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Mazda5 Owners Accessories & Modifications

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  • WOW! someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Sorry for trying to help a fellow MZ5 owner, regardless of thread tittle. You should be posting your comment on "Rants and Complaints"....er....there's not one, maybe you should start one.
  • denindenin Posts: 1
    Hello,

    I own a Mazda 5. It's radio looks like this one: http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/7880/1003673no5.jpg . I would like to remove the cassette deck cover to place a magnet behind, put it back and use it for sticking my Mio GPS onto it by the magnet. Could you please describe the way how I can remove the deck's cover? Can it be removed from the front without dismounting all the stuff around?

    I would be pleased if you answered my post!

    Thank you very much!

    Deni
  • Unfortunately denin, I believe you will have to remove the shifter knob, shifter bezel, both left and right center panels to get to the two screws holding down the center radio bezel. You may want to contact you local Mazda dealer and get a print out of the "installation instructions" for installing an iPod interface module. These instructions will walk you step by step on how to remove the radio. Good luck!
  • Hi,

    I am in Toronto, and got a 2006 of Mazda 5. I am looking for the rear wiper insert, but have no luck in local Walmxxx or Caxxxxxx Tixx. May anyone let me know where can I get the replacement? Thanks.

    Mchow
  • Why not go to a Mazda dealer? If that is not convenient, Med Center Mazda in AL has an extremely helpful mail order service - http://www.mazdaparts.org/ Unlike the front blades, which are entirely generic (I have Michelin refills on my '08) the rear wiper is specific to the vehicle and I think yuo are stuck with Mazda OEM.
  • I think it is about 10 dollars at the dealer. Remember you will have to pay duty and exchange from the US sites so the $9US will become over $11 then plus shipping and duty will cost you way more than getting one from the dealer . I just pull off the rubber and cut one to fit( I usually use one of the front ones and move the metal retainer from one to the other.

    But for the 10 minutes that takes it may be easier to just buy one from the dealer.

    PS do not just get the rubber only(from the dealer) for the back as it costs more than the assembled one.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    Did anybody try to put a computer (PC) inside a M5? Where would be the better place to mount it? I'm thinking like a MSI Wind or the like.
  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    I have a 2007 Mazda 5 with 30,000 on it. I just started noticing a valve tapping noise from the engine in all temps and a noisy belt in cold weather. Anybody else have this? It is a big difference from the car I test drove and actually hit the started while the engine was already running. I couldn't tell it was on!
  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    Anybody tried putting on the potenza grids? I read good things about them and they actually have a mileage warranty.
  • vg33e powervg33e power Posts: 314
    The tapping noise can be subjective, however, mine has what I would say is a normal range of noise coming from the valves, nothing outrageous or out of the ordinary but definately loud enough to hear lightly.

    As far as the drivebelt, I also get a whinning noise (not squealing) when it is raining, perhaps from the water that gets the belt wet and makes the noise when going through the pulleys. Once it is dry it goes away completely.

    What mine does that I don't know if anyone elses does, is a weird whining noise similar to the wet drivebelt from the A/C compressor when first turned on, possible for the first 10-30 seconds. Anyone else experience this???
  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    mine was actually at the dealer today for new tires (a warranty issue) and I asked them to check on the belt noise. They told me it was the Belt for the AC compressor and recommended I change it. I declined the service and will live with the noise. The belt has plenty of life left in it!
  • zoombuszoombus Posts: 3
    Just a FYI... 2008 GT nav owners..even though the picture on navtools site shows what I expect is the only available nav system in the 5.. the navtool (as well as the other brands) will not work with this head unit. Talked with three different suppliers..short answer is If the map disk goes in behind the screen the only way to add the switcher (navtool, ect.) is to ship your head unit to them so they can make the connections internally. Unfortantly I didnt find this out until I had my entire car apart. (older and wiser). Not comfortable with that so still looking for a work-around. Suggestions?
  • speddyspeddy Posts: 16
    I have heard that there are two types of roof racks. A Yakima and a Thule. Which should I buy and why? Please say if you own one or not and what price you paid and where you purchased. I want to carry two Kayaks. (Small ones) Thanks.
  • daharondaharon Posts: 24
    I bought the Thule, the fancy kind with the aluminum aero bars, from rackoutfitters.com. I searched and calculated, and they were the best deal at the time, especially with free shipping. I found the best price for two Thule Criterium bike carriers on Amazon. REI has twice-yearly sales where they put one or both of the Thule and Yakima lines on 20% off, which would make for equivalent pricing for my deals, in one stop. The spring sale ended, so it might be fall before they do it again.
    I spent about $380 for the rack, and the bike carriers were $230. I love it. The aero bars and podiums are quieter than the square bars, and the silver color matches my silver 5 perfectly. The bike carriers are sturdy and well designed, not that that's relevant to you.
  • jonat1xjonat1x Posts: 34
    I like the Thule one, which is the one that Mazda endorses. I paid list at my dealer, but subsequently saw it deeply discounted at Med Center Mazda in Alabama - currently $280.80 with free shipping. http://www.mazdaparts.org/exac11.html
  • daharondaharon Posts: 24
    Speddy, note that Thule makes two racks for the 5. One is the OEM part available through Mazda dealers and auto part merchants, which is what jonat1x is talking about. Many folks were not pleased with the look of the OEM rack, nor with the narrower usable width resulting from the lack of bar overhang on the sides. Thule eventually included the 5 in its mainstream product line. Search this board for links to pictures that folks have posted so you can compare the look of the OEM rack to the aftermarket racks. Thule has aftermarket equipment in the traditional black square steel and in silver streamlined aluminum. Yakima makes a similar rack with round black steel bars. Also note that while the aftermarket racks have more space up top due to the bar overhang, they still have the same rated weight limit as the OEM part.
  • kelbratkelbrat Posts: 2
    I bought the 5 Touring at a great price, and didn't want to pay 3,000 more for a Navi/Stereo. So I'm going to take it to an good after-market place that did one for my hubby's F-250. It looks like a tricky system to change, and I'd love feedback!
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    Look around in here or do a search on it in here i seems to remember there is something that is different on the car. Maybe some speed sensor or something i really can not remember what is was. I think it would not be tricky physically to change it out just looks complicated with the cover over the radio and hvac controls.
  • howardruhowardru Posts: 155
    This just in....

    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E011000

    Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
    MAZDA / CX-7 2007-2009

    MAZDA / CX-9 2007-2009

    MAZDA / MAZDA3 2004-2009

    MAZDA / MAZDA5 2006-2009

    MAZDA / MAZDA6 2003-2009

    SUBARU / FORESTER 2009

    SUBARU / IMPREZA 2008-2009

    SUBARU / IMPREZA STI 2008-2009

    SUBARU / IMPREZA WRX 2008-2009

    SUBARU / OUTBACK SPORT 2008-2009

    Equipment Brand Name / Part No. or Model No.: Production Dates:
    THULE / 3068 JAN 01, 2008 - FEB 28, 2009
    THULE / 3069 JAN 01, 2008 - FEB 28, 2009

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E011000
    Summary:
    THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
    Consequence:
    THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
    Remedy:
    THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.
    Notes:
    THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO THULE AFTERMARKET ROOF MOUNTED LOAD CARRIERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV
  • jwunderjwunder Posts: 10
    Has anyone done this ? I got a quate of around $1400, is that about right?
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    Probably.
    In 05 mazda did not have a leather option. A dealer in Alhambra CA had a deal with an outside business to put leather in a 5 and they had an example on the floor. They were charging 1100 extra for that model.
  • vg33e powervg33e power Posts: 314
    Its most likely to be the company called Classic Soft Trim. It is the most used company by dealerships to install aftermarket leather in vehicles and the price sounds about right.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    I have a CX-7 and going to have a 5. I got a Yakima rack for the CX-7 (with the thought I will transfer it to the 5) and I absolutely hate it.
    It's pretty hard to get the measurements done to a tee. If you don't, the rack is either loose or you end up with dents in the car (which I did :(). I have two Raptor bike carriers on it. The mobile part of it, that lifts up to grab the bike frame, is hinged with a rivet, which gained a little free play in half a year. In every turn (of the car) I hear "bang-bang" from the roof, because the bike leans a bit left to right and back.
    Of course there are different towers that lock into the car's rail system, but they were not available when I bought it.
    The square profile of the Thule is a disfiguration on the 5. The premium one looks awesome, though. I am considering throwing the 500 I paid for the Yakima out the window and buying the silver Thule.
  • kw_dakw_da Posts: 73
    Don't want to pay the price for the oem foglights - anyone had experience with adding aftermarket foglights?

    There is a ebay foglight kit for M5 kit that's about $60, there are various Hella foglights from $40-$600 - anyone have these installed?

    thanks
  • kw_dakw_da Posts: 73
    Amazon has 20% off Thule now with free shipping. Just picked up the aero Thule.

    David
  • pi_manpi_man Posts: 9
    I picked up my new Mazda5 and ordered the rear bumper step plate. The Parts Dept has told me that it is on "Quality Hold" or something like that with no information as to when or if it will be available. Has anyone had any problems with their step plate -- coming loose, cracking, whatever?
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    I have it on a CX-7 factory installed. No issues.
    Maybe they've got a bad batch from the manufacturer.

    BTW: congrats on the purchase. I live in South CA and I cannot find a GT with my specs. Sand inside, not black outside and no nav, dvd or sat.
    Fantastic! Usualy dealers stumble over each other trying to sell a car, and look at me....
  • pi_manpi_man Posts: 9
    I had it installed on both my MPVs by dealers and not a problem. I'm wondering what is the issue with the Mazda5 version.
  • ldislerldisler Posts: 82
    Yes, I took delivery on 7-24-09 on a 5 with the bumper step plate. I noticed the ends of it weren't sticking to the bumper ( It uses double sided tape). Dealer ordered
    a new one but doesn't know when it's going to come in due to the hold you were told. I think they got a batch with bad adhesive.
  • whobodymwhobodym Posts: 158
    I have a 2006 5 with a step plate installed at time it was new. No problems whatsoever in the 3.5 years since, and I do subject it to severe use - stepping on it to access roof cargo box. The problem being discussed now must be related to a production quality lapse or such.
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