June 11, 2016...
The three Mazda OE accessories I ordered appear:
- Fog lights,
- Auto dimming mirror,
- Navigation card
There is something about fog (or any aux. lights, really) that give a car a 'sporty purposeful' feel for me. (Probably, it has to do with growing up in the '70's when it seemed all the cool European cars sported big Cibie' or Hella lights.) Not to mention, the extra light is always welcome up here, where I live.
The Mazda fog light kit is good quality and pretty easy to install. All the wiring (with the exception of the upgraded column light stalk and switch - included with the Mazda kit, btw) is already in the car. I followed the instructions that came in the box and the DIY here on the forum. Only hiccup...I had to go back in and modify the brackets slightly (so I could re-adjust the lamps upward) to get any meaningful light projection. The stock bulbs were also replaced with some H11 Silverstars I had in my bulb collection.
I got the Mazda auto-dimming mirror mostly because of the integral 'HomeLink' buttons. We have a bunch of door openers at our house. I start to run out of visor room for all those remotes!
The install for this little piece is also pretty easy. (Most of these Mazda accessories are designed and sourced so that the dealer can install them quickly and easily, using the tech apprentice or wash boy to do the job.) The hardest part of this install - for me - is getting the A-pillar trim off in one piece without damaging any of the fragile plastic parts. Once in, the mirror works pretty well and I love the HomeLink system. (I can even program my one odd-ball garage door opener that isn't available as a replacement.)
Finally, the navigation system. I know, I know...everyone uses Waze on their phones now-a-day. I just really like the convenience of an integrated system. I don't have to fiddle-fart around with my phone or forget my phone or struggle with low battery or whatever. The nav system is there and ready to go and I find it works just fine and dandy.
Install, literally, couldn't be easier. Again, Mazda has everything built into the car. You buy the Sim card (about $350) and plug it in. Done. I think this one is a steal, and highly recommend it.