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Interior trim / Re: Securing Straps in Boot
« Last post by zoomzoomer on November 27, 2018, 05:12:06 PM »
Hi
They can be adjusted where they separate but they are not the best, I use them to secure a bucket through the bucket handle and then things in the bucket . Stops them rolling around.
They might as well have used  a piece of string :D
I might try an adjustable strap in its place.
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Interior trim / Securing Straps in Boot
« Last post by EWT on November 27, 2018, 04:26:59 PM »
In previous cars that had straps in the boot I have been able to use them to secure various items (bottles, groundsheets etc).
The strap arrangement located in the rear right hand side of my 2017 Mazda 3 sportnav boot is really strange and I cannot see how they can be used.
Has anyone else find a use for them?
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: Tyre pressure Sensor
« Last post by EWT on November 27, 2018, 04:13:12 PM »
The tyre pressure warning light is almost a daily occurrence now even though the pressures are OK.

Just viewed a video on youtube.com and it advised that if the Tyre pressure reset button is pressed without adjusting the tyre pressures then the tyre pressure monitoring system cannot register tyre pressure. The tyre pressure monitoring system then may not give warning if a tyre pressure drops OR may give warning if the tyre pressures are OK.

Since the system doesn't actually work on tyre pressure I don't understand exactly what parameter is registered after tyre pressures have been adjusted.

 The above doesn't tie in with my impression that the warning comes up more frequently after I adjust tyre pressures!!

Maybe this "Hard reset to system" is the answer.
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Steering/Suspension/Brakes / Overlight steering feel
« Last post by andyl on November 27, 2018, 08:32:20 AM »
Had our 2013 2.2 for a few weeks now and although delighted with the car there is one area I'm a little unsure on.

The steering seems especially light when cornering. Ok, my other daily steer is a Suzuki Swift Sport with amazingly feelsome steering but I don't remember my 2005 Mazda 3 being so light.

Is this a feature of the next gen? The only thing I could think of affecting steering feel is the budget tyres that were fitted prior to buying the car. I am about to change them because I would prefer a good brand but is that enough to get rid of the light feel?
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Mazda 3 / Re: Complete Mazda Beginner - Looking for the right car
« Last post by StevenRB45 on November 27, 2018, 08:24:56 AM »
Not driven a gen 1,but the Gen 2 system is nothing fancy, has 2 modes, on or off. Basically does what you expect, if you spin a wheel it cuts power. If it's a 1.6 it's not necessary in most circumstances unless you've got crap tyres or a heavy foot.

The stability control on the other hand could save your backside on an unlucky day. Again not something you'd use every day but there have been studies done (which I can't be bothered to dig out now) but the end result was something along the lines of a car with stability control is 75% less likely to be involved in a roll over accident and 50% less likely to be involved in a single vehicle accident.

Only time mines ever activated when I wasn't being a plank and annoying it would be when I caught a patch of diesel with my outside wheels mid corner and the car attempted to spin when the front wheel caught grip. I was already steering into the slide then it pulled the rear brake in the direction I was steering to pivot it back straight.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Complete Mazda Beginner - Looking for the right car
« Last post by LightlessCipher on November 27, 2018, 06:27:18 AM »
Assuming the traction control system is good?
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Mazda 3 / Re: Complete Mazda Beginner - Looking for the right car
« Last post by LightlessCipher on November 27, 2018, 05:13:15 AM »
I think I'll stick to the TS2. I like updated looks and would like having front fog lights but I'd prefer having traction control
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Buy/Sell Section / WTB: Thule Towbar cover
« Last post by bikeit on November 26, 2018, 10:05:00 PM »
I recently borrowed my brother in laws new  car and when I was in town someone nicked the Thule towball plastic cover, so as he is being a prat about it I was wondering if anyone has one they could sell me as Thule have stopped making towbars.

*edit* Updated title of post - FemGearHead
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Mazda 3 / Re: Complete Mazda Beginner - Looking for the right car
« Last post by StevenRB45 on November 26, 2018, 08:22:33 PM »
Found this: https://www.parkers.co.uk/mazda/3/hatchback-2004/review/features-safety-and-equipment/

However a quick read suggests, the Takara is bottom of the range but is still reasonably specced and gets sports body kit and wheels. TS2 is not as sporty looking but actually more highly specced.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Complete Mazda Beginner - Looking for the right car
« Last post by LightlessCipher on November 26, 2018, 07:22:01 PM »
Thanks everyone for the help!

I'm also looking at the Takara Spec.

I've been trying to do some Digging online but I struggle to find a comparision between the TS2 and Takara. I have read that the TS2 has traction control whilst the Takara does not?

Can someone tell me the differences?
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