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Wheels/Tyres / Snow Tyres?
« Last post by Ste7en on August 27, 2018, 09:22:44 AM »
Hoping to get our Mazda back soon and I'm hoping it has x4 new tyres on it (having being pushed up the A1 for 100 metres sideways by an HGV).

I've been scaring myself looking at videos of the Mazda 3 in the snow. Is it really that bad or are people just idiots?

We have only had the car for 3 months, one month of that it has been in the bodyshop. So we don't really know much other than sunny, dry conditions.

I'm considering a set of Michelin CrossClimate+ when we get it back. Any recommendations?
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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Really poor sounding stereo.
« Last post by Ste7en on August 26, 2018, 09:45:55 AM »
This is far outside my area of expertise; I am no audiophile. I would note, though, that I noticed a marked difference between the sound in my 2009 (early mk2) Mazda compared to the Focus (LX trim, so the most basic available) that preceded it. I actually found it quite a disconcerting experience in a way I had not noticed in the transition between previous cars I have owned or rented.

I wouldn't describe it as 'quieter' in the way you are experiencing (although it was a bit different having to set the volume at 20 rather than 10 or so, which probably just reflects a different range or calibration). What I found odd was that, rather than sounding as though the sound was all around me and coming from within the centre of the cabin, it was quite marked that the sound in the Mazda appeared to be coming from much lower down, as though well beneath my head rather than around it. Almost from the footwells, I would say.

I have no complaints about the overall quality of the sound and I am not one for sharing my appalling taste in music or...er...Radio 5 with anybody unfortunate enough to be passing by, so I have never tested the limits of the volume range, but this 'low down' effect bugged me for a while in the early days (must have been a week or two). I have not noticed it for some time so my perceptions have re-calibrated to a new 'normal' but it would be interesting to see how things sound when I next have cause to use the stereo in another vehicle.

Despite the odd 'direction' of the sound, I was just glad to finally have a radio with decent medium wave reception, that doesn't silence for half a second every couple of minutes, and, most of all, doesn't subject me to a sound like a fax transmission for 30secs every time I switched the engine off. There was clearly an issue with the shielding on that one I was far too tight to investigate, but boy was it nice when I was shot of it!

Hoping you can amend your hardware to something that works better for you without too much expense.

Thanks red_imps_2003. It does sound like it is coming from somewhere below and behind the central pillar. It is really odd.

It makes me wonder though, as you have probably explained my problems much better than I have. Having to crank up the audio just to hear it and then it sounds like it is coming from somewhere 'down there'. I'm staring to wonder if those upper dashboard 'tweeters' have somehow been disconnected.
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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Really poor sounding stereo.
« Last post by Ste7en on August 26, 2018, 09:40:47 AM »
It's been a while since I've messed with this stuff (autosounds did my stereo on 2009!) but I believe you can keep the stock HU.

My understanding is the factory headunits in many cases have a built in equaliser that you cannot adjust. This takes into account the spec of the speakers fitted as standard, any frequencies that are likely to cause the doors to rattle, that sort of thing basically to get the best sound out of the cheapest possible parts. If you put new speakers in that will still apply, but you can get a unit (the name of which is escaping my brain I'm afraid) that takes the output of the stereo and effectively undoes the factory equalisation so if you then fit new speakers you can tune it to suit them.

Having said that the sound should not be mono so when the car comes back adjust the sound front to back and left to right all the way to ensure all speakers are working.

Thanks StevenRB4. Pretty sure I sat on the drive adjusting all the levels etc. just trying to get it to sound okay. I checked various balances and the sound did pan around the cabin. I'm just not used to having a system in a car that you have to turn up so loud just to hear it while driving. It is almost like there is a hidden mute button somewhere I've overlooked... which wouldn't surprise me :)
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Bodywork / 2015 and rusting already !!!
« Last post by Canada_Bob on August 26, 2018, 01:16:58 AM »
The trailing edge of the bonnet {next to the windshield} on my 2015 is starting to blister, thankfully still under warranty, but it seems Mazda aren't easy to deal with on matters of rust.

The dealer had a look at it and mentioned something about "there should be a sealant strip under the edge of the bonnet, but it's missing on some cars".

Can't say I know what he's one about but if he's seen this before then maybe it's happened to someone in here ?

Bob.
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I assume you have the Gen 2 car. I have had one since 2009 and can assure you that the dashboard/centre console  "H:M:12/24hr" set of buttons resets the clock. I have never found any other way so if there is a fault on your car it is there, not the GPS.

It is annoying to do a manual reset twice a year re summer time - on a GPS system that would be automatic.

For information this system is in some ways better than current ones because it uses GPS signals, a speed sensor and gyrosensor. So it will indeed keep an accurate position without GPS for a while (even after the car has been parked) but without GPS at some point the position will become increasingly inaccurate. For example the speed and distance measurements on a car will never be 100% accurate. If the position is spot on after a long trip it is highly likely that GPS is working correctly.


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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Really poor sounding stereo.
« Last post by red_imps_2003 on August 24, 2018, 03:25:33 PM »
This is far outside my area of expertise; I am no audiophile. I would note, though, that I noticed a marked difference between the sound in my 2009 (early mk2) Mazda compared to the Focus (LX trim, so the most basic available) that preceded it. I actually found it quite a disconcerting experience in a way I had not noticed in the transition between previous cars I have owned or rented.

I wouldn't describe it as 'quieter' in the way you are experiencing (although it was a bit different having to set the volume at 20 rather than 10 or so, which probably just reflects a different range or calibration). What I found odd was that, rather than sounding as though the sound was all around me and coming from within the centre of the cabin, it was quite marked that the sound in the Mazda appeared to be coming from much lower down, as though well beneath my head rather than around it. Almost from the footwells, I would say.

I have no complaints about the overall quality of the sound and I am not one for sharing my appalling taste in music or...er...Radio 5 with anybody unfortunate enough to be passing by, so I have never tested the limits of the volume range, but this 'low down' effect bugged me for a while in the early days (must have been a week or two). I have not noticed it for some time so my perceptions have re-calibrated to a new 'normal' but it would be interesting to see how things sound when I next have cause to use the stereo in another vehicle.

Despite the odd 'direction' of the sound, I was just glad to finally have a radio with decent medium wave reception, that doesn't silence for half a second every couple of minutes, and, most of all, doesn't subject me to a sound like a fax transmission for 30secs every time I switched the engine off. There was clearly an issue with the shielding on that one I was far too tight to investigate, but boy was it nice when I was shot of it!

Hoping you can amend your hardware to something that works better for you without too much expense.
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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Really poor sounding stereo.
« Last post by StevenRB45 on August 22, 2018, 01:34:47 PM »
It's been a while since I've messed with this stuff (autosounds did my stereo on 2009!) but I believe you can keep the stock HU.

My understanding is the factory headunits in many cases have a built in equaliser that you cannot adjust. This takes into account the spec of the speakers fitted as standard, any frequencies that are likely to cause the doors to rattle, that sort of thing basically to get the best sound out of the cheapest possible parts. If you put new speakers in that will still apply, but you can get a unit (the name of which is escaping my brain I'm afraid) that takes the output of the stereo and effectively undoes the factory equalisation so if you then fit new speakers you can tune it to suit them.

Having said that the sound should not be mono so when the car comes back adjust the sound front to back and left to right all the way to ensure all speakers are working.
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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Really poor sounding stereo.
« Last post by Ste7en on August 22, 2018, 10:39:35 AM »
Thanks for the reply. I'll have a chat with the Autosounds guys when I get the car back (five weeks this Friday!)

I'm not sure about getting a new head unit as I assumed the whole 'infotainment' system was integrated. I figured that a speaker upgrade could be the easiest and cheapest option.

I've been through all the settings and it all seems okay, no really odd settings. Unless I'm missing a 'mono' option somewhere :)
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New Members / Re: New to Mazda
« Last post by DarvelGav on August 21, 2018, 11:16:08 PM »
Thanks - will do  :)
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New Members / Re: New to Mazda
« Last post by FemGearHead on August 21, 2018, 11:11:32 PM »
Welcome. Be sure to post some photos!
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