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View Poll Results: Worthwhile Dealer Accessories
APPEARANCE PACKAGE $1300-1575 51 14.01%
REMOTE ENGINE START (AUTOMATIC ONLY) $575 19 5.22%
PARKING SENSORS, REAR $350 24 6.59%
HOOD & FRONT FENDER PAINT PROTECTION $325 20 5.49%
INTERIOR LIGHTING KIT $250 7 1.92%
SCUFF PLATES/DOORSILL TRIM PLATES $125 38 10.44%
ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS $100 91 25.00%
REAR BUMPER GUARD $100 12 3.30%
DOOR EDGE AND REAR BUMPER TOP PAINT PROTECTION $95 4 1.10%
CARGO TRAY $75 36 9.89%
CARGO MAT $70 21 5.77%
CARGO NET $60 17 4.67%
WHEEL LOCKS $55 24 6.59%
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post #11 of 67 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 09:35 AM
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I have a huge number of accessories on my car now. Essential are the wheel locks and soft cargo liner since I carry a lot of stuff and this cargo liner covers the backs of the rear seats and has a flap to cover the bumper. I put a Husky weatherbeater over this to contain spills. This also makes the car quieter. The rear parking sensors are useful but not essential because we do have a rear camera. The OEM mats are not as good as third party mats as I have replaced the accessory OEM front mats with Kagu. The accessories I use most and like the best are third party. The Kuda holder is great. I use the trailer hitch all of the time. The front parking sensors are used every day. The Kagu mats have great coverage. The subwoofer really fills in the lows. The extra ignition power outlets give me an alternative to the permanent one in the console. And I like the little chrome trim baubles I added but I'm sure I'm in the minority on that one.

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We got the mud guards, and the bumper guard. I scuffed the bumper of our last daily driver getting one of those giant boxes of cat litter from Sam's out of the back.


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I use the trailer hitch all of the time.
I was meaning to ask you about this before as I was hoping to put a hitch on at some point, but then I saw this on page 3-52 of the manual.

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The Mazda3 is not designed for towing.
Never tow a trailer with your Mazda3.
So do you think adding the towbar might affect warranty as a result of this?

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I was meaning to ask you about this before as I was hoping to put a hitch on at some point, but then I saw this on page 3-52 of the manual.



So do you think adding the towbar might affect warranty as a result of this?

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This car is sold with a Mazda OEM class 1 hitch in Australia as an accessory. You can pull a trailer with about 1100 pounds without brakes and about 2200 pounds with brakes. So from a technical perspective, Mazda is fine with towing as long as you live within those limits. As someone else said, the engine and transmission are fine with this and the limiting factor are the brakes.

A class 1 hitch, however, has a limit of 2000 lbs which is more than Mazda would recommend. That would be unsafe for the brakes on the car. So I'm sure the legal people at Mazda USA nixed the option because we Americans always go overboard and don't follow the law. We Americans are quite litigious and would sue if it caused an accident. Therefore, they just said don't tow anything.

As for warranties, you are not prevented from installing a hitch. Most of us use the hitch for carrying bikes and not for towing anything. So if you go into a dealer, you just tell them you used the hitch for bikes and didn't do any towing. They would never know in any event and thus could not find a reason to void the warranty.

That said, in addition to carrying bikes, I occasionally use the hitch to carry things from Home Depot or to carry my gas equipment to get repaired. These are all local trips at reduced speeds. But I would also have no problem pulling a trailer for a distance if it met the restrictions Mazda made for our car in Australia where a large number of people pull small boats.
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Good point that hitch != trailer. Didn't think of that. So I may go ahead and get one anyways then. It's going to be a much nicer tow vehicle than our rebranded Corolla estate (Pontiac Vibe)

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Good point that hitch != trailer. Didn't think of that. So I may go ahead and get one anyways then. It's going to be a much nicer tow vehicle than our rebranded Corolla estate (Pontiac Vibe)

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Get the Curt hitch -- it's better quality than the others I've seen. I got mine from etrailer.com.

Blue Reflex sGT - Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 tires - JBR Filter - Chrome Grille/Hatch/Window Trim - Luxwood side moldings - Black Chrome Fog Lamp Trim - Front parking sensors - OEM Rear parking sensors - Homelink mirror - Splash guards - Rear bumper guard - Kagu/OEM mats - Hardwired radar detector - Auxiliary power outlet - Curt Trailer hitch/custom wiring - 2.5L/GT badging - Soft cargo liner - Husky trunk liner - Alloy pedals - Kuda phone holder - Infinity/Polk/DSP Audio - Thule Cargo Box
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We got mud guards (front & rear) boot tray, rubber boot liner, front footwell lights, boot LED lights (in addition to the piss poor factory boot light) all well worth it.

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Dealer options I added:
- Tint
- Parking / cross traffic sensors
- Paint protection film (front bumper, fenders, entire hood, & rear bumper top)

There were other things I wanted to do--like the aero kit--but not at the price they wanted to charge.
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We got mud guards (front & rear) boot tray, rubber boot liner, front footwell lights, boot LED lights (in addition to the piss poor factory boot light) all well worth it.
I agree the standard trunk/boot light is unacceptable. What did you go with the replace or enhance the lighting back there?
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We got the mud guards, and the bumper guard. I scuffed the bumper of our last daily driver getting one of those giant boxes of cat litter from Sam's out of the back.
I found your post funny looking at your avatar!

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