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I love my CX3, but it bothers me that there is no good place to charge my phone. I’ve been thinking about building something in my workshop, but now I’ve seen a phone holder that mounts in the CD slot sold on Amazon. Has anyone tried one of these?
 

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TBH even if you mount your phone in the CD slot area, it's probably not going to turn out well since your phone would just be sitting at the bottom near the tray. You'll probably save space/keep your area cleaner if you keep your phone either in the armrest or get one of those nets for the side of the seat (I've been thinking of the net myself, since I have 2 phones).

Or, try using a magnetic mount on the side dock if you don't mind your phone being in view?

This is just what I did.

 

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TBH even if you mount your phone in the CD slot area, it's probably not going to turn out well since your phone would just be sitting at the bottom near the tray. You'll probably save space/keep your area cleaner if you keep your phone either in the armrest or get one of those nets for the side of the seat (I've been thinking of the net myself, since I have 2 phones).

Or, try using a magnetic mount on the side dock if you don't mind your phone being in view?

This is just what I did.
Same thing I did but am looking for other ways. I keep taking it off for the A/C blowing front and centre though
 

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I tried the CD slot thing from Scoche. It’s not too bad actually. Putting the car in park hits the phone but I’m always forgetting the thing in the car anyway. Also mine is an iPhone 8 Plus so it huge. Also switch it to landscape and put it sideways. I do like not having it in the vent now though...I’ll try it out for a week and see if I end up returning it lol
 

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I had something similar to pandaG but it did not have the magnetic attachment which seems to make it fit better. Using a cd phone holder with the side and bottom pads makes it extend even further which makes the space available to grab the shifter in park near impossible without taking the phone out or maneuvering in a certain way. Similar to the sky redline which I initially bought it for, I discovered that both of these cars are not suitable for cd phone mounts or at least the version I had. What I did do in my sky was buy a phone mount which had a long snake like arm you could move around and bolted into the seat rail bolts so that might be an alternative that works for you.
 

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@SlyCoopers ...I actually fiddled with it and slid it as far left in the CD slot as it could go, then angled it slightly towards the left towards me (there’s a ball joint that attaches to the magnet).
Voila! Pushing the gear to park touches it a bit but I’m not jamming my finger when I do so. The phone attaches and detaches normally.
Also, the size of the phone has the bottom rest on the gearbox nicely so, when driving, it doesn’t jiggle hitting bumps. Actually...doesn’t move at all lol.
Thank you for your input though, always appreciated!
 

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Phone Holder Suggestions

Hi All,

I have another suggestion for you all to consider, as this is something that I have done in my car.

Its a simple style holder, not intentionally made for a phone but does work well and is out of site too.

It is against the Law over here to use the phone whilst driving, and the way that you can control most of the features with the command system, I think this is a good idea.

Please see attached Pics, I know its not of my Car, but this is exactly what I bought and attached to the side of the Centre Console, it works a treat, no damage to either phone or car.

Darren
 

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Phone Holder Suggestions

Hi All,

I have another suggestion for you all to consider, as this is something that I have done in my car.

Its a simple style holder, not intentionally made for a phone but does work well and is out of site too.

It is against the Law over here to use the phone whilst driving, and the way that you can control most of the features with the command system, I think this is a good idea.

Please see attached Pics, I know its not of my Car, but this is exactly what I bought and attached to the side of the Centre Console, it works a treat, no damage to either phone or car.

Darren
Thanks for the idea. I really like this as an alternative but am curious as to the holding power of the 3m tape on non flat/smooth surfaces especially in hot summer temperatures. I had something similar a while back but it was a hard plastic sleeve type holder which peeled off the 3m tape in hot temps and could barely hold my waller without coming apart.
 

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I love my CX3, but it bothers me that there is no good place to charge my phone. I’ve been thinking about building something in my workshop, but now I’ve seen a phone holder that mounts in the CD slot sold on Amazon. Has anyone tried one of these?
If you have access to supplies and alot of free time, you could probably replicate something like how proclips is doing. I almost forgot that they made a clip that goes around and behind the center "leather" trim piece under the vent and you could slide it as close and as far as you needed.
 

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Thank you, great replies here. I hadn't considered that the height of the CD slot may interfere with the shift lever. I'm concerned about that. I wouldn't want to bash my phone putting the car into park. I also like the idea of something put on the side of the center piece, rather than up toward the vent. I'm concerned about blocking the vent. I also do enjoy fabricating things, so I still may try to build a small stand that will set in the space in front of the shift lever. In the meantime, I've gotten one of those wedge holders, and that may work. Since I'm by myself in the car 95% of the time, I don't mind a wedge holder impinging a bit on the passenger seat. I'll see if I can attach a pic of the thing I'm trying. I think it may fit the bill nicely. I also think I'll try a vent clip of the sort Panda mentioned. If it doesn't work, or I feel it's blocking the vent too much, I can always return it.

I actually would like the phone in view while I'm driving, since I use the maps function on it sometimes. Having it mounted on the vent wouldn't be too bad in terms of glancing over to see where the next turn is. Safer than glancing down at my knee, which is where I would need to have it otherwise.
 

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Thank you, great replies here. I hadn't considered that the height of the CD slot may interfere with the shift lever. I'm concerned about that. I wouldn't want to bash my phone putting the car into park. I also like the idea of something put on the side of the center piece, rather than up toward the vent. I'm concerned about blocking the vent. I also do enjoy fabricating things, so I still may try to build a small stand that will set in the space in front of the shift lever. In the meantime, I've gotten one of those wedge holders, and that may work. Since I'm by myself in the car 95% of the time, I don't mind a wedge holder impinging a bit on the passenger seat. I'll see if I can attach a pic of the thing I'm trying. I think it may fit the bill nicely. I also think I'll try a vent clip of the sort Panda mentioned. If it doesn't work, or I feel it's blocking the vent too much, I can always return it.

I actually would like the phone in view while I'm driving, since I use the maps function on it sometimes. Having it mounted on the vent wouldn't be too bad in terms of glancing over to see where the next turn is. Safer than glancing down at my knee, which is where I would need to have it otherwise.
When I get a chance tomorrow, I’ll throw up a photo of the phone in place as well as the holder the way I’ve set it up. Might give you some perspective.
Also, Sat Nav SD cards are going for about $99USD on EBay. I got one and it’s worked just as advertised, and with the 3 years of updates. Just a thought other than using your phone ?
 

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Thank you, great replies here. I hadn't considered that the height of the CD slot may interfere with the shift lever. I'm concerned about that. I wouldn't want to bash my phone putting the car into park. I also like the idea of something put on the side of the center piece, rather than up toward the vent. I'm concerned about blocking the vent. I also do enjoy fabricating things, so I still may try to build a small stand that will set in the space in front of the shift lever. In the meantime, I've gotten one of those wedge holders, and that may work. Since I'm by myself in the car 95% of the time, I don't mind a wedge holder impinging a bit on the passenger seat. I'll see if I can attach a pic of the thing I'm trying. I think it may fit the bill nicely. I also think I'll try a vent clip of the sort Panda mentioned. If it doesn't work, or I feel it's blocking the vent too much, I can always return it.

I actually would like the phone in view while I'm driving, since I use the maps function on it sometimes. Having it mounted on the vent wouldn't be too bad in terms of glancing over to see where the next turn is. Safer than glancing down at my knee, which is where I would need to have it otherwise.
When I get a chance tomorrow, I’ll throw up a photo of the phone in place as well as the holder the way I’ve set it up. Might give you some perspective.
Also, Sat Nav SD cards are going for about $99USD on Amazon. I got one and it’s worked just as advertised, and with the 3 years of updates. Just a thought other than using your phone ?
Edit: sorry not Amazon, I mean Ebay
 

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Thank you, great replies here. I hadn't considered that the height of the CD slot may interfere with the shift lever. I'm concerned about that. I wouldn't want to bash my phone putting the car into park. I also like the idea of something put on the side of the center piece, rather than up toward the vent. I'm concerned about blocking the vent. I also do enjoy fabricating things, so I still may try to build a small stand that will set in the space in front of the shift lever. In the meantime, I've gotten one of those wedge holders, and that may work. Since I'm by myself in the car 95% of the time, I don't mind a wedge holder impinging a bit on the passenger seat. I'll see if I can attach a pic of the thing I'm trying. I think it may fit the bill nicely. I also think I'll try a vent clip of the sort Panda mentioned. If it doesn't work, or I feel it's blocking the vent too much, I can always return it.

I actually would like the phone in view while I'm driving, since I use the maps function on it sometimes. Having it mounted on the vent wouldn't be too bad in terms of glancing over to see where the next turn is. Safer than glancing down at my knee, which is where I would need to have it otherwise.
Here you go :)
 

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This is yet another place where Mazda's preoccupation with style overcomes function. How could they not know that drivers would want to be able to mount their phones somewhere? Yet there is no reasonably flat surface to stick it to, no straight grill to clip it to, no place to put a phone. You can't even put it in the cup holder, because the cup holders are essentially in the back seat. Putting its mount in the CD slot obviously makes it impossible to play a CD. Might as well hang it over the 'Infotainment' screen. That way you can use Google Maps and not a navigation system that tries to send you into left turns that have long since been made illegal.
 

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This is yet another place where Mazda's preoccupation with style overcomes function. How could they not know that drivers would want to be able to mount their phones somewhere? Yet there is no reasonably flat surface to stick it to, no straight grill to clip it to, no place to put a phone. You can't even put it in the cup holder, because the cup holders are essentially in the back seat. Putting its mount in the CD slot obviously makes it impossible to play a CD. Might as well hang it over the 'Infotainment' screen. That way you can use Google Maps and not a navigation system that tries to send you into left turns that have long since been made illegal.
Ya it’s a bit annoying not having general storage. I don’t have the arm rest so there is the little trinket bucket but that gets filled up quick.
As for the CD holder, it works alright for me because I don’t listen to cds very much. It would be cool if they made CD slots an option and otherwise have a little storage bin instead. Still considering the phone holder that clips anywhere along the leather dash trim.
I hate vent clips as it can’t be good for the phone if you’re blasting the hot or cold A/C
 

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Phone Holder Suggestions

Hi All,

I have another suggestion for you all to consider, as this is something that I have done in my car.

Its a simple style holder, not intentionally made for a phone but does work well and is out of site too.

It is against the Law over here to use the phone whilst driving, and the way that you can control most of the features with the command system, I think this is a good idea.

Please see attached Pics, I know its not of my Car, but this is exactly what I bought and attached to the side of the Centre Console, it works a treat, no damage to either phone or car.

Darren

Hi Darren,
Could you share where you found this item?
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Darren,
Did it stay adhered and secure for you? I found the same item on Amazon and most of the reviews claim that it almost immediately fell off despite following the installation instructions.

this may be of some help for you.

This is what I bought, not from this seller but the same product, just make sure to clean the area where your going to affix it onto with some Isopropyl alcohol so it can stick properly.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Universal-Car-Auto-Elastic-Net-String-Bag-Seat-Pocket-Storage-Pen-Organizer-Cage-/152955841623?_trksid=p5731.m3795

Darren
 

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Darren,
Did it stay adhered and secure for you? I found the same item on Amazon and most of the reviews claim that it almost immediately fell off despite following the installation instructions.
as you did mention that the rubbish 3M tape they use on these is pretty crap to say the least.

Yes I did have to replace the tape and can confirm that it has never come off since.

Apology for the late reply.

Darren
 

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as you did mention that the rubbish 3M tape they use on these is pretty crap to say the least.

Yes I did have to replace the tape and can confirm that it has never come off since.

Apology for the late reply.

Darren
Could I ask what type of adhesive tape you used to replace the poor quality provided tape?
Thanks
 
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