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post #1 of 13 Old 08-22-2011, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Daytime running lights

My husband and I love our new Mazda2. It's economical, fun to drive (manual transmission), and easy to park. It's also amazing how much you can fit in the "trunk" hatchback area. Our only disappointment is the lack of daytime running lights, which seems to be a standard feature on almost any car these days. It's a safety issue, which seems to be even more important when you consider how small the car is. Why not make yourself more visible to other cars? We drive with the headlights on most of the time, but sometimes we forget. I'm wondering why Mazda didn't add this feature. I can't imagine it could cost that much. Any insight?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-24-2011, 01:21 PM
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It's weird that such a basic feature wasn't included. I guess Mazda figured people can just use the regular headlights if they need to see the road.

I wouldn't care too much about having DRL's. I would say they didn't include it to keep costs down but producing it in the masses won't cost much compared to a lot of other things.

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-25-2011, 07:41 PM
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Only one of four cars in the driveway have DRL. Not required in the US and only certain manufacturers put them on all cars. M2 being the length of my Miata but with greater height, DRL might be good! I do run my lights constantly on the Miata but an inexpensive DRL would be nice for both. I did google on this the other day and didn't find any decent options. Odd how the behemoth SUV in the drive does have DRLs.

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post #4 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 03:17 PM
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Only one of four cars in the driveway have DRL. Not required in the US and only certain manufacturers put them on all cars. M2 being the length of my Miata but with greater height, DRL might be good! I do run my lights constantly on the Miata but an inexpensive DRL would be nice for both. I did google on this the other day and didn't find any decent options. Odd how the behemoth SUV in the drive does have DRLs.
With the time, labour and parts to make a proper DRL system, I just don't think it's worth it. If you really want to go ahead but I think that money can be better spent on other things.

I also see some guys use their fog lights as DRL's, and it looks pretty cool.

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post #5 of 13 Old 08-30-2011, 09:10 PM
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Just turn your lights on when driving 2way highways. They are more effective that DRLs anyway.
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or turn to light 2 can have your corners/ ambers on though personally i dont find the use of the DRL's in broad day light as, it is much easier to see a whole car come at you as opposed to 2 lights moving towards you.

Its a minor safety issues that i know is only mandatory in Canada, which those drl's still arn't of much help.
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-21-2014, 06:18 PM
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Cool Color

That's one of the reasons why I love my green m2. . . You can spot it so easily in a parking lot so on the road I'm not worried.

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Wink DRL are the way to go.

You have every reason to want DRL's on your Mazda. I am a Mazda 2 Owner and yes I went Green. Love my Mazda but am disappointed that it didn't have DRL. Every car I own has either had DRL or I have installed DRL on every car I or my family has owned except the 2. DRL's save lives and it is proven in statistics. One of the reasons GM has it on every car they make. I am now motivated to do it on the 2. It is actually very simple in concept. You turn your parallel head light system into a series circuit to burn the elements at half intensity. I have hesitated doing this because I thought the BCM on the 2 was monitoring the head lights to alert the driver of a burned out bulb. I now realize that the BCM controls the head lights through relays and I think I can do what I want with the circuit. In essence the head light switch only acts as a request line instead of actually controlling the head light voltage. If I am successful I will post the procedure.
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DRL's are automatic

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Just turn your lights on when driving 2way highways. They are more effective that DRLs anyway.
Why settle for turning on head lights you might leave on. Who wants to bother with it. DRL's are automatic, just get in and drive!
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Self made 2x 30 watt cree-led DRL's on my Dutch 2013 Mazda2 1,5 GTM.........









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