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Mazda CX-7



  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    "They went to CDs long before their primary competitors did, for instance."

    AJ, much has changed since the 90s. The platforms got much better and the audio didn't.
  • Where may I ask is this dealer located ???

    Tks. Deadeye
  • qddaveqddave Posts: 164
    I was at my dealership yesterday and saw a 2009 G. Noticed the fog lamps have some bright trim and the wheels are polished, not painted. Not uber-shiny, but not flat silver.
  • des5des5 Posts: 88
    Medina, Ohio
  • kmausskmauss Posts: 74
    Hi everyone,
    I'm starting some VERY preliminary window shopping for something in the CUV/SUV/ maybe even van realm for when my lease runs out on my Impala. I have not driven one of these, but I love the looks of them. I really do NOT want a truck-like SUV. My cars have always been sedans that (mostly) have been fun to drive and handled really well. I've test driven a few SUV type things that I have crossed off my list as 'no way!' because they handle like a Mack truck.

    I understand the CX-7's are really fun to drive and you can haul a lot of 'stuff' in them at the same time. However, in reading some reviews and posts, it seems like at least in their first year, they had a lot of issues. Have most of these seemed to clear up? I wouldn't be looking at doing anything probably before early next summer, so probably would be a 2009 model, unless I decided to pick up a year old one and let somebody else take the depreciation hit. Can anyone give me some pros, cons, insights, points to ponder before I go test drive one and get all enamored? Many thanks! :)
  • calessicalessi Posts: 7

    I can tell you that I've owned my CX-7 for almost two years, and have driven it almost 30,000 miles. I have honestly not had a single issue with this vehicle yet--not one. And yes: it is tremendously fun to drive, and very easy to use from a cargo carrying perspective (the easy to fold down rear seats really help).

  • slippertslippert Posts: 13
    I have had my CX-7 for over one year with no issues. It's awesome. The big negatives are well-know: Super unleaded (maybe not 2009) and gas mileage. I get slightly over 21 mpg with 60/40 highway/city driving. It's simply wonderful to drive and the best-looking BY FAR.
  • marlo1marlo1 Posts: 4
    I purchased my 2008 CX7 in December 2007. I have 13k miles on it and have not had one problem (yet). I enjoy the vehicle, the size is perfect for me since I'm the only driver and I don't carry passengers on a daily basis. Would I like to see some changes? Yes. Can I live with it? Yes. Am I happy about the purchase price? Yes. I do know the "zoom, zoom" is going to get me in trouble with the po-po very soon. I'm sorry, on an open road I can't help sometime but to "zoom" in that baby.
  • I have had my CX-7 for 2 years now. I absolutely loathe the smart key. It's unreliable and I have lost three of the manual keys due to faulty design. I lost the third one this morning. They fall out of the card and get lost and Mazda makes ME pay for new ones. Plus 30% of the time the key doesn't even work so I have to dig in my purse and retrieve the keys. Very aggravating. :mad: The service people at the Mazda dealership call it the Stupid key.
    If you are considering buying this car, I would suggest trying to get it w/out this feature, if possible.
    Does anyone else have this problem?
  • I actually had the key come out of the smart key pad and I couldn't find it for a couple of days. Thankfully, I did find it. I now can see they are easy to loose. What I did was put tape over the key in the pad; hopefully that will keep it from falling out again.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    My mini-key has never fallen out. In fact, the few times I've played with it, I had to really tug on it to get it out. I have noticed, however, that if the key and my phone are in the same pocket, the transponder doesn't work. So all I do now is make sure the key has its own pocket and it works flawlesly.
  • marlo1marlo1 Posts: 4
    My key stays in the card pretty firmly. Since I have the remote starter and the card, I brought a small leather pouch to keep both items in so they won't get damaged in my handbag.
  • des5des5 Posts: 88
    I drove a CX-7 for the first time last night. The handling and driving manners are very good, very similar to european vehicles. Like the commanding feel of the cockpit. I found the engine to have decent punch, even if it seemed a little whiny. The transmission shifitng seemed fine as well. Using the semi-manual takes practice. I have three issues with the car.
    1. The speedometer sits in a dark tunnel, and the lighting hardly makes them any more readable. I suppose the GT's EL would fix that (I have a 6 with EL) but that's an expensive fix.
    2. The speedo range is ridiculously impractical. 0-140MPH shown in 180 degrees means you spend 90% of your city driving time trying to make out tiny divisions at the bottom. My old slide rule was easier to read.
    3. It's not really a five-seater. Try the middle back position and tell me if you could stand that hard convex back for more than 20 minutes.
    4. The back rake really cuts into the cargo space.

    As a lover of tight responsive handling, this would be my choice, but I've already got the 6. Since it's for my wife (who says she'd be fine with a Kia!), these shortcomings really throw cold water on it. Next up: Mitsu Outlander.
  • I want to preface my comments by saying that I love my 2007 CX-7, and that it has given me zero problems since I purchased it almost two years ago.

    That being said, my only two gripes about it are:

    1. No port for an MP3 player (a common lament for people who own this car).
    2. The blind spot caused by the left mirror/roof pillar combination (essentially at the 11 o'clock low position). One time I actually starting rolling forward from a Stop sign, then noticed a woman crossing in a wheelchair on the opposite side of the intersection from left to right, causing me to come to an abrupt halt in the middle of the intersection. Ever since, I've been extremely careful regarding that viewing angle in the car.

  • does the cx7 grand tourning awd take regular or premium gasoline???
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    2008 and later will accept regular but premium is recommended for best performance. 2007 is premium only.
  • The latest reflash for CX7 from 4/08.

    It fix’s lean conditon that cause’s turbo to get excessively hot, then heat soak back to block on shut down, causing overheating and possible turbo damage.

    Part No. L33P-18881-T, File Name SW-L33PET000

    SW-L33PET000 =

    Page 1 of 6
    CONSUMER NOTICE: The information and instructions in this bulletin are intended for use by skilled technicians. Mazda technicians utilize the proper tools/
    equipment and take training to correctly and safely maintain Mazda vehicles. These instructions should not be performed by “do-it-yourselfers.” Customers
    should not assume this bulletin applies to their vehicle or that their vehicle will develop the described concern. To determine if the information applies,
    customers should contact their nearest authorized Mazda dealership. Mazda North American Operations reserves the right to alter the specifications and
    contents of this bulletin without obligation or advance notice. All rights reserved. No part of this bulletin may be reproduced in any form or by any means,
    electronic or mechanical---including photocopying and recording and the use of any kind of information storage and retrieval system ---without permission in
    © 2008 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
    Bulletin No: 01-022/08
    Last Issued: 04/02/2008
    Service Bulletin Mazda North American Operations
    Irvine, CA 92618-2922
    This bulletin supersedes the previous bulletin issued on 03/27/08. The REPAIR PROCEDURE has been
    2007-2008 Mazdaspeed3 vehicles with VINs lower than JM1BK**** ** 859606 (produced before November 22,
    2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles
    2007-2008 CX-7 vehicles with VINs lower than JM3ER**** ** 196510 (produced before November 19, 2007)
    Due to low fuel pressure at the high-pressure fuel pump, some vehicles may experience the following:
    • Rough idle, stall, and/or hesitation under cold conditions.
    • Intermittent lack of power during acceleration when the engine gets hot.
    • MIL turns on with DTC P2177/P2187 (fuel system too lean at off idle).
    This is caused by a delayed fuel pressure build-up from the high pressure fuel pump. There are two main reasons
    for this:
    1. The drive current from the PCM is not enough for some fuel pumps.
    2. Some fuel pumps have slower response.
    To fix the problem, the PCM software and the specification of the high-pressure fuel pump have been changed.
    Customers having this concern should have their vehicle repaired using the following repair procedure.
    1. Reboot the IDS to clear memory before reprogramming.
    2. Using IDS 51.9 or later software, reprogram the PCM to the latest calibration (refer to “Calibration Information”
    table) by following the “Module Reprogramming” procedure.
    • Always update the IDS tool first, then follow on-screen instructions to download the needed calibration
    file for PCM reprogramming.
    • It is not necessary to remove any fuses or relays during PCM reprogramming when the IDS
    screen prompts you to do so. You may accidentally stop power to one of the PCM terminals and
    cause the PCM to be blanked, or you may receive error messages during the IDS reprogramming
    Bulletin No: 01-022/08
    © 2008 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
    Last Issued: 04/02/2008
    Page 2 of 6
    • IDS shows the calibration part numbers after programming the PCM.
    • Please be aware that PCM calibration part numbers and file names listed in any Service Bulletin
    may change due to future releases of IDS software, and additional revisions made to those calibrations
    for service related concerns.
    • When reprogramming a PCM, IDS will always display the “latest” calibration P/N available for
    that vehicle. If any calibration has been revised/updated to contain new information for a new
    service concern/issue, it will also contain all previously released calibrations.
    • When performing this procedure, we recommend that a battery charger be installed on
    the vehicle battery and turned ON to a maximum charge of no more than 20 AMPS to
    keep the vehicle battery up to capacity. If you exceed 20 AMPS, it could damage the VCM.
    3. For vehicles built before April 7, 2007 that are experiencing the conditions as noted in this service bulletin
    after the PCM calibration update, perform a Warranty Vehicle Inquiry using your eMDCS System and
    inspect Warranty Claim Inquiry Detail for high-pressure fuel pump replacement.
    • If no prior history of replacement, replace the high-pressure fuel pump. Refer to MS3 online instructions
    or Workshop Manual section 01-14 FUEL PUMP UNIT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.
    • If the history indicates part number L3K9-13-35ZB was used during a repair, use the following illustration
    to inspect the production date of the high-pressure fuel pump. Replace it if the production date is before
    March 26, 2007.
    Date of production is marked as a 4 digit code “YMDD” at the pipe.
    Y for Year 4 for 2004....7 for 2007
    M for Month 1 for Jan....9 for Sept, X for October, Y for Nov, Z for Dec
    DD for Date 01 for 1st of month....31 for 31st of month
    Example “4Z16” means Dec 16, 2004; 7608 means June 8, 2007
    Bulletin No: 01-022/08
    © 2008 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
    Last Issued: 04/02/2008
    Page 3 of 6
    CAUTION: When replacing the high-pressure fuel pump, it is very important to make sure that the tension
    collar is present before reinstalling the pump. Failure to do so will result in excessive engine
    noise and the subsequent failure of the high-pressure fuel pump and its cam lobes.
    4. After performing the PCM reprogramming procedure, verify the repair by starting the engine and making
    sure there are no MIL illumination or abnormal warning lights present.
    • If any DTCs should remain after performing DTC erase, diagnose the DTCs according to the
    appropriate Troubleshooting section of the Workshop Manual.
    • After PCM reprogramming, it is no longer necessary to road test the vehicle to “relearn” KAM
    (Keep Alive Memory).
    5. Fill out an “Authorized Modifications” label (P/N 9999-95-AMDC-97) with the new PCM calibration information,
    your dealer code, and today’s date.
    Bulletin No: 01-022/08
    © 2008 Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
    Last Issued: 04/02/2008
    Page 4 of 6
    6. Place the “Authorized Modifications” label on the “A” pillar below the tear tag in the driver door jamb.
    Mazdaspeed3 (52.2 or later software)
    Mazdaspeed6 (51.9, 52.2 or later software)
    Spec New PCM Calibration Part Number File Name
    CA L39R-18-881D SW-L39RED000
    Fed, Canada L39S-18-881D SW-L39SED000
    Spec New PCM Calibration Part Number File Name
    CA L38G-18-1881G SW-L38JEG000
    Fed/Canada L38K-18-1881G SW-L38KEG000
  • I have a 2008 GT and I have to say that this car is great in the snow! We have had below freezing temps for the last six days with compact snow and ice on the road for the whole time. I used my remote start this morning since the temp was -6.7F and she started right up. My commute is 35 mile round trip and depending on where I am in my route there is anywhere from 4-12 inches of snow on the ground. So far I have slid one time in a turn which was easily controlled. I have to travel several steep hills without a slip or hiccup. This car is much more superior to my civic! We should be getting 4-8 more inches tonight with sustained winds of over 50mph so we will seen how it will go in real extreme conditions. Never felt safer!
  • xgbtxgbt Posts: 28
    Does anyone know other than a new front, revised console, and a non-turbo engine for the base model, are there any other mechanical changes/improvements on the 2010 CX-7 ?
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