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Prior to 2008, the Canadian base model Mazda3 GX came with an AM/FM radio-only head unit (no CD player), no steering wheel audio controls, and only two speakers. I'm just curious what this looked like. I did a search and found some threads mentioning this, but they are years old and the pics posted back then are no longer working.
 

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OK, I did a little digging through Google and came up with this... there's a "CD" button, but no CD slot! :eek:





I hardly ever play CDs anymore, so I'm almost tempted to put one of these in! :)
 

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[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=138413.msg2982840#msg2982840 date=1236579098]
WTF? :shock:
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That's what I thought when I first heard about it. The GX was the Canadian base model of the Mazda3, and compared to the U.S. "i Sport" base model, it has black door handles and mirrors (vs. body color), no side moldings, no CD player or rear speakers, no steering wheel audio controls, and no variable intermittent wipers (fixed delay only). The normal 4-speaker radio with CD player was available as part of a "Comfort Package."







It became slightly less Spartan for mid-year 2008:
Mazda press release said:
The Mazda3 sedan also receives refreshened equipment content for 2008.5.

The GX model gains a CD player with MP3 capability, an additional two speakers (4 vs. 2 speakers), and body coloured mirrors. Similar to the Sport model, the GX sedan also has an available Comfort Package. The new package includes power locks/windows, power heated mirrors, keyless entry, illuminated entry, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and 15" alloy wheels.
 

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whats really funny is that I believe those pics were taken in Newfoundland, St Johns to be exact. I'm originally from NL plus the license plate gave it away :lol:
 

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[quote author=StUpId8000 link=topic=138413.msg2987214#msg2987214 date=1236752684]
wow,  and I thought I had no options.   bet its cheap tho like that
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It's Canada, so probably not :lol:

(well at least up until fairly recently)
 

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[quote author=vwestlife link=topic=138413.msg2982813#msg2982813 date=1236577385]
OK, I did a little digging through Google and came up with this... there's a "CD" button, but no CD slot!
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There should be a preout on the back of the HU so you need CD button functionality on the HU to operate it.
 

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[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=138413.msg2988584#msg2988584 date=1236812303]
[quote author=danielj link=topic=138413.msg2987446#msg2987446 date=1236779910]
No A/C = No Way!

It's like the 2010 iSV. Who would buy a car without A/C?
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Canadians :lol:
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And apparently Mazda thinks those in the US will go without it too!
 

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[quote author=danielj link=topic=138413.msg2987446#msg2987446 date=1236779910]
No A/C = No Way!

It's like the 2010 iSV. Who would buy a car without A/C?
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I've actually seen a base-model 3i with no air conditioning sitting on a car dealer lot here in MN, about 8 months ago. It had a CD player, body-colored mirrors and door handles, and side moldings though.

Also, I think the reason they kept the "CD" button on the CD-less HU is because, IIRC, you could buy an optional 10-disc CD changer that mounts in the trunk and would connect to one of the expansion connectors on the back of the HU. I wonder if cars that come with those CD-less HUs have the aux input in the center console (I'm guessing not).
 

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[quote author=danielj link=topic=138413.msg2988604#msg2988604 date=1236812801]
[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=138413.msg2988584#msg2988584 date=1236812303]
[quote author=danielj link=topic=138413.msg2987446#msg2987446 date=1236779910]
No A/C = No Way!

It's like the 2010 iSV. Who would buy a car without A/C?
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Canadians :lol:
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And apparently Mazda thinks those in the US will go without it too!
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There's some other crazy shit out there too, like 3's without power windows or locks. It's just freakin' weird that Mazda expects to sell these cars, and yet somehow they do anyway. I just don't get it.
 

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[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=138413.msg2988651#msg2988651 date=1236814112]
There's some other crazy shit out there too, like 3's without power windows or locks. It's just freakin' weird that Mazda expects to sell these cars, and yet somehow they do anyway. I just don't get it.
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.....im one of them. but I got a/c though
 

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[quote author=StUpId8000 link=topic=138413.msg2988662#msg2988662 date=1236814491]
.....im one of them. but I got a/c though
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Me too. I prefer manual windows, locks, and mirrors! :)
 
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