    If you're going to put a telescopic wheel in a car it should go from too close to too far. Not from bearly(sic) close enough to way too far!


    This is the only Mazda 3 forum where I've heard anyone complain about the steering wheel position. It works fine for me.

    The seats are up there on my list too

    Seriously? The Mazdaspeed3 seats are some of the most comfortable OEMs out there.

    I'm kind of use(sic) to the poor pedal placement by now(30K+miles)

    See the heel-toe tutorial/discussion above.

    I actually prefer to drive my 1995 Nissan Quest, which never won any ergonomic awards itself.

    1995 Nissan Quest? You honestly prefer a 12 year old minivan to a true driver's car that has topped numerous top ten lists on both sides of the pond?
    To each his own, I suppose... :confuse:

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    1995 Nissan Quest? You honestly prefer a 12 year old minivan to a true driver's car that has topped numerous top ten lists
    Likely those 12 year old seats have been worn into that oh-so-perfect shape.
  • I am 6'4" with 37" arms and sz 15 feet and I love my Speed3 setup. I have driven 10 hrs at a time, through the mountains and interstates and am more comfortable when I arrived at my destination than when I drove our 97 LHS. The heel and toe combo is slick and very doable even w/my big feet. I had to accustom myself to the foot feed due to big foot but was no problem. My posture while driving is made to be correct with the reach to the steering wheel and is comfortable. I am 62 yr old fart and I love my Speed3 ZOOM ZOOM
  • I am looking into either a 2005 Mazda 3 or Honda Civic. I have heard many rumors about the Mazda 3's defective a/c. Is this true? I live in Arizona, and it gets unbearably hot over here. Also, what if I were to move up to an Accord or 6, since mid-size sedans are safer than compacts right?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,357
    I have heard many rumors about the Mazda 3's defective a/c. Is this true? I live in Arizona, and it gets unbearably hot over here.

    My Mazdaspeed3 coped pretty well with the 98F-102F days we had in KY this summer. The automatic climate control tended to keep the system on Recirculate, which helped a lot.

    Also, what if I were to move up to an Accord or 6, since mid-size sedans are safer than compacts right?

    Not necessarily ; I prefer smaller and lighter vehicles. Two of my other vehicles are over a foot shorter than my Mazda, and the remaining one is only 3 inches longer. I'd go with the 3.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    mid-size sedans are safer than compacts

    Why not check for yourself on the NHTSA site (www.safercar.gov)? The problem with these types of general statements is that they lead people to think that they need to drive a Hummer or a boat in order to feel safe. For me, a safe car is one that has been properly engineered.

    p.s. Consumer Reports (www.consumerreports.org) reports on car safety also
  • Thank you for the reply and links. With smaller and lighter vehicles in mind, why shouldn't I go for the civic coupe? I am a college student so I wont be needing that much extra space.
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