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Sounbwoy
Sounbwoy New Reader
12/13/20 11:08 p.m.

For as long as I've had my 2010 (aka TourBus1), I have no idea why I didn't add to this thread (or maybe I have and I forgot). Rather than read all the posts to see, I'll say hello and add my 2010 Sport to the mix. Automatic, purchased new in December 2010, currently at 196,xxx miles, and running well. I'll never get rid of it. It's the best car I've ever owned. It's been in the body shop twice when a driver behind me couldn't stop in time and once when a driver decided he wanted my lane where I was IMMEDIATELY.  Other than that, ZERO engine work other than spark plug replacement/oil/coolant/trans/brake fluid fluid changes.

I've replaced the front sway bar bushings a couple times, motor mounts once, changed out struts/shocks/bushings a couple years ago with stock replacements.. as much I wanted to lower and go a little more aggressive, I decided against it since as a semipro musician (still have a ft job), I have to carry my gear and sometimes my family goes with me on gigs. I was also lazy and didn't want to bother with greasing bushings! The only visible mod are the Miata (NC) wheels with a crappy paint job and North Carolina legal tint (35 Front/50 everywhere else).

Matt B (fs)
Matt B (fs) UltraDork
12/14/20 8:33 a.m.

In reply to Sounbwoy :

Sweet looking 5. They look great in black and it seems to be a rare color from my experience.  Rims help too.  You're in-it-to-win-it with almost 200k since new lol. 

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
12/14/20 9:30 a.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

For the second time in my life I am Mazda5-less.

I never posted here when mine sold either. 206,000 miles with minor maintenance and a clutch on a 12 sport that I ordered new. Did 250 total miles in the last two years I owned it and hated seeing it sit so I gave a guy a great deal with the Volks and it drove off to its new job as a baby carrier for his family.

Sounbwoy
Sounbwoy New Reader
12/14/20 6:01 p.m.

In reply to Matt B (fs) :

Thanks. Yep..paid for and gonna drive it till it blows up... I secretly hope/wish that if it happens I can then make my version of the Autobarn MS5.. One can dream!

Matt B (fs)
Matt B (fs) UltraDork
12/16/20 8:47 a.m.

In reply to Sounbwoy :

That would certainly solve one of the few wishlist items I had for my 5!  IIRC there was a significant hurdle getting the factory turbo motor to work in that chassis.  I think it had something to do with the electrons.  I've wondered if it wouldn't be easier to just go with an aftermarket FI setup.

Sounbwoy
Sounbwoy New Reader
2/6/21 10:57 p.m.

;-)

wae
wae UberDork
2/8/21 8:29 a.m.

Made a fairly major improvement to my wife's 5 last night:

Boss BE7ACP with the steering wheel adapter and install kit from Crutchfield along with a two-port USB extension bezel and a parking brake fake-out from Amazon.  The two annoying things about the Sport version is the lack of Bluetooth and the lack of heated seats.  This takes care of the first problem.  I put the external microphone in the same location as the stock one would be, under the little peak in the cluster surround.  I'm not sure I like it there - when she talks on the phone she still sounds a little far away - so we might try moving it about the cabin a bit to get a clearer response.  That said, having the Android Auto functionality is pretty nice - the phone plugs in to the top USB port and then all the YouTube Music, Google Podcasts, Google Maps, and Messenger functionality runs through the head unit's touchscreen.  The steering wheel controller also provides the reverse signal to the head unit so if I had a camera installed, it would handle all of that without needing to hack away at the wiring harness, which is nice.  Definitely spring for the parking brake defeat doohickey, though.  It keeps the unit fully unlocked at all times so you can change settings or do whatever when you're at a stoplight or if you have a passenger or whatever.

Racebrick
Racebrick New Reader
2/8/21 9:01 a.m.

I just sold my 2014 6 speed, and I have to say that 5 was a great car. The guy I sold it to was a total idiot, but that isn't the cars fault. 90k, and I only ever changed fluids, and brakes.

Sounbwoy
Sounbwoy New Reader
2/8/21 6:00 p.m.

In reply to wae :

Been meaning to do stereo upgrade too! Gotta do more research on Android Auto. Looks nice.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
2/10/21 9:22 a.m.

Anyone done rear door lock actuators on one of these?  the power locks on our sliding doors arent working consistently. 

 

Just want to know if there are any "gotchas"

Sounbwoy
Sounbwoy New Reader
2/12/21 6:18 p.m.

In reply to Apexcarver :

Never had an issue, but try this thread on Mazda 247

https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/index.php?threads/sliding-door-lock-actuator-replacement.123761729/page-3#post-6470958

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/12/21 6:23 p.m.

In reply to Apexcarver :

I did one on my first one about a decade ago. I don't remember it being that difficult.

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