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[quote author=MazdaSarah3 link=topic=17644.msg3824593#msg3824593 date=1286835666]
So the question is, Are the 08 sedans and hatchbacks grills the same?
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yes (as far as i know?), because although they're located in different areas between the hood and the bumper, they retain the same shape. (again, from what i've seen).

however, you need to find a grille made for an '08. buying a grille made for '04-'06 will not fit correctly.
 

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[quote author=Zanilth link=topic=17644.msg1675378#msg1675378 date=1188338914]
Has anyone tried to get a new piece of factory i grille and cut it to fit the mouth of the stock grille? Something like this.....? I am going to check into doing exactly this, and I will let you all know if it works out. Might be extremely simple, just getting the bottom part from the dealership and cutting it to fit. I haven't taken mine off yet though, so I dunno if it comes out easily (the mesh thats in it now.)



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WOW! Nice dude, i might attempt this instead of just plain buy a grill and install! looks sick!
 

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Just wanted to get some clarification, because I've been reading around and haven't really kept track of the dates of the posts.

Is there still no open mouth grille for 07 i series sedans? Or is that just with the ebay ones?

And if that is the case, is the only other option getting the 04-06 one and removing the two tabs?

Someone also post this grille somewhere on the forum, don't know if it's legit though??
http://www.extremedimensions.com/11748.html

And if someone could post some links to these grilles, that would be helpful (Whether it's 07 sedan compatible ones, or 04-06 modifiable ones)

Thanks
 

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ok so after reading all 11 pages of this, i have learned that 04-06 open mouth grills do not fit in 08 sedans? is this true? and would there be a diff between an i or s model?

does anyone know a place i can get one for an 08i model? i was JUST about to order one on ebay for the 04-06 models but i'm glad i read this thread. any info would be great! thanks
 

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the 04-06 grille does not fit flush in an 07-09 model. all s models (as far as i know) have a grille that is molded to the bumper, which won't allow you to replace it unless you choose to follow my walkthrough (http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=172783.0). all i models, on the other hand, have a grille that is removable via screws and tabs, allowing you to easily to replace them.

I bought my grille at http://www.andysautosport.com/mazda/2004_2009_3/exterior/grilles/
check to make sure the year is correct, i believe they're pretty good about keeping tabs on that, otherwise i'm sure other members can recommend some other good places.
 

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thanks for the link! theres only three there and only this one is for 08 and higher i guess.
http://www.andysautosport.com/mazda/2004_2009_3/exterior/grilles/grille_shells/extreme_dimensions/

i have an i touring so i guess that one would fit? i just get the feeling that the cheaper $35 ones on ebay for the 04-06 are basically made of the same material as the one in that link. and it sucks that i have to dish out so much more money for practically the same thing.

do you know of any walkthrough or DIY's that ppl have made for 04-06 grills that ppl basically edited or changed to make it fit flush with 08-09 models? hmm
 

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I can't believe it's so hard to find a new grille for an 09! :shock:

I got in a minor accident yesterday (only my car was damaged) and the upper grille clips broke. Has anyone found an emblemless 09 grille anywhere?
 

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I have a 2004 Mazda 3 S 2.3 and I need to replace a cracked front grille. How do I make sure that I am getting the right one online??
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make sure its the right year/make/model as you just stated. its easy to mix up the sedan(2.0), and the hatch(2.3). they share certain parts from 04-09 .. it makes all the difference that you pick which trim you have before you go ordering away. :lol:
 

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so i have found an upper mesh grille for the 2004 2.3L hatch but i cant find a lower replacement oem grille for it, does anybody know where i could possibly get one
 

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They sell the lower grille on ebay last time i saw. they might not have it listed anymore but give it a shot. jus type in mazda 3 oem and see what pops up. or just punch that in on google as well and see what comes up
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i mean the upper front grill. they make one for the mazda 6
 

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not sure if this was covered in this thread but what about the 2.3 hatch, that has the grille mounted to the hood not the front bumper

i had a hell of a time finding the right one for my 3 because all the common ones for sale attach to the front bumper like in the op.
 

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This is a great thread!
For months now I've been trying to find some info on the European hatch grille!
Here it is:

Ive found that the part number is BP4K-V4-350, I'm guessing I can only order it from the UK or something...
Anyone knows if it would fit my 07 hatch?
 

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So you've decided to replace your front OEM grill. Good for you :goodjob:

Here's a few things you should know first before you go ahead and buy something.

The Mazda 3 model comes in two basic trim levels. One has a black honeycomb grill (generaly the 2.0L mazda 3's) and the other one has a body colored grill (the 2.3L mazda 3's)

Although the front OEM grills may look similar , they are a bit different , but it shouldn't make a too much or a difference if you tried to swap them.

The 2.0L members have a grill that looks like this..


you may want to consider a grill like the one Erebuni has...
http://www.erebunicorp.com/accesscustom/maz3.htm

or from Autotoyaz
http://store.yahoo.com/autotoyaz/20onma34drcu.html

or from CVR motorsports
http://www.cvrmotorsports.com/model.php?mod_id=88

or try ebay..
http://www.motors.ebay.com/

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The 2.3L members have a grill that looks like this... (body colored)


You guys may want to buy the new grill available now on ebay.. (check for links below on more info)




check out these threads in our forum.. group buys, pics and info on the new grill for the GT or S model

http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=29860.0

http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=26313.0

http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=28319.0


Don't believe the above info??
Well .. here's what an i model grill looks like on an S model bumper* :?
(GS+GX grill on a GT/GFX bumper in Canada)






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With all that out of the way, now* I’ll show you guys my install and share a few tips if you’re planning on getting the Erebuni grill (i or GS/GX models ONLY). *In my opinion the grill fits pretty good on my GS (or i ) model.

Pic of when it came to my door… (total price with shipping/customs ~$250 CAD)




So, to begin the instal, here’s a few steps I took (and some pics)
In order to loosen the stock grill, I had to unscrew these two screws first


Then.. I uncliped these clips ..(Note: this is the back view of the stock grill)


Go easy with these clips, don’t force it, or you’ll get what I got.. broken clips..
I was kinda rushing it, and so two of the clips broke off, so be careful, and take your time!


Took the grill out, and put in the new one to identify where I had to drill the new holes..






Now that I knew where the holes had to be drilled, it was time to do some drillin'...
Since I didn’t have a drill, I went into my lab and turned on the bunsen burner and melted my hole with a piece of RED HOT metal... *:eekno:





I don’t recommend you do it this way, however, if you are going to melt your hole, please do it near a fume hood (or outside) like I did, cause that stuff really stinks!!! lol

When I had my hole, I just put the grill on. The Erebuni grill comes with no clips or hinges, its just a plain piece of fiberglass, so it goes on easily. Fastened the screws and shut the hood.



Anyway, that’s my little walk through of how I did the instal. The grill is kinda loose since there are no other clips holding it except the two stock screws, so I’m gonna have to come up with a way to fasten it down a little more.

Here’s some pictures of the finished install… (fits good)









A few pics of the grill and the eyelids together!








Three weeks, and 4 coats of paint later .. my grill is finally painted ( with eyelids cost is $115CAD)!!! *:yay: *

The reason it took three weeks to paint it was because it was apparently a ‘bad’ grill. The guy that painted it said it was the worst thing he has ever had to paint. The reason he said that, was because he got a lot of bubbles coming up from the fiberglass when he applied the paint. He said the bubbles were a result of the grill being very poorly done. A lot of work had to be done to repair the bubbles, they had to cut holes in the grill and fill it with bondo, and had to use special primers to avoid any other problems. So, my grill in the end got 4 coats of paint because they had to do everything over again 4 times. To make matters worse, my car is the ‘special’ pearl red color offered by Mazda, which means it’s a three stage painting process. When I came to pick it up, he said to me “buddy.. I hope you didn’t pay more than $20 for this grill.. This is absolute junk” *:?

Anyway, it came out looking good, and seems to be smooth all around.
Here’s a few pics of the painted grill..










The mesh part didn’t get painted, so I bought some BBQ black paint (which I’m told will stick to aluminum) and I did the job my self..



First coat, I’ll put on a few more coats in the next couple of days


Also, I’ll show you guys a few pics of the Accolade eyelids I got, they’re painted too!







Ok, here’s some pics of the finished install, Enjoy!!

This was before I put the eyelids on…




I think the paint match is pretty good… I’m happy with it..


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Some pics of the eyelids as well..








Latest pic (October 2005)

Can't believe he had bubbles on it when applied paint cause i know when i did mine i didn't even applied primer and everything was just perfect but some time latter i got new one aftermarket painted already :)
 

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Please Help me.

Hello please help me im planning to do some modifications to my mazda I have Mazda 3 2008 gs 2.0L silver.
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(this is not my car but exactly like this)

and planning to install aftermarket grille like this - just because i like the black bar at the top.


Is this grille will fit to my car? do u know the safest place to buy this kind of grille and also im thinking of installing the upper grill - i dont want black for this one , i want the same color of my car just like in the picture- it looks good and fits perfectly.


please help me i really need this mods to impress girls. but dont worry if friends ask me how i got these done. you will receive all the credits :) thanks mate.




So you've decided to replace your front OEM grill. Good for you :goodjob:

Here's a few things you should know first before you go ahead and buy something.

The Mazda 3 model comes in two basic trim levels. One has a black honeycomb grill (generaly the 2.0L mazda 3's) and the other one has a body colored grill (the 2.3L mazda 3's)

Although the front OEM grills may look similar , they are a bit different , but it shouldn't make a too much or a difference if you tried to swap them.

The 2.0L members have a grill that looks like this..


you may want to consider a grill like the one Erebuni has...
http://www.erebunicorp.com/accesscustom/maz3.htm

or from Autotoyaz
http://store.yahoo.com/autotoyaz/20onma34drcu.html

or from CVR motorsports
http://www.cvrmotorsports.com/model.php?mod_id=88

or try ebay..
http://www.motors.ebay.com/

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The 2.3L members have a grill that looks like this... (body colored)


You guys may want to buy the new grill available now on ebay.. (check for links below on more info)




check out these threads in our forum.. group buys, pics and info on the new grill for the GT or S model

http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=29860.0

http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=26313.0

http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=28319.0


Don't believe the above info??
Well .. here's what an i model grill looks like on an S model bumper* :?
(GS+GX grill on a GT/GFX bumper in Canada)






----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
With all that out of the way, now* I’ll show you guys my install and share a few tips if you’re planning on getting the Erebuni grill (i or GS/GX models ONLY). *In my opinion the grill fits pretty good on my GS (or i ) model.

Pic of when it came to my door… (total price with shipping/customs ~$250 CAD)




So, to begin the instal, here’s a few steps I took (and some pics)
In order to loosen the stock grill, I had to unscrew these two screws first


Then.. I uncliped these clips ..(Note: this is the back view of the stock grill)


Go easy with these clips, don’t force it, or you’ll get what I got.. broken clips..
I was kinda rushing it, and so two of the clips broke off, so be careful, and take your time!


Took the grill out, and put in the new one to identify where I had to drill the new holes..






Now that I knew where the holes had to be drilled, it was time to do some drillin'...
Since I didn’t have a drill, I went into my lab and turned on the bunsen burner and melted my hole with a piece of RED HOT metal... *:eekno:





I don’t recommend you do it this way, however, if you are going to melt your hole, please do it near a fume hood (or outside) like I did, cause that stuff really stinks!!! lol

When I had my hole, I just put the grill on. The Erebuni grill comes with no clips or hinges, its just a plain piece of fiberglass, so it goes on easily. Fastened the screws and shut the hood.



Anyway, that’s my little walk through of how I did the instal. The grill is kinda loose since there are no other clips holding it except the two stock screws, so I’m gonna have to come up with a way to fasten it down a little more.

Here’s some pictures of the finished install… (fits good)









A few pics of the grill and the eyelids together!








Three weeks, and 4 coats of paint later .. my grill is finally painted ( with eyelids cost is $115CAD)!!! *:yay: *

The reason it took three weeks to paint it was because it was apparently a ‘bad’ grill. The guy that painted it said it was the worst thing he has ever had to paint. The reason he said that, was because he got a lot of bubbles coming up from the fiberglass when he applied the paint. He said the bubbles were a result of the grill being very poorly done. A lot of work had to be done to repair the bubbles, they had to cut holes in the grill and fill it with bondo, and had to use special primers to avoid any other problems. So, my grill in the end got 4 coats of paint because they had to do everything over again 4 times. To make matters worse, my car is the ‘special’ pearl red color offered by Mazda, which means it’s a three stage painting process. When I came to pick it up, he said to me “buddy.. I hope you didn’t pay more than $20 for this grill.. This is absolute junk” *:?

Anyway, it came out looking good, and seems to be smooth all around.
Here’s a few pics of the painted grill..










The mesh part didn’t get painted, so I bought some BBQ black paint (which I’m told will stick to aluminum) and I did the job my self..



First coat, I’ll put on a few more coats in the next couple of days


Also, I’ll show you guys a few pics of the Accolade eyelids I got, they’re painted too!







Ok, here’s some pics of the finished install, Enjoy!!

This was before I put the eyelids on…




I think the paint match is pretty good… I’m happy with it..


*




















Some pics of the eyelids as well..








Latest pic (October 2005)

 
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