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  1. Protective film for piano black trim?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    There's a super ancient thread on vinyl wrapping those pieces on the door handles, vents, and shifter/CMU. Its somewhere on the forum. I can't recall what the thread is called though but it gets recalled pretty often.
  2. RF to 3 Hatch with cash?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    The 3's are fun to drive and quite engaging but I doubt it'll be as much or even close to how light and agile the MX-5 would be. If it were me I'd keep the MX-5 and save up for a low mileage 3 Hatch especially if I knew I drove 90% of the time by myself. Plus if you have to pick up just your...
  3. My Mazda Story

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    I would stick with Orange Virus. Been running a tune from them for well over 4 years with no problem on 93. I believe they are one of the oldest tuning shops for Mazda that has been around.
  4. Upgrading to an Optima battery?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I'm using a Optima Yellow Top which is the larger capacity version of the Red but with less CCA currently for my 2014 sTouring its been only 7 months so I can't comment on how long it'll last but so far everything is fine. 65Ah is just how long the battery will last if its not being continuously...
  5. Fumoto Oil Drain Plug

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Yeah the spring requires quite a bit of force to unlodge it from its notched recessed area. You’d have push up and then twist it out of position to open it. There’s also quite of bit of force required to twist it open too. Besides we have a splash guard down there covering the oil pan area too...
  6. Morimoto Halo Install Fail

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Yeah I did it 4 times. Plus there’s a thread on the process somewhere. It’s old as the 3rd gen. It takes time a lot of time. So you want to try to heat everything up. Using the heat gun try to go around the entire rim of the headlight where the glue is until it is quite warm all around. You...
  7. 2014 M3 Sedan 2.0L Brakes

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Yeah. I'd stay away from slotted/drilled rotors since they don't really benefit our car very much. If you are only going to daily the car I'd just stick with some regular coated rotors for the extra rust protection. When you swap rotors you don't need to change the calipers unless you are...
  8. Heads up display

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    Only if you get a tradition flooded lead acid battery :wink2:. If you get AGM (absorbed gas mat) battery it'll last much much longer.
  9. New Skyactiv-X Reliability

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    The engine isn't anything drastically different. Its basically a combination of a diesel and a tradition NA. I don't think its going to be any more difficult to maintain than a diesel or a regular NA, so if you've experience with a diesel you should be fine. Its going to be supercharged, but not...
  10. A single clang every time

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    It could be the end links hitting something or sway bar. Since you are lowered and have a higher stiffness sway bar you should get new adjustable end links to put your suspension geometry back to stock spec plus the stock end links aren’t made for the higher stresses it’ll experience with a...
  11. What's the best, first mod to do for your MZ3?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I’d say tires is the next best thing to change out. A lot of people hate the stock ones because they’re so noisy. A lot of people like getting a better rear sway bar as well. I think the consensus on the forum for best first mods are tires and rear sway bar from a performance standpoint.
  12. Don’t have halo Daytime Running Lights

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    The halos on our car aren’t real halos like BMWs or anything. It’s just a diffuser ring with 2 LEDs that power it. That’s why it’s dim. If you search the forum there’s quite a few threads on this very subject. A lot of people were disappointed in this. A few members, including myself have done...
  13. Heads up display

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    I had a very similar experience. I recently changed out my batter for an Optima Yellow Top (its an overkill) a month or so ago and the HUD always comes up now too. Before it would not activate or get stuck probably 1/3 of the time when I started my car and sometimes my car wouldn't start at all...
  14. 2018 mazda 3 sedan door pillars

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    You could try this place: https://www.zoomzoomnationparts.com/Mazda_2017_3-Touring-Sedan-25L-AT/Body.html the link is for a '17 but you know the pillars are the same for all gen 3 anyways. I ordered a new lower front splash guard (thing that covers the bottom of engine bay at the front of the...
  15. Exhaust System for the 2.5l Sedan

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Corksport fits both and a few others make a 2.5 variant. However, Magna only makes the 2.5 variant for hatches.
  16. Questions on My Car

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Yeah so I had that issue with the bumper before. It is apart of the bumper and its a small clip that's easily broken if when removing the bumper improperly. There isn't really a fix besides a new bumper but you could cut that clip off and make it flush. I had the same issue when I took my bumper...
  17. Wheel bending/ cracking problem?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    For that price you could easily find a new set of wheels/rims.
  18. Change oil every 10,000 miles max

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    That’s generally how I do it but electronically. I usually set a calendar event 6 months from the day I change mine on my iPhone. I also use the cars little maintenance tab in the infotainment to set a set interval when to change the oil too. Currently I have it set to about 6000 mi so when that...
  19. Types of Break Pads on Mexico Built 2015 Model

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    You could go onto RockAuto and search on there for pads and rotors there's a few brands that they carry for our car. The prices on there are less expensive than some in store retail or even try Amazon. I changed out my rears about a month ago with I think Z23 from Power Stop and they've been...
  20. Longevity of projectors with his kit installed?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Yeah from what I've seen most of the melted projectors are due to using the 50 watt kits instead of the 35. Idk if this will be any help but I'm on stock ballast (35watt) with Osram CBI's from TRS and had them for several years now and everything is fine.
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