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Offline zoomzoomer

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Auto lights
« on: September 08, 2017, 09:46:08 AM »
Hi all
Just bought a new mazda 3 sport 2017 and  really enjoying it, it's great but have a couple of things I don't know what they do.
In the lighting settings the auto headlight on setting doesn't seem to do anything i.e when the light is fading the auto lights don't come on and adjusting it to low, medium or high doesn't turn the auto lights on.
They only come on when it gets fairly dark. My previous 3 2010 sport used to come on much earlier.
The other setting light on vol doesn't seem to do anything, is it something to do with the welcome lights? Which doesn't come fitted  as standard but i will be getting them soon.
I asked the sales man and he wasn't sure what the settings did either.
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Re: Auto lights
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2017, 01:45:27 PM »
From observation I think the later models are much less sensitive on the Autolights. I've seen them driving round on drls only an hour after my 2011 decided it was time for lights.

I think they adjusted the point it switches on due to the drls, that and I find it far too sensitive in the older models..sunny day cloud goes over..lights on. Turn on to a tree lined road..lights on..then even when you return to direct sun they stay on for 20 minutes. Usually its ok but some days I give up on them, twiddling a stork isn't actually hard manual labour.
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Re: Auto lights
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2017, 05:54:20 PM »
Thanks Steven
I was starting to think maybe there just isn't much in the sensitivity of the different settings, any idea what the light on vol is or does?
Just priced up the welcome lights and they are £160 including fitting so will get that done at some point.
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Re: Auto lights
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2017, 08:36:13 PM »
Set mine to auto tonight on the way home. Came on at around 19:20 with an overcast sky and more than enough light left to be able to drive safely without headlights.

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Re: Auto lights
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2017, 08:43:56 PM »
Just for comparison I left work in my mk2 in evening sun at 1745...lights came on when I went under a tree and stayed on.

Have a feeling it might just be OP is used to the hyperactive mk2 version.
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Re: Auto lights
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2017, 09:02:55 PM »
They must have changed the values in the later models. I leave my Gen 1 lights on auto permanently and they operate just fine.  They operate in multistory car parks but switch off immediately when coming out into daylight, I have never known them to activate for something simple like going under trees.
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Re: Auto lights
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 09:45:33 PM »
It's a dealer adjustable option so perhaps the previous owner of mine wanted them like that. Keep meaning to mention it at a service..but my service falls mid summer so it always slips my mind as they are ok in summer but totally confused by low sun or overcast conditions.
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Re: Auto lights
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