Last post on Jan 08, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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Mazda CX-7, Gasoline, SUV
#3 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [wwest]
Nov 19, 2008 (5:53 pm)
Thanks so much for your quick response! Ok, so to put in simple terms, if I'm understanding you correctly, I am not harming the engine by using regular fuel. And also if I should use premium, the engine will "re-adjust" to the fuel. If so, should I use premium every now and then, or is that a waste of money......?
#4 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [ratgirl]
Nov 20, 2008 (3:54 pm)
Your engine will provide more HP/torque with preminum fuel and less so with regular. If you romp on the throttle fairly often then I would use premium, if not...
Basically MPG might be lower with regular but the payback, difference in price, may still make sense.
#5 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [wwest]
Dec 01, 2008 (7:48 pm)
Wanted to get others opinions on this. Just bought an 07 with 20,000 miles. Love it so far. When we asked the salesman at the Mazda dealer about what fuel we would need to use, he said that some 07's have been adjusted after the fact so that 87 octane could be used. This sounds a little fishy to me. I know they did make updates to the 08s so that 87 could be used, but has anyone heard about changes or add-ons that are being made to 07s so you don't have to use 91+?
#6 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [scordo17]
by steve_ HOST
Dec 01, 2008 (8:01 pm)
I would think that if Mazda was making a change like that, they would issue a TSB about it.
The Edmunds Maintenance Guide keeps track of TSBs.
#7 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [scordo17]
Dec 02, 2008 (11:50 am)
The "key" to this seems to involve the use of the new(er) wide bandwidt non-resonant knock/ping sensors. If your CX-7 is so equipped then the engine/transaxle firmware can be written/updated to adjust the A/F mixture in accordance with octane rating.
#8 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [steve_]
Jan 01, 2009 (3:31 pm)
I am taking my CX-7 in next week for 12,000 check up . I will try to find out about the fuel situation. When gas was over $4.00 per gallon we didnot drive the CX-7 except for long trips. I would fill one tank premium, next tank 89 octane. I was making over 25mpg on the interstate, non mountain areas. went from deep SW Louisiana to extreme northern AR.
I also need to find out how many quarts of oil are needed with a oil filter and oil change. I cannot find it in the manual at all.
I am going to try the Pennzoil Platinum full systhetic 5W 30 this time.
#9 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type 
by steve_ HOST
Jan 01, 2009 (4:10 pm)
You might get a better answer from Mazda USA than the dealer.
The manual that I downloaded says that you use 6 US quarts of oil when you do both an oil and filter change. 5.6 quarts just for an oil change.
How To Find Your Car Owner's Manual Online
Hmm, Venice to Bull Shoals eh? (oh, SW LA - haven't spent much time around Lake Charles, went south of there on my last road trip).
#10 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [wwest]
Jan 08, 2009 (10:42 am)
Does anyone know if the 2009 model Cx-7 is engineered to use regular fuel?
#11 of 11 Re: Mazda 7 fuel type [fonefixer]
Jan 08, 2009 (12:27 pm)
Yes, the new CX-7 engine can safely be fueled with regular, but maybe with no out-of-packet savings.
Should have been that way from the beginning.