2007 Mazda CX-7 Review Preview

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As I say goodbye today to the Mazda CX-7 I've been driving all week, I have to start thinking about my full review for the research pages. I don’t like to get started on the actual review until I’m done with my full week behind the wheel.

I’ll let you blog readers in on a little secret: I'm actually considering the CX-7 to replace my own — or I should say my wife’s — 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. That makes the perk of testing a new car for a week even better, as I get seven days with no salesman to decide whether or not the CX-7 will top our wish list when our lease is up next spring.

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All the attributes I liked most about the CX-7 when it arrived are still what I like most now that it’s gone. A good-looking exterior and interior, a window sticker less than the competition, the fun-to-drive factor — especially for an SUV — and the fact that it gets decent mileage. I even liked — scratch that — loved the upgraded Bose stereo. 

All those things make the CX-7 a major player in the segment and on our shopping list. The big drawback is the SUV’s blind spot problem. Because of those narrowing side windows, visibility is slightly limited at the very rear end of the vehicle's side. It’s an odd location, too, because it isn’t the vertical pillar causing the problem, it’s the horizontal frame of the window. I would think an owner would get used to this over time, but it does make me wonder. I just hope that doesn’t negate all the positives, because I’ve been itching for a new car. Of course, there are another two or three new vehicles not out yet that could knock the CX-7 off the top of the list, blind spot or no.

Update: Cars.com CX-7 Review

By David Thomas | August 11, 2006 | Comments (94)

Comments 

It's a BIG version of the MAZDASPEED3! What else can you expect! I think for the price, it's a perfect catch! Once i get my porshe for a few month, and need an SUV again, screw the LR3, and all the American "big boi" stuff, THIS IS, the way to go!!! Glad you enjoyed it!
--ilyaa?!

Jacque

I've had my CX-7 for a little over a month now and loved it, at first. In the past month my a/c has quit and the dealership has replaced my Bose stereo, not once, but twice. Thankfully the dealership service has been outstanding, even coming to my house to pick-up the car. In the back of my mind I wonder if my husband was right in that we made a mistake and should have purchased the Honda Pilot instead. The next few months will be very telling. As long as nothing else fails, I'm happy, but I do wish the reliability were better.

Shawn

Jacque, I guess the A/C and Bose audio failing is because it's the first year production model, most cars when it goes through its first year production, alot of problems can occur. However, have fun with your CX-7.

David

My wife love's her new CX7, but like Jacque, we've had several problems with the Bose stereo and brakes. Almost two months of ownership and five re-visits to the dealer and all is well. We don't regret buying it, but then again our Mazda dealer is only two minutes away.
We love the way it handles, wish it was a tad bit more quiet and really cannot get used to the blind spot but every thing else is absolutely perfect. We knew we were taking a gamble because it's a Mazda and a first year model. All in all we are pleased. Now if it just lasts as long as our Honda's have we'll be in heaven.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences with the CX-7.
David, the blindspot I mentioned is still a problem for you after two months? You don't get used to it?
I'm guessing the stereo and a/c issues will be hammered out in the next model year.

avoid the pilot and the mazda altogether and look into a torrent or an equinox, maybe even an SRX

Sboy,
We like you commenting but every answer can't be a GM product. We like certain GM vehicles for what they are but currently GM doesn't have anything that competes with the Pilot or the CX7. You'll have to wait for the next gen Equinox platform before that happens.
The new crossovers (GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave) will also be interesting but will be a bit bigger than the two Japanese models mentioned here.

Jim

I just bought a CX-7 a week ago. So far so good. I'm curious to see what MPG i will get on the first tank. The Bose stereo actually sounds good. The gauges, control, and seat adjustment are all very functional. I'm happy with the car.

Igor

Mr. Thomas ...

for the blindpot - just get the round convex mirrors from AutoZone for both sides ... I have a Mazda3, and have them and I cannot even drive a car without them - they are the best $4 I ever spent on that car ... eliminates ANY need to look over my shoulder to check for cars...

PS: I sat in a CX7 today - just sat, did not drive - I love it - but after getting out of my loaner Mazda6, I expected more - softer - plastics .... there were "soft touch" - not quite soft ... I am not sure whether it wold fly well in such as "performance" car, but it did startle me a little bit ..

I do absolutely love the car though ... too bad that my family's budget recently shrunk, and the Cx7 got spaced out of the price range for the new car ... we will have to look lower for Escape or such.

Igor

Nick

I am considering the CX-7, but I read a review that said they averaged 14 mpg. I was very suprised considering it is a 4 cylinder! can any owners tell me what they are actually getting on fuel economy?

Hank

CX-7 for three weeks and still love it with no problems. Road trip to Amish Country in PA with its tight turns in little river valleys was a pure joy. Mileage started off at 18 and is moving to 20 in combination of city and freeway. My wife has turned into a GPS Nav addict - very useful in No. VA where nothing makes sense and the route to is different than the route back.

I always said I wished they made a car that had what I wanted in performance and features. CX-7 fits the bill.

Nick,
I averaged just over 20 mpg with my week in the cx-7 for the review that will go up later today or tomorrow.
It was mostly highway miles but also about half a day for a photo shoot where the engine was idling a lot.

Kevin Bui

Thank you for sharing your insight about this CX-7. Could you please let me know how much you paid for your car (sale price before tax, ect)? I am looking for a base model (Sport Model) CX-7 which is all what I need. Thanks.

Jimmy T.

We just made the jump into the CX-7 about 3 weeks ago. We actually had gone in to look at the Speed6, but instantly fell in love with the performance and comfort of the '7'. Right now, I'm getting about 21mpg, most of my driving is done on the highway. I honestly have to say that it is easy to get much worse than that if you enjoy the quick punches the turbo can let loose. The shifting is smooth at all speeds, not alot of body roll in hard turns, the traction control is not too overbearing like you feel in some vehicles, and on a long haul with 2 kids and a dog (all 115lbs of her) comfort was not a sacrifice. The ‘after purchase’ factory options/add-ons are a little thin right now, but you can easily get what you want for little cost. All in all, for a 4 cylinder, I am VERY please with the acceleration and you can surely feel the more sporty handling from its smaller kin in the Miata and RX-8. I look forward to see what else Mazda has up its sleeve.

Jim

The engine warning light went on in my CX-7 about a week after I bought it. Also the seat makes a rattling noise and the storage compartment between the driver and the passenger doesn't lock. Has anyone else experience these problems? Regarding the mpg, I got 18 mpg the first tank, and 20 mpg the second tank. Mostly slow and go driving on the highway, and probably 65% AC on. I think the car can do maybe 22 mpg with the AC off on the highway.

Scott

Unless I'm mistaken, the only part of the audio system that is "Bose" are the speakers and their placement. The head-unit itself is not made by Bose.

andy

Like many, I've had issues with mine. The biggest is the stumbling and missing of the engine, poor gas mileage, now the audio system. My dealer says Mazda is working on a fix for the engine that is supposed to be out by 10/6. If it's not here, I'm getting a buy-back. This is a fun ride, but it's got WAY too many issues.

Annette

I guess I must be one of the lucky ones because I've had my CX-7 for three weeks now and nothing has gone wrong. I got the AWD Grand Touring model(loaded except for the technology package - none available)and couldn't be happier. It's my first SUV and I was looking for something sporty with excellent performance. I'm used to driving mid-sized V6's, so it was a suprise how much power this had with a 4 cylinder - turbo charged or not, considering it's weight. One thing did happen this morning - the tire pressure monitor went on when I started the car (grabbed the handy instruction booklet that comes with the car since I was clueless what kind of idiot light it was)but after filling up with gas at lunchtime it went off. It may be an idiot light problem, but it's definitely not the tires...they were not low on pressure. If this is the only problem I have it was well worth taking a chance on a first-year model. BTW - I have had no problems with the A/C (and I would know since I like it cold) or the stereo - it works great. One thing nobody has mentioned - it did take some getting used to the shifter - I had a tendency to slide it into the manual mode when putting it in drive, but that has passed and I am 100% satisfied and happy I made this purchase. Very roomy interior and the Temp/stereo/clock display on the top of the center console is east to read.

jaqe

I wish it had a 6 cylinder engine with equivalent HP rather than a turbo charged 4. I would expect fuel consumption to be similar. Love the look, however, I'm concerned with long term reliability and maintenance costs (...). The turbo charged engine will endure higher stresses, hence, I fear this would compromise its longevity with resulting high maintenance costs and depreciate its value. Any reassuring opinions out there ?

sum dude

Your fears are well-founded but generally factory turbocharged engines are built to handle the extra stress that it will endure (provided they actually take the time to do it), granted the turbos have to be rebuilt after a certain amount of miles, i dont know how many. The only problem i see with a turbocharged engine is higher labor costs with major engine work.

MR. SMITH

My wife and I have had our CX7 now for 2months and we just love it no problems at all and it is a HEAD turner we have the Grand Touring model with every possible option and everything works well. Some people complain about the sound system it is a matter of tast if they learn how to tune it,it will sound great. Thanks Mazda you have a great product

John Brown

I've had my CX-7 since August. Filled the tank 9 times and the mileage has been a HUGE disappointment. I know this is a heavy vehicle (almost 4000lbs I think) and that's a lot to ask of the 4 cyl engine - also its a turbo. But I'm getting way below EPA numbers (18city/24highway) - I expected to be somewhat close, maybe 10-20% below - I started off getting 22mpg, then 20. The last two fill ups were 16mpg, then 15mpg and the trend continues in the downward direction. This is a mix of city and highway too and I'm light on the pedal - I don't engage the turbo very often. Quality control is poor as well (almost like Mazda released a beta-version!). My brakes are squeeling terribly, the rear tailgate creaks - dashboard creaks - and blind spots are terrible . You can't see the front end of the vehicle either, making parallel parking tough unless you have lots of space.

oscar Cervantes

I need the Navigation system Bose Bcause in mexico there selling the CX7 without the nav syst some one knows where i can buy that or some one knows people on EUA that maybe removed their stereo and there maybe want me to buy it!!! plzz if someone know info please send me an email or post me thanks

Chi

Any concerns about turbo reliability are unfounded (but probably based on 20-30 year old rumours).

The engines themselves are no more complicated than a normally aspirated engine and the new technology in turbo design makes for turbos that last far longer than the average car owner's love for the car. (I have a 91 Audi Turbo with 187k miles on the original old tech turbo)

Mazda chose a turbo 4 cylinder to save on weight and gas consumption. A 6 cylinder will get worse mileage.

I think a CX7 turbodiesel would be a big hit as long as it got 30+mpg on the highway.

Glenn

Concur with the last comment re turbo reliability. 1980s' tech turbos were less reliable than those available now and generally required a higher degree of operator input (idling down following driving generally with a turbo timer and dependent upon makem rebuilds after say 100 000 kms). Fortunately things have changed and turbos are reliable and do not require any special operator management. This is my experience with two 21st C Subarus - absolutely bulletproof.

As for my CX7 - an AWD - so far so good. Blind spots have been eliminated with stick on convex (trucker) mirrors, city fuel consumption is less than expected (around 13 MPG) however highway consumption has been around 25 and the AC struggles in anything above about 32 Deg C (90 Deg F) which is a typical Brisbane (Australia) summner day. Otherwise all is good and no regrets with the purchase.

Rick

I bought my Cx-7 in November 06. I have a Grand Touring w/ Tech package. I think this vehicle offers the most for the best price. It drives and handles great. I have only a few minor issues, the automatic lighting needs to have a delay to prevent swithing back and forth in marginal light conditions and when passing under a bridge. The stereo is supposed to have an automatic volume adjustment for background noise that does not seem to function. I also get an odor of hot oil very breifly after heavy highway driving and then stopping at light. The odor seems to get sucked into the ventilation system from the motor. I am having the dealer look into these issues but was checking this site to see other mazda owners experiences. My gas mileage is about 21 MPG. It started at about 17-18 and then after breaking in around 2600 miles has been consistently 21. Overall a good vehicle for a good price and would recommend to anyone at this point!

oopablo

As far as the engine and the extra stress it endures do to turbo, rembember this is the same 2.3 turbo set up used in the Mazdaspeed 6, only its been de-tuned to make 30 less hp. So same block, head, and general internals, but lower compression, lower stresses. Plus the 2.3 is popping up everywhere from Ford Focus' to the CX-7. Its a tested engine, im not worried about it one bit.

Spencer

I have a new one for you. Generally we love our new CX-7, but I have been back to the dealership twice in the past two weeks for similar issues that are posted on this site. However, today I experienced a new issue. My CX-7 refused to recognize the smart keys and would not turn over. Two hours later, it decided that it was okay to start now, but the engine light stayed on. It's back in the shop this morning and I'm in a Mazda3 rental. I really love driving this vehicle, but I'm getting very nervous about its reliability.

Spencer,
Do you live in cold weather? how cold was it when this happened?

Spencer

The temperature outside this morning was -16C.

Spencer

I have an update regarding my smart key issues. I'm still in a rental today, but I was given an update from my dealership this morning. They were able to dump all of the codes that were generated during my issue. The dealership reported some of the findings to Mazda Canada and today there is a Mazda engineer visiting my dealership to take a look at my vehicle. This would lead me to believe that the dealership found something new for the CX-7 that could be a big deal. In the end, I have been told that I can pickup my CX-7 tonight.

Spencer,
Thanks for the update. Mazdas, especially the RX-8, have been known to be temperamental in cold weather. I would think the turbo would be pretty tricky in that way too. Obviously that's no excuse but not unheard of and something Mazda should definitely work on if they're going to be selling AWD SUVs, something we all want in cold/bad weather areas.

Nick Li

I have my cx7 for a little over 5 weeks,everything is alright, but i don't know why it drinks too much gas, it works out to 14 km/Liters, which dealer said it's only 12.

spencer

Hi, I'm in a loaner again, atleast this time I'm in a CX-7 loaner. Engine light issues and this time passenger air bag trouble as well. I had a 1:1 session with the dealership owner this morning about my situation. I think we are reaching the end of this saga, I hope!

Sean

I have had my cx7 for about a month now. I do agree that the fuel economy does seem to be below the stated mpg on the sticker. I also have had the check engine light come on and off randomly, which I believe is due to the cold weather. The dealership says the C.E.L. issue is a known problem with a sensor and that Mazda is currently working on a solution. However, it is kind of annoying when you buy a new car to get away from problems such as this and you end up spending more time in the dealership service dept. than you ever have before. Per the message boards, the CX7 seems plagued with issues. I do love the cx7; however, if I had a chance to do it all again, I would not have purchased this vehicle right now. I would recommend waiting 'til they work the bugs out of this 1st edition and then buy one a year or so from now. Other than the little problems, the overall package is nice. I do not agree with others that the interior looks cheap. Compare any foreign to a domestic and you'll uderstand what cheap looks like. The ride of the car is great and the acceleration is awesome. This is my first Mazda and I have always heard people bragging about their dependability, which is why I went forward with the purchase. I just hope the vehicle lives up to the reliable reputation.

For all those talking about Mileage: Is everyone using Premium gasoline? It's the one recommended by the Manufacturer, I am looking into an Crossover vehicles like the Murano, Edge, CX-7 and 9, etc... and would like to have an idea regarding the GAS. Thanks in advance.

Elaine Tobies

I have a mazda 626 and am considering buying a Mazda CX-7. I love my Mazda 626 and she still handles well, but after 10 years it's time for a new car. I see mixed reviews regarding the CX-7, and I have one question. Has anyone done their research regarding this car? I've checked blogs, Consumer reports, Edmunds, etc. and the car seems to be pretty good. Not GREAT..But pretty good..I'll keep reading to see more reviews and continue to test drive and see what happens.

Elaine,
You can read consumer reviews on Cars.com here:
http://research.cars.com/go/crp/research.jsp?makeid=30&ASSET_TYPE=Affiliate+Review%2CBuying+Guide%2CVehicle+Profile&logtype=6&year=2007&modelid=8239&revlogtype=17&section=consumerreviews&call=&section=summary&mode=&aff=national

But just do a google search for "Mazda CX-7 forum" and you'll be able to find at least one message board of owners.
http://www.mcx7.com/
is one
http://www.mazdaforum.com/

is another. Good luck.

Elaine Tobies

Thanks Dave T.

Elaine Tobies

WELL I have finally purchased the car I've been staring at since last summer on Friday 3/30. The CX-7 Sport in Silver/Gray. And I must say I am loving this car. It is roomy inside, the handling is good and the pickup speed is great, Sound system is nice and I love the display features. Coming from a Mazda 97' 626 which I still have to a 2007 CX-7 is very different. I love being up so high!!! Blind spot! What blind spot!!! Just use your mirrors and windows and you'll be fine. The only negative is the MPG, Guess I got spoiled in my smaller car.
I just gotta stop lookin for that clutch...there isn't one!!!

I've had my CX-7 for about 2 months now and love driving it. My only problem seems to be when I'm excerlating and getting on the highway (between 3rd and 4th gear) it seems to stumble and makes a noise. Then it goes away and is fine...does anyone else have a similar problem?

Thanks so very much for taking your time to create this very useful and informative site. I have learned a lot from your site. Thanks!!1

i love this site.

Sally

I purchased my CX-7 a week ago and love it! I am on my second tank and not real thrilled on the gas mg as of yet. It is brand new and can't expect to get the milage the sticker says until the engine is broken in.
I love the handling, look and turbo. Fun to drive! I had a mazda 6 and it was wonderful but I missed the roominess and being up high that you get in an suv.

Jn1x

I am on my second CX-7. The first one was purcahsed in 12/06. I had to be towed off the interstate 2 weeks after buying it. The dealership told me there was nothing wrong with it and that I should come pick it up. 3 weeks later I was towed again off the interstate (the car would just stop accelerating...the engine stayed on but wouldn't go). The second dealership told me again that there was nothing wrong with it and that I should pick it up. 50 miles later I was towed off the interstate again (same issue as the first two times). The car was taken back to dealership #1 and after two days they called and said there was nothing wrong with it and to come pick it up. I refused to drive it any more and told them they would have to figure out what to do with it. The next day they called and told me to come pick it up because there was nothing wrong with it. Somehow, they didn't see that being stranded 3 times in below 0 degree (farenheit) weather was an issue. I again refused to pick up the vehicle and they were starting to get pretty upset with me. They spent the next day driving the vehicle and the technician got stranded about 50 miles from the dealership. Ultimately the transmission was replaced, along with several other parts of the drivetrain, but I didn't want the car back. After about a month and a half of arguing with Mazda, they agreed to buy-back the vehicle about an hour before my attorney filed the papers with the court.
The second vehicle was good for the first month or two, but I have had it re-alligned once, it has eaten 4 tires (due to cupping, which the dealership tells me is related to the mis-allignment) and it needs to be re-alligned again. Mazda hadn't released the specs for allingment to their dealerships by the time I needed to have mine done - so I had to take it to a Chevrolet dealership to be done. Mazda claims that I drive too much and as a result they will only pay for 2 of the tires to be replaced.
Overall, I regret trading in the 2005 Mazda 6 on this vehicle. I don't have time for all these problems, but if they continue I'll be pushing the lemon-law again. This time I'll take the cash.

Jn1x

I am on my second CX-7. The first one was purcahsed in 12/06. I had to be towed off the interstate 2 weeks after buying it. The dealership told me there was nothing wrong with it and that I should come pick it up. 3 weeks later I was towed again off the interstate (the car would just stop accelerating...the engine stayed on but wouldn't go). The second dealership told me again that there was nothing wrong with it and that I should pick it up. 50 miles later I was towed off the interstate again (same issue as the first two times). The car was taken back to dealership #1 and after two days they called and said there was nothing wrong with it and to come pick it up. I refused to drive it any more and told them they would have to figure out what to do with it. The next day they called and told me to come pick it up because there was nothing wrong with it. Somehow, they didn't see that being stranded 3 times in below 0 degree (farenheit) weather was an issue. I again refused to pick up the vehicle and they were starting to get pretty upset with me. They spent the next day driving the vehicle and the technician got stranded about 50 miles from the dealership. Ultimately the transmission was replaced, along with several other parts of the drivetrain, but I didn't want the car back. After about a month and a half of arguing with Mazda, they agreed to buy-back the vehicle about an hour before my attorney filed the papers with the court.
The second vehicle was good for the first month or two, but I have had it re-alligned once, it has eaten 4 tires (due to cupping, which the dealership tells me is related to the mis-allignment) and it needs to be re-alligned again. Mazda hadn't released the specs for allingment to their dealerships by the time I needed to have mine done - so I had to take it to a Chevrolet dealership to be done. Mazda claims that I drive too much and as a result they will only pay for 2 of the tires to be replaced.
Overall, I regret trading in the 2005 Mazda 6 on this vehicle. I don't have time for all these problems, but if they continue I'll be pushing the lemon-law again. This time I'll take the cash.

lvmg

I love my black cherry 2007 CX7 - EXCEPT for the steering. It seems to pull right then left and follows ruts in the road. My arms get tired from holding the steering wheel straight.
Is anyone else experiencing this problem??

Gail

WARNING: Do not put the pedal to the metal on a Mazda CX7

On August 23, our CX7 test drive gave us a lot more than expected. Gail drove it first along HWY 7 and down McCowan to the highway. On the 407 she mentioned how much it was like driving a sports car rather than an SUV. She liked the responsive steering and the ride and we thought the look and handling of the car was superb!

Then for the return trip, I wanted to try the car myself. I was concerned about the overall headroom as I am just over six feet. I also wanted to try out the Sport Shift mode as I have one in my Volvo XC70. When I exited the highway, the first thing I noticed at the end of the ramp is that the engine was racing and I had to tap the brake repeatedly to stop the racing. Then when I turned north on McCowan and pressed hard on the gas pedal, once again the car lurched forward and the engine raced even after I took my foot off the gas pedal. I was alarmed and tried to show the salesrep in the back seat that the car was behaving uncontrollably. The car was still gaining speed while I held both feet away from the pedals. Again tapping the break repeatedly, the engine dropped back to idle.

Then when I turned east on 16th Ave to return to the dealership and stepped on the gas the car surged forward again as if the gas pedal was pressed to the floor. This time, numerous attempts to brake the car caused the brakes to smell but the car continued to race forward. In an attempt to gain control of the speeding vehicle, I tried shifting from automatic to manual and neutral but no matter what, the car kept accelerating. For over a kilometer, I tried to stop the car. I hammered on the brake pedal as hard as I could but I could not stop the CX7. Then I decided to use two feet on the brake and that’s about when I started to scout for something soft to run into. The stoplights on 48 were coming up fast, and in one last attempt before I tried switching off the key or stepping on the parking brake, I put both feet and all my weight on the brakes and the car finally kicked out of its acceleration mode and I was able to gain control and drive it slowly back to the dealership.

Needless to say we won’t be buying the CX7 even though we loved the car. Unless there is a simple explanation (which I doubt) I would always be wondering when the car was going to take off.

Alexandro

Dont pay BIG dealer prices Like me Take over my lease I have a 2007 mazda cx-7 I have 20 payments remaining 350 each at the end walk away or buy it at 18000 great car I love it but need to cut bill's more info at [email protected] FLORIDA

AS

We purchase our CX-7 on June 19th, 2007, in CA. My husband and I were very pleased with the vehicle at first. We loved the fact that the engine was so quite and the car drove very smoothly. 3.5 months later are problems began.

In the morning the engine starts at a high RPM about 2500 until its warm. We have less than 3,000 miles on the car. Issues should not be coming up until much later....maybe 30,000 or so...

The engine became very loud and had a knocking noise to it...so we took it into Mazda last Wed. Mazda says "oh is a software issue and they've upgraded the program and everything is fine and for us to pick up the vehicle...so we stopped by to pick up the vehicle and the knocking noise and high RMP idle problem was still there...we refused to take the vehicle home and ask them to have a technician/mechanic take another look at it.

The saga continues...in the order of service conducted:

1.)9/28, Service called: The technician said it was because of loose engine valves and that they have ordered hinges to fix the problem...after replacing the hinges the issues still remains

2.)10/1 Service called: Technician said it could be the cam shaft. A new cam shaft was ordered and replaced it...still the issues remains

3.)10/2 Service called: Cam Shaft replacement did not solve the issue. Technician have to replace the surpentine belt & the tensioner..parts have been ordered..

...we are now waiting to find out if Mazda can resolve the issue....very disappointed....

Chris

Ok, I am probably going to buy a cx-7. Just curious how many folks are running the lower or mid range fuel, IE 89 Octane or lower? If you do, do you notice a difference. Those that are complaining about hesitation issues, are you running Premium fuel?

Of the 2007 owners, how many have gone to the dealership to have the software update done? Did this resolve any turbo lag or hesitation issues?

JT

I had CX-7 since August 07. No major problems so far. Had to rotate the brakes due. They were vibrating because the got a little rusty sitting on the lot. Mileage is about 20mpg mostly city with some highway. When I drove a long highway distance I got about 21.5mpg. However you must use premium gas to avoid engine knock. I love the car and power of the engine being at my disposal when it is needed. There is one thing I dislike. Since crossovers have their windshields on a steep angle, the corner posts cover a lot of forward/side vision aspecially in the mirror area. Little side corner windows add nothing to the visibility and are really just part of cosmetics of the design. In some situations it is like having a blind spot in front of you. This is not a problem on highways but I sometimes did not notice a pedestrian that was close to the vehicle until the last moment. Standard type of windshield arrangements used on typical SUV or minivan offers much better vision. Not a najor issue, just be aware of the limitation and stay alert.

DOM

As stated by many, this car is a pleasure to drive. Its handling and power were pleasent surprises from day 1. However, as I write this, my CX-7 is sitting in the Mazda Service Dept. waiting repair. At 500 miles, check engine light came on. Presently, at 1600 miles, the left front strut is being replaced. The rear cargo door vibrates at times, and the inside door panels need to be tightened. I am starting to question the reliability of this vehicle.

Kristi

We have had our CX-7 for 3 months. Bought it in Aug 07, it was a demo and only had 2000 miles on it, now it has 6500. We had to take it in 10/31/07, and it is in the shop today 12/01/07, the engine light came on 10/30/07, and again on 11/29/07. The first time it was an actuator and have no report as of yet today. I am concerned with its reliability. I love this vehicle. It is quick like a sports car, but yet enough room for the family. I am not suprised with the mileage, it is about the same that I got with my grand caravan. This car also has had 2 recalls already, so you might want to look into that prior to purchasing one.

As far as the engine light goes I was told that the car does its own diagnostic checks during the night and it found something...we will see what the dealer finds. This is the second time, and as I said before, I am concerned.

I expect to get it back on Monday, which means that I will be in a Mazda 6 for 3 days...not so much an inconvenience, but I would rather be driving my own car and not have these issues. Especially since it is an '07.

Rory

I bought my CX-7 on 7-7-07 and for the most part it is a great vehicle. The looks are great and the performance is everything I wanted it to be. However, there are a few things that are really irritating me. If anyone can let me know if they have experienced the same problems I would really appreciate it.
I have the GT, fully loaded except for the technology package. One of myrequirements in my vehicles is a great stereo, and at first the Bose didn't disappoint disappoint. But about a month ago I noticed a bit of vibration coming from the door panel. This has gotten so bad now that even at low volume the buzzing is almost louder than the music coming through. I bought the upgraded stereo for a reason, and now it's irratating to listen to.
Also, with the stereo off, I can now hear creaks and rattles coming from all over; the front dash, the doors, the plastic moulding in the back. I would think that for the money I put into the GT model, the construction would be much better than this, even if it is a first year model. I have it going into the dealership this weekend, so hopefully it can be taken care of. If anyone else has experienced these problems as well, please let me know.

Chris

I bought a demo Mazda CX7 AWD Grand Touring in May and it had on it 9,000 miles. I absolutely loved the car at first. It was sporty both in looks and speed. Plus no one else in town had one. Some issues came up that made me wonder if I had made the right decision. At 17,000 miles I had to purchase 4 new tires. Didn't realize before and after market tires are not the same quality. I have had several close calls with the blind spot (so I think I will purchase those mirrors a few of you have mentioned) and my floor mat got stuck under accelerator and basically had to put into neutral and slow down with brakes. But it was the scariest 15 seconds of my life. (now I make sure my floor mats are securely locked down). I get anywheres from 18 to 21 for gas mileage and using the premium does make a big difference in the gas mileage. Mechanically the car has been great and it really has just been a matter of me getting used to it. After investing in new tires I plan on keeping it now. It definately is a head turner and I like driving in town without seeing any others.

Rhett

My girlfriend and I just leased a 2008 black sport model with the Bose premium sound system and a sunroof. We got a great deal on my trade-in, and when it came down to it, the CX-7 "edged" out the Ford Edge by a hair.

We haven't had it long enough to give feedback on the long term issues, but as of today, it runs like a dream. Great center console, shocks are far better then in my Mustang (of course!) and we always end up fighting over who gets to drive. Coming from a sports car, I can tell you I am quite impressed with the handling, and love how it grips the asphalt.

I knock on wood while saying all of this, but I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who asked, and look forward to years of driving enjoyment!

Mark Murphy

We have had the Vehicle for 12K and have had more problems with the CX-7 AWD Touring model than any car we have ever bought. Most recent problem was blowing white and black smoke out the exhaust and the sound of "Clanking/loud rattling" with loss to no power. Took it to the dealer and they said they could not find anything wrong, Big Suprise!!! So the let it idol for a while and then they saw and heard the problem. So they are to replace the Turbo Charger. We'll see what happens. I will never again buy a Mazda again. I also have a 2006 RX-8 that also has it's share of problems.

Mark Murphy

We have had the Vehicle for 12K and have had more problems with the CX-7 AWD Touring model than any car we have ever bought. Most recent problem was blowing white and black smoke out the exhaust and the sound of "Clanking/loud rattling" with loss to no power. Took it to the dealer and they said they could not find anything wrong, Big Suprise!!! So the let it idol for a while and then they saw and heard the problem. So they are to replace the Turbo Charger. We'll see what happens. I will never again buy a Mazda again. I also have a 2006 RX-8 that also has it's share of problems.

Mark Murphy

We have had the Vehicle for 12K and have had more problems with the CX-7 AWD Touring model than any car we have ever bought. Most recent problem was blowing white and black smoke out the exhaust and the sound of "Clanking/loud rattling" with loss to no power. Took it to the dealer and they said they could not find anything wrong, Big Suprise!!! So the let it idol for a while and then they saw and heard the problem. So they are to replace the Turbo Charger. We'll see what happens. I will never again buy a Mazda again. I also have a 2006 RX-8 that also has it's share of problems.

Cami

I have a sharp 2008 CX7 Grand Touring with the tech pack & remore start that I would like to sell. Sticker price was $33565 not including the remote start. It is Copper Red Mica w. black leather interior. Anyone interested? For photos email me at [email protected] Thank you!

DL

when did we start using this blog as a "For Sale" list too? i'll trade you my full complement of performance cars on Forza2 for XBox 360 (including game) for your CX-7. my wife really wants one and hates it when i play my racing game

Stacie McGuire

We bought a CX-7 in Nov. 06--great auto at first then just last friday a clanking noise came from the engine-called the dealer that day and couldn't take it in until the following tuesday. Well its thursday and the dealership is still working on it and doesn't know what's wrong with it. They have been calling Mazda(the builders)to trouble shoot---also someone had mentioned tires---they are truley crap---I drive alot but have never been through a full set on tires in 20,000 miles. Does anyone have the same clanking noise?

If you have performance oriented tires they can wear quickly. Not sure what the 06 cx-7 has. I've gone through a set of low-profile tires in under 10K miles.

Stacie McGuire

It's actually an 07 model bought it 2006---talked to the dealership about the tires they just said for the size of tires on the 7 there wasn't alot to choose from when these first came out---also just for the record-- make sure you maintain detailed records of all your oil changes---our Mazda may not be covered under the BUMPER TO BUMPER warranty because my husband maintains it himself---they don't even know what the problem is yet with the clanking noise. It's been 3 days and they (the dealership) have to review the findings and have the Director of Mazda see if it will be covered because we dont have accurate record keeping of all the oil changes made. What is with that? I thought BUMPER TO BUMPER meant exactly what it says. 20,000 miles and four oil changes later, I'm very disappointed in their customer service. Love the look and the way it drives but would like it to last quite a bit longer than a year and a half.

Stacie McGuire

It's actually an 07 model bought it 2006---talked to the dealership about the tires they just said for the size of tires on the 7 there wasn't alot to choose from when these first came out---also just for the record-- make sure you maintain detailed records of all your oil changes---our Mazda may not be covered under the BUMPER TO BUMPER warranty because my husband maintains it himself---they don't even know what the problem is yet with the clanking noise. It's been 3 days and they (the dealership) have to review the findings and have the Director of Mazda see if it will be covered because we dont have accurate record keeping of all the oil changes made. What is with that? I thought BUMPER TO BUMPER meant exactly what it says. 20,000 miles and four oil changes later, I'm very disappointed in their customer service. Love the look and the way it drives but would like it to last quite a bit longer than a year and a half.

Stacie McGuire

Well here it goes--i'm very upset with my local Mazda dealership--nope not covered--my car is still making the wierd noise under the hood and Mazda refuses to fix whatever is wrong with it.Going to have to talk to the distric manager to see if she will overrule their decision not to fix it yes it's still under warranty at least that's what I was told when I bought the darn thing. BUMPER TO BUMPER. Until then I'll be driving a new '07 CX-7 that is making a loud enough sound that anyone within 10 feet of the auto can hear. Hope that turns people off of buying one of these things.Never in my life have I been so disappointed in the lack of service of the Service Department. Good thing I'm a true believer in the old saying "What goes around,comes around."

Trenton Tucker

My wifes '07 CX7 has been really well behaved until last week. The transmission got stuck in 3rd gear and refused to up or down shift. The dealer said it was a bad transmission control module. At 13K and two oil changes this is the only problem we've had.

SirPeter

Caution: Just a reminder, I have the 2007 Mazda CX7 - At 76K miles, the turbocharged engine blew out. the car was well maintained and all services have done thru Mazda Dealer. the bad news is, Mazda will not shoulder the payment for the replacement of the turbocharged engine because it is no longer under warranty. bottom-line, since this is the first turbocharged engine for CX7, maybe the life-span of this engine is only between 60K and 70K miles, regardless how old is the car.

Lindsey

I own a 2007 CX-7 and have been having problems since 11k. The first problem was the tires....4 different tire shops said that the wear pattern was very irregular, yet couldn't find a reason why. Inflation was up to par and alignment was fine. We were across the country at the time, and ended up just purchasing $1200 in new tires (!) because the OE tires weren't safe to travel 2500 miles.

Curently, I'm battling with the dealership....I finally had enough and called the Mazda Customer Service line. They were very friendly and took every bit of information I had about the problems I've been having (bose stereo package doesn't work randomly, acceleration between G3 & 4 stumbles and makes a loud clicking noise, and engine grinding when reversing and turning). I told the rep that I had placed several calls to both the general manager and the owner of the dealership and haven't had those calls returned. The rep assured me that my calls would be returned and my car would be fixed. It has been in the shop close to 10 times without being fixed or having the techs find anything wrong with it.

The bad news, I'm at 33k right now and the "Bumper to Bumper" warranty extends only to 36k.

ugh.

Mzdcx-7 2008

How do i turn on the voice recognition system on the stiring wheel ???? doesnt work or am i doing something wrong..
I press the button say a command and nothing happends.

Rhue

We've had our CX7 AWD less than a year and having just picked it up after a week at the dealership, I too am becoming very concerned about the vehicle's reliability! We've had 3 issues with the check engine light. 3 trips to the dealership due to an oil leak at the front of the engine and it's eating up the front tires. The dealership has been excellent through all of this. I expressed my concerns to the general manager who promises to look into my concerns. It turns out the oil leak resulted in a complete replacement of the transfer case and propeller shaft. We too noticed a "hot oil" smell, now we know why. Another recurring problem was the gas tank filler tube which needed to be replaced as it was causng the "check engine" light to come on. The car handles beautifully however I find it noisy. I'm very annoyed with the "tunnel" like cowling around the speedometer which shadows the dial making it very difficult to read during the day unless the sun is behind you. Sunglasses make the problem even more difficult. Turning on the headlight helps minimally. Mazda needs to make the instrument panel lighting brighter, this is a basic "safety 101" design issue. At 15k miles, the front tires (despite rotating them) are badly worn on the inside - replacement tires are in the $200 - $250 range per tire and need to be replaced in pairs. The gas mileage is acceptable but not great, replacing tires and running high test gas make this a very expensive car to operate. It's been a long time since I've experience this many new car problems and subsequent visits to the dealership - this is the reason I abandoned american cars.

Rhue

We've had our CX7 AWD less than a year and having just picked it up after a week at the dealership, I too am becoming very concerned about the vehicle's reliability! We've had 3 issues with the check engine light. 3 trips to the dealership due to an oil leak at the front of the engine and it's eating up the front tires. The dealership has been excellent through all of this. I expressed my concerns to the general manager who promises to look into my concerns. It turns out the oil leak resulted in a complete replacement of the transfer case and propeller shaft. We too noticed a "hot oil" smell, now we know why. Another recurring problem was the gas tank filler tube which needed to be replaced as it was causng the "check engine" light to come on. The car handles beautifully however I find it noisy. I'm very annoyed with the "tunnel" like cowling around the speedometer which shadows the dial making it very difficult to read during the day unless the sun is behind you. Sunglasses make the problem even more difficult. Turning on the headlight helps minimally. Mazda needs to make the instrument panel lighting brighter, this is a basic "safety 101" design issue. At 15k miles, the front tires (despite rotating them) are badly worn on the inside - replacement tires are in the $200 - $250 range per tire and need to be replaced in pairs. The gas mileage is acceptable but not great, replacing tires and running high test gas make this a very expensive car to operate. It's been a long time since I've experience this many new car problems and subsequent visits to the dealership - this is the reason I abandoned american cars.

alicia

I just purchased a used 2007 Mazda CX-7. I had a 2004 Mazda 3 and absolutely loved it. I also love the CX-7. The car has about 30000 miles on it and I have just noticed a slight knocking noise in the engine and before taking it in I am curious to see if anyone else has experienced this. I purchased a warranty with the car that will cover absolutey everything that is not considered maintenance...even wear and tear. I don't know much about cars and I always worry that the dealership will try to screw me out of money so if anyone has had this issue and found out what it was...could you tell me. Thanks so much! ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM!!!

Pat

I have a 2007 CX7. I am still trying to figure this out. The other day, it was raining very hard when I pulled up the the grocery store. I was inside for about a 1/2 hr. When I left, I grabbed my bags, hit the open button on the fob twice and ran to the car. When I got to the car, something seemed wrong but, it wasn't until I sat down that I realized all the windows were open and I was getting wet. The seat was slightly wet so they just opened. I closed them and began to back up and realized that it was raining in my car. I was totally saturated until I realized the skylight was open. I couldn't even figure how to close it because I rarely use it. Any ideas how this happened? Wouldn't the car need to be turned on to open the windows?? I am litterly "spooked" about this.

joe r

check engine light came on 3 times.tapping noise from cylinder head/valve train.stereo went out twice.even glove box hinge broke.I hope 2008 models have 2007 problems worked out.

Cinders

ok..I bought my 2007 CX-7 in the middle of 2007. Had some electrical problems then car went crazy and wouldn't work. Turns out the main fuse was popping out. As for my tires...in the middle of 2008 around 10K miles on car i neede an elignment and rotate my tires turns out they all needed replaced. Mazda would only replace 2 tires, they said this problem with Mazda putting an SUV frame on sport tires which wear quickly. I also hear clicking in my engine when I turn and also don't like keeping a tight hold of the wheel never know when you hit a small change in the road which takes your car off track. At first I really liked my car but I can't imagine buying tires every year so glad I'm only leasing it. Oh and now when temps are very low, lights on dashboard go crazy, so I'm affraid to drive it. But the low tire light is always on.

Mazda=Bad

First off I do not claim to know anything about auto's:

With that said I am looking for some reassurance and advice:

Yesterday (May 10th, 2009) my AC compressor clutch went out on my 2007 touring CX-7 Below I have listed the facts:

1. I am 300 miles over warranty 36,300
2. I had a full (top of the line) inspection at the top mazda dealer in Omaha before the warranty expired less than a month ago
3. The dealership feels bad that this has happened and offered to pay for all labor costs
4. I have to pay parts $1,200 for a new A/C compressor clutch

My question are:

1. Should they have foreseen this problem? (I understand not all things are able to be foreseen)
2. Is $1,200 sound right for a new AC clutch?
3. Would I be safe with a used AC clutch?

Thanks in advance for the help!

************************************************
May 11, 2009
UPDATE: my A/C compressor went out at 36,300 miles (300 miles after warranty). Dealership said they would pay for labor because I had a full inspection 3 weeks ago on the vehicle. Below is service sequence of events:

Before I go into the summary of conversation I first want to say that all the dealership and Mazda customer service personnel were highly professional and very kind. I too was professional (IMO) and was not trying to flame them but, trying to reach a reasonable solution to the problem:

1. Dealership: Woodhouse Mazda - Omaha
1. They acknowledge that this is one of the main problems on CX-7's
2. They acknowledge that the old A/C unit is faulty (Because the new unit is a redesign)
3. They acknowledge that they do not check this problem as a "preventative maintenance" check (prewarranty)
4. They acknowledge that they have a significant markup on parts ($1,200) so "Free Labor" is just another tool used for customer service

2. Called Mazda customer service
1. They said that they might be able to file a "Post Warranty Claim"
2. While on hold he spoke to the warranty and they said the "district manager" knew the situation and approved "Free Labor" as the best they could do.
3. Mazda (Customer Service) then claimed that was the best they could do.

So in conclusion, I am out $1,200 dollars because of a faulty (Poorly designed) A/C compressor. So not only was I on the side of busy highway switching my baby and baby's car seat into my surprisingly reliable BMW 5 series (with 75,000 miles) but, now I have to pay 30% margin on new parts.... But hey the Labor is Free!! Thanks MAZDA!!

Be Warned: THIS PART WILL FAIL (Make sure it fails before your warranty is up)

vanessa

very dissapointed. bought my cx7 2007 new in 2006. since then have had to replace right speaker, recently at 72000 mi a/c compressor, pulley/clutch and wheel bearings going out. they are all defective pieces and the mazda does not care. i will NEVER buy Mazda again.

varun

I am experiencing same issue "It seems to pull right then left and follows ruts in the road. My arms get tired from holding the steering wheel straight"

Any help. I bought used car with only 19000km on it and it pulls on right

AC

I have had a CX7 for 3 years and recently the turbo failed. I must also note here the car hadn't been serviced for 25k. What caused the turbo to fail was the oil had reduced and became thick so it did not flow properly thru the turbo. My question is why didn't the oil light come on and warn us that oil was low? Has there been issues with the oil light that anyone knows of?

stephen

I have a 2007 CX7, 24,000 miles. the power windows stopped working. The right front one month ago, then the two back power windows yesterday. I installed a new battery around the same time that the front right window stopped working. Question one: How do I fix the power windows? Question two: Any connection between the windows not working and the new battery?

Trying to go from disbelief to contacting you

CHIM

I have a 2007 CX-7 my left front low beam went out, I took it in and Mazda tells me it will be over $700.00 to fix it. Its just over 3 years old 40,000K miles and I have a headlight that will cost me over 700.00 to fix and my warenty will not cover it. Beware of the inflated mazda repair bills

Shauna

I just bought my new 2010 CX-7 2 1/2 wks ago and my dash lights and radio have just gone out, power locks and windows aren't working. Unfortunately, I purchased it from a dealer about 45 miles away and hope that I won't have to travel there for warranty service. Until now, I loved it. Will keep you posted on the outcome.

travis

I have a 07 mazda CX-7 only 54000 miles, so far only had low tire pressure light come, and turbo knocking very loudly, and had to replace throttel body, and while checking on that dealer bent all the valves, had to have the head checked (dealer said not resurfaced) and replace all the valves, and check engine light repeatly comes on, and car shifts into 6 gear at 40 mph so rmps are way down and have no acceleration, and have had to replace air bag and air bag sensor(second dealership said first dealership did not replace air bag as stated), and most of the problems have been dealt with by giving oil change.The engine light is on now SO back to the dealer Hixson Mazda in Alexandria.My problem seems that there is no CODE on the computer to tell the tech what to fix, my only explaination is (WE COULD NOT DUPLICATE THE PROBLEM). Dealer also want give any receipts as to the work done. Does lemon law cover these problems or does it have to be the same problem every time? Tired of driving rentals my car has literally been in the shop for 6 months. Wouldn't recomend anyone buy a mazda cx-7.

Hi,

I would like to find out if the person who posted as Rhue on Sep 9, 2008 at 7:24:35 PM ever developed a solution for the problem described as follows: I'm very annoyed with the "tunnel" like cowling around the speedometer which shadows the dial making it very difficult to read during the day unless the sun is behind you. Sunglasses make the problem even more difficult. Turning on the headlight helps minimally. Mazda needs to make the instrument panel lighting brighter, this is a basic "safety 101" design issue.

I agree, and I am having the same problem --- but I realize that not everyone has the same problem --- some Mazda CX-7 owners find no issues with gauge illumination at all.

I am thinking that applying a band of window tint at the top of the windshield my cut down on the eye glare, making the gauges easier to read.

Thanks,

Joe

John Leggett

This car is a piece of @#$%. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. You will have to replace such things as the um, ENGINE!!!! Many people have had major issues with this model. We have a 2007 that only has 70,000 miles on it and have serviced as directed. Yet, the engine just blew and now we have to get a new one that only cost $8,000. Mazda will not assist in any way. If I were considering getting a new or used car I would not recommend this one or any Mazda for that matter. Buy an American made car. SCREW MAZDA!!!!

jjones444

Great review for the few days you've had the car. I'd pick the Mazda CX-7 over a Jeep Grand Cherokee too! I'm not a huge Mazda lover, but this one seems like a pretty cool car. I went to a chevrolet dealership and found an almost-new one the other day and test drove it. If it wasn't at the Chevy dealership I may have bought it.

There are many with such facilities. But don't know what is unique with this....

Regina

I bought a 2007 Mazda CX-7, in March of 2007. Within the first couple of months, the vehicle was at the dealer every week "trying" to duplicate the problem with the starter - it was a noise that occurred EVERY time I started the car, yet they could never hear it. Finally, they figured it our and had to basically rebuild the engine when all was said and done.

At 36,400 miles, the A/C was completely dead. $1700.00 later it was repaired. A few months afterward, we received a recall letter from Mazda; it stated that if the vehicle had been repaired already, they would reimburse with ORIGINAL paid receipt from the dealer. We misplaced our original copy, and the dealer had gone out of business. That was money out the door, never reimbursed!

Just 400-ish miles after the tranny warranty was done, the transmission blew up. That happened in June 2011. I just got the vehicle back yesterday, 10/07/11, after parts being on back-order for months, and that cost us (after working a deal with a privately owned company) $3350.00. Mazda was going to be over $5000.00....

just bought an 07 cx-7 3 weeks ago. all was great for 2 weeks, now its like it has no power. it has 65,000 miles. took it to ricart ford/mazda in columbus ohio(where we bought the car) the service center called after hooking up the car and first said it was down on power and would have to pul the valve cover and look in deeper, but admitted that it was down on power. they called back and said it was fine and no problems. gonna pick it up tonight and well see what happens. i agree cx-7 and mazda service is crap. they think ur stupid. ive built mustangs for 20 years. youve been warned, crap car.

Doris

Does anyone know what warning light looks like a clock on the CX7. Just came on today and it is not in the manual.It is not the tire pressure indicator light.

Giovanni

I bought my 07 cx7 in 2011. As of today, i have brought it to st catahrines mazda 8 times for JUST oil leaks. My warranty forces
Me to pay the $200 deductible everytime. Thats right 8 oil leaks in under 2 years. And they justify this cost by claiming that its a new spot everytime. Not once has it leaked in the same spot. Their own employees admitted to my wife that the cx7 is a nightmare and that they hate servicing them.
I will NEVER buy another mazda again in my life. They gave us. 2013 cx9 as a rental, but i couldnt even enjoy it.
My cx7 is a filthy whore.
2 times it leaked again in under 48 hrs after repair.
My car has been in my possesion for 19 months and has had over $11,000 worth of repairs done

Yvonne

I have a 2010 Mazda CX7 that I really like. I get good gas mileage, like the interior and exterior appearance. But, I have problems with the lights on the radio panel.There are no lights on the panel or the gear shift console. At night you can't see anything, it is totally black. We have looked for fuses but can't find any. Has anyone else had this problem?

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