The Mazda MX-5 (ND) has one annoying issue. As soon as you shut off the engine, the Radio/Bluetooth system immediately turns off. This is especially annoying when you are on a call, but have to stop the car in a parking lot or garage. Most other car radios will continue working until you open the door to exit.
The front bumper of the MX-5 Miata is very low. Some people even lower their car more, by an inch or so. A front parking camera would be very useful, to avoid scratching the lower part of the bumper while parking close to high curbs. Continue reading
The MX-5 turn signal clicking sound is very quiet. Often times when driving with the top open, it’s easy to forget to turn it off. There are a few discussions and solutions on the Miata forum about this issue. Continue reading
Mazda Miata is a very small car and sometimes drivers following in bigger cars might not notice right away if you are starting to brake. To alert their attention, a flashing 3rd brake seems like a good solution. Continue reading
When replacing turn signal incandescent lamps with LEDs, the typical problem is hyper flashing. This happens due to the car diagnostic reporting a drop in power consumption, and to get attention from the driver to check the bulbs. Continue reading
This project was inspired by the work of Kenji Ganakuto on YouTube .
He has actually cut the light unit with an ultrasonic cutter, to install LEDs there, which is quite a complicated process.
I decided to design a simple bulb replacement instead. After taking a closer look at the light unit design, I found that I can fit there a 4″ long LED light to produce a similar effect. Continue reading