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Automatic lights!

Post by RichardK » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:46 pm

Mazda Australia have an auto light on/off module - fits several Mazdas, including the RX8. Having seen the sensor (looks like a third-party alarm LED), I'm not particularly excited, but for $119, it's a possible addon for people.

The kit consists of:
- a control module
- wiring and adaptors to tap it into the original system
- a bracket to mount the module
- operational and fitting instructions

The module and wiring are installed under the steering column covers, the light sensor is installed in the bottom of your RHF a pillar trim (just above the dash).

There is no switch or stalk as such. The various features of the auto lights on/off can be individually activated or deactivated using a key turning sequence in combination with turning the lights on and off at the stalk a specified number of times. Full instructions included.
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Post by countzero » Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:46 pm

I tend to go with the "if it's dark turn them on", but each to their own. bit too BMW for my liking. dont see the point of automatic wipers either. or an automatic gearbox for that matter! I like to drive the car
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Post by RichardK » Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:28 am

Automatic dipping rearview mirror and wipers are really useful items. Wipers especially - my Beetle had them and drizzly rain ceased to be a constant battle between too much rain, or too fast a setting for the wipers.

Automatic lights less so - and the kit looks, Mazda supplied or not, like a bodge.
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Post by California Style » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:48 am

I get in my car, and turn lights on...whatever time of day.
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Post by fnegroni » Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:37 pm

Automatic screen wipers sound good, if they work.
I was caught by a sudden storm on track last time at Bedford, and as I was approaching the end of the fastest straight at 120+ mph, let's say visibility was a bit of an issue.
Automatic lights: I tend to make a better judgement but i can see how they could be useful for people who forget to switch them on at night!
Automatic gears: they enable a more relaxed drive and I certainly like it in the mazda 6. Any sportscar though should have manual gears IMHO. Of ocurse, we all know the latest auto-boxes are faster than humans, but then where is the feeling? I like the vibrations I feel when opearting the stick. Imagine if you had a steering wheel completely disconnected from the front wheels, how could you tell when you are approaching the limit of traction? In that respect, the latest autoboxes are gimmicky for road use. They were invented to go faster on the race track. Where anything that makes you go faster is better, but for shear driving pleasure, I want more feeling. With safety of course. ABS, DSC, the more the better. But at least i want to know what's going to happen rather than being left in the dark. Don't you think?
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Post by SeanP » Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:26 pm

Wife's Sk*da has rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view and DSG auto-box. Oh, and cruise control.

I find the wipers and rear-view very useful indeed - though you still have to turn the wipers 'on' in the first place (equiv of 'intermittent') :roll:

The DSG is interesting, very smooth and quick at shifting through the 6-gears; and can be overridden somewhat with manual sequential up/down shifts :D Definitely not as sloppy feeling as the old slush systems ;)

However, the whole shooting match is hindered by the 105bhp diesel engine, which takes an age for the turbo to run up before taking off, and of course it's FWD :?

There's nothing like the contrast to 4.5K top-end revs vs 9.5K :twisted:

P.S. I too drive with lights on most of the time... Better to be seen, than sorry :!:
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Post by Speedy36 » Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:55 pm

off thread i know.

but keep getting pulled for having lights on :oops:

maybe the boys in blue don't like fogs....... although i know its illegal to drive really with thm on but wow it's still looks gooooooood :P
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:17 pm

I drive with my lights on all the time & I think Day-Running Lights should be fitted or switched on in all cars sold in the UK.

My Dad has Auto Wipers,Auto Lights & Auto Dip Rear View Mirror on his M-Benz C200k Elegance 4 door Saloon Tip/Auto.

I am not to shaw about his Auto Lights,as they do not always come on when it rains :!: The rest of the items work very well.

As for Auto`s,I will possibily go back to a Auto on my next car,as I miss it in traffic & on long drives with the Cruise Control. :roll: :evil:

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Post by mimnouk » Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:22 pm

California Style wrote:I get in my car, and turn lights on...whatever time of day.
LOL.... That's a bit overkill in a car the colour of ours! :shock:
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Post by JWatts » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:16 pm

At Prodrive I was asked:

'What colour is the sky?'
A. 'Grey'
'What colour is the road?'
A. 'Grey'
'What colour is your car?'
A. 'Grey'

Then turn your lights on. Maybe not everyday, but most of the time I now drive with my lights on too!
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Post by Jester » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:26 pm

^^^^me too!
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Post by JWatts » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:35 pm

druck wrote:So putting you lights on is sensisible - but not the fogs - that makes you a highly visible t4wt. :!:
Couldn't agree more Dave. I drive an RX, not a Corsa :wink:
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Post by drago » Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:22 pm

Have these on my clio 182.

And even though they are handy for them dark moments, they are also a pain in multi storey car park's and other dark area's as they flicker on and off.

Definetly something i dont miss when driving the 8 :)
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Post by tartantam » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:15 pm

I did the opposite....thought my lights were on cos the lights on the rev counter etc were illuminated......then wondered why so many people were flashing me.......what a fud! :lol:
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Post by I am Spartacus! » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:05 pm

They're trying to bring in a rule in france where you need to have your main lights on at all times of the day, even if it is sunny :shock:

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Post by The G Man » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:02 pm

tartantam wrote:.what a fud! :lol:
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Post by mimnouk » Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:51 am

^^^^^^ LOL :lol:
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