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Greven
26-03-2013, 01:35 PM
After many years of waiting, I was finally able to afford a Mazda 6 (actually a 2007 Atenza - the import version) & I love it, apart from one really stupid design flaw.
The air conditioning controls and display are tied into the factory stereo, so if I want any features beyond a very small selection of radio stations & CDs (not even MP3 CDs), my aircon will be permanently stuck on the last setting I used. Luckily I discovered there are devices that connect to the factory head unit by pretending to be a CD stacker & allow me to connect an ipod, USB device or anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

dugimodo
26-03-2013, 02:00 PM
Have you spoken to someone from a car stereo shop? There are often after market solutions for these problems.

When I bought my camry I thought I'd stick with the factory stereo because it was nice and tidy and styled into the dash but I quickly found I wanted MP3 playback more than I wanted it to look nice. Mad sounds had the factory unit out and replaced in 10 mins. Not as problematic as your situation but they msy have a solution.

wratterus
26-03-2013, 02:07 PM
...And that is the ONLY reason I don't own an Atenza. Love them in every way apart from that.

This is what you need here...

http://kanatechs.jp/english/products/tbxe/t004.html

http://kanatechs.jp/english/products/fpce/t001.html

or

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FP-26-06-G-MAZDA-6-2005-2008-GREY-FASCIA-FACIA-ADAPTOR-PANEL-SURROUND-STEREO-/150517954574?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%2 6asc%3D11%26meid%3D6504270154935933997%26pid%3D100 011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D4%26sd%3D180585254211%26

Good luck actually finding them though. Silly design decision. You can throw a band expander in in the mean time.

Chilling_Silence
26-03-2013, 02:18 PM
Did you import yours? My wife is quite keen on getting us one, she's become infatuated with the Mazda 6 as of late, more-so than she is with me even! :p

wratterus
26-03-2013, 02:20 PM
Did you import yours? My wife is quite keen on getting us one, she's become infatuated with the Mazda 6 as of late, more-so than she is with me even! :p

That's no good at all Chill...

Also look at Accord Euro R. I know it's a Honda, but still...

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/honda/auction-515986349.htm

If you're going to buy an Atenza, take one of those for a drive before you buy anyway. ;)

The 2.3l Mazda engine is excellent though, pretty sure it won best engine in the states several years running as did the 2.3l turbo in the MPS.

Alex B
26-03-2013, 02:29 PM
Most new cars are like that, my Mazda 3 MPS is the same. I can get a kit for mine to change it out pretty sure it gets around the entire Bose system, i'd say you can for the 6 also, try http://www.edsauto.co.nz/

The Error Guy
26-03-2013, 03:41 PM
It's one of those annoying things with new cars these days, everything is actually part of the console. The Mazda sounds pretty awful given that the stereo is tied into the A/C but look at any 'new' car in a showroom these days and you'll find the whole console is one factory fitted unit.

Not entirely bad as it improves the aesthetic, but that's where the fun stops. If you want to add features, replace the stock equipment for an upgrade or because the old one died, you're pretty much f*$@#!

Cicero
26-03-2013, 03:45 PM
Did you import yours? My wife is quite keen on getting us one, she's become infatuated with the Mazda 6 as of late, more-so than she is with me even! :p

That old boy is the joy of marriage.

prefect
26-03-2013, 04:40 PM
Buy a NZ new car.

Alex B
26-03-2013, 04:47 PM
Why, what difference would it make? (Remembering this isn't the 90's)

Greven
26-03-2013, 05:22 PM
The NZ new Mazda 6 has the same issue

I bought my car from Olgo Motors ( http://www.olgomotors.co.nz/ ) - they regularly import cars from Japan. If anyone around CHCH is thinking of buying a car, I recommend checking them out because of the great customer service - since I was coming up from Invercargill to get the car, he arranged to meet at the Rolleston BP station & do the whole deal there at 7PM on a Saturday night. Apart from the stereo (which I had a feeling wouldn't be easy to replace even before I bought the car) I am really happy with it.

prefect
26-03-2013, 06:39 PM
Why, what difference would it make? (Remembering this isn't the 90's)
The frequency of the jap FM ends where ours starts. Dont start me off with band expanders, they are good if you want to listen to 3 fm stations at once and drive outside the city limits and the reception is weak. Bugger I started myself off.

paulw
26-03-2013, 08:26 PM
The frequency of the jap FM ends where ours starts. Dont start me off with band expanders, they are good if you want to listen to 3 fm stations at once and drive outside the city limits and the reception is weak. Bugger I started myself off.

People still listen to radios in their cars?? I usually listen to tech podcasts..

Alex B
26-03-2013, 08:36 PM
The frequency of the jap FM ends where ours starts. Dont start me off with band expanders, they are good if you want to listen to 3 fm stations at once and drive outside the city limits and the reception is weak. Bugger I started myself off.

In the case of the mazda 6 you can chuck an nz new stereo in pretty easy.

prefect
26-03-2013, 08:42 PM
My radio is set to Coast 105.4 if a stink song is on I have a couple 100 songs on usb stick. The amp and speakers on the service truck are worth more than the truck. Tax deductible I might add. Only got one grumpy customer who asks me to turn the sounds down on my truck at his yard.
The hardest thing is finding an after market panel cut out for a head unit to replace the **** OEM radio panel.

R2x1
27-03-2013, 12:33 AM
@prefect
to neatly cover the OEM radio panel, try 3cups sand, 1 cup cement, 1/2 cup water, 1/9 tsp detergent well mixed and firmly tamped into place with the back of a spade at VNE. Amazing improvement to the early mornieng moron on Coast. ;) As is muter. :thumbs

BBCmicro
27-03-2013, 09:54 AM
Has anyone tried the $79 car radio from the Warehouse? Yes yes I know you're supposed to get what you pay for but

it has a Remote, USB, SD card, aux-in, does mp3, has BT, and avoids a cluttering CD slot. Is it the power amps that let it down?

(If someone has one of these I would be interested to know if the BT will stream from a smartphone either IOS or Android)

Model: AHF-520 (or the 810 which seems to be the same except that it has CD and costs $70 more)

wratterus
27-03-2013, 11:03 AM
You get what you pay for.

Get a Sony or JVC on special from Repco.

Alex B
27-03-2013, 11:05 AM
The hardest thing is finding an after market panel cut out for a head unit to replace the **** OEM radio panel.

http://edsauto.co.nz/

wratterus
27-03-2013, 11:07 AM
http://edsauto.co.nz/

Brilliant.

http://edsauto.co.nz/images/PDF_Catalogue/Mazda.pdf

No idea there was somewhere like this in NZ.

Alex B
27-03-2013, 11:29 AM
I'm pretty sure the panels are cheap enough, but some of them like Subaru Legacy where it includes AC controls are upwards of $700 so I'm told.

wratterus
27-03-2013, 11:54 AM
Looking at that Mazda one from the UK it seems to be about 300 quid! Crikey.

prefect
27-03-2013, 03:53 PM
There is an even better place I was there la few weeks a speaker and a panel its called Rapid Radio http://www.rapidradio.co.nz/ You walk in there and they treat you like a long lost friend. I would guess they get a lot of repeat business I wouldnt go anywhere else now.
Life is too short for stink soundz. If its too loud you are too old.

Greven
27-03-2013, 10:43 PM
That is some serious money. I now see why Top Gear Audio told me it couldn't be done - nobody would pay $700 just to be able to use an after-market stereo.