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2007 Mazda CX-9

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  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    ...but first do you think the dealer will accept?....second...would you trust signing a blind commitment with a car dealer that you don't know?....I don't think so...so I will have to wait until we can talk dollars...do you agree?
  • rransirransi Posts: 11
    Received the MPV wireless headphones. They work perfectly with CX-9 DVD drop-down setup!
  • srangersranger Posts: 106
    Well,

    I decided to dig a little deeper into this problem that I am having with the seat. I took the seat completely apart over the weekend. I removed some of the batting that the upolstry shop put in. They had a little more in there than I tought they did. It made the seat bottom a little too hard for my tail. I covered the seat with some cheap vinyl material ( It was not pretty, but it was only a test )

    However, without the rolled seam in the middle of the side bolster, I found the seat to be quite comfortable on a 2hr drive. So, having found the exact problem with the seat, I tried to find a possible solution without having to re-cover all of the seats.

    I decide to cut a V shaped trough in the foam where the rolled seams run down the middle of the side bolsters. It was fairly easy to do with a sharp razor blade. This lets the seam press into the foam with little resistance and does not put much pressure on my legs and hips. It also does not change the apperarace of the seat at all. So far it seems to be working. It did not bother me at all today on two different 1hr trips. I may have found the solution to my problem. I wanted to post the info hear as this may be a fairly easy solution for anyone who may experiance the same issue ( too wide of a load for the seat :P )

    I'll post again once I have some more seat time...
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    good luck, sranger. hopefully, this is the fix to your issue. i'm really quite concerned and disappointed that mazda would not even attempt a seat replacement to see if that would resolve the issue.
  • nxs138nxs138 Posts: 481
    Just reading all the work you're doing to solve this issue makes me tired...I would have given up much more easily ;-)

    I wonder if the foam in the side bolster could be replaced by something more compliant (you'll lose that support when you burn through corners, but at least your thighs will be happy)...
  • kjm11379kjm11379 Posts: 16
    I talked to Mazda Corp. today via phone, they confirmed that the new 2008 CX-9 will have the new 3.7 liter V6 engine that is listed for the 2008 Canada CX-9. Dealerships are not talking about it because they want to get all the 2007's with the smaller engine off of their lots first. Mazda Corp. did not have the hp or the mpg or the tourge ratings as of yet, but they told me that dealers have already been given their allocation sheets for 2008 for delievery in Sept. or Oct. The new 2008's should being building after July 4th. If anyone gets info on the HP or anything else please update...
  • imamgimamg Posts: 136
    AWESOME... and @ what... less than a 1/4 the orignal costs!!! I love it when a plan works out... I've passed on the info to the woman @ mazda who I was originaly working with on all this... giving her big praise... keep the questions coming... as well as the answers.
  • ashskiashski Posts: 1
    We here in Australia are expecting our first shipment of CX 9's in January 2008, they will have a 3.7ltr engine.

    link title

    Was going to buy a new car soon but am very tempted to wait the 7 months before gladly disposing of my 7 yr old Landrover Discovery tank.
  • srangersranger Posts: 106
    Here is the deal on my seat troubles.

    So far the groove that I cut in the foam seems to have worked well. I drove the vehicle for about 6hr last Thursday and the seam did not bother me much. There was one place in the seat that still bothered me a little and I removed the cover on that side and made the groove a little wider yesterday. It was more comfortable after I put it back together. I think this modification is going to completely solve my problem.

    It is a shame that Mazda did not take my complaint seriously. This groove could be made into the mold used to form the seat cushion. It does not alter the appearance of the seat in anyway. A smaller person would never notice that the groove was there and a larger person, like me, would certainly find it to be more comfortable. However, they will not even let me speak to anyone at Mazda that might find the information useful.

    I was going to take some pictures when I took the seat apart this weekend, but I dropped my camera on the garage floor and several internal parts are now external... :cry:
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    Dear Sir, my hat is off to you....Mazda should pay attention,not only to your suggestions, but also to your complaints about the seats.
    Maybe your letters should be directed highre up than the usual "district manager"....I am glad that you feel much confortable now..if any one desrevs it is YOU!...and pick up the external parts of the camera and take some pics...afterall aren't you the one that can fix just about anything?.....
  • I read somewhere on here that it is possible to program the doors to lock when the vehicle is started or put in drive.This feature means alot to my wife and the salesman was unable to help.Thanks for your help and info.
  • imamgimamg Posts: 136
    the factory setting is not to automaticaly lock... you can have the dealer reprogram the system to do so...see section 3-19 in the owners manual for listings... ( ps.. you can down load a the pdf of the owners manual from mazdausa.com it's very easy to navigate )
  • glesgles Posts: 1
    I'm getting ready to purchase a 2007 CX-9 GT, despite having learned that a new and bigger engine is coming in the 2008. I'm going with the 2007 model because I'm getting a good deal, as dealers are gearing up to get rid of the 2007s. My question is, for the everyday, kid-hauling sometimes road-trips driving around the burbs, is the 2007 engine enough power? Do I really need the bigger engine or will the 2007 version suit me just fine? Are they increasing the engine in the 2008 because it's not doing the job or because people want even greater performance? I'm not worried about resale, as we drive cars until they die. :confuse: Current CX-9 owners, please advise!
  • I thought about waiting, as far as I'm concerned the horsepower and engine performance is fine. There will always be something new or a "little better," and as you said the deals are good right now, there have been no complaints about the engine thus far.
  • sellstar1sellstar1 Posts: 19
    I've got a CX9 GT FWD and am very pleased with the power. After driving a Millenia for the past ten years or so the CX9's 265 horses seems good for both highway and city driving. We do lots of interstate and around Atlanta area. No problems at all with getting up to speed... bigger problem is keeping it at speed limit if you don't use the cruise! This is a great vehicle....and still turns heads!
  • sedmundsedmund Posts: 93
    We bought a 2007 though I knew the bigger engine was coming. One main reason was we had to buy a vehicle soon as our earlier vehicle got totalled in an accident. When we drove the 2007 we felt the power was quite adequate for most conditions.
    When getting up to speed for merges you do have to floor it, but it responds so well and quickly when you do that. At those times the thought of "a little bit more power would be cool" does come to mind once in a while, but the sheer joy of driving the vehicle - the way it handles and its highly communicative steering - makes you instantaneously forget that :D
  • lateralglateralg Posts: 929
    I drove our 2007 GT from AZ to MI, over 2,000 miles through mountains, loaded with 4 months of living stuff for our summer in Michigan. Not once during the trip did I wish for more power. The 6-speed transmission does an excellent job of keeping the engine RPM at the proper level for the horsepower needed. I don't remember needing to floor it even once.
  • imamgimamg Posts: 136
    I agree with the others... we've 3 kids ...and switched from an allsport MPV to the CX-9 and the power is more than enough. For everything you get there'll always be something coming that's bigger better n stronger...
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    I agree but the situation at least here in Northeast is getting a little difficult since when one wants a GT AWD fully loaded thaey are not around...
  • imamgimamg Posts: 136
    I totaly understand what you mean... I got mine the end of last month under a program listed at the last minute from mazda... and it took me a while to find one ( and I work at a dealer ) from another dealer and get it from them... GT AWD is the hard package to find... we're starting to see GT 2wd's come up thru auction as demo resales.. gotta black on black one in... "almost" hurt myfeelings (as if i I should have waited.. but it's 2wd so... ~relief~ of not missing out set in)
  • poof100poof100 Posts: 11
    We had all along planned to buy the 08 GT AWD because of the possibility of the 08 3.7L having direct injection. Once it was confirmed that the 3.7L wouldn't have the direct injection, the extra 15hp to me wasn't worth the wait, extra $$$ and possible decrease in mileage. Those who say it will be more fuel efficient need to realize they increased the bore size to make the 3.7L. Nothing else. Bigger engine, more fuel. It probably won't be a noticable difference but still some.

    We picked up a new 07 GT AWD with Moonroof the other night and got in on the 5.9% financing from Mazda. I guess the promotion started the day we went to buy the car, so good timing on top of the S plan price we got.

    Here in the DC area, it was impossible to find a GT AWD with just the moonroof and the Sand Interior. For those having trouble finding a loaded GT AWD, there are tons here with the black interior, most with the Assist Pckg and the Moonroof. We live in VA and had to trek up to MD to buy ours, as they were the only dealer that had the GT AWD in stock that we wanted. We did get the Copper Red color and those seem to be the hardest to find also.

    For what I need, the car has plenty of power. When I want something fast for my commute, I'll pick up a Mazdaspeed 3.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    I see your point....it seems that for 08 it will be only 2 trims with the 3.7 liter engine... a GS and a GT..GS 2wd moonroof and 4wd with moonroof...the GT Awd with luxury pacakge,luxury package with nav and luxury pacakge with res...
    (navigation and rear entertainment system with no moonroof)...and those 2 GS and GT will be only ones with the 3.7 liter engine
  • zoomornotzoomornot Posts: 5
    Where is the confirmation that 08 Cx-9 has only 275 HP and not 300 HP? I know the 3.7 litre is confirmed. But I don't think even a direct injection is ruled out officially yet.

    If it officially confirmed by Mazda, could someone please point me to it?

    I saw another posting on mazda forums where someone claiming 300HP is confirmed. It appears both HP and no direct injection is all speculation at this point.
  • poof100poof100 Posts: 11
    If you found the other mazda forums, then you would have seen where the person that originally confirmed the 3.7L for 08 also then confirmed the final power #s 278hp and 263lbs trq. Also confirmed it wouldn't have Direct Fuel Injection.

    The slight bump in bore size is not going to add 27hp without any other changes to the intake, cyl heads, fuel injection, etc. The 300hp was speculation based on the 3.7L having Direct Injection. It will not, so the 300hp won't happen.

    The engines should be in production already, as they ship them to Japan and then Mazda installs them in the CX-9s and ships them back to the US. Ford builds the engines and then Mazda tweaks them.
  • unixxusunixxus Posts: 97
    Mazda has not confirmed the horsepower for the 3.7 engine, no one at this point knows exactly what other changes have been made to the engine. It’s been stated through Mazda customer service that the engine will produce higher HP output and better fuel economy. I don’t see how they can accomplish both with just an increase in bore size.
  • lateralglateralg Posts: 929
    What are the tweaks?

    The CX-9, Edge, and MKX are all rated at 263 HP.
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    You are correct,nothing has been confirmed yet from MAZDA except that there will be a 3.7 liter engine for the GS and GT models ONLY.It has been rumored that that engine will also be direct fuel injection ...but it is all speculation someone knows but i s not telling...lol...
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 440
    ..it is also rumored that the MKX will get this engine in order to make a wider distintion from the EDGE....
  • sranger,

    Find yourself a good auto upholstery shop. I literally had the EXACT SAME PROBLEM as you with my 2002 G20 w/Sport Package. I loved the 2 tone suede/leather seats -- and never realized on the 30 min test drive (when new) that the seams would KILL me on any drives longer than a hour.

    The difference was that Infiniti was terrific, as was my dealer. My dealer went to bat for me and Infiniti agreed to pay the upholstery shop to re-sew the seam on my driver's seat. It cost a "whopping" $180 but it worked like a charm. I'm 6'3", 200lbs and the seat was a killer. My right leg in particular would go numb on long drives.

    Here's what the shop did: they removed the seat bottom cover and pulled apart the seam -- it was rolled/raised, with the leather folded over/under itself to make a roll that ran the length of the seat on both sides and around the front (kind of like a border around the front/2 sides, about 2 inches from each edge). By completely pulling apart the seam, they were able to sew it FLAT -- no more raised edge.

    You cannot really tell the difference between the 2 seats upon merely looking -- this guy even matched the stitch holes in the leather, so that it looked as if it had come from the factory that way. But, the comfort was improved about 1,000%!

    Again, if you get someone that knows what they're doing, they'll understand the seam construction and be able to resew it for you -- and it will likely cost you only a few hundred bucks (at most), far less than selling your vehicle.

    Good luck!
    And BOO to Mazda for not taking the complaint of a customer seriously. Too many vehicles are made for the "average" person -- and folks that are tall/big just have to "make do" with what they come up with.

    And how the heck are you supposed to figure that out in a test drive that may only last 20 or 30 minutes? If you could rent any vehicle ahead of time, that might help. But not many dealers are willing to give someone a car for an extended trip -- the only way you'd find out, as you did, was by sitting in that vehicle for a longer time.
  • unixxusunixxus Posts: 97
    The final production specifications for the 2008 engine has been released. Engine will not use direct injection. With the exception of the Acura MDX, the 2008 CX-9 has more horsepower than anything else in its class.

    2008 3.7 V6
    273 HP @ 6250 RPM
    270 TQ @ 4250 RPM

    http://www.mazdas247.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=111760
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