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New Mazda owner saying hello.
« on: May 19, 2022, 08:34:20 PM »
Just thought I'd say Hi, I bought my 2018 mazda 3 2.0 SE-L in June last year. It replaced a fiesta ST mk7 which was stolen!

So after nearly a year of ownership I'd like to do some bits and bobs to it, namely add a reverse camera, apple carplay and see about improving the sound system.

Will enjoy perusing the forums looking for advice, I hate starting new threads on topics that have already been covered so apologies in advance if I do!

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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2022, 11:11:46 PM »
Welcome to the forum :)
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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2022, 06:42:56 PM »
Welcome
I have a 2018 Sport nav
I have recently added the Carplay/Android auto module and added an aftermarket sub to the Bose set up (I didn't take photos of either but I can do if you need or I can talk you through it both are fairly simple to do) I know mine is Bose but I did look into upgrading the standard set up as well. I'm not sure if it will work with yours but I do have the PAC AOEM-MAZ2 after the American forum said it would fit my Bose set up which it didn't, reading around though if yours has the 24 pin connector it will work

For simplicity the OEM camera would be the easiest to install however I'm not sure if you would require unlocking it via a menu or a software update might be worth checking

Cheers Dave
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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2022, 02:42:20 PM »
Hey thanks for the advice.  That interface looks interesting, in my last car I built my own T-harness to install a DSP and amp but what you mentioned looks far easier.  Quick question - I find the voice on the sat nav so muffled and inaudible, is there a way of cleaning it up?

What do you think of the CarPlay?  I want to update my sat nav maps, then my girlfriend suggested just using a GPS app on my iphone.  Made me think what the pros and cons are when it comes to updating SD card vs using smart phone maps?


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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2022, 08:29:14 PM »
Carplay/Android auto
The pros are permanent free live updates on the maps, better voice recognition, traffic updates, etc etc
cons uses data, the heads up display doesn't show turn by turn, phone needs to be plugged in and thats about it

OEM Nav
Pro's heads up works as designed
Cons you need to pay for every update or buy a new card from Mazda, ebay cards can't be updated from what I have seen online, operating system is grim to use, live traffic requires a link to the phone anyway I used it once and ended to nearly 3 streets away from where I should have been
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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2022, 07:21:30 PM »
Carplay/Android auto
The pros are permanent free live updates on the maps, better voice recognition, traffic updates, etc etc
cons uses data, the heads up display doesn't show turn by turn, phone needs to be plugged in and thats about it

OEM Nav
Pro's heads up works as designed
Cons you need to pay for every update or buy a new card from Mazda, ebay cards can't be updated from what I have seen online, operating system is grim to use, live traffic requires a link to the phone anyway I used it once and ended to nearly 3 streets away from where I should have been

I think that last problem appears to be growing with 'defunct' satnav apps as well - for my sins, I have an older Nokia Lumia 620 Windows (8.1) phone with their free satnav app 'Here', which was great until 2019 when they no longer fully supported it - the maps would update, but the traffic part was disabled and like your problem quite often saying the phone was half a mile away.  No good for use as a 'proper' satnav.

TBH because most in-car satnav systems are expensive (and eventually impossible) to keep up-to-date, the limitations of Android Auto etc, I'd rather just use my Android phone attached to the middle vent.

Whilst Google Maps isn't as good as the 'specialist' satnav apps and uses more data, it's improved quite a bit on what it was just 5 years ago and was fine for a recent trip of 75 miles each way.  And I can keep mine fully charged by plugging it in to my (older car's) cigar lighter via the adapter, obviously newer cars will have specialist ports for phones to charge/connect.

Wther the gen-4 car is a lot better at making best use of the apps on phone (given Android Auto/Apple Car Play was an add-on half way through the life of the gen-3 model) than the previous model, I'm not sure.  I certainly wouldn't be paying rip-off prices for upgrades every year or two and eventually the system won't work at all and can't be updates (as most smartphones).

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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2022, 06:04:22 PM »
Sorry Andy I must ask what you mean by Limitations of Android Auto the only one I can think of is having to use voice to search but with the new laws you can't type on a phone while "driving" even if it is as a satnav so that isn't an issue now anyway, I'm from the west country and to be fair its rare google messes up locations for me anyway for what is a £100 upgrade to have android auto on the car giving me access to Waze, Google Maps, Spotify, Audible etc etc it was worth it
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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2022, 11:09:35 PM »
TBH because most in-car satnav systems are expensive (and eventually impossible) to keep up-to-date, the limitations of Android Auto etc, I'd rather just use my Android phone attached to the middle vent.

This is it, the most recent SD card or map update I've seen is from 2019.  I know so much has changed around where I live since then.

Tempted to go down the CarPlay route as it seems that sat nav apps would be far more up to date.  Plus there's all the other apps like speed camera locations etc.

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Re: New Mazda owner saying hello.
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2022, 11:09:35 PM »