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Mazda3 Dashboard and Instrumentation Questions

missyc1missyc1 Posts: 17
edited June 25 in Mazda
I just bought an 07' 3 "S touring" and noticed that the digital clock jumped ahead 30 minutes. I didn't touch anything.

Has anyone had this problem and what did you have to do to fix it?
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  • jc22jc22 Posts: 17
    Thanks to Andreas of Mazda3Forums I was able to unlock my trip computer on my 07 Mazda 3. It works for 06 too! Sorry, but this hack does not work for earlier models.

    1. Press and hold down CD and AM/FM buttons
    2. Start your car while still pressing down on those buttons
    3. The display will read, "DIS ON" which means Driver Information System On.
    4. Release the CD and AM/FM buttons
    5. Turn off and restart the car
    6. Now press the Set button and cycle through your avg. mpg, miles until empty, current mpg, and avg mph!

    Now you can truly know your Real MPG numbers! Which is a mixed blessing!

    Please pass this info to others!

    JC
  • jc22jc22 Posts: 17
    Thanks to Andreas of Mazda3Forums I was able to unlock my trip computer on my 07 Mazda 3. It works for 06 too! Sorry, but this hack does not work for earlier models.

    0. Make sure your radio is on and then turn-off the car (Thanks godaddy1)
    1. Press and hold down CD and AM/FM buttons
    2. Start your car while still pressing down on those buttons
    3. The LCD display will read, "DIS ON" which means Driver Information System On.
    4. Release the CD and AM/FM buttons
    5. Turn off and restart the car
    6. Now press the Set button and cycle through your avg. mpg, miles until empty, current mpg, and avg mph!

    Now you can truly know your Real MPG numbers! Which is a mixed blessing!

    Please pass this info to others!

    JC
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    So this will work on all trims of the 3 (s sport...)? *dumb ques, its not bad for the engine to keep turning on & off the car?
  • wosw7wosw7 Posts: 5
    You don't need to start the engine you just need to turn the key enough to supply power to the radio. This should work on all Trims since they all come with basically the same stereo.
  • d_hyperd_hyper Posts: 130
    You only need to do this once anyway.
  • Hi I have a 05 Mazda Axela limited which has the Bose Radio but i am unaware if my Radio has DIS? are you able to tell me if it does and if i replace my radio with one that supports DIS will my car work with the unit?

    cheers

    Blake
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 796
    I bought a 2006 Mazda3 Touring 5-door back in 12/05 and had issues with the clock. Mine would intermittently lose 15-20 minutes overnight. It would often go months without a problem and a few times it 'lost time' twice in the same week. There was no pattern or reason to it.

    A few months after I noticed the problem, Mazda issued a service bulletin and provided a revised part to correct the problem. My dealer fixed it within 15 minutes. That particular issue only affected 2006 models built prior to November 2005. It sounds as though your '07 has a similar bug.

    It was a little frustrating to me at the time, especially since this was my first non-Honda purchase. After 35k miles and almost two years, there have only been two warranty issues. One was the clock issue and the other was a problem with the adhesive used to secure shift knob on manual tranmsission cars. In hot weather, the knob would twist around and they gladly fixed that in no time as well. The service manager didn't even check the car in to speed me through the process.

    Give your dealer a call and let them know what's happening. You may not be the first one to have this issue and they may know exactly how to fix it.
  • missyc1missyc1 Posts: 17
    This is my first "non-Honda" purchase as well. And yeah, I looked at my clock when I got in my car as I always do leaving for work...7:34am. Happen to look down at in a few minutes later and it was 30 minutes fast! For a second I thought I was going to be late for work! :P Also, I have a manual and the little thing in the center of the shifter knob has come off too! Weird! Although I love the car those little things annoy the heck out of me!

    I'll see if it happens again. If it does I'll the dealer a call and have them fix it.

    Thanks for replying. Glad to know I'm not aging before my time!....lol
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    Going to rename this discussion to make it a more useful one for dash and instrumentation issues.

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  • missyc1missyc1 Posts: 17
    YEP! it just happened again when I went to lunch. Jumped ahead 20 minutes! Calling dealership now! :mad:
  • tmajortmajor Posts: 1
    how do you feel about haveing this trip computer unlocked?? Do you think it is good for the car??
  • psypsy Posts: 122
    Why would it be bad? Its the same one as in the GT.
  • mazdrvrmazdrvr Posts: 103
    Its great having it! I'm so glad the poster of this thread shared the info! Its handy on road trip.
  • mj1986mj1986 Posts: 1
    JC,
    Forgive my ignorance here but I can't seem to locate the "set" button. I just bought an 08 Mazda3 S Touring with the optional 6 CD stereo system. The only "set" button I can see in the whole car is the set button for the cruise control. Am I missing something or did they get smart and delete the set button on the stereo.

    Jack
  • psypsy Posts: 122
    Mine is off by a fare margin. My scangage is almost right on.

    psy
  • psypsy Posts: 122
    See what the button next to the clock button does.

    psy
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Is there a way to change the red lighting around the stereo and dash to another color? Does someone offer an aftermarket kit that someone could be paid to install in order to change it?
  • jc22jc22 Posts: 17
    Jack,

    From everything I have read on other Mazda forum sites, the unlock does not work for 2008 models.

    ~ JC
  • For those of you with the 08, it is possible to unlock the DIS. I have an 08 3i touring and was able to unlock to DIS. Follow the steps for the 07, but instead of just pressing the 'Set' button (:00 on the 08), you must HOLD the button down for approx. 5 seconds and release after getting the 'DIS ON' message from the unit. I also noticed that even though it is unlocked, I still have to press and hold the :00 button for ~5 seconds each time I switch from the clock to the DIS.
  • carbot1carbot1 Posts: 1
    I just got a 08 I touring MT

    I have attempted to follow the following instructions and not getting the DIS ON.

    1. Turn on radio, then turn off car
    2. Press and hold CD and AM/FM buttons (also have tried holding down the “:00” button)
    3. Start car while holding down buttons (have used car “on” and also started ignition)
    4. Have not received the "DIS ON" prompt, after holding for up to 30 sec
    5. Release CD and AM/FM button
    6. Press “:00” for 5 sec and cycle thru computer (have not gotten here yet)
    7. Turn off and restart car
    8. Press and hold for 5 sec “:00” to cycle thru computer

    Suggestions/comments?

    Thanks!
  • njchrisnjchris Posts: 2
    I have an '08 Mazda3 S Tourinig and I can hold the fm/am and cd buttons to get DIS ON.. but then nothing else works to get any info. The clock stays the clock.

    Tried to hold down the :00 button but nothing happens.
  • I just bought an 05, has anybody come up with a crack for the 05? Or is just undoable. That would be great to see my mpg. Thanks
  • Hi JC
    My Mazda 3 07 has no stereo weel control. am i able to unlock my trip computer? i tried the famous steps of holding the cd & AM/FM buttons. but didn't work. No DIS shown.
    i would like to confirm something, is AM/FM is 1 or 2 diffrent buttons. in my case they are 2 seperate buttons so in my case i hold the 3 Keys CD, AM, & FM buttons.
    waiting for your suggestions.
    Many thanx
  • Hello guys....please help me....fuel tank had a hit from a big stone and the the last plastic part of fuel pump have broken...I changed it..and I fixed the tank because it is plastic and I checked it from inside and outside many times.but the fuel gauge is not working correctly...I changed it too from used parts....and the same problem stills. Fuel gauge sometimes be on the middle and by surprise starts to go higher degrees..then it comes back to the right degree.this is its problem..soooo what's the problem??? is there something in the car's computer should be solved ?
    (Is it related way that the car sense the declined roads)
  • I'm not aware of any way to change the instrument lighting color. It looks cool, but is nearly impossible to read with sunglasses on, even with the lights as bright as they go.

    And I find I'm messing with the contrast, even without sunglasses. At dusk when I turn my lights on, it's still too light out to see the dash, so I turn up the brightness. Then I turn it down again when it's completely dark outside.

    One last thing, and I'm done complaining (I really do like my car) - sure wish I could turn the fog lights on without the headlights. I'd like to use them as daytime running lights.
  • I also have 08' Mazda3 itouring sedan, but I can't even get to the DIS. It would have been such a cool mod to do, but no luck for me. :cry:
  • I don't know if anyone answered you or not put if you push the dim switch for the dash lights in, it will switch from blue to all bright red.
  • I have an 07' Mazda3 S Touring. A motorcycle ripped the front bumper off of my car. :sick: (thank GOD thats the only damage it did!) Ever since I have noticed that when my daughter who is 82 lbs.sits in the front seat, the AIR BAG IS OFF light comes on. I never noticed that ever coming on before the accident. Also, the back right passenger airbag cover was coming off. My question is this...Is there a sensor that gauges weight or height for a front seat passenger? Could it have something to do with that cover not being secured? The dealership said that yes, it has a sensor, but the light should not come on.

    Can someone answer my concerns and explain to me about how the airbag system works in a Mazda3 sedan?

    :confuse:
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    I don't think the bumper is related to the airbag light at all. I don't own a 3, but I sometimes see the airbag off light come on in my Versa with my daughter who weighs about 140 if she fidgets around on the seat and sits kind of slouched down.
    A gallon of milk placed on the seat will also trigger the light, since I assume the seats thinks there's a very light person there and so it turns off the airbag.

    Even my wife has made the airbag off light come on by shifting in the seat on a long trip or reclining the seat fully to take a rest while I drive. The sensor in the seat seems fairly sensitive to changes in weight.

    Keep an eye on it and I bet you'll find that you're seeing something similar.

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  • Well, we played around a bit to see what this thing is doing. She sits in it, the light comes on, she gets out the light goes off. I had nothing in the seat at all and the buckeled the seat belt and the light came on. Someone said its a safety feature and it just may be too sensitive. So I am assuming that it sensing her weight not being heavy enough to sit in the front seat with an airbag that could hurt her even more if we were to be involved in a collision?
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