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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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.

2010 Mazda CX-7 steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152016


  • 55,000 miles


I was notified in July of two recalls on my Mazda(9516E airbag and 9716H lower control arm)the car is unsafe to drivewill Mazda give special rebate to puschase a new car I was notified in July of two recalls (9516E airbag and9716 lower control arm) it ihas been two months with no parts avaible.the car is parked and unsafe to drive, can I get a rebate and purchase a new car on this car.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 062016


  • 68,000 miles
Mazda is refusing to fix the recall on my vehicle saying that it's not a safety recall. The last time I checked the lower control arms separating from the ball joints was a safety issue. I have called the dealer and they can't get the part or don't want to they told me the first time it was the brakes popping and now they say nothing is wrong with it at all. Mazda corporate doesn't seem like they care either. They told me it was safe to drive not to worry about it. My vehicle is making popping noises in the front end and they don't want to fix it. They want to pawn it off on another part of the vehicle.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #1

Apr 232014

CX-7 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Back in December 2013; I took my Mazda to its sheehy dealer to get my usual oil changes, etc. It was referred by the dealer that I have my steering fluid drained and replaced. I paid for this work to be done; however, problems began to occur with my power steering sometime around April 2014 in which my steering wheel would get so tight while driving that I could barely turn. I took the car back to the dealer in which they now state that I have a bad power steering pump which disallows the vehicle to perform its normal steering. This is a safety hazard in which Mazda only recognizes this issue with its Mazda 3 vehicles, etc. However, the issue of failed power steering pumps on its Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda 3, 6, Cx-7, and cx-9 from year 2010 to present needs to be investigated because I have met others who are now dealing with this same issue which can breach the safety of the owner of that vehicle, other vehicles, and pedestrians in and around the traveling area. Mazda fails to recognize this problem in which I am looking to the federal government to look into this issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Washington, DC, USA

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