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Mazda MX-5 Miata Audio System Questions



  • lordelpuzlordelpuz Posts: 16
    I have a 1990 mk1, Eunos roadster, (Miata) I think they are the original CD & cassette players as they are matching, Ive not had the car very long & been busy doing more important restorations, So now i get to the audio side and although the cassette plays fine the cd loads, but pops out again after about 10 seconds without reading or playing, On the read out screen there are about 4 - - - - (dashes), does this mean its lost the code?,and if so, any ideas on breaking the code or anyway round the problem as i dont have the original code,
    Thanks for any help, I'd be very greatful.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd just replace it. The stereo is nearly 20 years old at this point, probably more from the actual production date.

    I put in one I got for $99 and it sounded better than the old MSSS upgraded system on my 93.

    Who knows what oxidation has occured in 20 years on yours.
  • lordelpuzlordelpuz Posts: 16
    Sigh, I think you are right, I just wanted to keep the whole car original, but sadly I guess Its time for a new one.
    Thanx for the reply.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Save the stereo just in case a future buyer wants the original.

    I thought that might happen when I sold my 93, but then the guy asked if it had an iPod input.

    The new stereo did, so I just showed that to him. He wasn't even interested in the old head unit.
  • lordelpuzlordelpuz Posts: 16
    Good idea yep, thanks for that!
  • 06miata06miata Posts: 1
    My 06 Bose Audio system display works intermittently. The system always plays but about half the time there is no display on the LCD screen. The dealer claims they replaced the head unit but the problem is still there. Any suggestions, my warranty expires this month and I need to get this resolved.
  • I also have an '06 with the same problem. It has been happening very infrequently, so I haven't even gone back to the dealer on it.

    The only suggestion I have is that you document the problem in writing to your dealer, and copy Mazda corporate on it. State explicitly that this has been an ongoing problem during the warranty period, and you want their assurane that they willo fix it under warranty.

    A common "out" that manufacturers use is this: when a previously reported symptom crops up again after the warranty runs out, they will claim that "it's a different problem", so watch out for that.

    Good luck.
  • mike46mike46 Posts: 1

    Can anyone help with the following issue. My wife bought a 1993 Miata. All is good except for one thing. It did not have an antenna (power antenna). I ordered one and the install was fast and works. However, I understand that the original panasonic radio, with moisture, may not work from time to time thus no power, no power antenna. I understand that I could pop it (radio) out and then clean off the glue on the circuit board which maybe trapping moisture. But, how do I get the radio out. Anyone done that before. Also, what is interesting, when I did have power to the radio, and was able to feed the new antenna, after, when I went to move the car, when I depressed the brake, it made like a clicking noise. Does not seem to do any harm or anything but did not hear that noise before I installed the radio. Do all Miatas make that noise when you depress the brake? Is it possible now noise is traveling from brakes to speakers. I look to you expert Miata owners for thoughts. I am a Volvo guy but now that my wife has this terrific Miata, I am sold. Thanks for your comments in advance. MB">
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes, I have. Twice. I'll explain...

    First I replaced the head unit entirely. It had an aux input, which I hid. When I sold my car, the buyer asked for the input, so I had to go back in, wire that to the storage bin under the arm rest.

    I found instructions on the garage:

    While you're at it, check the grommet that seals the manual shifter linkage - I guarantee that rubber was worn and is torn by now. It just takes gear oil (75w90 or so). You may want to use a turkey baster to suck out the old/dirty fluid, then add new.

    You'll find instructions for that on the same site as well.

    Good luck.

    FWIW, I put in a cheap $10 whip antennae and it worked fine. Don't waste too much time on a power antennae, those break easily.

    Plus - you may as well change the stereo while you're at it. I'm surprised yours still works. I had the top-line MSSS (Mazda Sensory Sound System) and it had lost all the lighting by the time I swapped it out.

    93 Miata C Package (sold)
    08 Miata PRHT Touring
  • Does anyone know how to remove the two small speakers that are between the seats? The are directly above the little storage compartment that has the gas lid release lever. My Miata is a 2007.

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