by Clive Underhill
Date Added: Friday 16 May, 2014
These Mazda covers look really good on the car. The instructions supplied say "expert fitment required". Indeed I had to overcome a couple of issues which were not covered by the instructions.
1) The parts kit included a couple of washers for the bolts which attach the cover popper brackets to the car. These washers were not identified on the enclosed parts list. Not such a big deal until you discover that the bolts won't tighten up properly on the bracket so the washer has to be placed under the conical bolt head in order that the bracket is held firmly. The washers raise the bolt heads above the brackets so they don't look "right". I tried all permutations of nut bolt and washer but this was the only one that worked. Without the washers (as pictured in the instructions), the bolt heads are too small to tighten up on the brackets and they are very loose.
2) These fixing bolts are totally concealed by the seat belt cover trims but these did not sit correctly when refitted. I removed foam packing pieces from inside the trim but they are still a bit higher than they were. Again I think the washers are to blame.
5 stars for external appearance but 1 star for fitting so 3 stars overall.