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Mazda CX-9, SUV
#36 of 69 Re: Short term road test review [pulleydog]
Jan 22, 2008 (10:49 am)
Ford's stake is 33.4%. That's neither here nor there. Yes, 2007 CX-9's used the US build 3.5L Duratec and now Mazda builds the 3.7L, and a different computer MAP for power delivery. It is actually a good design. Issues in the past have been from the computer system side of the Duratec engine, and other issues like the throttle body or sensors. Mazda uses their own for this application.
#37 of 69 Re: CX-9 rear world experiences [rocco9]
Jan 22, 2008 (2:55 pm)
I was wondering if any other CX-9 owners have experience excessive water coming out of the mirrors after you wash the car. It makes it difficult to dry you car when water splashes down the side after you drive it. I have tried stick paper towel in behind the mirror, folding the mirrors and drying, even an air compressor to blow the mirror out. Any ideas?
When I go for a car wash, I keep a small towel in the car. When they hand over the keys I grab the towel and push the bottom of the mirror in to get that nasty bit of water. Once in the car, re-adjust the mirrors and it's a spot-free ride home.
#38 of 69 Re: Short term road test review [pulleydog]
Jan 22, 2008 (5:02 pm)
Fair criticism of my reply.
#39 of 69 Re: Short term road test review [kbedwards]
Jan 24, 2008 (5:02 am)
Regarding rearview camera:
I test drove the GT recently and noticed that the rear camera was angled at an awkward position. The camera displayed more right bumper than left, thereby presenting a distorted view. Also, there were no parking guides on the camera view (to measure proximity to objects). I drive an FX 35 and the rear camera is excellent, i.e., the camera view is centered thereby providing perfect orientation while backing in and the color-coded guide to measure proximity to objects works like a charm. As I backed into a parking space with a CX-9, the distorted view had me feeling less than confident that I was parking correctly. I resulted to the side view mirror to check my orientation.
While I assume the visible parking guides are not an option on the CX-9, is the distorted view a common experience or was the camera installed improperly. If this is common, this is a major design flaw for such an expensive option.
#41 of 69 Re: Short term road test review [gfoster]
Jan 24, 2008 (8:47 am)
yes, the camera gives a bit of a distorted view of the rear bumper, but objects on the ground seem to be correct. It's been a great assist in parallel parking since the rear window is so high. Also, I use it when parking in my garage to make sure I'm in far enough for the garage door. Maybe the camera can be adjusted slightly to improve the viewing, but it will be limited by it's placement off to the side. It may not be as fancy as the FX35, but it does the job and may take getting used to.
#42 of 69 Re: Short term road test review [live2ski]
Jan 24, 2008 (9:07 am)
Additional question for you guys:
I am considering purchasing the 2008 AWD Touring w/ navigation. My understanding is that the nav system can only be set to a direction when the car is stopped. you cannot change the destination on the navi unless you stop the car.
is this correct?
and if so, I was thinking about getting a portable one.
I currently have an integrated navi system on my current SUV and can change it during the trip, etc and do not have to stop the car. This is a hugely important feature for me because I am constantly on the go and cannot stop for every change. I find myself changing it many times to estimate times to different locations, etc.
#43 of 69 Re: Short term road test review [live2ski]
Jan 24, 2008 (9:45 am)
live2ski: thanks for the response. good to know that it is not problem once you get used to it.
#44 of 69 Re: Short term road test review [zippydriver]
Jan 24, 2008 (10:43 am)
You can change your destination while driving, but, only destinations that are programed into your address book, I believe. You cannot enter in a new destination while moving.
#45 of 69 NAVI access while in motion
Jan 25, 2008 (1:10 am)
You know the NAVI was produced by Denso, the same company that produces NAVI for Lexus and Toyota Prius. If you compare both, you will see lots of similarity in look and feel and usage.
That said, there is a site, coastaletech.com that sells a lockpick that allows you to disconnect speed sensor to fool the NAVI into allowing you access to the NAVi while in motion. The principle is the same - cut the speed sensor input into the NAVI so that the NAVI "thinks" your vehicle is not moving.
Let us hope that coastaletech also have one for CX-9 in the future.
Also, there was a sequence of "moves" (or touching the screen at different locations) to tempararily deactivate the access blocking. I wonder if it also work on CX-9. I will try that sometimes. I know this because I also own a Prius.