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The standard radio in my 2005 Mazda 3 4dr sedan simply stopped working while driving one day. I have checked the fuse in the fuse panel and it doesn't appear to be blown. Does anyone know what the problem might be? It is a real hassle I'm told to get into the dash on this car.

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You'll need to remove the stock radio from the vehicle and look on the back - if it doesn't have a fuse there, then the radio probably burnt inside. The cost of repairing the original radio may be more than buying a replacement. When you get your replacement, make sure to buy the appropriate wire harness for your vehicle as well as the right mount kit for proper installation. If you do the stereo but don't mount it , it will not last long as it doesn't take much banging to kill one. Patience will be your best tool in doing this job as well as minimal tools including a crimp tool and crimp connectors. Soldering the wires is not necessary, and when you get the harness, count the wires on it - that is how many connectors you'll need, although I would get a few extras - for insurance!!

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