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Hello guys i m from cyprus i just bought the new cx 3 mazda 2018

Just i need you are help which armrest is better for this model ? without drilling

And what about sd card for navigation system for cyprus?where can i bought both ?

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This would depend on how important your cup holders are to you. There have been tons of forum discussion on it.
For the North Americas there is just a rest over the cups, no storage.
EU/Aus rests go over the holders but have storage.
eBay/Amazon have lots but the base of the armrest seems to always cover at least one of the cup holders. The only non-manufacturers rests I’ve seen that look to be decent are the “Armster 2” out of the UK.
All of them above tilt upwards to some degree.
Again, if you like you mocha choco latte ya ya’s while driving then maybe just don’t install one lol.
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This would depend on how important your cup holders are to you. There have been tons of forum discussion on it.
For the North Americas there is just a rest over the cups, no storage.
EU/Aus rests go over the holders but have storage.
eBay/Amazon have lots but the base of the armrest seems to always cover at least one of the cup holders. The only non-manufacturers rests Iíve seen that look to be decent are the ďArmster 2Ē out of the UK.
All of them above tilt upwards to some degree.
Again, if you like you mocha choco latte ya yaís while driving then maybe just donít install one lol.
Im really debating the "armster 2" type ones but I have yet to see a legitimate installed pictures and usage besides one Malaysian youtuber doing a quick install. Im not sure how much more stable and better quality it is compared to the oem one for the price.

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This would depend on how important your cup holders are to you. There have been tons of forum discussion on it.
For the North Americas there is just a rest over the cups, no storage.
EU/Aus rests go over the holders but have storage.
eBay/Amazon have lots but the base of the armrest seems to always cover at least one of the cup holders. The only non-manufacturers rests I’ve seen that look to be decent are the “Armster 2” out of the UK.
All of them above tilt upwards to some degree.
Again, if you like you mocha choco latte ya ya’s while driving then maybe just don’t install one lol.
Im really debating the "armster 2" type ones but I have yet to see a legitimate installed pictures and usage besides one Malaysian youtuber doing a quick install. Im not sure how much more stable and better quality it is compared to the oem one for the price.
Yes same for me. On my road trip I got used to a rest not being there but would have still liked one. Upside is I rested hand/arm on the GFs lap heheh!
The one thing with the OEMs is the bracket underneath. Tedious but so necessary.
But....the armsters do seem to be of a pretty good quality and not a knock off. Perhaps I’ll email the company direct and ask how it is installed to gauge the stability.
They’ve also come down a bit in price on eBay it seems as well...

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Interesting, I seem to have found 2 different versions which I assumed were the same thing.

This one has subaru stars around the back slot and requires 4 drilled holes which I thought was standard for this 'model'
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Center-...ybXr:rk:6:pf:0

This guy however is put on with double sided tape I presume and the screws are only for baseplate to armrest connector? Side design around back is also different.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mazda-2-CX3...MKwR:rk:2:pf:0

This is a video I was talking about which was apparently referring to the second version. Even so I dont think I would trust double sided tape for this job especially considering the movement that happens when he rests his arm on it.

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This is the picture of the fitting instructions for the Armster 2 from their site
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I like the overall design of this product; good versatility and intrigues me into looking into it further as a replacement. My main question is durability; how will it hold up (and stay attached to the center console) since armrests usually get rigorously used. Even in the video, you can see the unit flex when he puts his arm on it and he does not appear to be putting a whole lot of pressure to it; certainly not his entire weight. For the stock USA one (the phone-holder version) which came with mine, I employ a properly-sized (meaning correct height) aluminum coffee mug in the forward cup holder to act as a brace. This allows full weight on the stock armrest if I want. Has worked beautifully since day one.

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I. have now had this armrest since early 2017 and love it.



Simple, easy to install and it sits perfectly for my arm...

Got it online from Italy.

Covered on page 11 of my build thread.
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I. have now had this armrest since early 2017 and love it.

Simple, easy to install and it sits perfectly for my arm...

Got it online from Italy.

Covered on page 11 of my build thread.
I see this in my future. Thanks for sharing.
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