What have you done to your CX-5 today?

IronX has noting to do with Correction. EVERY new car will bleed iron, That's what this does, it removes embedded iron from the transit. Check out videos.
So, I've had my CX5 for about a month.
I haven't done anything to it other than washing and a spray wax.
Do I need to Iron X it? And then seal and wax? How would I know if it needs iron x?
 

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'18 CX-9 Signature
So, I've had my CX5 for about a month.
I haven't done anything to it other than washing and a spray wax.
Do I need to Iron X it? And then seal and wax? How would I know if it needs iron x?

You don't really NEED it. Plenty of cars go their entire lives without being clay barred or decontaminated. That said, your car is pretty much guaranteed to have contaminants embedded into the paint that you can't see or feel. This is generally due to the environments they are subjected to, and sometimes even due to the way they are delivered to the dealership (via truck or train).

It's a good idea to remove as much of that as you can before laying down some protection.
 
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2014 CX-5 Touring
You only really NEED to do chemical decon if you plan on paint correcting the car. If you don't, you run the risk of the polisher picking up an embedded iron particle and then spinning it all around all over the paint. If you plan on paint correction, you want to remove every last bit of decontamination that you possibly can before starting the compound/polishing process.
 
^ Where did you order the moldings from?

I'm interested in a set but haven't found anyone that makes them other than Dawn.
My 2019 Mazda CX-5 color is Sonic Silver. I bought the 2017 Toyota Rav 4 body molding which was Silver Sky metallic. The color was not a perfect match but it looked ok to me. I ordered it online from EB Toyota Parts 1-866-574-2624. It cost me $125 including shipping and taxes.
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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Just put this cheap charcoal cabin filter in at 41,790 miles on my 2016 CX-5 few days ago. It fits, but it has less folds than OEM, so the filtering area is about 20% less.
Any difference in blower strength? I hope the charcoal's ability to absorb smells makes up for the lessor filtering surface area.
Can’t tell any difference with this cheap cabin filter on blower strength. Personally I don’t mind to use these cheap after-market cabin air filters, but the engine air filter has to be high-quality、more expensive OEM air filter! :p
 
This weekend I put the new GT-R up on the QuickJack to make mud flap installation easier. Get those big wheels out of the way. The wooden blocks just give me an extra few inches of lift, don't really need them.

Also poked around a bit underneath. Took the fill plug off the rear diff, and it looks like the fluid is low as I read to expect. Just hard to tell by how much. I was planning to also check the ATF level, but didn't really have time to remove both engine underbody trays to get to the dip stick. Maybe in the spring.
 
Wow you have good clearance with those Quickjacks. If you live in a state that salts the roads in the winter you might want to spot spray under there with a liquid rust inhibitor to keep the new car shine.
Yes, I love this thing. It takes me about 15 minutes to roll the frames out of the garage, set everything up, and get the car in the air. This is the 5000 SLX, which is actually on sale at Costco this month: https://www.costco.com/quickjack-5,000lb.-slx-capacity-portable-car-lift-bundle-.product.100666851.html

That's a great deal, although I suspect it's the AC-powered version. I've had mine almost 5 years, and I went with a 12V (I run it off a jumpstart battery). Bendpak has been improving them every year as well. The QuickJack website has all the different models and capacities. The length is something to look at. I've had many cars up on mine (Subaru Crosstrek and WRX, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Porsche 911 and 914). This model has been great for all these, although it is probably too long for a Miata, especially the first generation. It's also heavy - the two lift frames weigh about 75 lbs each. They have wheels and they slide well on pavement, so it's not a huge issue. But maybe when I'm older it will be a concern.

As for rust inhibitor, I wasn't planning to, but now that I've been underneath I'm considering it. The paint under there looks thin, it's not a heavy chassis paint like most of our other cars. Plus I have only driven the car 300 miles, and it already had leaves and dirt behind the front mud flap locations. I may order some Fluid Film.
 
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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
This weekend I put the new GT-R up on the QuickJack to make mud flap installation easier. Get those big wheels out of the way. The wooden blocks just give me an extra few inches of lift, don't really need them.

Also poked around a bit underneath. Took the fill plug off the rear diff, and it looks like the fluid is low as I read to expect. Just hard to tell by how much. I was planning to also check the ATF level, but didn't really have time to remove both engine underbody trays to get to the dip stick. Maybe in the spring.
Wow I envy you having a $1,200+ QuickJack to use at home! My wife definitely wouldn’t let me invest that kind of money for the QuickJack even if I want to!

Yep another testimony that the rear differential lubricant is low from factory. You would need additional 0.3~0.4 quart of SG1 to fill the rear differential up to the fill hole as stated in Mazda Factory Workshop Manual. And don’t be surprised if you find out the ATF level is low from factory when you have a chance to check!
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Yes, I love this thing. It takes me about 15 minutes to roll the frames out of the garage, set everything up, and get the car in the air. This is the 5000 SLX, which is actually on sale at Costco this month: https://www.costco.com/quickjack-5,000lb.-slx-capacity-portable-car-lift-bundle-.product.100666851.html

That's a great deal, although I suspect it's the AC-powered version. I've had mine almost 5 years, and I went with a 12V (I run it off a jumpstart battery). Bendpak has been improving them every year as well. The QuickJack website has all the different models and capacities. The length is something to look at. I've had many cars up on mine (Subaru Crosstrek and WRX, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Porsche 911 and 914). This model has been great for all these, although it is probably too long for a Miata, especially the first generation. It's also heavy - the two lift frames weigh about 75 lbs each. They have wheels and they slide well on pavement, so it's not a huge issue. But maybe when I'm older it will be a concern.
I believe every DIYer would like to have a QuickJack to use, but the cost would be an issue. 75 lbs per frame? That’s pretty heavy but also means the frame is strong.
As for rust inhibitor, I wasn't planning to, but now that I've been underneath I'm considering it. The paint under there looks thin, it's not a heavy chassis paint like most of our other cars. Plus I have only driven the car 300 miles, and it already had leaves and dirt behind the front mud flap locations. I may order some Fluid Film.
Just see those rust pictures on CX-5 and I definitely would do some rust-proofing underneath if I live in a snow state.

Help me off the forum ledge
 
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Only way I would want a QuickJack setup is if I could leave them connected all the time, with both frames centered in the garage parking space, and just drive over/straddle them when parking normally. Otherwise it seems like a PITA to deal with, and I know others who think the same way. I can get my car up on jack stands plenty quicker than the time it takes to get those out and set up.
 
Yeah, the QJ is a bit of a luxury but I use it all the time. I've always hated jack stands, especially in my sloped driveway. The QJ can be used on up to a 7% grade, and I feel much safer under it. Maybe jackstands are quicker, but it depends on the car. And much quicker than 15 minutes is splitting hairs. Plus I can raise the car almost 2 ft.

Our garage is under the house, so I can only lift a vehicle in it about 32 inches because of a steel beam that runs down the middle of it. It barely clears my 6'-2" head. If I had the ability to raise higher, I might have gone for a MaxJax, but those are even more money and not really portable. The garage has the 911 on one side (which isn't running now) and the other side is shop space, so a dedicated lift in the garage doesn't work for me. It's nice to be able to use it anywhere in the driveway without shifting cars around (the driveway is wide enough to have 3 cars side-by-side).

You could keep the QJ in the garage and drive over it. The hoses and power unit take two minutes to connect. You can also leave the car on the lift and disconnect everything so it's not in the way.

Not for everyone, but I've never regretted the purchase.
 
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2018 CX-5 Sport
I would like one but it is too expensive for me. If I needed to jack the car up often I would save and get one, currently I only need all 4 wheels off the ground about once every two years to rotate the tires.
 
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Freedom55

2020 AWD GS Montreal Canada
Picked up my 2020 CX-5 GS demo this afternoon. All I did was put on my old 17" wheel covers on the black steel wheels for winter and hide the lock for the wheels near the spare tire where the tow hook would be stored (It's a tight fit so it won't rattle)! I'm reading the manual as this is my first Mazda and I will modify the settings to my liking like disable auto door locks.
 
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2018 CX-5 Sport
I looked at that last year when it was on sale. After seeing your post, I think I now need one. :)
I was fiscally irresponsible. Anyway, it is on sale at Home Depot for $1,099 and if you don't have a HD credit card you can apply for one, giving them your SSN to see if you qualify, and if you do they take off another $100. So the price is $999.00.
BL-5000SLX
 
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