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  • zbxzbx Posts: 30
    Same with me. I've always assumed that manufacturers force you to use AC becuz if you don't use AC on a regular basis, then all the hoses/seals get dried out and the AC fails early i.e. use it or lose it. The gas money you save by not using AC is offset by the repair bill you avoid by using AC.

    Anyone know the answer?
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I thought it was for humidity control and in our car it only goes on automatically above 39 degrees.
  • I'm in NY and I always use the auto-climate even in cold temperatures. I don't think the compressor kicks-in when it's cold out as the air is always hot if I set the temperature high.
  • whobodymwhobodym Posts: 188
    you all have part of the basic correct idea. automobile A/C systems are never "always on" except if you are in Death Valley in July at some ambient temperature above the system's capability to deal with. they have a thermostat that cycles the compressor on and off to maintain the temperature above freezing on the evaporator -- the thing that cools off the air entering the passenger compartment. If the system didn't cycle, the evaporator would ice up, and stop working. this is the same idea as your home refrigerator -- it turns on and off. Now when the ambient temperature is 35 or 40F, a car system hardly runs at all. I personally don't think the gas mileage benefit of a/c off in the winter would be noticeable at all. and here in rainy Seattle 40F or 45F is my favorite time of the year for a/c. the fog-free windows and dehumidification are great. In the summer we're often rainless, always low humidity, and maybe 75F or 80F. That's when the a/c goes off here -- sunroof and windows open time! One more thing to note. The green "A/C" light being on, does not mean the compressor is engaged. It just means it is cycling on and off. You can observe this under the hood easily if you want.
  • Thanks for all the replies. I'll try leaving the AC on, I used to hit auto and just hit the AC button to turn off the compressor. I was still able to benefit with the fan adjusting automatically by doing that.

    I can feel it kick on when I hit auto but from what you are saying just let it go and the compressor should kick off and not run often (about 40 degrees here now). I'll have to compare the gas milage with what I was getting. Thanks!
  • Have a '07 Grand Touring. I had an auto dimmer with compass and homelink installed at the dealer. Cost $460. Have seen the mirror online for $ 273. Wiring is in place. Price includes hefty shop charges I am sure. Followed directions in setting up and it works great. Don't have to cart opener around anymore. Autodimming feature works great. Would recommend.
  • mrbwa1mrbwa1 Posts: 42
    I would 2nd the Auto-dimming mirror. Our '07 Sport was a stripped down model and only had the All-Weather Floor Mats (~$60) and the Auto-Dimming Mirror/Compass (~$200). Neither was negotiable, but the mats are great for the winter and I really like the mirror despite the hefty price. The really nice thing is that I think the auto-dimming mirror is larger than the standard.
  • Did you mean the wiring is already in all 5's? So all you have to do is buy the mirror? I am interested but if it means ripping apart my headliner I'll go without it.
  • mrbwa1mrbwa1 Posts: 42

    I would guess the wiring is already there, as it is a dealer installed option. I have read online about people scavenging Homelink mirrors out of the junkyard from other cars (I guess they are all the same size), but it sounds like there are different pin configurations. You should be able to order one from a Mazda place online.

    I will try and get a photo tonight or tomorrow of the Auto-dim mirror in the 5. The homelink should look the same, just with the homelink buttons added.
  • Great, thanks!

    One more question for somebody that has the actual homelink mirror. Does the homelink work with the car turned off?
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Yes, the H/L works with the car turned off.

    With the mirror, you will need the installation kit which is $25-40.

    Also, I'm not sure what he means by it being pre-wired; Mazda's instructions say otherwise. I guess you can't believe everything you read.
  • Maltb,

    Do you have the instructions for the mirror? I would be interested in how involved it is. Did you do the installation? Can you provide me with the steps the instructions give?

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Wow...I had linked to the instructions in my message, and even previewed to make sure the link worked. Poof, it's gone!

    Anyway, you can find the instructions on Rosenthal Mazda's site: -8C_Z02)_Mazda5.pdf

    (you'll need to copy and paste into your browser)
  • rob222rob222 Posts: 49
    It might not be quite a plug and play option. I had priced the part through and they say that dealers cost the install at one hour. And one hour for a professional equals eight hours for me. Nevertheless, here's the link for all that are interested. They provide installation instructions.
    Mirror, Auto-Dimming with Compass, Temp & Homelink 2008 Mazda 5 1.0 hour
  • I copied the link but it didn't work. I even tried navigating to it through the website but couldn't find it. Maybe it is a member only website? Is there another way for me to find it?
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    send me an e-mail: maltbarley at yahoo d0t com
  • hey just had an email from Tommy who has been updating the website and said stuff like homelink mirror will be back up in the next day or so.
  • I put my mirror in today and it took just over an hour. The only tricky part was tapping the constant wire, the directions tell you that it is a blue and red striped wire and I found 3 that matched the description. The a pillar was a pain to get back in as well. Overall an easy install! Thanks for all your help!
  • When the weather is cold, about 35 degrees or colder - I get a strange sound coming from both the front and rear wheel area. My guess is that it has something to do with my suspension because it only happens when I go over bumps. It also seems to go away after the car warms up, although I do hear it once in a while in a warmed up car.

    Does anybody else have this problem? Could it be a rubbing issue? I con't find any evidence of the tire rubbing the well but that is what it sounds like.
  • well only since winter of 2005 lol. it is something to do with the fact they use plastic bushing and they contract and are not flexible when cold. They take it in and it is good for a bit but comes back I have heard that there is another new fix just waiting to see if it is really fixed. what year is your car hope not the 2008 model
  • my 5 is a 2007. Did you say that they have a fix for the problem? Will the dealer already know about it? Does it cause any damage?
  • I would suggest to get to this thread. There are several answers and at least 1 Technical Service Bulletin I'm aware of.
    claires, "Mazda5 Suspension" #1, 1 Nov 2006 11:52 pm

    Good luck!
  • edikedik Posts: 8
    I just bought 2008 Sport. Now I have an idea to install the fog lights. The dealer price seems to be a littile pricey (275 + 135 + tax). I found them on the internet for 214.
    How difficult is do-it-yourself thing? Did someone tried?

    I do not worry much about installing the lights themselfs, since It was pre-wired (I hope). I'm wondering how hard will be to install the fog light switch next to the headlight switch.

  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    How many of you opted to go with the extended warranty? This is really the first new car I purchased, I've always bought used cars before this so it was not really an option.

  • mrbwa1mrbwa1 Posts: 42
    I have a 2007 sport and though about the fog lights until I saw the install instructions. The switch is easy, as it is a replacement light stalk if I remember right. Unfortunately, you have to remove the entire front bumper to mount the fog lights. I am not comfortable with removing the bumper as it is held on by clips. That is beyond my comfort level on a car under warranty. See Here for instructions: I believe the 2008 will be the same procedure.
  • dclurkerdclurker Posts: 57
    This guy said it was easy. Of course, he's probably a mechanical genius.
  • edikedik Posts: 8
    Wow.. Looks like I will save the money for something else.
    Or $135 for installation at mazda dealership is not that bad.

    Thank you.
  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    /has anybody found a et of mudflaps that fit the touring model? The mazda catalog says that the ones they sell won't fit because of the side sill extensions.

  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    I wish would pay lots if someone every made one that fit nicely (please do not suggest the straight flat ones). i hate how the back windows gets covered in mud all the time.
  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    your back windows get mud on them? I only have problems with tar flicking off my tire and onto the bottom of my door Are you rally racing?!?!?! Watch out Subaru! HA!
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