Pet Peeve -- CD Changers Behind Navigation Screens - 2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: Pet Peeve -- CD Changers Behind Navigation Screens

March 26, 2009


I've hit my limit on in-dash CD changers mounted behind integrated navigation system screens. I can't stand the setup in our long-term 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring.

If it was just a single-disc player, I think I'd be fine with it. But this is a six-disc unit, and the loading and unloading process is the one of the fussiest I've ever encountered. OK, it's helpful that you get the yellow "In" labels to let you know which slots are occupied. But when I'm ready to put something in slot 2, I can't just press the slot 2 disc icon -- I have to hit that, plus "Load" or "Eject." That's silly. And with the soft on-screen "buttons" so close together, it's easy to hit the wrong one accidentally.

Some manufacturers (like Nissan/Infiniti) manage to find other real estate in the center stack for a separate CD changer unit when a navigation system is installed. But, frankly, even a glovebox-mounted unit would be preferable to the Mazda 6's setup, which I certainly don't try to load while driving anyway. (Sure, I could listen to my iPod instead, but I didn't want to last night. The sound quality is not the same, plus I spent 15 years building my CD collection -- it takes time to rip it all to my computer.)

A note on the screen discoloration: It's still there, but we will address it when the Mazda 6 goes in for its first service.

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