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You need the kit mentioned when you intend to use the AUX input together with the Sat radio.
Mazda was aware of this issue, but they fixed it in 2009 model.
For earlier models, you need the switch box. Some owners have called MazdaUSA and got them to pay $100-200 for the extra cost. MazdaUSA is good in that sense. Try that with Toyota or Honda...
The CX drives very much like the Mercedes ML which is to say not quite as sporty as the MDX but very controlled and tight. Pleasant drive with a more upright open drive position compared to the MDX which I see as more of a cockpit type position. Again, I liked driving all three and would be happy with any of them from that perspective. MDX has cushier seat, CX and ML are firmer and pretty similar. MDX has most luxurious feel with ML being typically teutonic and the CX just a notch behind either of the others but still very nice. ML seat was my personal favorite.
Features on the CX Grand Touring AWD with moonroof/Bose/Nav are pretty similar to the MDX Tech. Nav is not as nice on the Mazda or the ML as the MDX. Mazda has the blind side proximity warning system which I found rather useful. All three have very similar rear camera functions and power lift gate.
Cargo space on the CX is greater than either the ML or MDX. Folding is easy on all (much better than my current ML320). Third row seating similar on CX and MDX.
Towing capacity sucks on the CX at 3500 with Class 2 (but aftermarket Class 3 hitch is at least available for bike racks etc). Unclear why the CX as the biggest of these SUVs has such a wimpy tow capacity. ML has best at 7000lbs (BlueTec) while MDX is exactly what I would expect at 5000. Flip side is that CX comes tow prepped standard (add aftermarket hitch for $200 and you're done). Acura seems very proud of their hitch at about $550 or so. Believe it or not you cannot get a dealer added hitch on an ML these days unless it comes from the factory. Must be a screw up somewhere in the Mercedes supply chain.
Warranty is only 36/36K on the Mazda. 48 months on both the MDX and ML. However, extended warranty from Mazda/Ford is about $2000 for 7/100K which compares evenly to the Acura at about 2300 or so for 8/120K both of which are bargains compared to the Mercedes extended 7/100K at $4500. What does that say about the respective manufacturer's confidence in their vehicles?
The thing that most clearly differentiates these three vehicles is the acquisition and maintenance costs. The ML at about $51K ($53 bluetec) is priciest out of the box and undoubtedly most expensive to maintain and repair even with extended warranty. (I'm on first name basis with my current ML320 service manager which is not a good thing). Best price I have found with a MDX Tech is about $500 over list which with roof rack and tow prep comes to about $45K. I'd imagine that being a Honda and all the MDX is likely the most reliable of the three but Acura service is priced more like Mercedes than Mazda so I'm thinking the MDX is probably the middle car in terms of maintenance costs at least under warranty period including extended warranty. What surprised me about the Mazda was the pricing/value. The Grand Touring AWD with Nav, Moonroof, tow, rack, remote start etc can be had for about 10-11% off MRSP or roughly $500-700 less than invoice or right about $36K. Mazda currently has 0% financing up to 60 months. Mercedes only has 2.9 as I recall and Acura is offering 1.9 this month.
If price was not a consideration I'd probably choose the ML as I just like the German cars but including a factory extended warranty it is not worth $10K more than the MDX or nearly $20K more than the Mazda. I'd also say the MDX is a bit nicer all around (except for exterior styling) than the CX9 but I'm finding it hard to justify an extra 9K for that extra bit. All three are really nice driving vehicles and cost considerations aside I'd be happy with any of them. Leaning towards the CX9 at this point with the MDX still in the running. Taking operating costs and hassle into consideration I've ditched the ML this time around unless MB comes up with a $10K loyalty discount.
OK. How much more did you paid for the MDX over CX9?
What were you looking to pay and what was the dealers final price on the CX-9?
I love my local Mazda service, much more so that I did my local Toyota, Honda or BMW dealers. Again, service quality is different from one to another.
I have heard many people say that the after-sales service experience really depends on the specific dealership and not the manufacturer, nevertheless, of all the dealerships that I've faced (including Toyota, Honda, even BMW) so far, I would have to say Mazda service has been the least user-friendly IMO.
If you had/ve a 2007 AWD. You should have the transfer case checked out.
A higher percentage (than normal) of them are defected. later models are great.
I have taken mine OE tires for several skiing trips. No problem.
Can't say anything on deep snow.
If you like, I can refer you to a thread in which Toyota COMPANY denied warranty on the NAVIGATION screen that developed a crack all by itself with on a few thousands of miles on it. Repeated attempts have failed. Several thousands of dollars to replace it. Now, that is bad service if you ask me.... :mad:
Same case of all the Prius. Google to see how many customers complain about the "dangeous" Goodyear Integrity. If you don't believe me, check priuschat.com.
I have been a member there since 2005. Those tires are absolutely the WORST and DANERGOUS on snow.
Did I see Toyota replacing them? No. Unless somehow I missed it.
And in case of Mazda I wanted them to at least check what's wrong with the vehicle and they said it "must" be the tires and if they had to check the vehicle they will have to "charge" for it - this on a car that's a little over a year old? Give me a break!