The horrible bumper cutting done by a Mazda dealer we had seen here is really a bad job done by the technician. Unfortunately if you go for Mazda genuine accessory trailer hitch on gen-2 CX-5, bumper cutting is inevitable and I really dont feel thats an easy job to make the bumper looks pretty after cutting. For Mazda genuine accessary trailer hitch, the best is to have it done at the port, which will be listed on factory window sticker as an optional accessary item.Is there such thing as a factory installed hitch or is a dealer add on? I've seen pictures on this forum of clean installs and butchered bumpers and wondered was it a good dealer vs. a bad dealer job or factory vs. dealer.
That really does look like it was done with a steak knife.That butchered bumper cover was incredible. The owner got a cover to hide it and it looked good, but oh my god. If I saw that I would start crying and would want a different brand new car.
I wanted this initially as well, but ordering wasn't worth the hassle with Mazda (especially if you are shopping based on price). I recommend finding a qualified, well-rated Mazda dealer to do the job.Is there such thing as a factory installed hitch or is a dealer add on? I've seen pictures on this forum of clean installs and butchered bumpers and wondered was it a good dealer vs. a bad dealer job or factory vs. dealer.
Yeah - the receiver portion of the hitch is not made to be easily removed - just the stuff you add to the receiver. And if you think about it ideally the receiver portion is best completely integrated with the car. Both OEM and aftermarket options get a pretty solid mount. The Curt class II hitch actually uses the same holes in the unibody frame as the OEM hitch.The OEM hitch is lighter, but I went with etrailer thinking I could remove it as I dont use it a lot. Its too much physical labor to remove so it will probably stay put for now.
#2 for me.3 reasons I went factory:
1. Factory OEM part
2. Ground clearance
3. Lowest total weight