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Mazda3 Interior & Passenger Comfort Concerns



  • 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. :)

    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.......

  • 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.

  • 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?
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