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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-29-2009, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

I'm installing an XM ExpressRC in a 2010 Mazda 3 and I want to tap into the cigarette lighter power supply and hide all the wiring...does anyone have details about disassembling the lower part of the center console? I've got the vents and the radio out, and I'm sure the rest is a few more snaps, but I thought I'd see if I can get some info before I blindly start prying panels. Of course, pics are great if available!

Alternatively, if anyone has a better way to get to ignition controlled 12V power for the sat radio I'm all ears!

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 08:37 PM
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

bump .... I want to install a usb port in the center console, but have no idea how the console comes apart
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

I found what I needed and it may help you. Pull your emergency brake completely7 up and you can grab the edge nearest the brake and away from the cup holders and lift with pressure and it will pop out. I saw some bolts that look like they may hold the console in. Worked well for me since I can now have room to install my usb plug.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

Thanks for the update, I'm sure you've found them but there are also 2 bolts inside the storage between the seats, lift up the black thin "carpet" in the bottom and you'll see them. Once these bolts are out the whole center console feels loose from the car but I still need to get the individual parts separted to get to the cigarette lighter wiring. I'll give your advice a try!
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 12:27 PM
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

Use this guide

http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=7671.0

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-10-2009, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

Thanks vincecruz, looks like just what I need!
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 05:26 PM
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

That guide is for 2004-2009 models, does a similar guide yet exist for the 2010's? I am also looking to tap into power there. Did you end up figuring out the best way to do it?

Thanks!
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

A word of advice: Put the car into drive with e-brake on and remove knob to access the cigarette lighter. Everything is snap in so just work your way around the edges using gentle pressure.

It is scary having someone say "you just pull on it until it comes loose" when you have $20000 new car, but go slow and you should have no problems.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2010, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

Finished my XM ExpressRC install I was asking about, and found a much better way to power it than pulling apart the lower console. I'll be posting the details with pics soon...
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Re: Center console removal/cigarette lighter access in 2010 Mazda 3?

why not tap into the map lights?
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