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Able to change headlights without removing bumper!

Is this with all Mazdas, if not what models/years? I have a 03 and 07 Mazda and to get to the headlights off on both my Mazdas you need to remove the bumper. I think it's a hassle and takes longer than it should have to change headlights compared to other cars. I don't see the benefit from having the cars built like this to where you would have to remove the bumper. I know some people might not think its a hassle or big deal.

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Drop that bumper a couple of times and you can do it in fifteen minutes lol. Yeah, it's a hassle. But that's all in the name of design. Otherwise we'd still be replacing big, square sealed beam bulbs with Phillips screwdrivers and getting shitty light output.

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Just got over changing my headlights on my 03 protege for the first time. Which ended up being a big long project. I read on a forum that it would make it easier to remove the bumper with removing the guard under the bumper. The bolts were so rusted that the 3 tops broke off leaving the other ends in the hole. When I tried to take the bumper straight out when undone I broke the one tab. The hardest part was removing the bolts between the bumper and black plastic which was so awkward to remove it with my arm that it started to cramp up after a couple of seconds and had to keep resting in between unscrewing. After all that my turn signals were hyper flashing figured out it was the new connectors so put the old ones back on.
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I don't think it's an issue. There has to be some reason they made it that way.
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Drop that bumper a couple of times and you can do it in fifteen minutes lol. Yeah, it's a hassle. But that's all in the name of design. Otherwise we'd still be replacing big, square sealed beam bulbs with Phillips screwdrivers and getting shitty light output.

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Lol 15 minutes? Break a few clips on the 1st gen bumper after removing it a few times and you can get that down to 5

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The older it gets, the more likely you are to destroy something on the way out. If you're like me, I had my bumper off at least twice a year for various things, so the hardware never got a chance to rust weld.

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I am a mixture of stunned and terrified reading this, but it will desensitize me for the first time I have to do it.

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I had an 03 protégé 5 and currently an 04 Mazda 6s wagon. I've never pulled the bumper for either to replace at least the low beam bulbs. I don't remember the P5 being hard. The 6 wagon was not the most fun the last time I did it but it was workable. Definitely worth the effort to avoid bumper cover removal in my book.
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Just got over changing my headlights on my 03 protege for the first time. Which ended up being a big long project. I read on a forum that it would make it easier to remove the bumper with removing the guard under the bumper. The bolts were so rusted that the 3 tops broke off leaving the other ends in the hole. When I tried to take the bumper straight out when undone I broke the one tab. The hardest part was removing the bolts between the bumper and black plastic which was so awkward to remove it with my arm that it started to cramp up after a couple of seconds and had to keep resting in between unscrewing. After all that my turn signals were hyper flashing figured out it was the new connectors so put the old ones back on.


This has me worried for when I replace my headlights lol. I have not removed the front bumper in the nearly 2 years i've had the car


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I can change the bulbs on my '15 without pulling anything.
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