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Mazda5 Owners Accessories & Modifications



  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    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: 76
    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?

  • kw_dakw_da Posts: 76
    Amazon has 20% off Thule now with free shipping. Just picked up the aero Thule.

  • 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: 83
    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.
  • marksandmarksand Posts: 181
    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.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    I found this picture on OC Mazda (Orange County)
    Here is the page:
    link title
    Somewhere this rack exists. Where can I find it? The crossbars or the load may interfere with the moonroof, but I don't care.
    I've seen a MZ5 with a regular rack sold by Mazda and a cargo box and it looked grotesque. There was a huge gap or space between the box and the car's roof.
  • This is the standard rack for anywhere but the Americas( ie only Canada the Us and Mexico have stupid one we have the rest of the world gets the nice one) you can thank Mazda Us as they made them make one that they felt that we could use like we are less intelligent than the rest of the world. But then again Mazda Us feel we are too stupid to want traction control either. I can see the 60 year olds deciding on what options we would want "traction control that is just stupid who wants to limit traction" " here here well said mr old farty pants". lol

    The sad part is from what i have read it that you can not get roof rack and click it into our slots you have. You have to remove the entire black insert and attach the new one.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    Thank you for your response!
    Maybe the rack in the picture is considered too flimsy for the typical US use.
    The fact that I would have to modify the vehicle would not stop me from getting this one. That is as long as I do not have to drill holes and use a welding tool.
    I'm thinking that the rack is easier to find then the black inserts.
    With the traction control... Yeah, who needs some? This car barely moves as it is... Yeah :shades: . I'm thinking they try to keep the price as low as possible. They may not have the money to develop such a system, although ESC is coming to 2010 and that system can be employed to do TC, too.
    now going all over the field....
    I read the manual about Bluetooth and it says that you can make calls by dictating the phone number to dial. That's great! Now I have to learn all my phone numbers? My phone has voice commands. I can tell it to call somebody in the "Contacts" list. Can I use that feature over this BT system? It works with a BT headset (UFO). Or, can I start the phone call with the hand set (phone) and then move the conversation to the BT in the car?
    I mean I want to buy a GT for the leather seats only (my wife thinks they're easier to maintain). I was getting happy at the BT, but it seems to be useless.

    And... does anybody know where I can get an electrical diagram for the car? I intend to put a PC inside, so I will remove the head unit (any takers?). It would be nice to be able to route the steering controls to the computer. I can dig and discover where the wires go.. but....
  • TC is already in this car everywhere else no development needed just they chose not to let us have it as an option. as is the blue tooth.
    i personally do not like leather as it is cold to start in the winter and hot in the summer and i like to not slide on the seat.

    As for the electrical diagrams i have heard that u can get them on a cd but in my area they will only sell the binder with the diagrams ( this again was decide by the us mazda).

    As for the head unit sell it on ebay. or keep it if u think u will ever sell it again.

    Let me know how the pc install goes i would be interested. email me
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    Let me know how the pc install goes

    Sure thing!
    I think I'll make a website out of it. However... I have to find a car first! The only ones left are 28 and 29k ($). A rep told us that the 2010 will arive in about 60 days!!!!!@#$%^&;.
    I'll be walking for a month!
    Anyway, about the leather. We used to have a Freestyle with leather and discovered that baby wipes cleaned everything off of them. I mean everything! Milk included. I am affraid to spil milk on a cloth seat ('ve done it before). It will stink and stink and stink. And when you think it's gone, you spil some water or leave the windows opened in the rain, and it's back, baby! :)
    I have a 4,5 yr old and a -0.2 one, so spils r us.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    I looked at some promo movies and photos for MZ 5 for Europe. All of them have the rack and none of them have a sunroof. All kinds of details are being highlighted, like fog lights and so on, but no sunroof.
    I don't think a sunroof is offered there. That being so (if it is), then their roof rack makes sense. And that roof rack would not work here, where the sunroof opens outside.
    An in-the-roof opening sunroof may take too much interior hight and reduce the storage space.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    I saw earlier a post about K&N air intake, so I went and checked it out. There is a part for 07 MZ5 but none (other then filter) for 08 and 09. Was the engine modified when the new transmission came on?
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    This video (although in Russian) shows some interesting bits about a 5 there.
    6 speed manual (problably on a 2 L),
    center seat and the ceiling mounted seatbelt (I have one like that in my MZ CX-7),
    airplane style fold-out trays for the middle row (maybe added by a local shop?),
    electric sliding doors and the key fob,
    No moon roof.
  • Have you or anyone else looking at this fourm added aftermarket foglights?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,842
    Just bought an '09 Sport model.

    First thing I need to do is add a couple more inputs on the stereo. I'd like to run an iPod, aftermarket Sirius, and DVD player. I'd rather not spend a few hundred bucks on the factory Sirius. Seems the best course of action would be to add the Ipod adapter ... BUT, for those that I've found (like the GROM unit), they aren't listing them as compatible with the 2009. Was there a stereo change in '09? Why wouldn't something compatible with '08 work?

    If I can get the Ipod to plug into the back of the stereo, then we'll just have 2 cables hanging by the factory aux input and switch between sirius and dvd by switching the plug. I just don't want to have to switch between 3 cables.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

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