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Mazda CX-7, Engine, SUV
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#153 of 608 Still angry
Aug 18, 2010 (9:00 pm)
"....how many new car owners can drive 100,000 miles with no major breakdowns? " by fonefixer.
Hi fonefixer! You could be right. The key word here is "NOW" and it is missing in your statement! I would ask: ... how many new car owners NOW can drive 100,000
miles w/o major breakdowns?
Here is my story. I purchased my first Mazda 626 4 cyl 2.0 in 1995. In 2008 I sold that car (176,000 miles) to my co-worker. His son still drives that car! It has ~230,000 miles for the time being! I did not have any breakdowns AT ALL! Just regular maintenance. Yes, I did check that car weekly between scheduled maintenance just to make sure that everything was OK. But it was practically useless! Everything was fine every time I looked under the hood.
IMHO, Mazda is a very reliable car! But CX-7 w/Turbo in particular is A NASTY JOKE! All that MTO (Mazda Turbo Ordeal) prevented me from buying a new CX-7 last year. However I am looking at CX-7 non turbo engine. It has been a year since that model was released. I did not find any major complaints so far (fingers crossed).
#154 of 608 Re: Still angry [wwest]
Aug 18, 2010 (9:27 pm)
Yes, The AC condensor..
#155 of 608 Re: Still angry [nattiekins]
Sep 01, 2010 (3:51 pm)
So my husband has been making some calls.. Spoke to the guy at NHTSA and he has heard of the complain before.. He is going to put an allert on any complaints that come in here after.. ANY problems you have had with your 2007 Mazda CX7 write them about it.. A/C, timing chains, turbos, transmissions etc. They are now watching for these so the process will happen quicker.. Takes just a few minutes to fill out the complaint online.. They can force Mazda to do recalls.. They told my husband they made Saturn do a recall for a premature timing belt breakage.. Web site is SAFERCAR.GOV and select on the top right file a complaint.. It is fine to comiserate on here but letting them know will get this fixed if they get enough complaints. Would hate for someone to get hurt when we could prevent it.
#156 of 608 Re: Still angry [nattiekins]
Sep 01, 2010 (4:20 pm)
So I was on the web site filing my complaint and I looked for injuries that have occured in our cars. There is a complaint for 2009 Qtr 2 for power train failure cause an injury accident.. Lets get those complaints in!!
#157 of 608 Timing chain failure
Sep 02, 2010 (7:54 am)
Hi,I just registered to share my experience.
I took my CX-7 to have it serviced yesterday (regular oil change/transmission fluid change) at the Mazda dealership (always take it there).
I told them to check the car cause we've been experiencing lack of acceleration recently (when going up hill mostly) and black smoke when accelerating every few weeks.
Guy over there calls me mid day to tell me there is carbon residue all over the place so they need to clean/flush that to fix my lack of acceleration issue and I will be good to go. Thats when I decided to do some reseraches and found this thread.
Upon reading the problem about VVT actuator,timing chain etc...I decided to call them and told them about that I also told them I'm hearing some pinging sometimes.
They then decided to investigate further and they discovered the timing chain is at its breaking point.
So they have my car in the shop now and they are contacting Mazda for the repair.
One thing I'm worried about is I waited 10000miles for the last service (guy called me about that asking if I did the service somewhere else and if I have record.)
I dont know if the engine is damaged or what kind of repair need to be done. Will have further info later today.
BTW car have 41000miles
#158 of 608 Re: Still angry [blin279]
Sep 02, 2010 (8:09 am)
I expect to drive a new automobile 100,000 miles wth no major breakdowns and so far my 07' cx-7 has been about what I would call "average." At 45,000 the 2 timing chains, VVT actuator, water pump were replaced under warranty with little drama. One day service and no discussion about sludge or non warranty repair bills.Not a exactly a minor repair, but didn;'t leave me stranded along side the road as all I heard was a slight "rattle" and took the vehicle in for investigation. Currently at 61,000 miles, if I can make it another 40,000 w/o major issues , will have been satisfied with the Mazda. Otherwise, will have had my fill of turbo type engines. Drove an Audi A6 twin turbo for 100,000 miles and 6 years--very poorly engineered and unreliable car.
#159 of 608 Re: Timing chain failure [gabswiss]
Sep 02, 2010 (12:32 pm)
Unless there is sludge it shouldn't be a problem but I can almost assure you it will be. Mazda is really showing their true colors in this regard. If they fail to help you in any way send me your e mail address and I will put you on our list. Also got the Better business Bureau in Los Angeles where Mazda has there headquarters and file a complaint then file a complaint with SAFERCAR.GOV.
(boogitybop at aol dot com)
#160 of 608 Re: Timing chain failure [boogitybop]
Sep 02, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I was both relieved and even more irrate when I came across this forum!
My CX-7 has been sitting since last September when first diagnosed with sludge and then the warranty voided at the dealership. They dismantled the valve cover gasket and the sludge is plainly visable through the top of the engine, around the cranks and the timing chain. I had blamed this on poor oil changes but now am realizing there is more than just careless oil changes surrounding this chaos.
Please include me in any distro's concerning this topic and I will begin the letters to every agency I can find an address for. Looks like the BBB, Mazda Corporate and State Representatives are a good start.
john.bosserman at gmail dot com
#161 of 608 Re: Still angry [fonefixer]
Sep 11, 2010 (4:33 am)
Ok, to the guy who only expects his car to only last 100,000 miles with no major problems, you are cheating yourself. A car should go for much much more than that without any major issues. My 92 silverado has well over 200,000 miles on it and the most major thing ive done to it is replace the tires. Heck, my uncle owns a 1981 Toyota Celica with 475,000 miles on it. There is nothing "average" about an car going through two timing chains by 45,000 miles. These early model CX7's are crap you should be able to go at least 150,000 mi on a timing chain. I hope you got the extended warranty on your mazda and kept all of your maintinence records because if not your next 45,000 miles are goning to be expensive.
#162 of 608 Engine Falure on CX7
Sep 21, 2010 (11:08 am)
My engine failed on me a couple of months ago, and I was just so lucky enough to have mechanical breakdown coverage with my insurance company. Mazda was trying to charge me $8,000 to replace the engine so I got very, very lucky. My insurance paid the entire thing (aside from the $250 deductible). And the funny thing is, is that I didn't even realize I had this coverage on my car. I just happen to call them to see if there was anything they could do. So I urge all of you to call your insurance companies to see if you have that same coverage.
As soon as my car was fixed I traded it in immediately!! I will never buy a Mazda again after the way they have treated me and everyone else.
I have also talked to a lawyer who said his friend who deals with class actions is interested in persuing this case.