I like the trunk mechanism on the Audi A3 2015 car. The trunk opens all the way up by remote. When you’re carrying groceries it is very convenient. I usually carry two bags for my work commute and the MX-5 trunk will only open an inch or so, causing me to have to put my bags down to open the lid all the way. After a closer look at the current mechanism, I thought it would be easy to add a couple of torsion springs, to help the trunk lid open-up all the way, by remote. Continue reading
Sometimes it’s nice to have the ability to open windows remotely, especially on a hot day, to let hot air out.
With my window switch modification for the automatic roll up feature, the only issue was operation when the car’s power is off. Finally, I was able to figure out how to wake up the window switch remotely, which provided an opportunity to add control from the remote key fob. Continue reading
My previous post was about adding an extra switch on the indicator panel. Another option will be adding a switch to the cluster switch panel, located on the left side of the dash. Continue reading
BMW and Mercedes have one convenient feature that some people hate, other likes.An automatic moving side mirror, on the passenger side, that moves downward during backup, to see the curb. I decided that with some modification it would be a very useful feature in my car as well. Continue reading
There are thousands of car phone mounts on the market. They usually have a clip to mount on the air vent or suction cup to mount on the wind shield or dash. MX-5 2016 has no flat surfaces on the interior. Space is very limited, which makes it hard to find a good location for the phone mount. Continue reading
MX-5 2016 does not make any sounds when warnings lights come out, as other cars do.
I have to commute everyday 70 miles roundtrip. Not paying attention to the fuel gauge at the beginning of my commute, the yellow warning light sometimes sneaks up on me; at times while on the freeway … This is especially annoying during busy “stop and go” traffic, on the way back home. Continue reading
MX-5 2016 has very little space to store things. There is a cubby compartment between the seats, which is tall enough to be divided by a shelf. I found inside the cubby small ledges on each side and 3 slots on the back wall, which can be used for mounting a shelf. Measuring inside that space is not easy; I did some preliminary measurements and cut out from cardboard a shape of this shelf. After a few iterations of cutting and fitting, I made a pretty accurate model in Solidworks and produced a DXF file for laser cut. Continue reading