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Mazda CX-7, Car Buying, SUV
#28 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [1rub [okeyobiozo]
May 07, 2007 (8:11 am)
No, this is the CX-7. I picked up my car on Friday after being at the dealers for 3 days. They put 56 miles on it trying to recreate the smoke but could not. They suspect it came from some "treatment" that was put on the undercarriage of "all new cars" and it wears off within the first few thousand miles. I gave them permission to drive my car but was astounded at the 56 miles. They under reported it on the work order as well but I appreciate their efforts in trying to find out what was going on. They acknowledged a problem with the hot air blowing into the vents but they say they tested other CX-7's and are chalking it up the the turbo engine. All I can do is complain to Mazdausa, which I have done. In the meantime, I was contacted by Mazda (Irvine) and have been made part of their online focus group where I've voiced my concerns about the vehicle. There won't be another focus group for 9 months, but I'm supposed to be a part of that as well. As a strange coincidence, our local news has just reported that a brand new truck (Dodge) had a similar problem and ignited his garage. The truck had only 1,000 miles on it but did 75K damage to his home. Wonder if they put treatment on his undercarriage as well? I had tons of smoke just billowing out from under the front end of my car. I guess I should consider myself extremely fortunate but felt that I was treated like I was "seeing things" at the dealership. TG I had a neighbor who also saw all the smoke and was shocked by it. I just hope it never happens again. I still love the car btw.
#29 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [1rubyred]
May 11, 2007 (8:03 am)
I have been in contact with a few of the CX-7 owners here in Singapore, and they have all experienced the wierd burning smell from the engine and the exhaust after a 20 min run around. Looks like it is more apparent here in our warm and humid climate, any idea on whatsssup with this ? I get caught up in the heavy city traffic every morning and the gears are flipping about between 1st to 3rd. And I have experienced jerks enough to cause some hurt to my neck when the gear drops flip from 3rd to 2nd on very "light"accelaration...... Anyone ?
#30 of 57 What Did Anyone Pay For Their CX9?
May 16, 2007 (3:14 pm)
This is a bit outside the topic. But I was wondering if I could compare this with anyone. I got a CX9 GT a couple of months ago in Baltimore MD. $38,000+ : Navi, Bose system, Backup Camera, moon roof, wheel locks. Did I over-pay?
#31 of 57 Re: What Did Anyone Pay For Their CX9? [okeyobiozo]
May 18, 2007 (10:06 am)
CX-7 GT FWD +Tech, Remote Start, Compass/Autodim, Sirius and mats = $31,915 MSRP. I paid $29,125. Got an 8" DVD player for the kids for $924.00 extra. I didn't get wheel locks.
#32 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [papercut]
May 19, 2007 (5:55 am)
wierd burning smell from the engine and the exhaust after a 20 min run around.
That burning smell is cosmoline. burning off the exhaust system. It is used to prevent rust. Give it a few days and it will burn off. Your car is not malfunctioning.
#33 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [aviboy97]
May 19, 2007 (8:46 am)
Yes, that's okay I suppose although the smell is noxious. The more troubling aspect is billowing smoke coming from under the hood and/or wheel wells. People were telling me to pull over thinking my car was on fire. If that's a result of this rust prevention treatment, I don't think it's very good. We live in a high fire area. A neighbor up the hill just had is new Dodge pickup w/ 1k miles on it set his garage on fire. He also had the same complaints I've had with my CX-7. He now has $75k damage to his home and lucky nobody was hurt.
#34 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [1rubyred]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 19, 2007 (9:58 am)
I've had the cosmoline smell before too but billowing smoke doesn't sound normal. I'd take photos and make the dealer investigate further.
#35 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [steve_]
May 19, 2007 (10:30 am)
Yes, been there done that. You might check my earlier posts. They put 56 miles on my car trying to figure it out. Anyway, the "cosmoline" or whatever caused it must have burned off because the smell isn't as strong and there's been no more smoke. But people should be aware of this problem. It could be an isolated case, but I saw another posting on this site about it. It doesn't inspire confidence in the vehicle although I still love it. Even with the hot air issue blowing in from the vents when I want fresh ambient air. That's still an issue for me.
#36 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [1rubyred]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 19, 2007 (12:27 pm)
I saw your 56 mile post but didn't realize the smoke had gone away for you too. Mine only had the burning smell for a few days when it was new, but it was assembled in Ohio. I think yours had to cross the Pacific so probably the undercarriage was more heavily sprayed for the voyage and maybe a lump of the cosmo stuff got stuck near the exhaust system.
#37 of 57 Re: Fears of buying a car in it's first model year - still justified? [steve_]
May 29, 2007 (8:43 am)
If your's was assembled in OH, you aren't driving a Mazda. I beleive all are assemble in Japan.