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#497 of 611 Mazda CX 7 Turbo Issues
Nov 10, 2012 (5:07 am)
Forget a class action action suit.....go directly to Mazda and insist on your money back, or go to small claims court in CA. You should have a limited recall letter that shows they are accepting some liability, and your car falls under their 70,000 mile rule. Good luck...still working on mine, but I won't give up!!!!!!
#498 of 611 Re: engine problem! [mazdadisaster]
Nov 10, 2012 (12:08 pm)
In the mean time it might be a good idea to locate a mechanic/technician that will "wire" the wastegate fully open. You won't have "boost" power levels by the car should be driveable.
#499 of 611 Repaired me maybe my CX 7 can be saved
Nov 15, 2012 (8:16 am)
On October 23 I got off a plane from Philadelphia, PA to Jacksonville , FL and required emergency surgery.
Sounds like what my CX7 Turbo may require. I am slowly recovering, CX7 with only 6,500 Miles
Is ailing very much.
I am leaning toward cutting my loses and dumping CX7. Mazda just doesn't seem responsive and I need no further agrevation.
#500 of 611 Dumped mine!
Nov 18, 2012 (7:59 am)
I bought the 07 CX7 new and just loved it at the beginning, but then problems after problems. The VVT/timing chain went out the mechanic told me to get rid of it I might get another year of driving. My cx7 was paid for and didn't want car payments so I kept it. What a mistake!!
I was stranded 6 hrs from home for 6 days when the turbo went out. I traded it in 2 weeks after the repair and loss of money. I'm happy to say I'm now driving a Chevy Malibu, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles the madza had but 4 months of smooth driving!
I wrote Madza a letter both times after the major issues and they don't care!!
#501 of 611 Re: Mazda replaced the engine in my 07 CX-7 [antzpatti]
Nov 18, 2012 (8:12 am)
I dumped my CX7, to cut my losses and grief.
Mine had 64,000 miles, just 4k miles after warranty expired, and at the time I still owed $11k . Timing chain snapped and ruined the engine; dealer offered to replace engine for a little fee of $8,500., really? and replacement engine would come with 1 year warranty. So, because of this flawed design, I would probably have to buy a new engine every year or two, WTF?
I got rid of mine; sold it with broken engine to a place that buys broken cars to auction, for $6,500. I still owed $11, so I had to pay out of pocket/up front $4,500. This was horrible; but I did it because I felt that I would not trust that car anymore, even with a new/replacement engine.
After dumping the CX7, I went and financed a new Toyota Prius, and that has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
I used to spend $65-$70 in gasoline per week on the CX7, and now I spend $27 every 2 weeks. I save over $200 in gas, and have a truly reliable car.
Thanks Mazda; never again!
#502 of 611 Engine has lost compression
Nov 19, 2012 (12:31 am)
I have had all the problems listed in this long thread. Turbo failed, AC condenser replaced, timing chain, and now the motor. 2007 CX-7 with 54k miles. Turbo problem came around 35,950K. At the time, the 70k extension had not come to fruition yet, so I was operating under the 36k warranty. The problem actually happened under warranty, so I purposely left it in the garage and called dealer. Told them that I was coming in and by driving it in was going to be just over warranty mileage. They suggested that, just in case, I should TOW it in to stay under the mileage. I told them BS, drove it in anyway, and told them to fix it. Several months later we got the letter regarding the 70k extension.
FF to two weeks ago. Took it in for an early 60k service. Basically $800 for a fancy oil change, not even tune up or plug replacement. Got it home, and two days later it starts with a heavy tick. Not the small ticky valve noise that comes standard with the vehicle, but a louder clack. Took it back in, told them that it was either a) VVT or b) timing chain. Turned out to be loose chain, and they replaced it. Said VVT was fine, no sludge, etc. Gave me grief because the car is 5 years and 4 months at 54k, and that technically it would be considered out of warranty, but again, I called BS. I simply don't take no for an answer, clear and simple. So, it was settled. I go to pick up the car, the tech drives it up to me and gets out and says "what did you have done to this?" I tell him the chain, and he says, "oh, that's weird because it doesnt' sound right." So I get in, and......clack is still there. Manager comes out, hears it, goes back into the shop for about 5 to talk with mechanic, comes back out to tell me they want to take another look at it. Well, to shorten this, they find that #3 valve has lost compression and motor is toast. Tomorrow I find out if they will pay for a new motor.
Just with everyone else, they asked for all oil change records, etc. We had all but 3 performed at dealer, and gave them receipts. A note on this to any Californians - it is State Law that you can get your oil changed at other places other than the dealer without risking having your warranty voided. So don't let them tell you that. Anyway, I am under 60k, but over in years by a few months, expecting a fight on this. These other problems no doubt had an effect on the motor. I must say, my particular dealer has been pretty good to work with so far, despite all the problems. Corporate Mazda is another story. The Mazda mechanic working on my car now is supposedly one of the top in the nation, and even he told me that these 4-cyl turbo motors are awful and nothing but problems. I'm prepared to go all they way if corporate tries to stick me with the cost of a new motor.
One more note to everyone - unless you truly were negligent with your oil changes (waiting until 7500k - 10k), the sludge build up schtick that Mazda falls back on is actually caused by the excess heat and oil build up that gets trapped in the Turbo. That turbo supposedly generates a ridiculous amount of heat, and the oil that gets pushed through does not get fully expended. So, it you get your oil changed every 5k, even 7500k, that is not the cause of the sludge.
Nov 20, 2012 (3:16 pm)
I need to know if this works? I have 2007 CX7 and I have a blown turbo but runs still I have had a wheel come off abnormal brake wear and its just a disaster I will NOT put 2k into this junk and owe way too much to trade since only have had for 10 mos please give me some way around this to drive a few more months and take a bath but get out from under this junk
#504 of 611 I hate dealerships
Nov 21, 2012 (12:33 pm)
My '07 Mazda CX-7 has been acting up for about a year now. We finally decided to take it to get worked on. The first guy we took it to kept it for about a week and said the Timing Chain need to be changed. However he never fixed it. Then we took it to another guy who could not fix it, because he did not have all the tools. So we broke down and called Skyland Automotive in Asheville, NC. Upon first quote, it was going to cost a little over $700. When my husband called back to say we would bring it in, they said it would be an additional $200 to replace the water pump.(This was Friday) We dropped it off last night, because the parts came in. Today we received a call that the Variable valve timing actuator button was missing or had fallen out. This was going to cost another $180 dollars to replace. They thought it may had fallen into the oil pan and wanted permission to check. Just received another call saying that they found half of it and wanted to take the oil pan off(thought they were going to do that already), but if they did, it would cost another $129 dollars.. Finally told them to fix what they could and that we were not giving them another dime.
I should have known not to take it to them. they tried this crap before with my Mazda 6. My fan in my engine stopped working. Took it to them to figure out what was wrong. They said it would cost $600 to replace the whole housing unit...... I laughed at them! I found out which fan was not working, found a replacement on E-bay for less than $4 and free shipping. Changed it myself. So that repair that they wanted to charge $600 for, cost me $4 and about an hour of my time.
Dealerships are the biggest rip off.
#506 of 611 Re: I hate dealerships [ncmom30]
Nov 21, 2012 (1:04 pm)
Mazda has a recall on this item that covers up to 70K miles. You should not pay out of pocket if you are within this mileage. Also there is a lawsuit in the works.