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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Mazda CX-7 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 032011

CX-7 4-cyl

  • 12,200 miles


I was starting the car in the morning on my driveway. I switched the car on R and I start to back up. When I pressed the brake pedal, I realized I have no brake power. It was impossible to stop the car. I had to used the parking brake to stop it. I've tried for 5 minutes to see if brakes are working with no result. They were dead!! when the card was started, there was no malfunction indicator on the dash.2 months before this, I went to the dealership reporting that braking performance decreased a lot. They investigated the car and found "no defect" and told me the car is working as it should...yeas sure!! my luck was that I was not driving the car on the roads. Imagine loosing brake ar 60 mph.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

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