Mazda CX-7 Buying Decision!
My wife and I thought the CX-7 was going to be great, but the problems we're reading up on in the forums are totally making us back track on our decision to lease one. Specifically, the AC issue would really make us look else where as it sounds like a design flaw that can't be fixed. Faulty fuel system issues are not something we would want to deal with either. Does anyone know if these are prominent on the '08's or only in the 07's?? Thanks in advance for any info!
What, exactly, is the AC issue?
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- Gas consumption 15/21 (without using AC) not sure how much different it would be if i use the AC.
-The car is a bit noisey, it seems to lack noise absorpition material all around.
-Last but not least, if you have kids, consider that the back seat is a bit tight on leg room.
I have 7K miles on my car, i got it x-mas 2007 and I really like it. However, if I had known about the gas consumtion issue, i think I would have bought the 2008 CRV, which is an awesome car as well. My wife owns the 2007 CRV LX and the car is great, not many options but very family friendly for our kids.
if you have any more questions or concerns let me know
I thought I'd love it but HATE it! I have A CEL on now, Along with an ABS light that won't go off. Will drag the car down to service first thing on Monday.
You'll have to have AC on all the time or like having HOT air blowing in your face.
You've been warned. I only have 7200 miles on the car and we keep cars until they fall apart. That will be at 15,000 miles? :lemon:
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Don't let the people with issues sway you, it's unfortunate they got most of the first bad ones, but they're complaining is really irrelevent, it's not like Mazda isn't willing to fix them or not acknowledging there is an issue.
Great car, fun to drive and with 30K on the odometer. I havent had a problem yet. So far it is just a simple oil change every 4K miles. This is a very safe car to drive, as for the issues you read in the blog, just keep on mind that the first year model had a lot of problems as usual. I have seen the 09 CX7 and I can see tha Mazda has fixed some of the things they did not do in the 08 model, so that is a good sign of thing to come. If I had a choice, I take a 2009 over the 2010 model. The turbo engine is a blast to drive.
Some help can be had by turning the system to MAXIMUM cooling before turning it off. If you simply turn it off the REHEAT/REMIX vane/door might be left in the partial REHEAT position.
You can also do as I did, go to Home Depot and buy and install a manual water flow shutoff valve in that hose feeding the heater core. You may find that this improves the efficiency of your A/C quite significantly, especially if you have an automatic, temperature set, climate control system. I leave the valve shut throughout the summer, A/C cooling, period.
Before I get too excited about it or start learning to cope with the Mazda logo on the hood, I have growing concerns on the reputation that Mazda carries as being "unreliable."
I'm a bit spooked after reading numerous posts on this forum about some of the issues CX-7 owners encountered. In addition, J.D. Power & Assoc. gave it an "average" ranking in reliability (3 out of 5). However, I haven't seen any hard data on how the reliability was figured. In researching across multiple websites (Edmonds, J.D. Power & Assoc., U.S. News Auto Rankings, CR), I've found that no one really knows how to classify the CX-7. For example, U.S. News has it classified as a "mid-size SUV" but compares it to the RAV4 and CR-V, which are both classified as "compact SUVs" therefore skewing the review of the CX-7, in my opinion.
All of this brings me back to my question of to buy the CX-7 or not to buy? I realize the CX-7 was introduced in 2007 and it takes a few years to work out the kinks on a new model; therefore, what is your confidence level in the 2010 CX-7?
thanks in advance!
I would NEVER recommend a FWD to anyone, and certainly not somewhat with the expectation of encountering wintertime adverse roadbed conditions. But I would say the small I4 FWD version seems a bit underpowered to me.
Have you driven a Venza...?
Were I currently in the market...2010 RX350 is equipped with the new Venza F/awd system.
1) Do all models of CX 7 with 4WD have turbo?
2) Are all the problems I have read about the turbo confined to certain model years (like 2007) or are they issues that occur after 3 or 4 years of use?
3) Is it detrimental to the turbo system if regular fuel is used, just wondering as I've read either regular or premium can be used?
4) A friend of mine informed me that Mazda products lose their future value at a faster rate than other CUV's such as Rav 4. Is that accurate?
If I were buying on love alone, I'd buy the CX 7 in a heartbeat, but I'm looking for a car with long term durability and good trade in value, because I may look to trade it in on a newer model in 5 years or so, and I want to make the best decision I possibly can.
Were I to for some reason (love its looks) purchase a CX-7 the first thing I would do is "wire" the turbo wastgate open just as "insurance".
I'm guessing you don't own a CX7, if not...why not? Again, I'm just trying to make the right decision. Would you think the Rav 4 is preferable?
I also really like the transmission in the CX7, as I used to own a manual, and this has both manual and automatic. Do any other cars have this feature that you know of?
Thank you for your answer. I placed a similar post on another mazda forum, and got a really snotty reply, which did not answer my questions at all.
I have an '01 F/awd RX300 with 80,000 miles still running fine.
I guess if the only choice was RAV4 or CX-7 I'd choose the CX-7 and figure out how to "wire" the wastegate open.
2. Previously, I drove a honda CRV Lx AWD. Great reliability, better quality inside in the cabin but boring as hell to drive. As for value, at the end of the day EVERY car will lose value the moment you drive it out of the dealership. As for how every often you change your cars???
Personally, after 100K miles, i start looking for a new car as I drive between NYC, NJ and PA so I am in the highway and reliability is a huge issue for me.
3. I bought my car in Dec 2007, all i do is change oil every 3 to 4K miles, got a new set of tires at 33K, I have done a wheel alignment at 53K miles and changed light bulbs and wipers. SO maintenance has been low. In comparison to my CRV, my mazda is more comfortable at the front, rear seat is ok. I have a baby seat in back plus luggage and that is enough space for me.
If I could, I would like to look forward to trading up for the CX9, as there are many more standard features for that model than my CX7 but again overall experience is that I really love my car. AWESOME handling in snow and rain with the AWD system. CX is not bad but there is just no power once the car has 4 people and groceries. Honda engine is wimp.......leaves you wondering where is the horse power...
As a safety measure many modern day FWD only vehicles have the engine automatically "derated" at lower speeds and/or in lower gear ratios. You may note that many of these same models, in F/awd "dress", have better 0-60 times since this derating is not really required.
Some things I think Mazda could have done better, the navigation system back up camera screen is a joke. It would be nice to have iPod integration. My wife would appreciate better interior lighting, especially when trying to load in the kids.
In summation I really do like my CX-7, the features for the price are remarkable. The styling is alive and enlightening. I have a top notch mechanic and detail facility so I only worry about the dealer for warranty work. The Bose sound system is ok and I think I did well.
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Next step is to have information sent to Mazda Customer Assistance with receipt of delivery.
I can not say anything positive pertaining to Mazda Customer Assistance.