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Mazda MX-5 Miata Audio System Questions



  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    Got the system in both,the MX-5's is a 200 watt system and I think the 3 has a little less power but they sound very comparable,the 3 has more front to rear fade and the MX-5 is mostly front and side, it has a couple small speakers between the seats that don't add a whole lot but they do help, but when the top is down you lose a lot of sound, but with the top up it cranks, I'm assuming there is a big difference between the hardtop over the softop,acoustics and all. I have read mixed posts on the system in the MX-5, some complain about it some like it, all I know is its a lot better than all the systems my past cars came with. I'm happy with it
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Those are not bad, some even receive weather band.

    We had 2 of them, still have 1 actually. 6CD plus tape is nice because it's so flexible, you can use those tape inputs for all sorts of devices.
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    The Cassette would be very nice as I have so much material from the old days that I can't get on disc, although a lot of old stuff recently is being released on disc( companys buying out copy rites and such) but I have a lot of old radio recordings of live shows and things of that nature. not worth much to most people but priceless to me....
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Also if you have books on tape. I'm not sure if the library has gone to CDs yet. ;)
  • rerednawrerednaw Posts: 16
    2006 Touring with stock CD player. It plays the CD fine, but the ejection system goes 'click-click-click) and the display shows "CD out" when in fact it is still in the player. As there isn't a 'manual eject' the CD is stuck.

    I am reading the forums and this appear to be a common issue. Is there any preventative maintenance I can do in the future? I am having the player replaced as it is under warranty, but if it happens again I may opt for a non-stock brand.

    Other than that, the car has been great so far.

  • rmainguyrmainguy Posts: 2
    My 1990 Miata's radio works fine on ACC. It stops as I start the car. (only FM AM is OK)

    Anyone ever had that problem?


  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Weird - maybe the battery provides enough juice but the alternator does not?
  • rmainguyrmainguy Posts: 2
    I finally found a bad ground on the antenna.

    The radio started working fine but still fails at times.

    My next step is to check the ground on the radio unit itself.
  • Hi- Just bought an '06 MX-5 Grand Touring. I noticed that there is a "SAT" button on the radio console. After quizzing the dealer, I was told the car did not have it, but a $350 plug in module could be ordered and it would cost about $100 to install. Does anyone know about these, and can one be obtained elsewhere cheaper? Can a person with avg car mechanic skills install it? I traded in a Protoge which had an after market XM receiver (dash mount). I suppose I could always install it in the Miata, but having the indash unit would look nicer. Thanks!
  • A service provider connected cables backward and blew out the battery, main fuse and radio/tape player on my 1993 Miata. I found the fuse box under the dash and replaced the fuse for the radio and cigarette lighter. The lighter works, but the radio is still dead. Is there anything else I can try, short of replacing the radio? I was told by Mazda that they no longer make replacement radios for 93s.
  • lordelpuzlordelpuz Posts: 16
    I have a 1990 mk1, Eunos roadster, (Miata) I think they are the original CD & cassette players as they are matching, Ive not had the car very long & been busy doing more important restorations, So now i get to the audio side and although the cassette plays fine the cd loads, but pops out again after about 10 seconds without reading or playing, On the read out screen there are about 4 - - - - (dashes), does this mean its lost the code?,and if so, any ideas on breaking the code or anyway round the problem as i dont have the original code,
    Thanks for any help, I'd be very greatful.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd just replace it. The stereo is nearly 20 years old at this point, probably more from the actual production date.

    I put in one I got for $99 and it sounded better than the old MSSS upgraded system on my 93.

    Who knows what oxidation has occured in 20 years on yours.
  • lordelpuzlordelpuz Posts: 16
    Sigh, I think you are right, I just wanted to keep the whole car original, but sadly I guess Its time for a new one.
    Thanx for the reply.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Save the stereo just in case a future buyer wants the original.

    I thought that might happen when I sold my 93, but then the guy asked if it had an iPod input.

    The new stereo did, so I just showed that to him. He wasn't even interested in the old head unit.
  • lordelpuzlordelpuz Posts: 16
    Good idea yep, thanks for that!
  • 06miata06miata Posts: 1
    My 06 Bose Audio system display works intermittently. The system always plays but about half the time there is no display on the LCD screen. The dealer claims they replaced the head unit but the problem is still there. Any suggestions, my warranty expires this month and I need to get this resolved.
  • I also have an '06 with the same problem. It has been happening very infrequently, so I haven't even gone back to the dealer on it.

    The only suggestion I have is that you document the problem in writing to your dealer, and copy Mazda corporate on it. State explicitly that this has been an ongoing problem during the warranty period, and you want their assurane that they willo fix it under warranty.

    A common "out" that manufacturers use is this: when a previously reported symptom crops up again after the warranty runs out, they will claim that "it's a different problem", so watch out for that.

    Good luck.
  • mike46mike46 Posts: 1

    Can anyone help with the following issue. My wife bought a 1993 Miata. All is good except for one thing. It did not have an antenna (power antenna). I ordered one and the install was fast and works. However, I understand that the original panasonic radio, with moisture, may not work from time to time thus no power, no power antenna. I understand that I could pop it (radio) out and then clean off the glue on the circuit board which maybe trapping moisture. But, how do I get the radio out. Anyone done that before. Also, what is interesting, when I did have power to the radio, and was able to feed the new antenna, after, when I went to move the car, when I depressed the brake, it made like a clicking noise. Does not seem to do any harm or anything but did not hear that noise before I installed the radio. Do all Miatas make that noise when you depress the brake? Is it possible now noise is traveling from brakes to speakers. I look to you expert Miata owners for thoughts. I am a Volvo guy but now that my wife has this terrific Miata, I am sold. Thanks for your comments in advance. MB">
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes, I have. Twice. I'll explain...

    First I replaced the head unit entirely. It had an aux input, which I hid. When I sold my car, the buyer asked for the input, so I had to go back in, wire that to the storage bin under the arm rest.

    I found instructions on the garage:

    While you're at it, check the grommet that seals the manual shifter linkage - I guarantee that rubber was worn and is torn by now. It just takes gear oil (75w90 or so). You may want to use a turkey baster to suck out the old/dirty fluid, then add new.

    You'll find instructions for that on the same site as well.

    Good luck.

    FWIW, I put in a cheap $10 whip antennae and it worked fine. Don't waste too much time on a power antennae, those break easily.

    Plus - you may as well change the stereo while you're at it. I'm surprised yours still works. I had the top-line MSSS (Mazda Sensory Sound System) and it had lost all the lighting by the time I swapped it out.

    93 Miata C Package (sold)
    08 Miata PRHT Touring
  • Does anyone know how to remove the two small speakers that are between the seats? The are directly above the little storage compartment that has the gas lid release lever. My Miata is a 2007.

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