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[CarPorn] 2010 Mazda3 Ipad Mini dash install

Mazda 3 head unit…yawn.

I spend most of my days in my Mazda 3 driving between appointments and I no longer kept my library of CD’s stored in my Mazda as it was inconvenient, took too much space and eventually the CD’s would end up scratched and unreadable.

Instead I was listening to my music, podcasts, audiobooks from my iPhone.  Not to mention that I have a Sirius XM satellite radio subscription [insert the Babba-Booey Bomb here: “Babba-Booey!  Babba-Booey!  Howard Sterns penis!”].  All these new options led to my interior filled with cradles, windshield mounts, cigarette lighter outlet multiplier, FM transmitters and countless cords to make it all work.

So a couple of years ago I swapped out the factory head unit on my 2005 Mazda 3 with an Alpine iDA-x305 to eliminate all the clutter.  But thanks to Apple and Andriod, who have spurred innovations on how we consume media, we have a new problem.

Thanks to tablets and mobile OS’s new sources of media seem to pop up almost daily in the form of apps.  Not even the most hightech and expensive of these aftermarket headunits can keep up with all these new options. My opinion is that there isn’t a single head unit that actually lives up to my expectations (which aren’t that high) of how reliably it should operate.

The Solution:

Why have a head unit, that truthfully, tend to be buggy, expensive, sluggish and unimpressive after a short period of time.  Why not just install an iPad Mini in the dash of your Mazda3 and let it be your removable head unit?

The first video actually shows YouTube user DavePioneer, giving a tour of his Ipad Mini install on his 2010 Mazda 3.

The second video from Youtube user Soundmancaraudio, shows how they actually built-in an Ipad Mini into a Chrysler 300.

What are you waiting for?  Run out to Best Buy and get yourself an iPad Mini with 4g already!

[Car Porn Friday] Mitsubishi Lancer Evo dyno fail

In this instalment of Car Porn Fridays on Mazda3carpet.com, we have the automotive equivalent of a Venice Beach bodybuilder doing some power lifting, showing off to the ladies only to slip and fall.

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Mazda Museum Now Available On Google Street View

20130317-194016.jpgMany people don’t realize that Mazda has a heritage museum connected to their factory in Hiroshima, Japan. Unfortunately most of us will never get the opportunity to visit it. Luckily Mazda and Google have partnered together to take Google Street View into the Mazda Heritage Museum for a virtual tour. Below is the press release from Mazda.

Fans of everything Zoom-Zoom can now save a significant chunk of money: instead of flying to Japan to visit the Mazda Museum in Hiroshima, Mazda aficionados can now “tour” the museum virtually. The museum has been added to Google Street View, allowing anyone with an Internet connection to see all of the displays.

The Mazda Museum is divided into several sections, most of which are visible online. The entrance hall leads to the history wing, which features classic vehicles and other displays showing Mazda innovations since 1920. Another area is dedicated to the Mazda rotary engine, famous for its role in sports cars like the RX-7 and RX-8.

The museum’s technology hallway shows off various engines and details the assembly process for all new Mazda products. Finally, the future wing shows concept cars and other explorations of future Mazda vehicles. The only areas unavailable on Google Street View are the gift shop and the observation deck that looks out on a Mazda production line.

Of course, visiting the Mazda Museum in person is the only way to read the signs that go along with each display, or to receive one of the guided tours. Nonetheless, browsing the collection virtually is significantly cheaper and can be accomplished from the comfort of one’s own home… or office.

Source: Mazda

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MotorTrend pits the Mazdaspeed 3 against the Ford Focus ST.

The guys at Motor Trend magazine have been fielding a Ford Focus ST against all hot-hatch competitors on their YouTube channel show Head 2 Head. While I prefer the Mazdaspeed 3 over the Ford, it is hard to ignore the amazing chassis balance of the ST and how easy it seems to throw the car into a power drift slide. Continue reading