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  1. Mazda says Apple CarPlay support coming soon, including retroactive upgrades

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    OK, I'm man enough to admit my struggles and mistakes for all to see (and ridicule)... I tried the shortcut drilling method that I myself provided above and still had a hard time sliding the old hub out. I then tried to pull the hub out and wound up pulling out just the faceplate of the hub...
  2. Very Nice Look!

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Yes, they are the OEM 18" wheels that came on the Touring and Grand Touring trims for the 2018 model year. I have the same wheels.
  3. 2014+ Mazda 3 and 6 Front Strut Tower Bar

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    I waffled between the Tanabe and CS bar. I'm now even more convinced that I made the better choice in buying the Tanabe. I also like to add that the Tanabe bar is way cheaper (around $120-150 shipped vs $200 shipped for the CS). The Tanabe's price is even more attractive considering it is...
  4. Phone charges really slowly through USB port?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    I have a 2018 Mazda3. If leave my Anker USB car charger plugged in the 12V socket in the armrest, it appears to draw power (as indicated by the glowing lights around the ports) even when the car is off and nothing is plugged in to it.
  5. Mazda says Apple CarPlay support coming soon, including retroactive upgrades

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    Here is a shortcut that can be used to avoid disassembling the center console for 2017-2018 Mazda3's to remove the old USB hub...
  6. Mazda says Apple CarPlay support coming soon, including retroactive upgrades

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    True. With just the firmware upgrade, AA/CP does not even show up in menus.
  7. Dash Tweeters for Mazda3

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics
    I put in Infinity REF-3022cfx 3.5" Noticably "brightens" the sound.
  8. What Did You Do To Your 2014+ Mazda 3!!

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Yeah, the dings were only visible when viewed at an angle. Funny, I ALWAYS park my car far away. The dings happened in the garage at home when my 5 year old opens the adjacent car door into it. I did not tell my wife about the repair. She would think I'm crazy to spend that kind of money to...
  9. What Did You Do To Your 2014+ Mazda 3!!

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I had three small door dings on my rear passenger door removed by a paintless dent removal technician. Can't even tell they were there. Took him only 10 minutes. Quite pricey ($140) but worth it for me.
  10. Gen 3 Mazda 3 Gas Tank Size?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Around 2 gallons is likely the minimum amount of gas that needs to be in the tank to insure that the fuel pump inlet is always submerged and sucking in gasoline and not air. Any amount less, taking a sharp turn, going over a bump, etc will increase likelihood of gas splashing and sucking in...
  11. Gen 3 Mazda 3 Gas Tank Size?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    I observe the same thing in my M3, as well as other cars. At "zero", there is always at least 2 gallons left in the tank. It is likely a safety "buffer" to prevent people from running the tank completely dry, which can damage the fuel pump, injectors, etc.
  12. What Did You Do To Your 2014+ Mazda 3!!

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I used dental floss to "saw" through the adhesive backing of the emblems. Then I used Goo Gone (adhesive remover) to clean the leftover adhesive).
  13. Short Shift Kits - JBR or CS?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I also just installed my JBR short shift plate along with the solid cable mounting bracket bushings on 2018 M3 Touring. JBR's instructions were clear and easy to follow. IMO, the OEM shifter felt ever so slightly "loose" and the throws slightly too long. The JBR shifter mods definately...
  14. Short Shift Kits - JBR or CS?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Got mine today also.
  15. Short Shift Kits - JBR or CS?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Just got an email saying my JBR short shift kit was shipped (finally). Ordered late May.
  16. Handling of 2019 Mazda3 Not Quite as Crisp as Earlier Models?

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    FWIW, here is the Mazda3 program manager, Kouta Beppu, saying that they compromised handling when they changed to a torsion beam... “So, if you were… driving around a circuit, [at a] track day or whatever, and you’re going around a high-G corner, of course, multi-link, in that particular...
  17. Handling of 2019 Mazda3 Not Quite as Crisp as Earlier Models?

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    I wonder if changing to a torsion beam rear suspension from a multi-link design is the reason for the "less sporty" handling.
  18. OEM Alluminum Pedals

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv How-To Guides
    I did not disconnect the (-) battery terminal when I removed my gas pedal and had no problems.
  19. Added Rear Bumper Scuff Plate

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    Thanks for confirming my observations about the limited protection of the bumper guard.:smile2: The same design "flaw" can be found with the OEM door sill scuff plate where it does not cover the more vulnerable horizontal edge.
  20. Added Rear Bumper Scuff Plate

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    IMO, I don't think that scuff plate offers much protection. The corner edge is still exposed and will most likely be the area that will get scratched. I recommend keeping a thick bath towel in the trunk. Drape it over the bumper whenever you are loading/unloading anything that you think can...
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