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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,500 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 062016


  • miles


Mazda recall #: 9516E / NHTSA recall #: 16V-356 May 25, 2016 safety risk: An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death. Mazda recall #: 9716H Aug 10, 2016 safety risk: The vehicle may experience significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Both are recalls that state they may result in causing the vehicle to crash or cause serious harm to the occupants in the event of a crash. Both are listed as incomplete; remedy not yet available. The manufacture should have to correct these issues asap. The second states on the form mailed to our home "until this repair is performed, do not allow passengers to ride in the front passenger seat." How is that acceptable when they are aware of the issue? thanks in advance for looking into these issues. My desired resolution is to take the vehicle asap to get them corrected.

- South Hadley, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 222013


  • 139,000 miles
While I was driving in town hwy the A/C system quick working, smoking coming from the hood and I totally lost the power steering on the car.. finally after pulling over on a safe place on the side of the hwy I realized the A/C compressor locked and the clutch fell off and the serpentine belt for the steering was broken as well.. what a mess and dangerous situation.. now de dealer says my car A/C compressor repair isn't covered under the warranty with only 39000 miles on it.. this is ridiculous and dangerous for all the Mazda Cx-7 owners.. please take an action and recall the A/C system on those car before someone get hurt or die buy..

- Atlanta , GA, USA

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