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What have you done to your CX-5 today?

Avoidin Deer

Zoom Zoom, baby
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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
Blu got a Class III hitch and wiring harness. Before any of you comment, I know the hitch is more than the CX-5 can tow. I mainly got the Class III for the accessories I can hook into it.
Care to post pics of the finished product?

Whose hitch did you go with?
 
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N. Arizona @ 7000'
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'19 CX-5 Reserve
I got my delivery of those special Canadian liners last week. The only negative I can find is that they are slippery compared to my 13’s US rubber mats. I still prefer the dead pedal protection that other drivers found so beneficial.
That's part of the reason I love these mats. Cleaning them takes one minute each and they dry quickly. I must say that I never have had my gas pedal foot slip while driving. Love that dead pedal coverage as well.
 

sm1ke

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Canada
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'18 CX-9 Signature
That's part of the reason I love these mats. Cleaning them takes one minute each and they dry quickly. I must say that I never have had my gas pedal foot slip while driving. Love that dead pedal coverage as well.
I have the Canadian mats in my CX-9 and I agree that they are slippery, but I only notice it in certain situations. For example, if I'm in the drive thru at a fast food place and I have my wallet in my back pocket, I lift my hips to pull my wallet out. With my weight now distributed between the back of the seat and my feet, sometimes my feet will slip a bit. This also depends on the kind of shoes you're wearing. It's the only thing I don't like about these mats, but in normal use they are excellent.
 
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Chicago SW Burbs
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'20 CX-5 Signature
Got a Curt trailer hitch installed on my car yesterday. I'm just putting a bike rack on it so I didn't get a wiring harness. Looks good - hopefully get the bike rack in time to try it out this weekend.
 
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2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD Auto
Got a Curt trailer hitch installed on my car yesterday. I'm just putting a bike rack on it so I didn't get a wiring harness. Looks good - hopefully get the bike rack in time to try it out this weekend.
I really like my Curt class II I just installed for the same purpose. All you can see is the receiver. The rest of the hitch is hidden well behind the bumper.
 
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2019 CX-5 GTR
Care to post pics of the finished product?

Whose hitch did you go with?
I went the with Drawtite Class III. The exhaust does need to be dropped for install. Also if you have a buddy help it'll be so much easier. Took us about an hour to install because we wanted to make sure it was torqued correctly. There is a plastic piece in the center that ha to be removed from the bumper. It is not important though.
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Avoidin Deer

Zoom Zoom, baby
Contributor
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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
I went the with Drawtite Class III. The exhaust does need to be dropped for install. Also if you have a buddy help it'll be so much easier. Took us about an hour to install because we wanted to make sure it was torqued correctly. There is a plastic piece in the center that ha to be removed from the bumper. It is not important though.
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That looks nice!

When I was buying my car last year, I was not sure what I wanted to go with. I liked the look of the factory hitch but have a couple of Class III towables (utility trailer and john boat.) I called the local Draw Tite guy and he sent me pics of their aftermarket install. Didn't look anywhere as nice as the job you did, so I went factory ClassII.

The only accessory I would use with a degree of regularity would be a cargo carrier, because I take my trash to a central drop-off place (live in the country.) I still have my paid-for truck to haul trash and tow stuff. Can't decide if I want to sell it to get rid of the overhead, or to keep it so I can have a spare vehicle around (there are no rental places here...Enterprise won't pick me up.)
 
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2019 CX-5 GTR
That looks nice!

When I was buying my car last year, I was not sure what I wanted to go with. I liked the look of the factory hitch but have a couple of Class III towables (utility trailer and john boat.) I called the local Draw Tite guy and he sent me pics of their aftermarket install. Didn't look anywhere as nice as the job you did, so I went factory ClassII.

The only accessory I would use with a degree of regularity would be a cargo carrier, because I take my trash to a central drop-off place (live in the country.) I still have my paid-for truck to haul trash and tow stuff. Can't decide if I want to sell it to get rid of the overhead, or to keep it so I can have a spare vehicle around (there are no rental places here...Enterprise won't pick me up.)
Having a spare vehicle is nice. My 93 Ranger I had was totaled two months ago due to an idiot illegally turning left in front of me. I miss having three vehicles. I would get one again but waiting for everything to return to some sort of normal.
 

Avoidin Deer

Zoom Zoom, baby
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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
Having a spare vehicle is nice. My 93 Ranger I had was totaled two months ago due to an idiot illegally turning left in front of me. I miss having three vehicles. I would get one again but waiting for everything to return to some sort of normal.
I've been trying to help someone who's buying a used car, and nothing is normal. I just read an article saying that wholesale used car prices dropped 12% in April, while retail only went down 1%.

-April's used car sales were down 35%.
-Hertz may file bankruptcy soon and dump their fleet.

You hear the drum beat of "good prices any day now," but "any day" never arrives. And you and I both know that trucks are NEVER cheap, no matter what is going on. I'm in my 60s and that has been true since before I was born.

Regarding my truck: I'm fortunate that I can carry the overhead and not feel the pinch. I worked for a non-profit (that just went under) doing free home repairs for folks, and have picked up some Habitat work. I don't want to haul tools and supplies to those job sites in a trailer behind my CX-5. So I'll keep my Canyon as a spare.
 

chiefmg

MOTM July 2015
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'81 RX-7 GS, '00 Miata SE, '16 Camaro (wife's), '15 CX-5 GT AWD
Received my replacement coil packs from Rock Auto today. Lo and behold, they had the little Mazda emblem on them and the same part number as the factory originals. Beck-Arnley 1788527, cost $42.79 each. Didn't check any dealers but I would imagine they are over $100 apiece. After installation operation is back to normal.
 
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2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD Auto
Received my replacement coil packs from Rock Auto today. Lo and behold, they had the little Mazda emblem on them and the same part number as the factory originals. Beck-Arnley 1788527, cost $42.79 each. Didn't check any dealers but I would imagine they are over $100 apiece. After installation operation is back to normal.
Great news and great savings. Thanks for sharing!
 
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Michigan
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'15 CX-5 AWD Touri
Saw the front 3D spider mats were on Amazon warehouse for $50, so I snagged those and threw them in today. They seem really nice.

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Also, found some steel wheels with Cooper Weathermaster ST2's on facebook market for $200! They were just a bit dirty, so I cleaned them with some superclean and a brush before storing them until winter. Can't wait to drive the CX-5 with these in the snow!

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Scoping how they look! Always kinda liked the rugged look with steel wheels. Not sure about the silver though--I might paint them black or try to chemical strip the silver paint (they were painted).

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Also, I was worried about the weight of the steel wheels making the handling feel sluggish, so I was thinking of looking for some aluminum wheels. I pulled one wheel/tire off the CX-5 to compare them and the steelies/coopers are only 2lbs heavier, which seemed a bit odd. Maybe the stock wheels (17" touring/sport) are just on the heavy side?
 
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Avoidin Deer

Zoom Zoom, baby
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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
Tint before/after, 2020 GT + PP.
Front 25% Back 35%
I've had my car for a year and have yet to get this done. Do you know what the factory% is? The backs in your pics don't seem to be any different (as best I can tell from a pic.)
 
I've had my car for a year and have yet to get this done. Do you now what the factory% is? The backs don't seem to be any different.
The back privacy glass is about 20%. I put 35% on the back because I didn’t want it too dark. At night, all windows are pretty hard to see through.
 
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Southwest Ohio
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'19 CX-5 diesel
I've had my car for a year and have yet to get this done....
I'm a big fan of window tint. I've had the llumar brand ceramic window film applied to several cars (including front windshield and sunroof) and I think it makes a big difference with heat and uv light rejection. I'll tell you when you notice it the most is when you drive something without the ceramic tint and feel the sun rays cooking you!
 

Avoidin Deer

Zoom Zoom, baby
Contributor
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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
I'm a big fan of window tint. I've had the llumar brand ceramic window film applied to several cars (including front windshield and sunroof) and I think it makes a big difference with heat and uv light rejection. I'll tell you when you notice it the most is when you drive something without the ceramic tint and feel the sun rays cooking you!
Thanks!

I've got to get this done, if for no other reason than interior preservation.
 

sm1ke

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Canada
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'18 CX-9 Signature
Scoping how they look! Always kinda liked the rugged look with steel wheels. Not sure about the silver though--I might paint them black or try to chemical strip the silver paint (they were painted).

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Also, I was worried about the weight of the steel wheels making the handling feel sluggish, so I was thinking of looking for some aluminum wheels. I pulled one wheel/tire off the CX-5 to compare them and the steelies/coopers are only 2lbs heavier, which seemed a bit odd. Maybe the stock wheels (17" touring/sport) are just on the heavy side?
Nice deal on those tires! If it were me, I'd look into some newer alloys, but you'll have to factor in the cost of the new alloys plus the cost of unmounting and mounting tires, as well as the cost or rebalancing the wheels.

Most OEM wheels are on the heavier side because manufacturers use a casting process to make them. The casting process is a much cheaper option for manufacturers, and to improve durability, the cast wheels are heavier.
 
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Michigan
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'15 CX-5 AWD Touri
Nice deal on those tires! If it were me, I'd look into some newer alloys, but you'll have to factor in the cost of the new alloys plus the cost of unmounting and mounting tires, as well as the cost or rebalancing the wheels.

Most OEM wheels are on the heavier side because manufacturers use a casting process to make them. The casting process is a much cheaper option for manufacturers, and to improve durability, the cast wheels are heavier.
Would really like to but I probably shouldn't--I'm still a student!

Makes sense. Guess I'm just used to looking at weights of aftermarket alloys. Like 17x7 Enkei RPF1s are 15lbs!
 

sm1ke

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Canada
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'18 CX-9 Signature
Would really like to but I probably shouldn't--I'm still a student!

Makes sense. Guess I'm just used to looking at weights of aftermarket alloys. Like 17x7 Enkei RPF1s are 15lbs!
Lol, I was going to suggest RPF1s. Such a good wheel. Since you're a student, I'd stick with the steel wheels. Personally I'd stick with the silver because I like contrast, but black steel wheels are very common, so you can't go wrong. I see them so often, I kind of expect steel wheels to be black, lol
 
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