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Mazda CX-9, SUV
#36 of 85 Re: Do Mazda last? [car4you]
Nov 25, 2009 (3:58 pm)
Check the most recent issue of ConsumersReport.
CX9's record is pretty good, though not top notch like Highlander/Pilot.
However, it shows that CX9's repair records are mostly red circles (you know what I mean if you read ConsumersReport) other than body hardware, which is an empty circle (i.e. so-so).
In short, CX9 does not have major issues with powertrain. Early models have some issues but mostly corrected by TSBs and probably not present on 2009/2010 models anymore.
So, if you plan to get a 2009/2010, I bet that the reliability should be pretty good.
I have a 2008 for 2 years (23K miles).
The only issue I had is that rear windows couldn't roll down completely due to loose styrofoams inside the doors (assembly issue - fixed easily).
Personally, to me, the number of issues is not as important as how significant the issues are. A powertrain issue certainly impacts you more than 5 minor problems such as rattling, loose pieces, etc.
In summary, CX9 and Mazda 3 are the top reliability performers among all Mazdas. Check ConsumersReport for reference.
A few points to add (for reliability):
- Engine: from Ford's Duratec 3.5L enlarged to 3.7L and revised the intake manifold.
- Transmission: from Aisin, same supplier than supplies transmission to Lexus and Toyota (so you that they are pretty smooth and reliable).
- Chasis: shared with Ford Edge
- Electronics: share many parts with Toyota/Lexus' suppliers as well.
#37 of 85 Do Maza's Last
Nov 28, 2009 (9:32 am)
Thanks for the reply, very good information. I did rent a Ford Edge for a week and really wanted to love the car but only liked it. I was never really comfortable in it. I need to try it again. I am considering CX9, Murano and Highlander. Do you have any thoughts on those cars?
#38 of 85 Re: Do Maza's Last [car4you]
Nov 28, 2009 (1:35 pm)
Murano is much smaller, not in the same class as CX9 or Highlander, IMO.
For Highlanders, it's pros and cons (IMO, again) are
Pros: good engine power, MPG, statistically more reliable
Cons: Soft-ride (some may love it), non-split-able 3rd row (deal killer for many), smaller interior room
Toyota just had the massive recall on the gas pedal due to recent cases of unattended acceleration. Make sure the gas pedal is corrected on the one you buy.
#39 of 85 Re: Do Mazda last? [ceric]
Nov 29, 2009 (6:11 pm)
all good points ceric and part of the research that I did via CR and other sources (here included) before we bought our CX9. So far, the only complaint I have is the seemingly 'loosening' of the plastic around parts of the console (specifically the shifter) that will make a plastic rubbing/buzzing noise at certain speeds. I can stop it by pressing against the shifter plastic (the part of the shifter plastic that has the pattern cutout for the shift from park through drive). Its disturbing that at less than 3000 mi it should already be buzzing/rattling inside (its actually been dong since about 1500 mi but has gotten worse). everything else on the vehicle seems solid however (I'm inclined to open up this portion of the console and just glue the crap out of it )
#40 of 85 3rd Row Speakers (on D-pillar)
by vg33e power
Nov 30, 2009 (9:03 am)
I have a 07' Touring and I do not have the Bose system. What I do have is what looks to be speaker grilles built in to the "D-Pillar" moldings on each side. I know there is no speakers there because I have turned my volume up and put my ear next to it and there is no sound coming out of it.
My question is if anyone that has a CX-9 without the Bose system has removed the pillar moldings and can confirm that our non-Bose CX-9's are pre-wired for a speakers. I would love to install a set of speakers back there but before I do and start ripping things appart back there, I would like to know ahead of time.
#41 of 85 Re: Do Mazda last? [wdhyte]
Nov 30, 2009 (9:42 am)
On other forum I visit often, someone had this corrected by dealer.
Apparently, a tab/clip to hold the plate was broken. You should take it to the dealer if it is still under warranty.
#42 of 85 Re: Do Mazda last? [ceric]
Nov 30, 2009 (10:31 am)
I was planning to have them do the first oil chg and then hit them on this at that time too...good to know about the clip though...thanks. Need to have them chk out the BT too...it seems a bit 'flaky' at times. thanks ceric
#43 of 85 Question about center console
Dec 04, 2009 (7:24 am)
I've been looking a the CX9 and the one thing that really bugs me is that massive center console. Most vehicles have a small console there (where the shifter goes and usually some beverage cup holders). We had an Outback that had that and the cockpit was low, and it drove us crazy to get in and out - we always felt cramped.
Some SUVs don'thave anything there, and I like that openness (wife also likes it for her purse!).
Can anyone comment on that center console and how it affects your comfort? Thanks.
#44 of 85 Re: Question about center console [denver5357]
Dec 04, 2009 (9:17 am)
personally i like the console because it stores all my gadgets and keeps my AUX cable somewhat hidden away for my iPhone. the new 2010 models now have a split console for the driver and passenger to store their "stuff" separately. i agree that if you like "openness" it's not for you, but i like the "cockpit" feel that it gives.
#45 of 85 Re: Question about center console [jcpharm]
by vg33e power
Dec 04, 2009 (9:28 am)
I second that as well...I love the snug cockpit feel the center console gives as well as the large compartment to put stuff into. I do wish there were more cupholders throughout the vehicle and not those poor excuse for a cupholders on each of the doors.