Last post on Mar 08, 2007 at 2:39 PM
You are in the Mazda CX-7
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Mazda CX-7, Auto Repair, SUV
#17 of 46 Re: Door Ding, Drat!!! [carlitos92]
Feb 15, 2007 (12:16 pm)
"And Vince, living in a congested area might be the root of the problem, but I think it really boils down to lack of respect for other people's property - whether it's by malice, ignorance, or just lack of control over the rugrats getting out of the Suburban parked next to you. It's just plain rude - especially to ding a car with dealer tags on it."
I agree with you wholeheartedly! A very aggravating problem! Sometimes, it's a nasty wind gust (like I mentioned earlier). Others, it's someone trying to shoe-horn an extra large vehicle (like a Suburban or a Tahoe), into a space meant for smaller car and leaving scant inches to open a door. Or some joker, who doesn't know how to pull into a parking spot and pulls in at an angle, forcing every around him, to park in a similar manner.
Nice chatting! Vince.
#18 of 46 Re: Door Ding, Drat!!! [nmk]
Feb 17, 2007 (7:36 am)
Look for companies in your area that do paintless dent repair. If its a small door ding they can usually pop them out for about 50 bucks.
#19 of 46 Re: Door Ding, Drat!!! [bigfur]
Feb 18, 2007 (12:27 pm)
I had a dent in my Hyundai. No other damage and the paint wasn't scraped. Looked like someone just took their fist to it. Anyway, a friend came over with a toilet plunger, put some spit around the plunger edges, applied it over the dent, created a seal, and then pulled the plunger. That dent disappeared. I was amazed at how simple that little trick was!
#20 of 46 Re: Door Ding, Drat!!! [vbbuilt]
Feb 18, 2007 (10:24 pm)
There are thousands of tricks like that out there. Only thing to be careful of is if the clear coat got cracked pulling out. If so rust could start there easily.
#21 of 46 Bumper / Door Repair - Phase I
Feb 20, 2007 (8:22 am)
Dropped my CX-7 off at the body shop yesterday, to begin the repair (new bumper, new door skins). Enterprise picked me up, just as their commercials say they do, and I'm now in possession of a large Durango. So far, so good.
Well, the shop calls me at work this morning to tell me that although they have the bumper, they don't have the door skins. Apparently, Mazda won't even have any to ship for another 2 weeks. Thus, they (the body shop) wanted me to come get my car and bring it back when the skins arrived so that they could repair everything at the same time. I said no. They've got the bumper and my car - fix it. It's a HUGE hassle for me to pick up my car and return the rental and seeing as I busted my butt yesterday to do so, I was in no mood to do it all again in reverse. I'm so angry at my insurance company I could spit (USAA; their idea to suspend repair until the skins come in). Maybe I'm being irrational but I can't help it. I realize they want to do all the paint work at the same time, but...I don't care.We'll see how it goes.
In the meantime, I did take pix of the busted bumper and will try to post same in the next few days. I guess the only bright spot is that Mazda told the body shop that the car's so popular they can't keep the parts in stock. Does that mean that CX-7 drivers are smashing up their new cars that quickly??
#22 of 46 Bumper / Door Repair - Phase I
Feb 20, 2007 (8:28 am)
Does that mean that CX-7 drivers are smashing up their new cars that quickly??
No, it only means that other cars are drawn to it with great passion because it is soooooo attractive!!
Darth Vader Grey etc. etc....
#23 of 46 Re: Bumper / Door Repair - Phase I [astegman]
Feb 20, 2007 (9:20 am)
They must not be telling you the complete story. There are plenty of doorskins out there, but complete doors are in short supply depending on the vehicle production date/vin code. If you care to post the last 6 of the vin I can verify that for you.
#24 of 46 Re: Bumper / Door Repair - Phase I [maltb]
Feb 20, 2007 (12:30 pm)
Hmm, interesting, maltb.
Here are the last 6 digits of my car's VIN:
It is very possible that the woman from the body shop said "door" meaning, "complete door" and I just assumed she meant a skin. I don't know. But any info you have would be much appreciated.
#25 of 46 Re: Bumper / Door Repair - Phase I [astegman]
Feb 20, 2007 (2:48 pm)
Unless the reinforcing bar in the door was damaged i highly doubt they would replace the whole door. If i remember correctly you said there was a dent in the door, nothing huge. That to me would just be cause for a door skin not a full shell. Should call them just to confirm what they are doing.
Feb 20, 2007 (3:37 pm)
Ran my new cx7 (1 month old) to the do it yourself car wash the other night, to get some of the salt off, after all the snow we have had. I washed the wheels and tires and took the wand and sprayed around the wheel well and black paint started coming off, revealing the white paint of the body. Not a huge deal, but a little surprising in 2007. Anybody else seen this yet.