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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Spotify & Bluetooth?
« Last post by bobmax on Today at 02:30:28 PM »
Thanks for the reply Stephen.
I will try it when time. :D
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: 18ins Wheels
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Today at 02:10:13 PM »
If you got 17s with a 205/55 shoulder then the rolling difference between them and the 16 isn't much at all. But it'll depend on how cost effective the tyres then are. Quick check suggests a similar price (slightly lower) for the goodyears.
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Ventilation / Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Last post by red_imps_2003 on Today at 01:13:16 PM »
Aye; I saw a take-down video of the Mazda3 dash when I first started looking into this and it didn't half look a faff. I will take it in somewhere if any noises ever become too much to bear.

Thank you for the pics, though. It is interesting to see what the dash is concealing.
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: 18ins Wheels
« Last post by skyactive on Today at 12:50:09 PM »
Just a quick update, thanks @Engineer Andy for your link to the tyre size calculator above.

From checking it seems that the 17" with the standard fit tyres (205/50R17) is -2.18% difference which is a little much really.

The 16" are just 0.3% different (205/60 R16) - standard size on non-sport gen.3 models so I reckon this is a better option.
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: 18ins Wheels
« Last post by skyactive on Today at 10:44:30 AM »
Hi StevenRB45,

I'd not thought about looking for Gen 3 wheels and the 17" might be a good plan - actually second hand (and a refurb if needed) could be very cost effective.

I was looking at just buying brand new wheels and tyres. The tyre cost difference between the 16" and 18" means that it's 6 tyres to break even without selling the existing 18"'s. If I sold the existing 18" set it's the same price to buy four new alloys and premium tyres than replace the existing ones!

Existing 18" tyres are £132.60ea = £530.40 (Dunlop as OEM)

Switch to 16" wheels
x4 new Alutec alloys £69.82 ea = £279.32
https://www.performancealloys.com/alutec-singa-polar-silver?wheel_diameter=16&pcd=5x114.3
x4 Goodyear EfficientGrip 205/60 R16 W (92)£100.42ea = £401.68
total cost = £681.00
Sell exisiting 18" alloys for £150 = £531.00

Thanks for your post, food for thought
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: 18ins Wheels
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Today at 10:26:42 AM »
I've seen gen 3s on Gen 2 sport wheels (17 inch). Tyres are significantly cheaper and with the number of 2.2s getting broken the going rate is about 150 quid for four.
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: 18ins Wheels
« Last post by skyactive on Today at 09:35:36 AM »
@3spav,

Just wondering if you decided to make the switch in the end as I too have a 3 Sport Nav ('17) and am looking at switching to the 16" wheels for more comfort and more tyre options like you were,

Thanks
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Ventilation / Re: Cabin blower motor - location/removal
« Last post by amar1994 on Yesterday at 02:14:37 PM »
Try to record it and post it here :)

If your blower is broken,I'm afraid that your entire dashboard needs to be dismantled to even get to it..

I got lucky with mine because it's LHD,but those 3 images can give you idea how ******ty that job is.Only let authorised dealership to work on it.



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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Spotify & Bluetooth?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on July 15, 2019, 07:18:48 PM »
In theory it should work like any other bluetooth audio connection at a bear minimum. So select bluetooth audio on the car, load spotify up on the phone and press play. The skip forward and back on the wheel should work.

But it could actually do a lot more than that my aftermarket stereo allows you to access playlists, and quite a few other things on a normal bluetooth connection that the stock Mazda unit didn't. But my car is a gen 2 so the factory bluetooth was steam powered.
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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Spotify & Bluetooth?
« Last post by bobmax on July 15, 2019, 06:54:47 PM »
I have Spotify premium on my smartphone, and wondered if the bluetooth in my Mazda 3 will pick it up, and play through the spreakers etc?
Can't find anything in the war & peace manual afraid, unless I need to go to Spec Savers again. :D

Any help gratefully received, thank you.
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