Notes: The 2010 Mazda CX-7 appears to share the same engine defects as the three previous model years: VVT/timing chain failure & turbo failure. 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 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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,284 miles

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2010 Mazda CX-7 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2010 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012015


  • 64,568 miles


Sunroof shattered - I just got onto I-43 via the on ramp and my sunroof exploded and came down on me like a shower of glass. I was able to pull over. I immediately looked for any foreign debris but there was none. I drove home and called the car dealer (holiday in fond du lac wi). They said they never heard of a sunroof breaking because of the heat or anything like this and my extended warranty would not cover. I had it fixed and heard about this on the news two weeks later. My car is a 2010 Mazda CX7 in excellent condition. The cost to replace was $597.08 plus tax.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 132010


  • miles
New headrests since 2010 are terrible. My neck constantly hurts because I like to sit against the back of my seat, and my head is pushed forward at an angle no matter how I try to adjust the headrests in my CX7. These "safety" regulations are causing me pain and permanent neck issues. These safety regulations need to be revised.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

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