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Vehicle Electrics / Grounding advice near passenger side fuse box 1st Gen Mazda 3 Saloon
« Last post by k_orbz on February 18, 2018, 09:03:03 PM »
Hi guys, I would just like an advice where to find good ground in my Mazda 3.

I want to hardwire a usb port for charging a dash cam following this one..

I really want to avoid drilling for ground and prefer to use something that is already available. Since I'll be using a line from the fuse box on the passenger side, if someone could point out a grounding point I could use near it.. Thanks.
General Discussion / Re: My beloved Mazda 3 Sport stolen
« Last post by Wishy14 on February 18, 2018, 08:58:51 PM »
Thanks for all the support guys.  Car was recovered no more than a week later dumped by youths and burnt out!  Absolutely gutted that such a fine piece of engineering can be wasted in such a way.  Simply not enough deterants in place to stop this sort of action I guess.
But as they say life goes on and I've recently took the plunge and replaced the 2012 model with a 64 plate M3 sport nav.

However as good as it is I have some gripes. Maybe for another thread though.

Again thanks for all the messages and support

Payment by BACS (or any other secure method that isn't going to cost either of us stupid money (not CASH please))

40400 miles
0 previous owners
Full Service History
12 months MoT
Full Service last week

[Located near Colchester Essex)

Features & Description

·         New (Quality) Tyres (and NEW wheels too!) [7mm tread on each corner]
·         Just been fully serviced and MoT'd last week.
·         Cavity protection from brand new
·         Detailed and loved from new.

Both interior and exterior are immaculate - no scratches dents or damage. Wheels are <300 miles new, uncurbed (and protected with GTechnic Wheel Armour).  The floor mats are like new (I've always had rubber mats over the top - they will come with the car too).

(All above images taken yesterday) These couple are from 2014..

Standard Equipment (there's loads actually and you'll get bored reading it all!)

Dual Zone Climate Control, Heated Seats,  Electric Windows

Parking sensors (rear), Auto-dim rear view mirror, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED DRLs, Smart City Brake

DVD, MP3 player, Bluetooth, Voice activate commands, 7” Infotainment touch screen and scroll wheel, Leather trim,

Height adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, Folding rear seats,  Steering wheel rake and reach adjustment, Cruise control, Traction control, Dynamic stability control, ABS, Central locking, Immobiliser

etc etc etc

Additional Extras

·         boot liner,

·         bumper scuff plate,

·         sill scuff plates,

·         sports pedal covers (official Mazda),

·          LED interior boot light.



MPG - sensational!

Because this is a 'naturally aspirated' engine (no turbos) the MPG stated and the MPG achieved will be very close to reality. Furthermore, the way you drive will affect the overall MPG significantly less.

MPG - on a long run I will get 50+mpg, the 45mpg I show is genuine over the last year of driving, with mostly short trips of less than 10 miles.   The car has been run on premium fuel all its life.

ReMap Details (fully reversible, free of charge)

See for my report on the BBR chipping on this Forum.

BBR official re-map to 168HP (cost £599 and can be put back to standard for free...but you really won't want to...this added £5 to my insurance, but if you don't want it I'll get it changed back for you). This engine is identical in every way to Mazda's 160 BHP engine  - Mazda just sticks an artificial power drop at 4500rpm (see the computer read out... and you can see the before [orange line] and after [green line]. This remap, just allows the engine to progress higher up, so the performance curve is identical to 4500rpm [where the green and orange line seperate], making it very much nicer to drive. Fuel economy is the same (or slightly better actually). (Images and video on the Dyno is available)

Long Term...

The car was cavity treated using Bilt Hamber products (expensive high quality!) from new. The engine bay was treated with ACF50 (aircraft frame protector) from new, so you will see its nice under the bonnet too!

Damage (nothing to speak of!)

*There are some small stone chips on the front bumper (but nothing you wouldn't expect)...but that's about it! In its history, there has been a couple of dents pulled out from careless people dinking my car - but these have been professionally done and with full warranty (and I challenge you to find them anyway!!!...).

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?  ...just ask me.

This car is as pristine as described, and with everything sorted - you will be driving away in a car that is showroom condition. Just serviced, and with new tyres.  But you MUST promise to love and look after it!


I will accept a cleared BAC payment on collection

Contact Details
John Reeves 01206 734012 or 07399 818698

Mazda 3 / Re: BBR - Super 170 SkyActive upgrade - my report
« Last post by E.T. on February 18, 2018, 10:40:00 AM »
The URL's  you have linked to in your post is private and blocked to anyone else but you.  Try uploading them to Photobucket as per

I've finally rehosted some piccys - they were put onto Photobucket, but we all know what happened there!  Hosted on Imgur now. and added back into the original post #1
Vehicle Electrics / Re: New key fob battery
« Last post by StevenRB45 on February 16, 2018, 06:21:34 PM »
Gotta say I've had one a year in mine since I had it so perhaps the gen 2 is different.

Vehicle Electrics / Re: New key fob battery
« Last post by Willpower on February 16, 2018, 06:04:50 PM »
In that case I must have "Super Batteries"  14 years and still going.  CR2025's .    No mention in my manual about life.
Vehicle Electrics / Re: New key fob battery
« Last post by moozmooz on February 16, 2018, 05:36:48 PM »
Straight from the manual

"Battery life is about one year. Replace the battery with a new one if the KEY indicator light (green) flashes in the instrument cluster. Replacing the battery about once a year is recommended because the KEY warning light/indicator light may not illuminate or flash depending on the rate of battery depletion."

This would suggest Mazda bought dodgy batteries off ebay :)
New Members / Re: New Member (and radio question)
« Last post by Willpower on February 16, 2018, 05:07:21 PM »
I have sent you a PM related to this issue as we try to keep the knowledge out of the public domain, for security reasons.   

If the methods I have detailed in the message work, then please respond but do not detail the steps you have taken.

If others wish to help then please send the OP a message rather than publishing instructions on this open site.

Thank you. 
New Members / New Member (and radio question)
« Last post by AprilJ93 on February 16, 2018, 03:27:24 PM »
Hi All,

Last week I bought a 56 plate mazda 3 sport. Having always been a Vauxhall driver I was a bit unsure but absolutely loving it so far. Only problem with it is that the radio isn't working, it just displays Err. The dealer doesn't know the radio code and has said the unit will probably need replacing. Before I splash out on this I just wondered if anyone has any other suggestions?

Accessories / Re: Forscan Compatible OBD2 Scanner
« Last post by Tall333 on February 16, 2018, 01:55:24 PM »
I borrowed one off a mate to check the chain stretch.
Any chance you could tell me what to look for to check the chain stretch please?
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