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What it is; is that on the 2009-2010 Mazda 6, the Rear Garnish Plate above the license plate, has the trunk request switch directly in the center. Right where you would want the camera to be. They made the factory 'Radio B', and the Navigation Radio with the video input for a backup camera already designed in. The actual backup camera itself didn't make it into the design for those model years. The 2011-2013 Mazda 6's got a fatter garnish plate to accommodate that camera depth and the trunk request switch was moved off-center towards the driver-side a bit. (The switch is different too BTW). So you cant use the same switch if you get the newer garnish plate. You'll need to get the new one to fit that hole and its more square with a round button as opposed to the rectangular switch with the rectangular button you currently have. I got a new one from the dealer. (About $43) or try to find on at a local junkyard. What the newer fatter garnish plate does is position the cut-out now for the backup cam to be in the center now above the license plate. They made that change for the 2011-2013 model years. They sorta were half-way there with the radio at least having the capability to support a camera already. As I may have mentioned in my post; I just bought a new trim plate off eBay that DIDN'T have the request switch cut-out but DID have the hole for a backup cam. Because getting one with BOTH was gonna be an arm and a leg thru the dealer new. Luckily you could slightly SEE where the factory mold machine had some raised plastic where it WOULD have cut the trunk switch hole.
(A bit off your topic) This situation is seen again when it comes to the Bluetooth microphone. For example; they positioned the microphone in the center of the dash console underneath the speaker plate on the 2009-2010 Mazda 6. But above your head in the sun-glass holder, is a spot for the microphone to go. It's empty. You know, those little divets next to each push-button map light that LOOKS as if they were there for a microphone? One set is filled in, the other set of little holes are open. But behind those holes are nothing. The same overhead console design was made in the 2009-2010 CX9, and THERE they actually put the microphone in that overhead console. Makes sense since it's right above your head. The sound quality is better in my opinion with that design than over in the center in the dash with that slopping windshield. You get that defroster going even the slightest and it gets dicey with the voice commands. Not the best place to put that microphone. In the 2011-2013 Mazda 6, they DID put it in the overhead console. Since I have GT's from both production runs, I checked on that. HOWEVER, the blue LED downlight that was in my 2010, was not there in my 2013. One of my little pet-peves when they switched designs in 2011. Then again, the 2011's LOST key-fob auto window roll down and passenger auto roll down switch, the down light and passenger auto dim mirror, painted Sirius Radio antenna...stuff like that but gained the backup cam and real-time RDS traffic on the Nav Radio's along with blinker LED side mirrors which folded and auto-lock when the car hits above 10MPH or so.
If you start with a 2009-2010....and ADD the 2011-2013's additions; you'll have a pretty nice set-up. It's a lot harder to do it the other way around.
Mazda is forward thinking when they design these things sometimes, but for some reason, they only go half-way. I suppose it's a cost cutting measure. See what sticks in the first year or so of a new model. I.E. what consumers wish they HAD that they don't in their brand new car,and when they poll these people and get that feedback they say "oh that's an easy fix! We already designed for that"! And all they have to do is add ONE piece to the next model run to complete it.
Sorry for the late response. I don't get on the forum very often lately. Hopefully that helps ya!
2010 Mazda 6s GT Kona Blue Mica
2013 Mazda 6s GT Fireglow Red
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