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  • russ_49russ_49 Posts: 54
    I said I had it, I didn't say I put it on yet!!!LOL...still trying to find a place also. I guess I'll just have to put it in the back of my wife's 05 Tribute!!! At least you can see it there!!! :P
  • russ_49russ_49 Posts: 54
    Hay VB, how long did it take you to get those plates in VA anyway? From your picture on the other post, those weren't the plates that you had on the car there? Just wondering, I was thinking about it, but in MA, it cost a fortune for a vanity plate, and takes way too long...
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    At Brown's in Fairfax, that dealership has the ability to provide permanent plates on-the-spot - none of those temporary paper plates.

    Online purchase requires knowing the VIN and the title number. I had the VIN, but the title number wasn't available until the credit union finalized all of the paperwork. I had to wait a while, before the traction was recorded by the state and available for review online. Once that happened, I could purchase the vanity plate online. It took a couple weeks to receive the new vanity plates in the mail. The fee was pro-rated a bit. In Virginia, vanity plates plus registration renewal is only $45 per year. Vince.
  • jessterjesster Posts: 5
    I have put around 1100 miles on my GT AWD in a week and half and I love the car. The electric blue is a show stopper, gets lots of looks and easy to find in a parking lot. Had to drive from Portland to Seattle for work this weekend and found the longest twistiest back road possible, over two major mountains. It ate up the hills and the curves. Able to pass on tight steep sections that other drivers couldn't even think about. It great on the highway too, if your just cruising its about as close to auto pilot as you could hope for and if your pushing it there is great response from the engine and the steering wheel. Inside it has the fit and finish of a much more expensive car. Surpassed all my expectations.
  • Just got my CX-7 at dealer cost today. Here are the specs:
    Exterior Color: Brilliant Black Clearcoat
    Interior Color: Sand Leather GT
    Technology Package:
    240W Bose 9-Speaker Surround system w/Audiopilot
    DVD Navigation w/Voice Command & Touch Screen
    Rearview Camera
    In-dash 6-disc CD Changer
    PWR Moonroof w/Interior Sunshade
    Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry & Start System
    Perimiter Alarm

    Currently looking into putting 22 inch rims & tires and dvd screens in both headrests for passengers.
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    Having experienced the Nav System for a month now, I've concluded it's not very good. In particular, I'm speaking to it's data base of POI's (Points of Interest) - very sparse. For example, I live in Northern VA. There are 5 Best Buy stores in my immediate vicinity - not one is listed. All have been existence long before the data base was created. Same with Target Stores. I've run across numerous other examples such as major shopping centers aren't listed.

    Contrast this with the Eclipse AVN 2454 NAV system installed in my Hyundai. All of the previous examples were found - dozens of entries.

    Contacted Mazda via their website - they have no techical data on Nav system, but pointed me to Navigation Technologies, who they say is the maker of the Nav System in the CX-7.

    Contacted Navigation Technologies ( They deny supporting the CX-7. So, I contacted Mazda again, and fwded my exchange of emails. Mazda finally admitted, that they're in negotiations with Navtech for future updates.

    So the problem right now, is that there is NO tech support for the Nav System nor for the current version of the mapping data in the CX-7. :mad:

  • honakerhonaker Posts: 74
    That sucks. I've never had a Nav system before, so I was kind of impressed that it knew anything. Maybe there'll be a TSB to update the mapping database after they get everything worked out?
  • astegmanastegman Posts: 171
    I just received a call that my new CX-7 has arrived safe and sound and is at the dealer. I will be picking it up tomorrow (the 12th). I am so excited...and nervous! Then I'm going on vacation on Monday but will not be taking it - just too stressful to do so, plus, we're going to the Jersy shore (LBI) and we're pretty rough on the car when we go - all that sand and beach chairs, etc. So the newbie will sit in the garage til we get back, at which time I will report in. Hopefully the autolock won't get the best of me...and I'm curious to see how the Nav system goes, after reading the recent posts. Wish me luck!!!!!!!!
  • honakerhonaker Posts: 74
    Have a good trip! I'm confident neither the autolock nor the nav will be a big challenge for you when you get back. :)
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    Good luck on your trip.

    The NAV System works quite well - it's just the database is skimpy.

  • astegmanastegman Posts: 171
    OK, it's been a little over a week since I got my new CX-7; picked it up on August 12th and decided to take it on vacation after all, down to the Jersey shore. It did just fine. The ride was smooth sailing all the way!

    Overall impressions: after 4 years in a Lexus RX300, I will admit that the interior is a touch less gracious. Then again, you get what you pay for, and I am completely comfortable with that. I made the decsion not to get another Lexus because the price has become too rich for my blood. Still, I'm a tiny bit disappointed about a few small things:
    - the front passenger seat is not electronically adjustable (but again, that might make the car more expensive, so...);
    - there's no elastic pocket behind the front passenger's seat. That just seems skimpy! Also, it's impossible for me as the driver to reach anything in the pocket behind the driver's seat. In the other car, I kept my maps in the pocket behind the passenger seat, which was totally within reach. Then again, now that I have the Nav system, perhaps maps are a moot point.
    - No built-in holder for sunglasses. Again, a small touch that seems chintzy in its abscence. Perhaps it's a cost saving issue but...if the sunroof controls were moved backwards a few inches, that's where it could go.

    Very minor points that I'll just overlook, because I'm so enjoying the rest of the car! I got the copper red with the sand leather interior and it looks great, although there's still too much black up front for my tastes. That's just a personal preference, I truly don't like black interiors.

    No trouble so far (knock wood) with the A/C. It worked fine on our trip. Some days, the car sat all day long in the 90+ degree heat and it didn't take long at all to cool it down. We pointed some of the vents up to the ceiling in order to cool down the back, and my son reported that within minutes, he felt cool.

    The Nav system: it took a bit of fooling around but eventually, we got the hang of it. Now, granted, my husband and I did not use the Manual at all, so shame on us! While on vacation, we decided to go down to Philly to catch a ball game (Mets v. Phillies), and the Nav system worked beautifully in guiding us from our hotel to the ball park (about a 70 mile trip). Again, it took a bit of fumbling before we got the best route - it wasn't showing us toll roads (which we wanted) and it took us a while to remember how to change from one section of the country to another (very strange, but perhaps it can only hold a certain amount of data at a time??).

    The check engine light came on this past Saturday, and despite re-tightening the gas cap, etc., it's still on, so the car's going in for service this Friday. Hopefully it's a quick fix. Since I've been reading this forum since early July, I actually assumed it would come on.

    Gas mileage was poor - 16 MPG - but I knew that before buying the car, so whatever. It's on its 4th tank of gas, but I haven't bothered calculating the mileage, since that's just not a factor for me.

    While on vacation, a number of people approached us to ask about the car. One person thought it was a re-designed Murano, someone else thought it was a Porsche!! Didn't see a single other CX-7 either way, which surprised me. I figured that for sure, I'd see one on the Jersey turnpike, but no! Fine with me! So far, it's been a pleasure to drive - handles far better than the Lexus - and I am very, very pleased with my choice.

    Forgot to mention that I neglected to have the AutoLock activated, just forgot about it in the excitement of actually getting the car! Not sure yet if I want to get it; I sort like having control over whether or not the car locks when I leave it. We'll see.
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  • 1stmazda1stmazda Posts: 17
    ok - I've had my GT with Nav for 2,000km now. And I still haven't seen another one in the Toronto area!

    Two things:
    How do you get just plain exterior air vented into the cabin. When I select just the fan (AC off and select exterior flow) - now that the nights are a LITTLE cooler...I should be getting the cool outside air through the cabin. WHat I'm getting is hot air. Not hot like the heater - but hot like from outside passing over some heated coils or something. Totally weird. Can anyone else try this and let me know if you can replicate.


    On two occasions under fairly heavy acceleration (once in the city and once on the highway) - I've had a clank (hard to explain a stick or something hard touching a fast rotating fan) lasts about 1-2 seconds. It's only happened twice..but weird and you can feel it though the body when sitting in the drivers seat.

    last tank got me about 14.5l/100km.... not great.....hoping for a little better.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    last tank got me about 14.5l/100km

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  • That "clank" under hard acceleration could have been detonation (premature combustion) and that is a very not good thing. Some also describe it as a "engine rattle" sound, and it is the bane of turboed vehicles. If you experience detonation, get out of the accelerator as soon as possible. Heat, poor gas, high load at low RPMSs are among the things that can prompt it and if unchecked, it can be an engine killer. I have owned and driven boosted vehicles for over 250000 miles, so I have some experience and respect for the dreaded detonation sound. Hopefully that wasnt what you were hearing, as a stick in a fast rotating fan is much less expensive.LOL.
  • tsculltscull Posts: 13
    i have a bad back and am wondering how the drivers seat feels
    after several hours.
  • astegmanastegman Posts: 171
    i have a bad back and am wondering how the drivers seat feels after several hours.

    I have a funky back as well, and I can report that after driving 3+ hours uninterrupted, my back felt fine. I fiddled around with the seat until it hit the small of my back in just the spot that needs the most support.

    In other cars I've had, I've used the heated seat function, even in warm weather - that helps at times.
  • Received call from some marketing survey company, who will host a round table discussion for Mazda Owner's experience and comments about their cars. They will even pay you $125 for 4 hours meeting in the afternoon of this weekend. Have any one received similar invitation before.
  • rethwilmrethwilm Posts: 24
    My CX-7 has the same noise. I can hear it as it goes into 2nd, and I can feel it in my left foot on the floorboard. Very noticable when car is cold. Going to the shop Monday for evaluation.
  • zoom49zoom49 Posts: 76
    My wife (primary CX-7 driver) just went to a survey on the CX-7 on Thursday this week. All attendies were CX-7 owners and were asked about what the liked, as well as what they did not like about the CX-7. Survey was done by Auto Pacific and hers lasted two hours and she received $100. There were Mazda executives in attendance behind a mirrored wall. Reviewed items like lighted vanity mirrors, memory seats and rear A/C vents. :)
  • carlitos92carlitos92 Posts: 458
    Got to play in my GT AWD in the rain today. :) Very nice, very confidence-inspiring. The car is fully broken-in now, and my normal m.o. is to occasionally man-handle the throttle. As such, I got the TCS light to come on once pulling out onto a notoriously slick road, but other than that, during an aggressive 30-minute drive, I never felt any front-back changes in power, traction, or anything else. This, like most other AWDs, is just a rock-solid vehicle. I only get two snow days a year, but I can't wait to try out the CX-7 then. Nicely done, Mazda.
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    One of the nicest features is the backup camera. As this Consumer Reports article states, big vehicles and SUVs have significant blind spots - the CX7 is no exception. This camera has already proved beneficial, especially in parking lots. But it's also very handy backing into tight spots, such as parallel parking. With a little practice, I accurately know where my rear bumper is, in relation to unmovable objects.

    The danger of blind spots
    The area behind your vehicle can be a killing zone /overview/index.htm
  • igloo03igloo03 Posts: 3
    I am curious what you found out about the problem, I've noticed the same on mine.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    One of the nicest features is the backup camera

    I agree...its a great feature that is very helpful and its a nice safety item. But, don't use it to measure distance. I made that mistake already.

    I would like to see back up sensors as an available feature on all models of the CX-7.
  • 1stmazda1stmazda Posts: 17
    I was going to wait a bit - but depending on what you hear from your dealership - I may get it in asap....


  • pctechpctech Posts: 43
    Mine is silver - looks great in the lower right corner of the back window. Zoom-Zoom!
  • pctechpctech Posts: 43
    I've noticed the same "heated fresh air" problem and I also believe that this may be the reason some owners are getting poor performance from the A/C (the air is starting at this elevated temp, then the A/C has to work that much harder to cool it back down). The outside air SEEMS to be cooler if I crank the temp control as low as it goes but it's never as cool as the ambient temp. Mazda needs to look into this - I like cool non-airconditioned outside air too! :(
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    Sensors would be nice.

    I don't use the backup camera to "measure" distance. But the camera has a wideangle lens - not only can you see the edge of the bumper, but also the view behind. So, you can precisely determine where the bumper is, in relation to an object behind you.

  • rethwilmrethwilm Posts: 24
    Will let you know. At the shop right now.
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