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kobec
03-21-2012, 01:02 PM
I'm still going back and forth on this one...getting the GT model...but now the dealer's said he has both available in the color i want. Anyone wanna give me some advice? Some things I've been considering...

1. Navigation - I have a Garmin with lifetime updates...so don't know if i really need this...does resale do better with a navi in a car?
2. Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry - this is convenient...but worth it?
3. Alarm system - Probably one of the key reasons why I'd consider the tech package...would reduce insurance...by how much? I have no idea.
4. Bi-xenon headlights with auto leveling - another nice to have feature
5. Pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - also nice
6. Auto dimming mirror w/ Homelink - i live in a condo and don't have a garage...so the homelink is lost on me

Any help in deciding would be great! thanks!

kampfire
03-21-2012, 01:08 PM
The bi-xenon alone is a worthwhile option. All the others is just a bonus.

pixelcat
03-21-2012, 01:23 PM
1. Navigation - I have a Garmin with lifetime updates...so don't know if i really need this...does resale do better with a navi in a car?
2. Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry - this is convenient...but worth it?
3. Alarm system - Probably one of the key reasons why I'd consider the tech package...would reduce insurance...by how much? I have no idea.
4. Bi-xenon headlights with auto leveling - another nice to have feature
5. Pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - also nice
6. Auto dimming mirror w/ Homelink - i live in a condo and don't have a garage...so the homelink is lost on me


1. My CX5 didn't come with navigation, but I picked it up from the dealer for $500 plus tax. It's tomtom nav, and it's fairly responsive. The voice recognition is shite, though. Be forewarned.
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3. I went with the Karr alarm system, and am happy so far. It comes stock with an annoying horn chirp on lock and unlock, but you can disable that.
4. This is something I didn't get, but am waiting a bit to see if they offer any OEM equipment for it.
5. See #4. Same deal. Nice to have, but I don't really notice any issues with driving at night without it.
6. This is a personal preference.

CodyZoom
03-21-2012, 01:41 PM
I was debating the same thing and just went for it. If you think about the conveniences of the tech package, I think it's worth it. The Nav is intuitive and will actually be used. Alarm system - potential insurance savings. Keyless entry - meh, doesn't make much difference to me, but I'm sure I'll like it. I've never had the pivoting headlights, but I hear folks say they're great especially when there are boatloads of deer runnin' round. I say take it! Cheers.

dasayheykid
03-21-2012, 02:19 PM
I'm still going back and forth on this one...getting the GT model...but now the dealer's said he has both available in the color i want. Anyone wanna give me some advice? Some things I've been considering...

1. Navigation - I have a Garmin with lifetime updates...so don't know if i really need this...does resale do better with a navi in a car?
2. Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry - this is convenient...but worth it?
3. Alarm system - Probably one of the key reasons why I'd consider the tech package...would reduce insurance...by how much? I have no idea.
4. Bi-xenon headlights with auto leveling - another nice to have feature
5. Pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - also nice
6. Auto dimming mirror w/ Homelink - i live in a condo and don't have a garage...so the homelink is lost on me

Any help in deciding would be great! thanks!

1. Yes and no. GPS units are pretty affordable these days, but the tomtom solution Mazda has is alright.
2. Its convenient, and worth being part of the Tech package. I love the walk away locking feature. Just have to be mindful of interference from mobile phone, surroundings...may not lock if there is interference. Also states this in the manual.
3. Alarm is pretty good for stock. Depending on your insurance, the immobilizer and anti theft alarm should get you some savings.
4. Bi-xenon headlights...i use to buy Silverstar and GE nighthawks bulbs on my P5 and loved having a slightly brighter light. The CX5 with BI-xenon is incredible. Night time driving is effortless.
5. Still getting use to the AFS. its nice but need more time driving at night to see the benefit
6. The auto-dimming is nice. Really useful to eliminate the glare from the d-bags that drive with their high beams behind you.

If it is in your budget, the tech package is the way to go.

Modshack
03-21-2012, 02:22 PM
My incoming car does not have the Tech Package....I would have liked it for the lights and enhanced locking, but I likely won't miss it. Bought the TomTom kit for $449 to move to factory NAV...15 minute install..

Kornik
03-21-2012, 04:47 PM
I'm still going back and forth on this one...getting the GT model...but now the dealer's said he has both available in the color i want. Anyone wanna give me some advice? Some things I've been considering...


Any help in deciding would be great! thanks!
Looking from the list you're getting GT? TO get tech package in Touring I would have to get moonroof package as well so I decided to skip this. Here is my list:
1. Navigation - as mentioned 15 minutes install. Price is steep for now. I'll wait for those to show up at the junk yards in few months :-)
2. Nice one, but I would not pay for tech package just to get this one.
3. Alarm - my insurance is so low I can't see it could go any lower
4. This is the thing that would get me sold on this package (if it wasn't for the moon required). The xenon lights are worth a lot, but not $2k. BTW. In my father's toyota the hole bi-xenon headlamp is a standalone unit (meaning that self leveling is done within the light itself). He could as easily go from regular to xenons and back as he wished. If Mazda's lights are done the same way it means that we'll be able to upgrade as soon as OEM lights show up on the market as spare parts.
5. See point 4, pivoting blinkers can be as easily done all-within-the-light to allow simply upgrade by switching headlights.
6. This is $200 part that you can get everywhere.

Again - the tech package is great on it's own. But on touring it requires moonroof and bose for another $1k installed which effectively makes it $2k package and even then you don't get the advanced keyless entry feature, so I decided to skip it.

inodes
03-21-2012, 05:56 PM
I'm still going back and forth on this one...getting the GT model...but now the dealer's said he has both available in the color i want. Anyone wanna give me some advice? Some things I've been considering...

1. Navigation - I have a Garmin with lifetime updates...so don't know if i really need this...does resale do better with a navi in a car?
2. Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry - this is convenient...but worth it?
3. Alarm system - Probably one of the key reasons why I'd consider the tech package...would reduce insurance...by how much? I have no idea.
4. Bi-xenon headlights with auto leveling - another nice to have feature
5. Pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - also nice
6. Auto dimming mirror w/ Homelink - i live in a condo and don't have a garage...so the homelink is lost on me

Any help in deciding would be great! thanks!

Some of these are so essential they're not even options in Australia - they're standard.
A lot of people wouldn't part with them....

I reckon.... get the lot.

1. Navigation is the best in-car out there. Resale would match the additional cost, because it's a fairly economical system. (Australia: Standard on all but entry model)
2. Keyless entry is one of the most convenient parts of this car. (Australia: standard on all)
3. Alarm system - you can get one of these anywhere after market
4. + 5. - Xenon is very handy on country roads (AFS too). - (Australia: both standard on GT)
6. This is probably the most gimmicky on the list - skip (standard on all international models apart from US)

The option I tried and have considered compulsory: blind spot monitoring. It's bloody awesome!!

Kornik
03-21-2012, 09:33 PM
Some of these are so essential they're not even options in Australia - they're standard.
A lot of people wouldn't part with them....

I reckon.... get the lot.

2. Keyless entry is one of the most convenient parts of this car. (Australia: standard on all)

The option I tried and have considered compulsory: blind spot monitoring. It's bloody awesome!!
Are you sure it's the same keyless entry we are talking about? Here in US all of them have keyless entry, but only GT+Tech have advanced keyless module allowing you to open the door with fob in your pocket. All the rest have 'standard' keyless fob where you have to press the fob lock/unlock button.

inodes
03-21-2012, 10:11 PM
Are you sure it's the same keyless entry we are talking about? Here in US all of them have keyless entry, but only GT+Tech have advanced keyless module allowing you to open the door with fob in your pocket. All the rest have 'standard' keyless fob where you have to press the fob lock/unlock button.

Yeah I've just learned that from another thread. I am really not sure how it differs, and will ask the dealer next time I'm in. I thought it was all the same.
That said, the system I used in the GT (one fob rules all) - was fantastic.

Kornik
03-21-2012, 10:31 PM
Yeah I've just learned that from another thread. I am really not sure how it differs, and will ask the dealer next time I'm in. I thought it was all the same.
That said, the system I used in the GT (one fob rules all) - was fantastic.
The difference is that small button on the door handle allowing you to unlock door without using fob (it's enough that it's in the proximity of the car). That's the only difference. Fobs look exactly identical.

VK Sefirosu
04-01-2012, 08:54 PM
Over here in Canada, the tech package for ~1400$ adds only:

- HID w/AFS
- Navigation
- Sirius Satellite radio

Everything else is standard on the GT and that particular trim is also not available without AWD here. I did not take the tech package personally, the only thing I thought I would miss are the HIDs (because I had them on my previous car) but so far the headlights seem to be bright enough. Advanced keyless is great though, not sure I could live without now after using it.

Sucks that you have to get the whole package for just a few "interesting" things, but that's how they roll.

IslandTractor
04-02-2012, 09:29 PM
I'm still going back and forth on this one...getting the GT model...but now the dealer's said he has both available in the color i want. Anyone wanna give me some advice? Some things I've been considering...

1. Navigation - I have a Garmin with lifetime updates...so don't know if i really need this...does resale do better with a navi in a car?
2. Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry - this is convenient...but worth it?
3. Alarm system - Probably one of the key reasons why I'd consider the tech package...would reduce insurance...by how much? I have no idea.
4. Bi-xenon headlights with auto leveling - another nice to have feature
5. Pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - also nice
6. Auto dimming mirror w/ Homelink - i live in a condo and don't have a garage...so the homelink is lost on me

Any help in deciding would be great! thanks!

I have a similar package on my CX9 GT. My thoughts:
1) built in nav is the cat's pajamas. No more fiddling with cords or inviting theft. I'll never have another car without it. Of course the CX5 allows aftermarket "factory" nav to be installed so take that into consideration.
2) I like the Mazda keyless system on my car. Not sure how it differs on the CX5. In general, the tech package on the CX5 seems very similar, with a few updates, to the same package on the CX9.
3) Alarm is good for cutting insurance by $50 bucks or so. I have an iphone operated remote starter/alarm that is quite handy. Mine is a Python product not the Mazda remote. For what it's worth, I can open my rear hatch in Boston while traveling in Singapore. Woopie!
4) Bi Xenons are great. Period. You can install them aftermarket.
5) haven't tried this but seems a tad gimicky
6) I like the homelink. No need to fumble for the garage door opener. Useful even when the car is just sitting in the driveway too.

JordanLindsay
04-17-2012, 02:27 AM
what package would you have to get to have the advanced keyless entry in Canada? It seems to be different and confusing. And I read a thread on the fob in Canada and how it is quite positional.

dasayheykid
04-17-2012, 11:01 AM
what package would you have to get to have the advanced keyless entry in Canada? It seems to be different and confusing. And I read a thread on the fob in Canada and how it is quite positional.

I believe the option is part of the Tech package, but only currently available on the GT trim.

VK Sefirosu
04-17-2012, 04:42 PM
what package would you have to get to have the advanced keyless entry in Canada? It seems to be different and confusing. And I read a thread on the fob in Canada and how it is quite positional.

Advanced keyless is included on the base GT Trim without tech. Standard keyless (without the black button on the front doors) is base on all other trims.

JordanLindsay
04-17-2012, 09:06 PM
awesome thanks. ya, the GT is sharp. I like the leather seats but Mazda does such a great job with fabric interiors that sometimes I think I'd rather have the fabric seats in a GT haha,

kampfire
04-17-2012, 09:37 PM
You know what angered me about the tech package in touring trim is that it omits Sirius Radio. In the brochure it shows O/A for the sat radio. Meaning Option/Dealer installed accessory. Well its dealer only in the touring. Really grinds my gears.

Crucial
05-02-2012, 03:26 PM
Advanced keyless is included on the base GT Trim without tech. Standard keyless (without the black button on the front doors) is base on all other trims.

That's incorrect. I just bought a "base" model GT and it did not come with the Advance Keyless feature, no button on the door handles.

Modshack
05-02-2012, 03:29 PM
That's incorrect. I just bought a "base" model GT and it did not come with the Advance Keyless feature, no button on the door handles.

Yeah...NOT in the US...Other countries have different package combos..

iverson589
05-02-2012, 03:30 PM
That's incorrect. I just bought a "base" model GT and it did not come with the Advance Keyless feature, no button on the door handles.

not sure if Canada is different than the U.S. because VK is right that in Canada, the GT base model has the advanced keyless feature...

VK Sefirosu
05-02-2012, 07:51 PM
not sure if Canada is different than the U.S. because VK is right that in Canada, the GT base model has the advanced keyless feature...

Our canadian trims and packages are slightly different. Like you can get the base MT model with convenience package (bluetooth + touchscreen) and in more than 3 colors... although I'm not sure it would be a short wait if you were to order one...

The online configurator seems to have changed though, like it will force you to select the tech package with the GT trim in some colors (like White) and you can't deselect it anymore like I could when I ordered mine...

http://www.mazda.ca/MciWeb/displayPage.action?pageParameter=modelsSpecs&vehicleCode=CX5

mgm1451
04-11-2013, 07:21 PM
My incoming car does not have the Tech Package....I would have liked it for the lights and enhanced locking, but I likely won't miss it. Bought the TomTom kit for $449 to move to factory NAV...15 minute install..

I just bought the CX-5 NAV Unit off of ebay for $459. I read the installation instructions and it looks fairly simple. Can I do it myself? (I dont have a lot of car techie experience or exposure before). My dealer charges $124 for installation. Please advice.

Okeano
04-12-2013, 12:40 AM
I just bought the CX-5 NAV Unit off of ebay for $459. I read the installation instructions and it looks fairly simple. Can I do it myself? (I dont have a lot of car techie experience or exposure before). My dealer charges $124 for installation. Please advice.

If it's just the nav system (no other functions like USB, Bluetooth), you'd been better off buying a mounted GPS. Not liking the nav system compare to a mounted one my parents got or their car years ago. Sure, live traffic is ok, but it doesn't zoom in at complex intersections on highways (lots of multi-layer-multi-exit highway intersections in Texas)and I've took the wrong exit many times now. It feels also a bit slow on processing.

stromdriver
04-12-2013, 11:52 AM
I just bought the CX-5 NAV Unit off of ebay for $459. I read the installation instructions and it looks fairly simple. Can I do it myself? (I dont have a lot of car techie experience or exposure before). My dealer charges $124 for installation. Please advice.


yeah it just snaps in in place of the cubby below and to the left of the steering wheel

mgm1451
04-12-2013, 01:39 PM
yeah it just snaps in in place of the cubby below and to the left of the steering wheel

Thank you. The step I don't understand is that "Grasp the pocket assy from the back side of the lower panel and press it out to the vehicle rear". I opened the hood and checked to see where the pocket assy is. I know I see the front side of the Pocket assy right below the steering. But where is it's back side? I couldnt figure it out.

Where should I look for the pocket assy from the rear side of the lower panel? Am i doing the right thing by opening the hood and looking for it? (I was just trying to see the Pocket assy. I will disconnect the battery before I really start the procedure). Please help. Thanks

mgm1451
04-12-2013, 01:40 PM
If it's just the nav system (no other functions like USB, Bluetooth), you'd been better off buying a mounted GPS. Not liking the nav system compare to a mounted one my parents got or their car years ago. Sure, live traffic is ok, but it doesn't zoom in at complex intersections on highways (lots of multi-layer-multi-exit highway intersections in Texas)and I've took the wrong exit many times now. It feels also a bit slow on processing.

I understand what you saying. However, owning an in-dash GPS has long been a desire for me but never wanted to plunk down $1500. Now, its within reach at 1/3 of the price, so I wanted to try : -)

mgm1451
04-12-2013, 10:31 PM
My incoming car does not have the Tech Package....I would have liked it for the lights and enhanced locking, but I likely won't miss it. Bought the TomTom kit for $449 to move to factory NAV...15 minute install..

Hey Modshack, how did u remove the pocket assy from the lower panel before installing the Nav? Just pull it out from the front (or) u reached out to the rear of the lower panel and push it? Also, did u disconnect the battery before doing? Thanks.