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Mazda CX-9 Pet Peeves

vinsuzvinsuz Posts: 10
So I think we all can agree the CX-9 is a great vehicle, but what are the things you'd change for the '09 model?
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  • vinsuzvinsuz Posts: 10
    Okay, I've had my CX-9 for only a few days, and while I absolutely LOVE this car there are some small things I don't like:

    - A/C stays on in Auto Climate Control mode even when heating (see my post in the Real World MPG thread).
    - No Trip Computer.
    - No RDS system for the Bose radio (you know, the system that lets stations broadcast text to RDS enabled radios to display artist, song, etc). For a supposedly high-end stereo, this is very disappointing.
    - Awkward 'Seek' functionality. You have to hold down the Tune button in order to seek, but if stations are close together you will likely miss some.
    - No exterior button to trigger the power lift gate. There's a button to close it but not one to open it (unless you use the smart key).
    - Can't set the minutes on the clock - only hours. I actually like to set my car's clock ahead by about five minutes, but I can't do that in the CX-9.
    - Center console is kind big, but the storage is disproportionally small.

    Well, that's really all I've got so far. They're mostly small things, but I've noticed them and would like to hear others' comments.
  • nothing major, great car!

    Pet Peeves:
    - A/C on with Auto Climate (same as vinsuz). is the AC really on? It should not light/display if not in use.
    - TPMS false alarms. if the temp goes below about 10 degrees the TPMS lights up.
    - too many beeps. if I start the car and get out to put the kids in, I get beeps; if I close the door, more beeps.
    - gas mileage (of course). always could be better, but inline with expectations.
    - second row seats are a bit stiff sliding back - maybe this will loosen with time.
    - remote start FOB should be integrated into the keyless FOB.

    I'll add some highlights:
    - remote start - nothing is better than getting into a warm car on a snowy day!
    - Keyless start. I now forget to take the key out of my other car ;)
  • - Can't set the minutes on the clock - only hours. I actually like to set my car's clock ahead by about five minutes, but I can't do that in the CX-9.

    Yes you can.....well, at least I can on the Non-Bose system. It's the Track/Seek Down button which increases the minutes. The Track/Seek Up button increases the Hour. But the Bose setup may be completely different.
  • vinsuzvinsuz Posts: 10
    I have the navigation system, so the minutes are set by the GPS and there's no way to override it. You can manually adjust the hours to account for DST but that's it.
  • I have the navigation system, so the minutes are set by the GPS and there's no way to override it. You can manually adjust the hours to account for DST but that's it.

    Gotcha!
    Well, at least your time is correct. A lot of us have a clock that loses time and we have to adjust it periodically. But I see your point.
  • vinsuzvinsuz Posts: 10
    I forgot to add these:

    - I don't like that locking the power windows not only disables the buttons on the passenger doors but also the buttons on the driver's door. In every other car with power windows, locking the windows only prevents the passengers from using their buttons -- not the driver!

    - I also don't like that the outside temperature doesn't display automatically when the dual climate isn't on -- I have to manually press the outside temp button. Why show redundant information?
  • I love the car, but here are my pet peeves.

    1. Recalling a memory seat position should adjust the side mirrors and steering wheel. Bonus points if it could adjust the rear view mirror.

    #1 by a long shot. This pet peeve almost lost a sale.

    Memory seat positions are great! As a driver, what always needs to happen when you adjust your seat? You need to adjust the mirrors and maybe the steering wheel. The current implementation goes half way and does not adjust the side mirrors or steering wheel. My wife is 4' 11". I am 6'. Adjusting all the driver differences between us would be nice. The Hyundai Veracruz does it.

    2. Cannot set destinations in nav while driving. You can poke around on the map and set destinations on the map, but entering an address or POI is forbidden. One would think poking around to be more unsafe than entering an address.

    3. The audio system on the nav unit does not have a list view for folders or songs. It would be nice to have a list view where you could tap the folder or song you want to hear. Bonus if you could add Ford's Sync to the system, especially a USB port.

    4. No place to store wireless headphones. Ok, you could put them in the back in the cargo storage area under the floor. How convenient is that? There needs to be a place on the second row where you can store them away.

    5. Sunglass holder is for very thin glasses only. I am not sure what kind of sun glasses the designer of the center storage area in the ceiling was thinking of, but it is way too small.
  • I'm on my 4th day and I'm really enjoying this vehicle and all the features I have figured out. We had snow yesterday and I felt like I was driving a tank!

    The one feature I wish my GT had is Autolocks (the doors lock when you put the car in drive) Even the very basic Chevy rental I recently drove had this feature, so I'm surprised this vehicle doesn't. Is that a special option?

    I also don't think it has enough storage considering the huge center console.

    I'm still trying to figure out the heating system but I LOVE the hiney warmers and the rain sensing wipers - those make me giggle! :blush:
  • According to the manual, Auto mode will control A/C operation. I assume this means it will turn on and off the compressor as necessary. I hope so. I also assume it is basically running in vent mode when my requested temperature nearly matches the outside air.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Your dealer can change the programming in the control unit to lock the doors when you put it in drive. I believe they will do it as a one time freebie.

    Personally, I find auto locks quite annoying.

    What is there to figure out with the heating system? I leave my dial set at 73 and never change it. My kids think that cranking it up to 90 on a cold morning makes a difference, but it really doesn't. Set it and forget it.
  • imamgimamg Posts: 136
    I can't disagree with anything you've listed... yet the one thing you said that really stood out to me was the storage for the headphones! I never thought it would have been that big a deal... but it would'a been very cool if that was thought of, not to mention there's only a pocket on the back of the drivers seat...and not the passengers... so ...dvd/s and the remote get put there... Seexynine is still very fine! :D
  • I've had my 9'er for 8 months or so.

    Power lift gate - there is a button (to the right of the hand door opener) it does a couple different things too. It'll lock the car, open the car from being unlocked if you have the smart key near and obviously open the hatch auto-style.

    I just learned about the smart key opening up the windows and popping up the sunroof. Two clicks on un-lock and then hold to make it happen.

    Pet Peeves for me - Water in the side mirrors after washing. makes a big mess on the side of the newly clean car.
    No Trip computer - What were they thinking?
    I don't like the A/C thing either.
    Radio/Nav is very good in many areas, but changing stations and not having artist info sux. Althought I've heard that most artists/record companies choose to not put that ID tag stuff embedded in their CD. The stereo reads it off the CD's that have it programmed.
    Most of my pet-peeve list has shortened as I learn the advanced tricks and my love grows deeper for this car...Ok, I'm getting carried away.
    Temp controls - there is only one volume for the entire car. So if you passenger sets their temp to 65 and you want it at 70 - great, but they amount of air is not distinct for each side...Weak.
    No DVD with sunroof option
    I'm going to hit Tahoe in about 3 hours and can't wait to use it in the snow, AGAIN.
    Ceeee Yuh
    Dwight
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    No DVD with sunroof option


    There will be one available in early March.
  • 16ue16ue Posts: 6
    Re: - No exterior button to trigger the power lift gate. There's a button to close it but not one to open it (unless you use the smart key).


    When you approach your vehicle, you can disarm it by pressing a button to the right of the lift gate latch. Then just use the latch as if it were not a power lift gate. It actually opens the lift gate a little faster as you do not have to wait for the beeps.
  • Your dealer can change the programming in the control unit to lock the doors when you put it in drive. I believe they will do it as a one time freebie.

    Has anyone had the control unit programmed for auto locking? My dealership has never heard of this but I'd like to give them the information on how to do it if someone has another dealership contact. Thanks much!
  • Picked up our GT on the 16th. We asked that the program be changed to allow the doors to be locked when put in gear or at a certain speed and they said it couldn't be done (I know I have read people on this forum or other Mazda forums say it can be done). However, they were able to program the car to lock automatically when we are get about 5 feet away from the car. That's pretty cool.
  • cericceric Posts: 1,093
    From the manual, the AutoLock of CX-9 is for locking when you step away from CX-9, not for locking when you start to drive off (whether speed-sensitive or gear-dependent). The latter feature is quite common on GM vehicles, but not available on CX-9. The former is available and you need to ask dealer to turn it on for you.
  • Not sure what the story is on this one...it would be nice to at least have the passenger enter an address while you are driving. To have to stop and pull over is an inconvenience.
  • cericceric Posts: 1,093
    CX-9 uses Denso NAVI system, which is also used on Lexus/Toyota.
    In vehicles of Lexus/Toyota, there are many complaints about this grey-out as well.
    Two things to add:
    - a couple years ago, Toyota users found a loophole to defeat the grey out thru a sequence of tapping on the touch screen, kick into the debug screen, and enter into a mode that shows no grey-out (once engine is switch off, it resets itself back).
    - a company, coastaletech.com, sells a kit that essentially allows you to control the
    speed sensors into the Denso unit. Don't know if it works for a similar Denso unit
    on CX-9. A caution though. coastaletech.com has poor customer responses and service, though they made very innovative products.
  • 16ue16ue Posts: 6
    I also confirmed by my dealer in San Jose that it is not available in CX-9.
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