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New CX-7 Owners Give us your report

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  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Do you like apples???.....The results are in of a survey done by Warranty Direct, with their results concluding Mazda is top in reliability in a test that consisted of 450,000 vehicles, 33 mfg's in the United States and United Kingdom.....How you like them apples? :shades:

    http://media.ford.com/newsroom/release_display.cfm?release=25480
  • extech2extech2 Posts: 120
    "Why is Manuel leaving via the window?
    Doesn't the door work, shouldn't it be under warranty?"

    My wife and I, we are always getting in and out of our cars through the open front windows. Years back a salesman told us this will save wear and tear on the door locks and the latch mechanism. The only problem is that as we are approaching retirement age, the task is becoming increasingly difficult.
  • I don't make a habit of taking the keys out of my cars when I they are in the garage. With the key in the ignition, the headlight warning doesnt make a sound.
  • nmknmk Posts: 111
    Sorry to learn that your headlight warning doesn't make a sound. Pray tell, exactly where do you live and I will see if I can arrange someone to relieve you of your vehicle.LOL :shades:
  • ok - maybe I've been spoiled with my Subaru Legacy....but we've had a couple of bad snow days here in Toronto (finally) and I have to say the Bridgestone Tires are absolute crap.

    And I'm not really feeling the handling of the AWD either.

    There's been more ABS chatter in the last week than after 5 years of driving the Subaru.

    Maybe it's a combination of the low end power and weight of the vehicle.

    I'm thinking about getting a better set of tires....

    aargh
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    He lives somewhere in Shawnee Kansas. They must be very trusting to leave their keys in the ignition, even in a garage. :P

    Vince.
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    I'm impressed. Northern VA got some good wintry mix yesterday (2/25). Maybe 2 inches (not much by northern standards), but enough to make all of the timid drivers chug along at 25 MPH on the freeways.

    Me? Buzzed right by them in unplowed lanes. Averaged about 45 MPH, considering the slush I was plowing through. I have the GT AWD, so handled all of that with relative ease. No out-of-control, slipping and sliding. Noticed the TCS/ESC indicator flashing periodically.

    All-in-all, I'm still thrilled, even with 16,000 miles under my belt! :P

    Vince.
  • nmknmk Posts: 111
    Curiously, 1stMazda disagrees, see his remark #148. :mad:
    What tires is your CX-7 togged out in? :confuse:

    Darth Vader Grey GT etc. etc.
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    Mine came with the Eagle GTs.

    V.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    To be honest, I think it is the tires. My father in law is a CX-7 owner, after owning 13 Subaru's, and he told me it is excellent in the snow, very responsive and planted. He does have the Good Year tires though....

    ABS chatter??? Please explain. If it is what I think it is, you are in a much heavier vehicle then any Legacy, which means it's tougher to stop in sloppy conditions, hence the ABS kicking in. Keep in mind, AWD does not help you stop!
  • Interesting... I have the same tires and no complaints in the snow or any other condition
  • nmknmk Posts: 111
    "My wife and I, we are always getting in and out of our cars through the open front windows. Years back a salesman told us this will save wear and tear on the door locks and the latch mechanism. The only problem is that as we are approaching retirement age, the task is becoming increasingly difficult."

    Well the difficulty may arise due to one or both conditions:
    1-Weight distribution - you haven't gained, just re distributed the weight to a central area of the anatomy forcing an adjustment in belt size.
    2-Limb stiffening. Not considered dangerous for certain parts of a male anatomy, but for other parts of the anatomy, there is Pilatus.

    So says an Old Stiff!! :blush:

    Darth Vader Grey, etc. etc.
  • budhbudh Posts: 109
    There seems to be some conflicting information on automatic shifting characteristics.

    If I have the cruise control on, and I am driving in the Appalachians where there are several long moderate grade hills to climb, would I expect a downshift from 6 to 5? Would it likely avoid having to go from 5 to 4 unless very steep?

    Bud H
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    I haven't encountered frequent shifting like that. In cruise, the tranny seems to only downshift when encountering grades and the steeper the grade, the lower gear is selected.

    What I have encountered however, and this is neat, is when going downhill, I step on the brakes a bit, the tranny downshifts to the next lower gear on it's own and stays there during the entire descent down the hill. It won't upshift unless I step on the accelerator or if the descent levels out. If I need additional assist from the tranny, I apply the brakes again to slow down and it downshifts once again.

    Vince.
  • zoom08zoom08 NYCPosts: 66
    I love my car, I changed the oil every 4K miles, I buy my own filters.
    I have changed the 1st set of tires @33K miles.
    Had to change all my wipers.
    I rotate tires and I do wheel alignment every year.
    I drive about 15Kmiles a year and I have yet to change my brakes, currently my car has 55K miles. The only thing I did was to swap out the factory radio and speakers because the GT did not have a aux plug for my mp3 player. With that said, I damaged my emergency hazzard light switch and I dont know how to fix that myself.
    Anybody has any ideas?
  • We purchased our CX7 GTs in brilliant black in August 2011. The CX7 is an additional vehicle and now only has 1,500 miles on it. Basicly I enjoy the CX7, for the price one gets a lot of toys. The back up camera and navigation system are toys in that the screen is very small. The sound system is Ok, but does not have intergreation for my iPod. The bluetooth will sometimes recognize my iPhone, but frequently does not.

    The CX7 uses premium fuel and with the break in period the gas mileage is very poor. Immediately upon getting the CX7 I installed synthetic motor oil and I believe this enhances the performance, gives me slightly better gas mileage and may help avoid turbo problems later.

    My CX7 brilliant black paint job is sub average. From my experience with my purchasing dealer I will not use them except for warranty work.

    What does uplift me about my CX7 is its styling and performance. It will move out well and quickly.

    If Mazda were to design the CX7 with AWD, Turbo, better navigation system and back up camera screen and improve fuel mileage they would have an excellent vehicle. Sadly every time I use the navigation system and back up camera I curse the designer. iPod intergreation would also be welcome.
  • nmknmk Posts: 111
    "If Mazda were to design the CX7 with AWD, Turbo, better navigation system and back up camera screen and improve fuel mileage they would have an excellent vehicle. Sadly every time I use the navigation system and back up camera I curse the designer. iPod intergreation would also be welcome."

    Well, I'm back, but only because i received an email about the above comment.
    When we lived in the states, we owned a 2007 CX-7, and loved it for all its good features, save for poor gas mileage, terrible tire mileage, and carpeting made out of shedded cat's fur pressed into felt. Never had the I-pod but we loved it so much that we bought as close to that CX-7 in white here in New Zealand. Still a great car, but not for this country where the city streets are too narrow.

    Darth Varder in white
  • I have a 2011 CX-7 Grand Touring in Brilliant Black. My car was purchased in August 2011 and only has 2,800 miles. The styling of the CX-7 I think is beautiful. The paint job I believe has tremendous room for improvement. My CX-7 is detailed monthly and has on more carbona wax then I have hair. I have the CX-7 looking brilliant, but it requires considerable waxing and polishing to achieve this. I have several other cars and they do not require the special care of the paint to look spectular. As soon as I took delivery of my CX-7 I installed synthetic motor oil. It is my belief that any vehicle runs better with synthetic oil. We had one light snow in Philadelphia and I was dismayed to find snow on my black leather seats when I got in the CX-7. I checked my windows and they were closed. When the weather improved I hosed down the CX-7 and no water came in. Perplexed by how the snow got in.
    Overall I am enjoying my CX-7. I am considering replacing a Toyota Highlander and may consider a CX-9. I do not use the purchase dealer for service, I found them to be sloppy returning a dirty CX-7. I have a excellent mechanic who now services my CX-7 and am completely satisfied with service performed.
  • zoom08zoom08 NYCPosts: 66
    I have 77k miles on my car, this car was purcahsed 12/7/2007 and it is a 2008 model.
    I have done basic maintenance, replaced 1 set of tires, new brakes, the 3.5K mile oil change, 2 engine mounts broke and were replaced and I have just completed a tune up as the check engine light came on. Over all I am satisfied with the maintenance. I use regular gas and 5w-20 oil.
    I like the driving ergonomics, brakes and the drving position.
    As for the Turbo well, it lags pretty bad and I think Mazda knew that as a pretty good amoiunt of people have already replace or rebuilt their turbos. I knock on wood my turbo remains original from the factory and I do drive my car hard as I put about 17K miles a year.
    I keep fingers cross that I go another 40K miles with just basic maintenance. If I can get 120K I am happy. I wish Mazda had not discontinued the car... :cry:
  • zoom08zoom08 NYCPosts: 66
    You should make sure your mechanic checks your car thorughly.
    I just got rid of my cx7 (2008CX-7-GT-AWD) engine and turbo went bad.
    Mazda failed to extend my warranty car turned out to be a real lemon.
    I had to take a loss and I willnever buy another Mazda EVER again.
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