Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2009 Mazda CX-7 appears to share the same engine & A/C defects as the two previous model years: VVT/timing chain failure, turbo failure, & the A/C compressor clutch seizing. The timing chain failure is especially bad with many cars requiring an engine replacement ($9,000+).

In 2011, Mazda began a "Special Service Program" that extended the warranty to 7 years/70,000 miles covering turbocharger oil leaks & excessive timing chain noise — an early sign of timing chain failure. However coverage under the program requires perfect documentation of all required maintenance with other stipulations. Buyer beware.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
300 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Mazda CX-7 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 012008


  • 300 miles


I purchased a new vehicle and noticed squeaking in the rear wheels when applying brakes. I took this into the dealer and was first told that this was normal. Then the dealer sanded down the rotors and brake pads and said it was okay. The squeaking persisted and I went back to the dealer. They replaced rotors and said it was fixed. The squeaking still continued. I contacted manufacturer and they didnt respond for weeks. I contacted dealer and they said they couldnt do anything further. I went back to dealer and they said they could sand down brake pads again. They took for another test drive and ignored my calls for weeks. Finally I took to another dealer per manufacturer instruction and vehicle has been in shop for a week.

- Piedmont, CA, USA

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