Last post on Jan 12, 2008 at 8:54 AM
You are in the Mazda CX-7
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Mazda CX-7, SUV
#38 of 47 Re: CX-7 towing [n2rock]
May 21, 2007 (10:28 am)
I regularly tow my dirtbikes to the desert on a small utility trailer (4'x6'6"). Total weight is less than 1500 and I can barely feel it. A box trailer may be more than 800lbs so you should call your local U-haul to verify.
#39 of 47 CX-7 Towing
Jul 03, 2007 (12:00 pm)
When I bought my CX-7 I insisted that they install a hitch. I was a little surprised when they installed the 1 1/4". We recently bought a boat. Typically we tow the boat with our Wrangler but it is in the shop and we want to take the boat out. Will we be able to tow the boat with the CX-7? I think the boat weights about 2000 - 2200 lbs including trailer.
#40 of 47 Re: CX-7 Towing [heathr]
Jul 05, 2007 (2:09 pm)
Towing beyond the 2,000lb limit puts safety, liability and drivability in your hands.
While the system was likely designed to handle double that amount, all the risk becomes yours...not to mention the fine if you get caught.
#41 of 47 CX-7 GT Trailer Hitch w/o wiring harness, how do I get the wiring?
Jan 02, 2008 (2:18 pm)
I bought a 2007 CX-7 GT that happened to have a factory installed "trailer hitch w/o wiring harness". Now that I actually need to be able to tow a small trailer, I'd like to get the wiring installed.
I called several Mazda dealerships about ordering parts and getting this done, they've been giving me some rather inconsistent information.
[Service center 1]
You have a class II hitch, you need:
0000-8E-M04 (Main harness kit) $154
0000-8E-M03 (Jumper Harness) $20
The Harness kit comes with some sort of power adapter..
[service center 2]
You don't have a tow hitch, you have just a bike hitch.
Wait, maybe you have a tow hitch, but since you have power seats,
you don't need the Jumper Harness.
[service center 3]
You have the wiring, it says "w/o wiring harness" because you don't need it.
You should be able to plug in the trailer's break lights. If something is missing, then bring the car in and we'll fix it.. it's under warranty.
I didn't realize it was going to be this much of a hassle. I just want to be able to pull a small trailer.. and have working brake lights.
Has anyone been able to successfully get wiring installed on their 2007 CX-7 GT?
#42 of 47 Re: CX-7 GT Trailer Hitch w/o wiring harness, how do I get the wiring? [ws46]
Jan 02, 2008 (5:14 pm)
I'll go with Service Center 3: IF you have a factory hitch, it comes with the trailer light connector.
The GT does not require a jumper harness so service center 1 is out. Service center 2's final thoughts are correct but that all depends on what your dealer invoice looks like. If you don't have your invoice, your best bet is to call Mazda's 800# and find out how the vehicle was originally equipped.
#43 of 47 Re: CX-7 GT Trailer Hitch w/o wiring harness, how do I get the wiring? [mal
Jan 02, 2008 (7:47 pm)
Thanks for the reply.
Yes, it is the factory hitch. It has "Mazda" written on it.
The wording on the invoice is: Trailer hitch w/o wiring harness
My wild guess is, what they meant was that since my CX-7 is a GT (means it has power seats), that it doesn't require the jumper harness. Not "Wiring and the connector for the trailer's turning/braking lights are sold separately."
I do see the socket for the 4-way flat electrical connector right next to the hitch on the CX-7. So I'll stop by a Uhaul and see if I can connect to a trailer there and make sure that trailer brake lights work.
#44 of 47 Re: CX-7 GT Trailer Hitch w/o wiring harness, how do I get the wiring? [mal [ws46]
Jan 03, 2008 (9:04 am)
"I do see the socket for the 4-way flat electrical connector right next to the hitch on the CX-7."
Well that's all you need. That connector is nearly universal for any small trailer without electric brakes or aux. power.
#45 of 47 Re: CX-7 GT Trailer Hitch w/o wiring harness, how do I get the wiring? [mal
Jan 03, 2008 (2:05 pm)
I stopped by a Uhaul today and tested on one of their trailers. Yep, the lights work.
I had requested the Service Center 1 guy to order the parts (before I posted on this forum), after he told me that I needed those two parts. The guy looked up my VIN and the info on my car (this is the dealership that I bought the car from) so I thought he knew what he was talking about..
Well, now they are asking me to pay 10% parts return fee. What a headache!
If I had been a little smarter, I would have avoided all this mess.. arghhh.
#46 of 47 Re: CX-7 GT Trailer Hitch w/o wiring harness, how do I get the wiring? [ws4
Jan 10, 2008 (1:18 pm)
I got a wiring harness from JCWhitney dot com and it was around 60 bucks I think. I also installed it by myself with ease and I am mechanically challenged. But, if you look in the compartment where your passenger tail light is you will find a plug in place for maybe a backup camera. One of the posts are hot and you can connect your hot for your harness there. Much easier than running a hot all the way to your battery.
Jan 12, 2008 (8:54 am)
does anyone of a rental company such as enterprise or hertz that has the mazda cx-7 as part of their fleet, because much of the fleet is described as "ford explorer, or similar" for example.
thanks so much for the help