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Mazda5 Owners Accessories & Modifications



  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    lol. mm no . just the mud and salt and crap from the drag that is created by the fairly flat back end and yes I get the road spay from the front tires too but they funnily enough do not effect my view out the windows guess I am lucky I do not have to look through the metal in the door panel to drive ;) PS it is also a courtesy to the cars following too lol
  • stillageekstillageek Posts: 114
    I'm trying to install my homelink mirror today. I found the blue/red wire issue is the green/black wire. The only green wire with a black stripe is much larger than the blue wire the a red stripe. So large in fact that the included splicer won't fit around it. Is the Green wire with a black stripe that you use much larger than the blue/red wire? Did you use the included tool? I don't mind cutting off some casing and soldering the cables together...just want to make sure it's the correct wire.
  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    I don't remember having a problem fitting the splice around either wire, I also did not get any type of "tool" with the install kit. I just used a pair of pliers to make sure the splice was snug.

    I did have one problem with the wire colors. I can't remember which set but there were two VERY similar - green/black versus black/green. I ended up splicing the wrong one, but was able to take off the splice, tape it up and then spliced the other wire which is correct.

    Good luck!
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    I am thinking of getting this homlink mirror. is it a large mirror i love my convex one that covers my blink spot but hate digging for my remote to open the gate. where did you get it from? how much does it cost? is everything behind the black box behind the mirror or do i have to run wires from somewhere? do you have any pictures?

    could i ask any more questions lol
  • cooppoopcooppoop Posts: 26
    i bought mine from medport mazda <, they seemed to have the best deal. Search the thread for the directions before you buy. Somebody was nice enough to post them, that way you know what your getting yourself into. You'll need to buy the mirror and the install kit (it has the harness, splices and other stuff you need to hide the wires). Basically, you'll run the wires into your headliner to the passenger side pillar and into the fuse box. Not a hard install but the a pillar is a pain in the a%$ to get back on.

    Now I have a question for you, what is a "blink spot" an what black box behind the mirror are you talking about?
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    lol I maybe should read my messages before I click send lol my blind spots. and the black box in my car contains the rain sensor and external temp sensor and stuff it is attached to the glass about 4"X4" ish.
  • jonat1xjonat1x Posts: 34
    My salesman - Jim Hill, at Smith-Cairns in Yonkers, NY (I have nothing but good things to say about the dealer and the individual) - told me that something like 80% of the dealership staff opt for the extended warranty, and this was enough to persuade me to shell out my $534.
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    what does the extended warranty cover? is it a Mazda warranty or a 3rd party one? How many more months and km / miles does it give you?
  • jonat1xjonat1x Posts: 34
    It's a Mazda warranty, extending the standard bumper-tp-bumper 36 months or 36,000 miles, which ever comes first, warranty to 60 months or 60,000 miles.
  • jonat1xjonat1x Posts: 34
    I don't think that mud flaps would help - though haven't encountered the problem that you seem to be experiencing. Have you considered a spoiler extension such as you will find at -WINGS_W0QQitemZ350055144716QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item350055144716&
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    unfortunately that would create more drag and cause more water to be sucked up on the back of the window.
  • I just bought Mazda 5 and I hate that the center console doesn't have the lid (cover). Every car I ever owned had one. What's up with open console? I can't keep cds or money in there now!
    Does anyone have any ideas how to improve it? I've googled and googled and nothing. The only thing I can think of is to saw "a hat" for the console. Is there a box (liner) with hinged cover that can fit inside of the open console?
    Anyone bothered with this or having any ideas? Thanks!
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    Yeah, my 2006 has it but my 2008 doesn't. It seems that Mazda got rid of it to give way to the passenger's seat armrest, It also got rid of some other things like the 2nd row cupholder (I think due to the 2nd row A/C). However, I still keep CD cases and some other stuff on the 2008's "bin" but I have no need to keep money, just few coins from time to time. Now, if money is needs for the tolls, I recommend EZ-Pass, that saves time and money :)
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    it is funny not sure why they did not just raise the old top and make it full size so both the passenger and driver could use it then you would have a larger bin a cover and big armrest. did they not put a cupholder in the door now for the second row?

    not sure what the size of the center bin but i am sure you can find one to fit and just screw a lid to the top of one. or maybe just put a $20 on the dash so they will not notice the stuff in the bin lol :P .

    it is funny that the people in the know who recommend changes are rarely in the know lol
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I think the idea of the front armrests vs a large front row centerconsole was to make it more open. Some of these CUVs with big center consoles can feel cramped. Also, it makes it easier for a front passenger to reach to the back or go to the back if necessary. Sort of like the Honda CRV or Odyssey. Whether or not it works with the Mazda 5 is another story.

    Personally, I'd rather have the arm rests and the open storage in the center. Center console-type armrests are always too low to be of much use, plus you can't get too much elbow on them anyway if you pull the seat too far forward. Plus I like the open storage because it's easier to get stuff.
  • whobodymwhobodym Posts: 188
    since you got my complainer juices flowing, why are the bins in the front door panels so short fore/aft that you can't put maps in them? why are the inside front door pulls so slippery that you can't reliably hang onto them on a windy day? and where can I put the dog-hair lint roller so that its handle won't poke me in the wrist as I shift gears?? Why can't the rear sliding doors interior handles be made more resistant to inadvertent opening by tall drivers who are only trying to reach into their front pants pockets but end up accidentally opening the rear door while under way? Mazda interior designers -- please spend more time in the field! (my complaints apply to our 2006 and I assume 2007 -- maybe not 2008)
  • It seemed that the most people complained about arm rests and now they put them in. But I have a manual shift (which is positioned under the radio and sort of feels cramped) and the arm rest interfears with me shifting or grabbing emergency break. Funny how different people have different ideas about what's comfortable. I love having center console as arm rest.
    Overall I'm not very pleased with my purchase. Between the lack of safety for my daughter (3 star rating), high chemical toxicity levels, weird interior setup and dangers of not being able to pull my daughter out of the car after side impact (one of the European safety agencies mentioned in the article difficulty opening sliding door if the car is wrecked) I'm dealing with buyers remorse.
    Is it 2011 yet? I can't wait to trade it in!!!
  • andydicoandydico Posts: 12
    With a purchase as important as purchasing a car, you should have researched thoroughly and test drove as many cars as possible. It's tiresome reading about all the whining about the 'sins' of the car when it's your decision to purchase it in the first place. Now that you have the car, it's easier for you to look at the positives and enjoy the car rather than whining about it's faults.

    It's too long a wait for 2011 if you don't enjoy the car!!!
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I agree...a five minute test drive would have brought up most of the "issues" of the previous poster.
  • Really???? So negative car reviews shouldn't exist in your world???? Only positive? We should all love our cars just because we bought them. Interesting. Then this forum would just be littered with "oh's and uh's and ah's".
    My bad.
    Under that logic nobody should complain about a bad marriage and get a divorce - because golly you chose your husband/wife, right? You need to grin and bear it. And enjoy it now that you're married.
    Ha! You make me laugh.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    If you get married after knowing him/her for only a week, then don't complain after the fact for being stupid :P
  • andydicoandydico Posts: 12
    It's because you are the biggest whiner in this forum. If you don't like your car then by all means sell it or trade it in. Most members in this Forum love their Mazda5 and it's tiresome reading all this whining.

    I'm sorry but I don't think you'll get the Sympathy you desperately need in this Forum. :P
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    ...and wait until west_exchange finds out the pre-owned resale value of a Mazda5 nowadays, that will go beyond any comfort, crash rate and toxicity complaints :D
  • 01le01le Posts: 18
    What did I miss here. What is the high chemical toxicity all about. I searched this forum for an explanation or details of toxic chemicals, but I dont see any information. Besides all the usuall toxic chemicals that every vehicle has (i.e. gasoline, motor oil, trans. fluid etc.). What toxic chemical does the Mazda5 have that is being complained about here?
  • 01le01le Posts: 18
    Thank you, I checked it out. Very interesting and all. But after reading the link provided in post# 7 I found that other vehicle manufacturers have many models that are more popular (I see many more on the road, i.e. Subaru Forester, Scion xb, Chevy Aveo) than the Mazda5 that scored much worse. It appears to me that of all the models from various manufacturers, the Mazda5 is middle field as far as the toxicity level tests show. I wonder too, if all the vehicles were tested in the same ambient weather conditions. Since a hotter day would have higher toxic readings. Well, I guess we wont ever know how fair the tests really are. Sorry for kicking the "dead horse" here, but I am new to this forum.
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    I just need to comment regarding the 3 star rating for children. it is NOT because the child would get hurt it is because the ISOFIX connectors are not labelled and on the model tested did not have deactivation switch in the front passenger seat for the airbag. If there had been any contact at all with the child it would have said. I just wanted to make this clear.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Has anyone found any cool new accessories for their Mazda5?
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    The best accessory i have found for the car is me behind the drivers seat lol.

    I hope that one day we can get the stuff other countries can get as accessories.
  • prosendprosend Posts: 7
    FWIW I like the open console between the armrests. I can put my purse in the space. I had a different one on my Passatt. The locking clip broke and it jangled all of the time. VW wanted over $300 for a new centerpeice which was the only way to fix it.

    I do think the door pockets are a little small. I can't fit an umbrella in them. It falls out every time I open the door. ;)
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