I love gadgets, and I bet I'm not the only one here. I've always wanted one of those flip keys, but my NB didn't come with one, and to buy one and get it programmed them from Mazda, is daylight robbery. So I thought, "how hard can it be?".
So, after a lot of searching, I found a remote casing that would accept a direct transplant of my current three button remote circuit board. Not only that, It has Mazda branding! This means no programming of a new remote chip.
The casing I bought wast $20 delivered, but it only had the lock/unlock button holes
Once I received it, I measured where the boot release button should go, and simply drilled a hole for it.
My friend is a locksmith, so I got him to cut it. If you get the same casing, note that the blade is NOT OEM, and that one side of the blade is wider, so you will need to pack the blank to cut deeper into it, or else you will wear out your ignition barrel. Noting this to a good locksmith, they should know what you mean.
I had to sacrifice my spare key to remove the transponder, so I don't need to spend money on getting someone to program a new chip
There was a little spot inside the case where you can put the chip as well.
I surely can't be the only one who wanted something like this, but not willing to pay the ridiculous amounts of money, so I thought I'd share.
If there is any interest, I'm happy to supply links to ebay, and show you the insides of the casing.
By the way, I saved money by getting a friend to cut the key, so the cost of that isn't taken into account.
This is my MX5. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My MX5, without me, is useless. Without my MX5, I am useless.
The MX5 Drivers Creed.