Yeah, I know not quite the right place, but right 'nough I reckon
The plastic trim around the ignition switch has broken off on my wife's Mazda 5. It holds the ignition switch pieces together. It can be put back on, but it pops off just a time or two later. I might be able to super glue it back together, not sure.
At any rate, the nearest I can tell is it is part of the immobilizer unit for the ignition. Sadly, a $150 part. As near as the person at Mazda can tell, and w/ my digging, it is not a seperate part, though that trim doesn't seem to be integral to the part (it is removable, it has a couple of tabs on it).
My biggest question is, if you replace the immobilizer, is it as simple as that? Or is there some kind of reprogramming that needs to be done? I know the steps for reprogramming a remote, and the part is listed in a couple of places as Immobilizer/antenna. I am assuming it functions to pickup and/or process the key fobs signals. Does it also process the RFID chip in the key?
Just wondering how screwed I am if I have to replace it. Are we talking just replace the part, or are we talking having to get Mazda service to do and also possibly replace a couple of keys?