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#1 of 57 Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified?
Mar 15, 2007 (4:48 pm)
I've been very interested in the new Mazda CX-9 (and CX-7) and am seriously considering purchasing one of the other.
But I have always vowed never to buy a car in the first year of production. And the CX-9, in particular is not only in it's first model year, but in it's first few model MONTHS!
Are those fears still justified these days?
#2 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [budh]
Mar 15, 2007 (4:56 pm)
"Are those fears still justified these days?"
Let your heart be your guide. If you REALLY think you'll love the car, then all of these nit-noid complaints we've made in the last few months, are really minor, in the over-all scheme of things. The CELs have been the dominant theme. Second place is the NAV system.
Oh, don't forget the MPG...If you REALLY can't get past the lack lustre MPG, then consider alternatives.
Everyone who visits these forum have their own peculiar gripes.
Me? I've had a couple CELs, but beyond that, I STILL LOVE MY CX-7!
#3 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [vbbuilt]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:32 pm)
Yup, Bud H. Ditto to what Vince said.
...CX-7 owner since 08/06.
#4 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [carlitos92]
Mar 15, 2007 (7:23 pm)
Jumping into the fray, I do indeed love my CX-7!
Owner since June '06
#5 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [budh
Mar 16, 2007 (4:24 am)
Just do your homework. Be informed. If you can get past the so-so MPG, then there's little to no reason NOT to buy one of these great cars. Good luck!
#6 of 57 New car fears
Mar 16, 2007 (5:25 am)
I'm waiting till the 2008 MY after reading owner reports in the MyCX7.com Forum.
#7 of 57 Re: New car fears [erhayes]
Mar 16, 2007 (8:56 am)
Keep in mind that forums are not a perfect cross-section of owners. I think almost everyone here and on other forums either really loves their car, or has an axe to grind (possibly because they LOVE their car so much). The middle ground is probably not well-represented. If you buy into my theory, that means there are a vast number of people out there with no problems/complaints who are not speaking out here, either positively or negatively.
So, it's your call - and the MY08s are right around the corner. But even with a few CELs and dealer flubs, I'd still do it all over again. I'd bet most of the other CX-7 fans, even with all their car issues, would do the same, too.
#8 of 57 First year woes are true
Mar 16, 2007 (12:27 pm)
When I worked for Honda every time a new model came out they had the service bulletins popping up, sometimes 3 or 4 a month,always the small niggling problems with wind noise,rattles, windows and latches, mostly body integrity. Then by the year's end the more serious problems arrived, but the real bad things like transmission or engine failures didn't show up until the model was at least 3 years old. By the fourth year usually all the problem areas were corrected, then they start a new model and the circle begins again. I know that's not what you want to hear. My biggest concern with a turbo engine is that if there will be common failures they won't show up until 50-60 thousand miles or later. Think of it this way, you have a man running as hard as he can, how long will he last? I'd rather take a larger engine spinning slowly and giving me the same power with the same or only slightly less gas mileage. However, in the case of the CX-7 or the RDX we don't have a choice if we really want the car as it is.
#9 of 57 Re: First year woes are true [extech2]
Mar 16, 2007 (6:07 pm)
Well, the good news is, I guarantee you that you haven't seen any Honda turbo failures after 50-60K miles, because they haven't sold one in the US before.
FWIW, carmakers these days have the turbo thing pretty much under control, and given proper maintenance, it's not on my hot list of things to fail. Case in point: my 90,000-mile chipped 1.8T Volkswagen which has been driven far beyond what the manufacturer intended, but has also had fresh Mobil 1 every 5,000 miles.
Incindentally, turbo engines don't spin any faster than NA engines - actually usually slower, if there's any difference at all.
But your point about makers not getting it perfect until the 4th year is well-taken. I figure that's pretty much the same for all makers, in all cases.
#10 of 57 Re: First year woes are true [carlitos92]
Mar 18, 2007 (10:42 am)
"Well, the good news is, I guarantee you that you haven't seen any Honda turbo failures after 50-60K miles, because they haven't sold one in the US before."
That is EXACTLY the reason I'm reluctant with these turbos.