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#16 of 31 To Buy CX-7 or Not to Buy?
Dec 30, 2009 (1:43 pm)
Hello, I am in the market for a new car and the 2010 CX-7 s Grand Touring FWD is very appealing with all the bells and whistles compared to some luxury vehicles I'm considering. I'll be the first one to admit that I'm a bit hung up on the vehicle being a Mazda and not a Lexus, Volvo, Infiniti, etc. BUT I'm trying to look past that. After test driving the CX-7 yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised with the plush interior and handling... gasp, I may be sold on it!
Before I get too excited about it or start learning to cope with the Mazda logo on the hood, I have growing concerns on the reputation that Mazda carries as being "unreliable."
I'm a bit spooked after reading numerous posts on this forum about some of the issues CX-7 owners encountered. In addition, J.D. Power & Assoc. gave it an "average" ranking in reliability (3 out of 5). However, I haven't seen any hard data on how the reliability was figured. In researching across multiple websites (Edmonds, J.D. Power & Assoc., U.S. News Auto Rankings, CR), I've found that no one really knows how to classify the CX-7. For example, U.S. News has it classified as a "mid-size SUV" but compares it to the RAV4 and CR-V, which are both classified as "compact SUVs" therefore skewing the review of the CX-7, in my opinion.
All of this brings me back to my question of to buy the CX-7 or not to buy? I realize the CX-7 was introduced in 2007 and it takes a few years to work out the kinks on a new model; therefore, what is your confidence level in the 2010 CX-7?
thanks in advance!
#17 of 31 Re: To Buy CX-7 or Not to Buy? [auto_girl_2009]
Dec 31, 2009 (9:51 am)
Mazda seems to be well ahead of the curve insofar as working out the kinks in the F/awd system but you seem to not need, or are not interested, in the F/awd model. That's just as well since the turbo motor seems to still be fraught with problems.
I would NEVER recommend a FWD to anyone, and certainly not somewhat with the expectation of encountering wintertime adverse roadbed conditions. But I would say the small I4 FWD version seems a bit underpowered to me.
Have you driven a Venza...?
Were I currently in the market...2010 RX350 is equipped with the new Venza F/awd system.
#19 of 31 Questions before I buy
Mar 26, 2011 (8:57 pm)
I'm shopping for my first car, and I'm split between the 2011 CX 7 the base with 4WD, and the 2011 Rav 4. We don't have many dealerships where I live, and these are the best two, in my opinion. I test drove the CX 7 and fell in love, but I have a few questions I'm hoping someone will answer for me.
1) Do all models of CX 7 with 4WD have turbo?
2) Are all the problems I have read about the turbo confined to certain model years (like 2007) or are they issues that occur after 3 or 4 years of use?
3) Is it detrimental to the turbo system if regular fuel is used, just wondering as I've read either regular or premium can be used?
4) A friend of mine informed me that Mazda products lose their future value at a faster rate than other CUV's such as Rav 4. Is that accurate?
If I were buying on love alone, I'd buy the CX 7 in a heartbeat, but I'm looking for a car with long term durability and good trade in value, because I may look to trade it in on a newer model in 5 years or so, and I want to make the best decision I possibly can.
#20 of 31 Re: Questions before I buy [justme73]
Mar 27, 2011 (8:02 am)
Speaking strickly as an outsider I have seen nothing that indicates Mazda has done anything over the years to address the engine/turbo failure rate, or even worse, even acknowledge that a problem exists.
Were I to for some reason (love its looks) purchase a CX-7 the first thing I would do is "wire" the turbo wastgate open just as "insurance".
#21 of 31 Re: Questions before I buy [wwest]
Mar 27, 2011 (1:09 pm)
Thanks for your reply. Just curious, how would I "wire" the turbo wastgate open?
I'm guessing you don't own a CX7, if not...why not? Again, I'm just trying to make the right decision. Would you think the Rav 4 is preferable?
I also really like the transmission in the CX7, as I used to own a manual, and this has both manual and automatic. Do any other cars have this feature that you know of?
Thank you for your answer. I placed a similar post on another mazda forum, and got a really snotty reply, which did not answer my questions at all.
#22 of 31 Re: Questions before I buy [justme73]
Mar 27, 2011 (5:04 pm)
I have an '01 F/awd RX300 with 80,000 miles still running fine.
I guess if the only choice was RAV4 or CX-7 I'd choose the CX-7 and figure out how to "wire" the wastegate open.
#23 of 31 Re: Questions before I buy [justme73]
Apr 14, 2011 (12:33 am)
1. Not all models have the turbo engine. I have a 2008 GT AWD turbo. I love it. I had silly problems but nothing that I would say or make me not want to be a mazda owner. I am not sure how many miles you put a year but I drive at least 18K per year. If gas conservation is an issue, DO NOT BUY this CAR, get the honda CRV better mileage, smaller front seats but ample rear seating space.
2. Previously, I drove a honda CRV Lx AWD. Great reliability, better quality inside in the cabin but boring as hell to drive. As for value, at the end of the day EVERY car will lose value the moment you drive it out of the dealership. As for how every often you change your cars???
Personally, after 100K miles, i start looking for a new car as I drive between NYC, NJ and PA so I am in the highway and reliability is a huge issue for me.
3. I bought my car in Dec 2007, all i do is change oil every 3 to 4K miles, got a new set of tires at 33K, I have done a wheel alignment at 53K miles and changed light bulbs and wipers. SO maintenance has been low. In comparison to my CRV, my mazda is more comfortable at the front, rear seat is ok. I have a baby seat in back plus luggage and that is enough space for me.
If I could, I would like to look forward to trading up for the CX9, as there are many more standard features for that model than my CX7 but again overall experience is that I really love my car. AWESOME handling in snow and rain with the AWD system. CX is not bad but there is just no power once the car has 4 people and groceries. Honda engine is wimp.......leaves you wondering where is the horse power...
#24 of 31 Re: Questions before I buy [zoom08]
Apr 14, 2011 (8:55 am)
"..leaves you wondering where is the horse power..."
As a safety measure many modern day FWD only vehicles have the engine automatically "derated" at lower speeds and/or in lower gear ratios. You may note that many of these same models, in F/awd "dress", have better 0-60 times since this derating is not really required.