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Mazda MX-5 Miata Audio System Questions

I'm looking for help in how I might put headrest speakers in my 2002 Miata. (I don't have the Bose sound system, just standard, with those worthless tweeters in the top of the doors and regular door speakers)

I had a '91 previously with headrest speakers (aftermarket)and they were great. Of course, the later models don't have the zippers and set-up to put speakers in the headrests, but, I've really missed having headrest speakers and plan to keep it for many years to come.

Who can give me some assistance or advice? Thanks!
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  • lower door speaker (driver's side) makes annoying vibrating noise at medium or higher volume, esp. with moderate or heavy bass. Is there a fix, other than replacing it? Assuming I have to replace it, can I buy just one speaker, or do I have to buy an entire set? If so, where? Instructions on replacing the speaker; I presume I have to remove the inside door panel. Any help here? Thanks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have a 93, the door panels are different.

    You may want to try a rubber spacer to absorb vibration, that may quite the buzz.
  • I just bought a used 2006 Miata with the Bose sound system. The radio/cd player has a button on it to 'load' CD's, but it doesn't seem to do anything. When I check out the manual, it appears that the 6 CD in-dash changer is an option.

    My question is this: Does the non-changer model have a 'load' button on it, but without the functionality?

    Also, there's a button on the top row right, labelled "media". Can someone tell me what this is?

    Thanks in advance.
    Sam.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just a guess - could that be for the aux input?
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    On my wifes mazda 3 the media button is for the MP3 player jack or could be for an aux.of some sort
  • manybmwsmanybmws Posts: 347
    If you have the Bose stereo - turn the bass down to +1 or 0. Then you should be able to crank to volumes up to 25...
  • manybmwsmanybmws Posts: 347
    I have an '06 GT with the Bose stereo. It does have a single CD player. You should be able to feed the CD in then "unload" to remove using the button on the opposite side (right side of the slot) of the "load" button (which is unecessary really).
  • The only thing I don't like about my 06 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring is the inside door panel. The water bottle holder is a nuisance on an otherwise perfect car. Is anyone aware of an aftermarket replacemnet which eliminates these useless things?
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    I'm in the process of purchasing an 08 and I've read lots of negative comments about the door cupholders. Do they really protrude enough into the cockpit to be a nuisance? They must be good for something... can you throw a pair of sunglasses in there? Sorry, I haven't heard anything about an aftermarket door panel.
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    I'm only 5' 8" and the cup holders in the doors don't seem to be a problem for me or my wife and she is 5' 10" , I think they work great for water bottles or sunglasses, my to go coffee mug actually works in there also, I don't use the cup holders in the console that much because thats were I rest my arm even though I have the AT. I use those to hold my cell phone and little stuff and I usually keep it covered..
  • I purchased my MX5 in May of 07 and have put around 9000 miles on it. I have had problems with top latch over the driver squeaking, which took the dealer several months to fix. The gearshift knob vibrates and it has taken 3 trips to get the dealer to order a new one. Now this past week the CD changer smoked (it appears the motor over heated). The CD player always has been picky about playing MP3 disks. The car is a lot of fun to drive and I get over 33 MPG with spirited driving. If it had about 20 more horsepower it would be the perfect roadster. Most of my driving is in the mountains on curvy roads.

    :D
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    Thanks for the input, wilzap. It's just one more thing that I forgot to check out for myself last weekend during my brief testdrive at Walser. Cupholder issues certainly would never keep me from buying THIS car, but it's never bad to hear the details from someone who's been living with it for a while. Hey, can you explain to me exactly how the keyless entry thing works... I don't know if I understood it completely when I talked to my sales guy.
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    Its basically credit card sized, about an eighth of an inch thick hard black plastic, with lock and unlock buttons and a trunk release, I just leave it in my pocket at all times, as long as its with you all you have to do is push that little button on the door handle to open the car (its all radio signal) once for drivers door,twice for both doors and if the cars open just once to lock it. where the key would go in the ignition its just a turn knob, once again with it on your person you can just turn and start. There is also a slide out key thats hidden in it so you can use that to lock the glove box or the storage area between the seats and if the radio signal ever failed you can pop off the turn knob and just use the key. My first day with the car I wasn't used to it yet and kept pulling it out to hit the buttons until I realized that was pointless, I like it
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    Sounds like a nice feature. Now the little button that I noticed on the door handle makes sense. I was asking my wife about it after we left the dealership, but she wasn't sure either.
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    Makes it a lot easier when you are carrying things, and no key scratches around the door handle... :) so what options did you get on the car ?
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    Nothing significant. I considered the upgraded suspension package and the premium package but in the end couldn't justify the $$. I read that the ride was a little harsher w/ the Bilsteins, but I did like the idea of limited slip differential and traction control. The only options I ordered were cosmetic - splash guards, all-weather floor mats, and (security) wheel locks. Do you have the traction & stability control system with yours? If so, how do you like them?
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    I do have traction & stability control,scince I never drove one without I wouldn't know the difference, but there is a limited slip on/off switch in the car, it should help if I get stuck in the snow, not that I'm planning on that,I still need to order my splash guards.What kind of stereo did you get? Mine came with the in dash 6 disc changer as standard option but I wish it played MP3 format and a plug for my MP3 player,but I suppose having 6 discs is enough :)
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    Same stereo as you have, I imagine. I don't think there was a choice. I've read that a lot of people aren't happy with the lack of MP3 capability, but it won't affect me... I'm MP3 illiterate, at this point anyway. I'm happy with the 6disc changer, too. It's funny, cuz when we ordered our Mazda3 two yrs. ago, part of the reason we did it was so that we could get a cassette player in addition to the CD changer... I remember the sales guy thinking I was joking, but, hey... I'm a child of the 70's and I still have a lot of music on cassette tape. I noticed when looking thru the '08 catalog a few weeks ago that the cassette option (at least for the 3) is no longer available... guess I bought in the nick of time! I must own one of the most rare Mazda3's in existence. :D
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    Yah, same for me with the cassettes, I have a 6 disc changer-Cassette-AM/FM unit sitting on a shelf from a Subaru,maybe some day I'll get it put in. Recently I had a Ford Taurus rental car with cassette and I was in my hay day with the old cassettes,I still play my Albums!! I also grew up in the late 60's and 70's class of '78 :shades: But I do like the MP3 player, I have over 7000 tunes in it...
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    Let me ask you this, since you & I both also own a Mazda3. How does your MX-5 sound system compare to the Mazda3? (assuming that, like me, you have the Bose in the Miata vs. the non-Bose in your Mazda3).
  • 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.

    Cheers.
  • 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?

    Thanks

    Mainguy
  • 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.
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