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Mazda3 Lighting & Electrical Questions

mccormamccorma Posts: 2
Just took delivery of a new GT on Saturday. The salesman told me that it has DRL. I can't find that it does and the only reference in the owners manual is that Canadian models have them.

I have not had a chance to contact the dealer again but was wondering if anyone here knew anything or if it is something that can be configured by the dealer. My BMW had DRL but it had to be configured by the dealer through the vehicle computer somehow.

Thanks and love the new ride!


  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    You are right, My DRL does not work either. I wonder why? I thought these were for all GT's. It states that I have it, but how does this work? Does anyone know how the DRL work? I will try to figure this out.

    I love my ride too!! Awesome Zoom-Zoom. :)
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I just bought the 2007 M3S Grand Touring model last week and I have the DRL auto. I am located in the USA. I had to turn the light switch on the steering wheel to auto and it worked. You know the light control handle, turn that all the way forward in the auto position. Also the fog lights are on the same control knob. It worked for me. Hope this helps. :)
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    This was posted from me, before I could figure the DRL out. Now that I got it to work, please see my latest post. Thanks. :)
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Does the DRL run thru the HID headlights or thru the foglights? If it runs the the HID i personally would shut them off to save the life of the HID being they are so expensive.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I am not sure about how they run. I thought that they were spearate the fog and the HID lights, However, same control knob. I would agree with you about turning them off. I wouldn't want to burn them out so fast.
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    I live in Canada and all the Mazda3s have DRL, it's the law here in Canada that all cars sold here need them. If they are working or equiped all you need to do is turn the ignition to the start position and they should come on. No need for the light switch to be in any postion they will still come on no matter what postion the switch is in.
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    do they run off the HID lights or some other light on the front of the car?
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I turned my lights off by not using the auto feature on the knob. I realize that you can't use the fog lights without the head lights in the on position. I now realize that I don't have the day time light running feature on my car, only the auto dusk feature. I can save on the usage of the bulbs. These Xenon bulbs are very expensive.
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  • mccormamccorma Posts: 2
    Nifty56, glad to hear from someone north of the border. So which lights do the Canadian versions use for the DRL? I've seen some cars here use the high or low beams but dimmed to 75%, or sometimes even the parking lights. I can't imagine you guys have unique headlight configurations there just for DRL. I wish they would make them mandatory in the US, they are a great safety feature.

    In doing some research I found a Miata thread where some owners of US models from the mid to late '90s were purchasing the Canadian DRL module for their vehicle and installing it. It would be great if someone here could provide some guidance, Nifty56 if you can tell us which lights are used it would be a great start as I am sure the module can be bought and installed fairly easily, provided the Xenon bulbs are not used for the DRL.

    Stallionre, the salesman told me the same thing you mention - to turn the knob to "auto" and this was the running lights. I pointed out to him all that does is make the headlights come on at dusk. I think sometimes people are confused about what DRL is.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Yeah, I hear that. I think that the sales people make the car buyer confused about some options that are on the car. I researched this last night about my car, and know that I do not have DRL. I only have the feature that turns on the lights at dusk, even though the salesman told me that I have DRL. Strange how we can confuse the two. However, I heard that all cars that are sold in Canada need to have DRL. Am I wrong about that?

    Making them mandatory in the US would be great, however, it would wear out the Xenon bulb faster and as high price as they are, I wouldn't want to buy them every two years. :cry:
  • markb3markb3 Posts: 23
    I live in Canada and if you have DRL you'll know has soon has you start your car. "you'll have lights On". Note! these lights are not the same has your regular night time lights has they are a less intense bulb. What I'm trying to say is, if we here in Canada have our lights set at Auto on our Mazda3s the lights that come on after dusk are much brighter. DRL has been law in Canada since 1990 and is a great idea.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I see what you mean about the DRL. In the USA, there are no laws about having DRL yet in most states, however the car companies are making DRL on cars to be active. I can see where DRL might use a different bulb, since you don't need the expensive Xenon's for the day time.
  • fshkpr1fshkpr1 Posts: 3
    The horn on my '07 3 Hatchback is so weak that when I had to use it the other driver could not hear it. Last time the truck in front of me rolled back at a red light and actually tapped my front end. I saw at least 1 owner wrote about that.

    I looked into the wiring diagram of a '05 model( not available for '07 models yet) and found only a single horn unit( many cars have dual horns). This should be a safety concern and if this is the case for every "3", then Mazda should upgrade it.......
  • My horn on my 90 323 sticks on when the horn is connected. Where do I look on the car to fix the problem,
  • I drive a '07 3 Sport hatch w/manual tranny. Absolutely love the car! Only wish it had DRL's. (I'm in California.) I've seen posts for various other makes which allows you to make lighting modifications pretty easily. What I'm hoping to do, is to make the foglights on my "3" act as DRL's.
    Anyone have a suggestion?
  • My 2006 Mazda3 Grand Touring Sedan is almost two years old. The radio/heater/trip computer display has failed. The service manager told me that he replaces two or three of these displays a month, and that he now has one on back order in addition to mine. I assume this will be covered under warranty, but is this as common a failure as my service manager suggests?
  • zlg42zlg42 Posts: 1
    My headlights will not go off. The only way I can get them off is to take out the 2 fuses in the panel under the glove box. I checked all the realays under the hood, none were bad. Even took it to the dealer for diagnosis, no luck. They claimed I needed to replace the entire electrical panel under the glove box. Has anyone else ever had this issue?

  • I have a 2007 Mazda 3. The display locks with all the numbers, letters and symbols in the on position. My local dealer has replaced the unit and the following day it locked up again. I am also having trouble with the auto headlights. The headlights turn on in the middle of the day and make the speedo hard to see. So far my local dealer has not been able to fix that either.
  • My back right window stopped even working same with the automatic door locks. I think there is no electricity to that whole door. What could be wrong? Also My horn and right side of my steering wheel buttons arent working either. Can anyone help me!?!!?? :confuse:
    i drive a 2003 Mazda 6
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Have you checked the fuses?
  • No which fuses should i check??
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    which fuses
    Check the manual.
  • hal18hal18 Posts: 1
    Hello - I have '05 Mazda 3, purchased new 3 years ago - never any problem 'til today - my driving lights did not turn off - now 8 hours later, battery is drained.

    Please advise what you learned about your problem
  • I have a 2008.5 M3 and would really like to upgrade the lighting (for both performance and style). I was thinking about using halo lights (like a BMW) for the low beams and xenon for the fog lights. Any ideas/suggestions on this? Thanks!
  • nzpe72nzpe72 Posts: 1
    Has anyone had an issue with their headlights not being on but the car still thinks the lights are on and will not let you lock the doors. If so how did you correct it?
  • fee3fee3 Posts: 1
    Hello! I bought a brand-new 2008 Mazda3 four months ago. It's already been in the shop three times regarding a battery drain that leaves the car deader than dead after it sits for a few days. (No after-market parts, nothing left on, tests show there's nothing "unusual.") Won't even take a jump. The shop has no clue. Battery has been replaced. Since I'm on the verge of pursuing lemon law action, I'm just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience. Please advise!
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    brand-new 2008 Mazda3 four months ago ... been in the shop three times regarding a battery drain that leaves the car deader than dead after it sits for a few days. ... tests show there's nothing "unusual.")

    What does the Mazda dealer suggest you do? Have you thought of taking it to another Mazda dealer?

    Won't even take a jump. The shop has no clue. Battery has been replaced
    If it won't take a jump, does that mean you need a new battery each time it gets drained?!
  • redmazda3redmazda3 Posts: 28
    My parents bought a 2008 Avalon which the battery was constantly drained and the car would not start. The first dealer said nothing was wrong according to their instruments and my parents just were not driving the car enough to keep the battery charged. The second dealer said he didn't believe the first dealer and kept on looking at all aspects of the car. They finally determined the auto dimming mirror had been put on at the port when the car was delivered to America. After taking the mirror off, they found it had been wired backwards. After correctly wiring the mirror, the battery has no gone dead since and my parents drive the same miles they have always done. Your problem may be somewhere along this line. Hope this helps.
  • mariongmariong Posts: 1
    We left our brand new Mazda 3 at an airport parking lot for two weeks and the battery was dead when we got back. Our dealer's explanation is that the 3 computers are talking to each other and you can expect a dead battery after leaving it just a week. Not what you want to hear about a new car.
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