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time I close the hatch on my cx3, my hands automatically scrabble in the hard plastic shell looking for a purchase. Then, with an expletive, I have to change hand position to the dirty, wet outside of the hatch to close it.
Today I stopped doing that, removed the plastic hand grip inside the hatch ( which only allows you to guide the hatch as it opens) and altered it with a dremel and a s.a.k., thus allowing a purchase for 3-4 fingers to grasp and push down the hatch.

The above pic show the removed grip upside down. To remove it you need to remove the outer trim piece of the inside of the hatch, allowing you to remove the hand grip. The grip pops back in, anchoring on the sheet metal, and the outer trim goes over it. Yeah it looks like a butch job in the photo, but it’s not noticeable once installed.

No more dirty hands closing the hatch....
 

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My last car was a 09 Mazda 3 and it had a cable release for the trunk which I found very practical. It would have made a very welcome addition on the cx3, don’t know why it was omitted.

Opening the hatch is “ interesting”, if the batteries in your fob are weak you are really fighting it because even with fresh batteries you have to “unlock” the hatch from 3 meters away in order to open it. Best way is to unlock from the cabin, which isn’t possible when you’ve come back from shopping....
 
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