Last post on Apr 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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Mazda CX-7, SUV
#152 of 165 Re: CX-7 Superb in Snow [nmk]
Feb 26, 2007 (9:58 am)
Mine came with the Eagle GTs.
#153 of 165 Re: 1st real snow test [1stmazda]
Feb 26, 2007 (11:50 am)
To be honest, I think it is the tires. My father in law is a CX-7 owner, after owning 13 Subaru's, and he told me it is excellent in the snow, very responsive and planted. He does have the Good Year tires though....
ABS chatter??? Please explain. If it is what I think it is, you are in a much heavier vehicle then any Legacy, which means it's tougher to stop in sloppy conditions, hence the ABS kicking in. Keep in mind, AWD does not help you stop!
#154 of 165 Re: 1st real snow test [1stmazda]
Feb 27, 2007 (7:25 am)
Interesting... I have the same tires and no complaints in the snow or any other condition
#155 of 165 Re: Manual Headlight Switch [extech2]
Feb 27, 2007 (10:01 am)
"My wife and I, we are always getting in and out of our cars through the open front windows. Years back a salesman told us this will save wear and tear on the door locks and the latch mechanism. The only problem is that as we are approaching retirement age, the task is becoming increasingly difficult."
Well the difficulty may arise due to one or both conditions:
1-Weight distribution - you haven't gained, just re distributed the weight to a central area of the anatomy forcing an adjustment in belt size.
2-Limb stiffening. Not considered dangerous for certain parts of a male anatomy, but for other parts of the anatomy, there is Pilatus.
So says an Old Stiff!!
Darth Vader Grey, etc. etc.
#156 of 165 Re: Cruise Control [rex10]
Mar 16, 2007 (1:27 am)
There seems to be some conflicting information on automatic shifting characteristics.
If I have the cruise control on, and I am driving in the Appalachians where there are several long moderate grade hills to climb, would I expect a downshift from 6 to 5? Would it likely avoid having to go from 5 to 4 unless very steep?
#157 of 165 Re: Cruise Control [budh]
Mar 16, 2007 (1:39 am)
I haven't encountered frequent shifting like that. In cruise, the tranny seems to only downshift when encountering grades and the steeper the grade, the lower gear is selected.
What I have encountered however, and this is neat, is when going downhill, I step on the brakes a bit, the tranny downshifts to the next lower gear on it's own and stays there during the entire descent down the hill. It won't upshift unless I step on the accelerator or if the descent levels out. If I need additional assist from the tranny, I apply the brakes again to slow down and it downshifts once again.
#158 of 165 CX7 - GT AWD-2008
Apr 07, 2011 (1:19 pm)
I love my car, I changed the oil every 4K miles, I buy my own filters.
I have changed the 1st set of tires 33K miles.
Had to change all my wipers.
I rotate tires and I do wheel alignment every year.
I drive about 15Kmiles a year and I have yet to change my brakes, currently my car has 55K miles. The only thing I did was to swap out the factory radio and speakers because the GT did not have a aux plug for my mp3 player. With that said, I damaged my emergency hazzard light switch and I dont know how to fix that myself.
Anybody has any ideas?
#159 of 165 2011 Mazda CX7 s Grand Touring
Nov 23, 2011 (10:40 am)
We purchased our CX7 GTs in brilliant black in August 2011. The CX7 is an additional vehicle and now only has 1,500 miles on it. Basicly I enjoy the CX7, for the price one gets a lot of toys. The back up camera and navigation system are toys in that the screen is very small. The sound system is Ok, but does not have intergreation for my iPod. The bluetooth will sometimes recognize my iPhone, but frequently does not.
The CX7 uses premium fuel and with the break in period the gas mileage is very poor. Immediately upon getting the CX7 I installed synthetic motor oil and I believe this enhances the performance, gives me slightly better gas mileage and may help avoid turbo problems later.
My CX7 brilliant black paint job is sub average. From my experience with my purchasing dealer I will not use them except for warranty work.
What does uplift me about my CX7 is its styling and performance. It will move out well and quickly.
If Mazda were to design the CX7 with AWD, Turbo, better navigation system and back up camera screen and improve fuel mileage they would have an excellent vehicle. Sadly every time I use the navigation system and back up camera I curse the designer. iPod intergreation would also be welcome.
#160 of 165 Re: 2011 Mazda CX7 s Grand Touring [stantonb1]
Nov 23, 2011 (1:59 pm)
"If Mazda were to design the CX7 with AWD, Turbo, better navigation system and back up camera screen and improve fuel mileage they would have an excellent vehicle. Sadly every time I use the navigation system and back up camera I curse the designer. iPod intergreation would also be welcome."
Well, I'm back, but only because i received an email about the above comment.
When we lived in the states, we owned a 2007 CX-7, and loved it for all its good features, save for poor gas mileage, terrible tire mileage, and carpeting made out of shedded cat's fur pressed into felt. Never had the I-pod but we loved it so much that we bought as close to that CX-7 in white here in New Zealand. Still a great car, but not for this country where the city streets are too narrow.
Darth Varder in white
#161 of 165 CX-7 Paint Job Mediocre & Other Thoughts
Feb 15, 2012 (9:03 am)
I have a 2011 CX-7 Grand Touring in Brilliant Black. My car was purchased in August 2011 and only has 2,800 miles. The styling of the CX-7 I think is beautiful. The paint job I believe has tremendous room for improvement. My CX-7 is detailed monthly and has on more carbona wax then I have hair. I have the CX-7 looking brilliant, but it requires considerable waxing and polishing to achieve this. I have several other cars and they do not require the special care of the paint to look spectular. As soon as I took delivery of my CX-7 I installed synthetic motor oil. It is my belief that any vehicle runs better with synthetic oil. We had one light snow in Philadelphia and I was dismayed to find snow on my black leather seats when I got in the CX-7. I checked my windows and they were closed. When the weather improved I hosed down the CX-7 and no water came in. Perplexed by how the snow got in.
Overall I am enjoying my CX-7. I am considering replacing a Toyota Highlander and may consider a CX-9. I do not use the purchase dealer for service, I found them to be sloppy returning a dirty CX-7. I have a excellent mechanic who now services my CX-7 and am completely satisfied with service performed.