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    Mobile HAM radio CX-5

    I just passed my amateur radio license (HAM Technician class) and am interested in installing a mobile VHF/UHF radio (probably around 50W) in the CX-5. Most mobile units come with detachable faceplates which mean you can mount the radio chassis anywhere. More concerned about the antenna. It...
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    Lease Ending for My 2017 CX5 GT

    Leaning toward keeping the '17. I moved up from a '15 to the '17 when that lease ended as I really liked the RCC/SG, LED headlights/rear combo lights, HUD and heated steering wheel. Unable to determine if any of the 2020 CX5 trim lines have the LED rear combo lights and don't particularly care...
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    Forward Radar Sensor and Snow...

    Not compatible. Our first snow event of the season was a wet, wintery mix being driven by wind. Took the CX-5 to work but got a loud beep with a warning on the MID that the Forward Radar Sensor Blocked! about 4 miles into our commute. Affected the SBS, SCBS and MRCC/SAG functions. Warning...
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    Frequency of Mazda Connect NAV Updates?

    Anyone know how frequently NAV updates are offered via Mazda Connect? I have a 2017 GT and it supposedly comes with a 3 year map update subscription. Bought my CX-5 in May and just got a 2nd (July) update. A major bridge was just built connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin so kinda anxious for...
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    MP3s from SD Card

    (cool) After 3 weeks of using it sparingly (I commute to the office with the wife in her Camry Hybrid) I finally got some time to play around with MP3 music on an SD card. I have a universal card reader which accepts many storage card formats and has a USB plug on the other end. After...
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    Norton AV Flags Mazda Connect Toolbox as Unsafe

    New 2017 CX-5 owner for 5 days. I'd like to install the Mazda Connect Toolbox application on my Windows 10 laptop for map updates but... Went to http://infotainment.mazdahandsfree.com/navigation-updatemymaps?language=en-US to follow download instructions but got the following: Filename...
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    2017 Horn

    Did Mazda finally upgrade the stock horn to a dual tone? My 2015 has one of the wimpiest-sounding horns ever... I get my '17 GT AWD w/Premium pkg this Tuesday. Eternal Blue.
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    Turn Signals on 2017

    I order my 2017 GT tomorrow night. Question on the front turn signals. It appears the turn signal is inboard of the LED headlight. My son had a 2000 Ford Crown Vic which had turn signals inboard of the headlight. He said people tended to turn in front of him because (he thought) they didn't...
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    What To Do at Lease End w/2015 CX-5?

    My lease isn't up until May of 2017 but I'm still not decided whether to buy my 2015, get a new one or go for something else. It has only 11,000 miles on it and I really do like driving it aside from the annoying wind whistle I get starting around 35mph. Wife doesn't like it and we're nearing...
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    Tom Tom Home + Windows 10 = Horrible

    It ran pretty well on my Windows 7 and later, Windows 8.1 environments. Now that I've upgraded to Win10, it really sucks. I've upgraded Tom Tom Home to version 2.9.8.3722 and doesn't help. Takes forever for the NB1 SD card to get recognized and takes a horrid amount of time to download and...
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    Android 5.0 Lollipop

    Verizon pushed out a major OTA upgrade of their Android OS on my Samsung S4 today. I previously had 4.4.0 KitKat and it seemed to work. SMS message download and playback still work. Maybe it's just me but the NB1 phone and audio screens have a bit more splash in the background than the prior...
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    Johnathan, Drew and Mazdas

    I frequently watch the Property Brothers carried on HGTV here in the states. The two brothers had a race back to their car after completion of an episode and I had to rewind it to confirm it was indeed a CX-5 (red with the roof rails). The show originates out of Canada on the W Network which...
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    1st Road Trip - 2015 GT AWD

    Purchased my CX-5 late May this year and use it primarily for my evening/weekend transport since the wife and I work together in an office 14 miles away and carpool in her Camry Hybrid. With the promise of a splendid early fall weekend we decided to take the CX-5, which had less than 3,000...
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    Weird Triton Problem

    Installing 3 pair VLED V3 Triton bulbs on my CX-5. One pair amber for the front parking/turn signal (1157 adapter); one pair amber rear turn signal (7443/7440 adapter) and the last pair of red for the tail/stop lights (7443/7440 adapter). Only got 1 front turn signal in as the driver side is a...
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    CX-5 Battery/Alternator Capacity?

    I've looked but can't find the specs in the owner's manual or other place. US Grand Touring model (if there's any difference between markets and/or trim lines). Also wondering if the fact I run 35w HIDs and LEDs everywhere else has a big impact.
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    North American CX-5 2014 Sales Jump 35% Over 2013 Numbers

    2nd hottest selling model in Mazda's lineup is the CX-5 with 42,332 sold Year-to-Date in North America in 2014 compared to 31,119 this same period last year. Mazda 3 barely nudged out the CX-5 with 2014 sales thru May of 43,324 units but represented a drop of 4% compared to last year. Overall...
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    New Car Sirius Activation?

    I took delivery of my Sirius-equipped GT about 2.5 weeks ago and was told we got a 4 month trial subscription to Sirius/XM. I had a couple of stations dialed in then last night it 'updated' and all my station listings show as 'Unauthorized'. Don't our cars come already activated and register...
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    Nitrogen?

    Just took delivery of a 2015 CX-5 GT AWD 2 weeks ago. I have a dealer coupon for a free nitrogen service which I assume evacuates the atmospheric air from the tire and replaces it with N (and gives you the funky green valve stem caps). I realize air is already 80% nitrogen with the balance...
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    Bi-Xenon AFS Behavior

    Only had my 2015 Grand Touring w/Tech package for a week now and trying to figure out how the AFS feature works on the bi-xenon HID headlights. I can see the beam pattern moving but both beams don't move parallel with each other? I see a lot of diverging and converging. I assume a right turn...
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    Saturday is the Day!

    I take delivery on my 2015 CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Blue Reflex Mica w/Tech Package and Remote Start. I initially did not want to buy the remote start so the dealer tried to negotiate a local trade for an identical model without the remote start. There was one in the area but I was told the...