Hi 5 community!
I’m aware that there are a couple of other old threads on the topic including various details within Have you upgraded the infotainment system? (ND)
but wanted to share my experience separately. As background, I’ve made a number of simple mods to my 5 including Roadie’s reversing camera kit, but I don’t consider myself anything other than an enthusiastic tinkerer!
Once I discovered that the hardware parts needed for this mod were a couple of cables and upgraded USB/aux hub, I baulked at handing over £350-400 for installation to Mazda for the privilege😯
Hence my DIY approach. Further research(Mazda3 forum I think) identified a reputable eBay source for the Official Mazda parts:
mazdapartsmedcenter on eBay US$148.13
I know that AliExpress can be cheaper - you makes ya choice…
With postage and all relevant import taxes paid, and adjusting for the currency exchange rate on the day of purchase, my Credit Card shows an outlay of £152.84.
The items were well packaged and sent using FedEx; easy to track to my door👍
While waiting for it to arrive, I queued up the various YouTube clips, forum threads, and tech sheets that would serve as reference for the install. I also upgraded the Firmware from 70.00.100 to 70.00.367A.
I won’t go into step by step detail here, but the whole process took me a couple of hours including tea breaks😉 If any of you have Q’s, then feel to fire away or PM me.
These photos give an indication of the vandalism level required and are not for the faint-of-heart😆
Note that they don’t show the Display removed which is achieved by extracting the 10mm bolt seen below it, and then easing the whole unit forward.
Once all the new components were installed, I tested for integrity before reassembling all the trim(last photo)