Last post on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM
You are in the Mazda CX-7
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Mazda CX-7, SUV
#13 of 22 Re: checking for rust [dmele426]
Jun 30, 2008 (6:44 pm)
Be thankful you don't own a 2004-2005 Mazda 3
follow the link for pictures at post #715
Maybe your CX7 will look like these cars after a few years? my 2005 is showing rust, hopfully Mazda will correct it for me
#14 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [wannamurano]
Aug 16, 2008 (11:05 am)
I have a 2007 and also recently noticed when handwashing it, small pits and what looked like rust spots. When I pointed it out to the service advisor, he said it was from "rocks hitting the car". I've had new cars in the past and never had this. My car is white with the colored flecks.
#16 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [steve_]
Aug 17, 2008 (8:36 am)
I don't think it's rail dust. I noticed after having my car about two weeks that there was something wrong with the paint on the hood of my car. It had several large blackish/gray marks on it. I took it to a couple of body shops and they said it looked like someone had tried to "fix" the paint, that there may have been scratches or defects and they tried to fix it. I immediately went back to the dealership and the were going to repaint the hood. I told them that they needed to replace the entire hood or give me a new car. Madza Corporate refused to replace the hood, only offering to repaint it. My thing was that repainting the hood was a red flag if and when I traded it in that it was "hit" when it never was. I've been through this before and dealerships automatically think if something has been repainted, it was in an accident. So finally the dealership replaced the hood at their expense. Now, it looks like it is chipping and lifting in spots. I've had rock hits before on other cars, but this looks different. I've had people tell me that paint that is done in body shops is not as durable as from the factory. Is that correct? If that is the case, I would have made them take the car back from the start!!
#17 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [sweetie12]
Aug 18, 2008 (8:11 am)
You are correct, factory paint is nearly always better. However, it's doubtful that you'd get an arbiter or judge to force a buyback for that reason.
#18 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [maltb]
Aug 21, 2008 (4:05 am)
I don't think it's fair that I am stuck with a car with inferior paint. I have less than 12K miles! There are other problems with this car as well. I have had a noise underneath the front for more than 6 months and have had them try and fix that with no luck yet. I love the car, except for these problems.
#19 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [sweetie12]
Aug 21, 2008 (8:05 am)
You are right: it's not fair. Itís also not right to get hit when your car is a week old. Unfortunately, these things happen and a body shop repair is the allowed fix.
The noise problem is another issue and based on your state's laws, you should pursue that.
#20 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [maltb]
Aug 21, 2008 (9:40 am)
My car was not hit; there was a "defect" in the paint on the hood or when it was manufactured; they tried to fix it and did a bad job. If my car was hit after I bought it, then yes, it would be unfortunate. I don't feel there is any difference with defective paint than a defective engine, or any other part of a new car. They should discount the car since it is not in "new" condition when purchased new. It's going in again next week (2nd time this month) for the noise and I have told them I don't want it back until it is fixed. Let's see how that goes. If I get it back and it is still making the noise, I'm going to have it looked at elsewhere and then possibly pursue the Lemon Law.
#21 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [sweetie12]
Aug 21, 2008 (11:35 am)
I was using an unfortunate collision in comparison...yes it sucks, but it happens, gets fixed at a shop and you now have a repaired vehicle.. Acceptable repairs, by law, are repainting at a body shop.
Some cars come out of the factory with blemishes, are damaged in transportation to the dealer or catch dings on the dealer's lot. A dealer does not have to disclose this repair, up to a certain amount ($2,000 in most states) and can, by law, sell the car as new.
#22 of 22 Re: White CX-7 Rust Problem [maltb]
Aug 21, 2008 (12:31 pm)
I understand that they are allowed to do repairs to cars up to a specific dollar figure without disclosing it. I have had cars painted in the past, but have never had so many paint lifts (or whatever you'd call them). I guess I'll take it to another body shop other than the one that painted it and see what they think. At the rate it is going, the hood of this car will look like crap in another year!