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2014 Mazda CX-5: Intermittent iPod Interface

June 13, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

The iPod interface in our 2014 Mazda CX-5 isn't working correctly. That is to say, it's working worse than normal.

Traditionally, what happens when you plug into the Mazda's iPod interface is that the system will give you a swirling wheel of waiting for 1-10 minutes while it decides whether or not to play your music. It then restarts the iPod to a pre-sorted (alphabetic starting with numbers) list.

This functionality is less than ideal, but far better than what it does now, which sometimes is nothing. The system will sometimes stall for 30-plus minutes trying to archive longer iPods and then randomly cut out or insert a sharp white nose. At least, this is what it does when it actually decides to play anything rather than just sitting there offering no tracks, artists, playlists, etc.

The CX-5 has an unrelated date with the dealer shortly. We'll have them look into this as well. Hopefully, there's an update.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 9,440 miles

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