really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,202 miles

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2008 Mazda CX-9 suspension problems

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2008 Mazda CX-9 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Jun 102015


  • 46,557 miles


08 Mazda Cx-9 making loud noise underneath vehicle. Made a right turn(5mph) in residential area. While making the turn the left side suspension/steering came apart causing vehicle to come to a sudden stop. Vehicle was towed and later repaired at a Firestone auto care. Vehicle needed repairs to control arm assembly(remove-replace F control arm/lower one side).. left new cv complete assembly(remove/install F axle shaft assembly-left). Sway bar link(remove/replace F stabilizer bar control link-both). Replace front shock/strut assemly-both sides. Sudden stop also caused damage to left front tire that had to be replaced. Total amount of repairs $1,756.96. Providing this information after reading on internet that NHTSA was investigating similar complaints involving this vehicle and front end problems.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #21

Mar 042013


  • 124,300 miles
I had brought my 2008 Mazda Cx-9 to the dealership for service before a long road trip. I mentioned that the car was pulling severely when turning or rounding a curve. I thought that it needed an alignment. While I was waiting at the dealership for my car to be repaired the technician came to get me to explain that he could not let me drive my car because I could be killed. He stated that the ball joints had separated from the left and right lower control arms. My husband questioned the technician about the likelihood of this happening and the tech told him that it was wear and tear. We found this hard to believe! we felt at this point there was nothing else to do but to approve the repairs and paid the $883.66 plus labor!

- Richboro, PA, USA

problem #20

Jul 222015


  • 126,157 miles
I was pull out of my office parking lot and turned right on to a 1 lane road. As I turned right the lower ball joint dislodged from the control arm. It pull the drivers side transaxle with it and it tie rod ends. Slamming my car to a halt and almost causing an accident with the car behind me. The wheel faced left even though my car was still slighty turning right. This is a danger and a hazard, I've also heard this is serious problem amongst other Cx-9 drivers....

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #19

Jul 222015


  • 139,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-9. while driving approximately 15 mph making a right turn, the front driver side ball joint suddenly fractured and the driver was unable to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #18

Jul 162015


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-9. while approximately 20 mph, the front driver side tire separated from the axle. The vehicle skidded, but the contact was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle sustained lower control arm, outer tie rod end, stabilizer link, axle, and drive belt damage. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Ocean, NJ, USA

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problem #17

Jul 132015

CX-9 6-cyl

  • 126,947 miles
I own a 2008 Mazda cr-9 whose left front wheel fell off the axle while pulling into driveway backwards (with my child in the car) with front wheels turned left. It made a loud noise and I was unable to move the car or turn the wheels. I called for a tow to Virginia tire and auto and they diagnosed the left ball joint broken which caused the axle to come out - irreversibly damaging both items so they had to be completely replaced for $1,131.42!. I kept the damaged lf lower control arm for proof and can send two pictures I took. I want to stress that 5 days earlier, I drove the Mazda to ocean city, a three hour drive. Had the ball joint broken during highway driving - my whole family could have been killed. This is not a situation to be taken lightly and I would like to hear from Mazda (wrote separate letter) since complaints posted on carcomplaints.com indicate that there have been six (6) similar complaints made since May 2015 indicating there is an investigation under way. These complaints all indicate that the six owners of the 2007-2008 Mazda Cx-9 say the lower ball joints "separate in the front suspension and cause the front wheel to dislodge from he car". the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into reports of lower ball joints breaking (suspension problems). I sincerely hope that Mazda will recall all the 54,000 cars which could be affected and compensate the owners of the vehicles which had the wheel fall off while the car was moving. This could be a life and death situation and not taken lightly....updated 09/22/15

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #16

Jun 062015


  • 121,000 miles


On 06 June 2015 at approximately 1400 my wife was making a left hand turn through an intersection at approximately 15 mph. Near the end of the turn the front passenger wheel broke loose turning nearly 90 degrees to the right and jammed itself into the rear of the fender well. The car was immediately immobilized and came to an abrupt halt in the middle of the intersection. Looking at the damage it was obvious that the lower ball joint had failed and broke completely free. This caused the wheel to turn nearly 90 degrees to the right which subsequently ripped out the cv axle from the transmission. Had this occurred at highway speeds the results could have been deadly. The vehicle had to be towed to a repair facility where the control arm/ball joint assembly, the cv shaft, and sway bar link was replaced. There is also fender well and body damage that will have to be repaired. On 10 July 2015, I noticed an unusual instability while negotiating wide turns on the highway. It felt as if the vehicle had a wheel loose. While turning to the right, the vehicle would abruptly turn even sharper to right almost causing an unintentional lane change. After coming out of the turn I could feel the vehicle suddenly correct itself. Once I arrived at my residence I jacked up the front end of the vehicle to inspect the front wheels. The front passenger wheel seemed normal (was repaired in June 2015 as mentioned above). Much to my dismay when inspecting the front driver side wheel, I discovered that the ball joint on this side is now broke. It is not separated, but is clearly broken as evidenced by the excessive movement and clunking noise when moving the wheel from side to side as it is suspended above the ground from the car being on a jack. I will be having this repaired this week once parts arrive from the local Mazda dealer. Bottom line: I no longer feel safe in this vehicle.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #15

Jun 122015


  • 80,000 miles
Ball joints warn had to replace both front control arms-work at Mazda deal was told very common problem I don't know why there isn't safety recall on this

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #14

Jul 072015


  • 120,000 miles
When making a U-turn (left turn) at under 10 mph the vehicle made a loud noise and it shuttered to a stop. I called my husband and waited for him to arrive. When he arrived, he (and the police) attempted to push the car in neutral, but the car would not budge. He walked around the car and observed that the front right passenger wheel was turned out and resting against the fender. This exposed the suspension and he saw the ball joint and suspension had broken loose. The ball joint had ripped out from its housing and the suspension bar had broken apart at the wheel. There were parts on the ground along with grey fluid which was coming out from the hole left by the ball joint coupling. The fender was also damaged by the wheel. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for repair. The police officer noted that we were lucky that this did not happen on the highway as it would have likely ended up flipping the car as it was such a severe failure. It took the tow-truck operator over 20 minutes to get he car onto the tow truck as the wheel could not be steered due to the failures.

- St. Charles , MO, USA

problem #13

Jul 032015


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-9. while driving approximately 20 mph, the contact made a left turn and heard a loud abnormal noise. The contact stopped the vehicle and discovered that the passenger side front tire was turned completely horizontal. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ball joints separated and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Cedar Grove, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jul 032015


  • 69,000 miles


While driving vehicle on road at approximatley 20 mph the wheel detached from the axle on the front passenger side of the vehicle resulting in damage to the vehicle.

- Cedar Grove, NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 052013


  • 103,154 miles
Upon entering a parking lot at approximately 15 mph the vehicle made a noise, skidded to a sudden stop, and then would not move. I exited the vehicle and immediately noticed the front passenger wheel sideways resting against the inner fender, along with several metallic parts and fluid on the ground. The car was towed to the dealer where we bought the vehicle when new, and where we always have it serviced. The tow truck driver had said the axle broke and we were lucky it did not occur on the highway 15 minutes sooner. The dealer replaced a left broken ball joint, axle and control arm, as well as broken fender linings and moldings. This cost us over $2000. We had complained to the dealer several weeks before about a noise while turning the vehicle, but were told we only needed an alignment. I now believe the dealer did not properly inspect the ball joint, which was already damaged and failing. Twelve months after this incident the left control arm and ball joint required replacement. And eight months after that the driveshaft, transfer case and transmission all required replacement, costing us another $5000 in repairs. I am suspicious that all of these failures may be related to the initial incident when my Cx-9 skidded to the sudden stop on the left broken axle. But when I contacted Mazda regarding all of these issues my case was completely dismissed as the vehicle had over 100,000 miles and was out of warranty coverage. I have never submitted a complaint until I found out there was an investigation into 2008 Cx-9's with broken ball joints, exactly as what occurred in my vehicle. My vehicle has been regularly serviced at our dealer, and I really do not believe the ball joint should have broken as it did. I am grateful we were not traveling 60 mph. I believe this is a serious safety issue and am extremely disappointed with this Mazda vehicle.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #10

Feb 112015


  • 89,004 miles
I heard a loud noise as I turned left into a driveway and came to a stop. The car wouldn't move forward or backward. When I got out to inspect, I found that the left front tire had disengaged. The car was towed to a non-dealer service facility, which determined that the left front ball joint had broken. The ball joint, axle and sway bar link were replaced. The next week, I returned the car to the service facility, and they determined that the same repairs were needed on the right front, as well as replacement of the tie rod ends on the left front. About a month after these repairs, I took my car to my local Mazda dealer for a full ("used car") inspection. I mentioned the repairs I'd had done, and they said they weren't aware of any problems with ball joints on Cx-9S. I had been traveling on the freeway (70 mph) not five minutes before the ball joint broke. I hate to think what would have happened if it had broken at that speed.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 152015


  • miles
Went to dealership for an oil change and they stated that we needed to replace our lower ball joints, control arms, tie rod ends and sway bar links because nhtsb has been receiving complaints about 2008 Mazda Cx-9S crashing due to these items failing. The dealership brought it our attention that due to safety concerns, we needed those items replaced. They scared us to death. We spend $1,125 to replace the items. I now have done research and it appears they were correct, there have been catastrophic cases where the cars crashed due to the suspension parts failing. I sure hope that nhtsb moves forward and makes Mazda perform a recall. Hopefully I can get my money back from paying for this service. My vehicle only has 75K miles on it...updated 08/20/15 updated 12/10/15

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 072014


  • 83,702 miles
While driving went to make right turn to have car serviced for unknown clicking when I would only make right turns. When turning into parking lot I heard a loud bang and auto was immobile at that point. I exited and found left front tire turned sideways. I had various damage to left front wheel area having to replace ball joint, lower control arm, bent axle and rim damage. I was also inform from irwin Mazda that right ball joint had issues and I also had that replaced.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #7

May 152015


  • 104,000 miles
I was making a right turn from a parking lot onto a road with my two children in the car when a loud crunch happened, the vehicle jerked left while still moving forward and I was unable to steer or break. The car came to an abrupt stop and I couldn't get the driver's door open. I walked around to the front of the car while in traffic and noticed loose parts that had been ejected from the wheel, leaking break fluid, and the driver's side front wheel was no longer attached and had wedged under the car. The car was unable to be moved out of the road thus creating a traffic jam. The tow truck driver said the control arm was broken and that my girls and I are lucky that we were not seriously injured. The car was towed to the Mazda dealer service department 4 days ago and I have not heard from them. Is this something that is covered under tread liability laws? I have photos of the car/wheel that were taken at the scene if needed.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #6

Apr 292015

CX-9 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
While making a right turn into a parking place, the right front ball joint broke and cv joint became disconnected, causing the wheel to become disconnected from the car and pushing the wheel well back under the passenger door, making it inoperable. The tow driver said I must have hit something really hard, but in the two and a half years I've had this car, I've never hit anything! I drive a lot for my job and am grateful this didn't happen while I was traveling 70 mph on the highway. It was very scary and has shaken my confidence in this car. I had the car repaired on an emergency basis, but the mechanic told me while the other ball joint was safe enough for me to make the trip home (350 miles), I should definitely get it checked out as well, as it looked suspect for the long term. The car is at the mechanic now, and I was a nervous wreck driving it home earlier today.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #5

Mar 072015

CX-9 6-cyl

  • 112,080 miles
I had been hearing a knocking noise in my car when I went to make left or right hand turns for approximately a week. After having my mechanic investigate he took a look at the ball joints, they are 'non-serviceable, ' which means they are a sealed unit. He said from what he could tell they were fine. Later that day I attempted to pull out of a parking space. My wheels were spinning in the snow, I got out and took a look and my front left tire was off! the ball joint was no longer attached the car. The only thing securing the wheel to the car was the tie rod. After having it towed to my garage both lower control arms were replaced on the vehicle (one per side) along with the cv joint. They were replaced with Mazda parts. Inspection on the passenger right side revealed there was barely any grease in that ball joint. I had luck on my side that day otherwise I am certain someone would have died.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 252014


  • 102,112 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda CX9. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the front driver's side tire came became detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the lower control arm and ball joint were corroded. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 102,112. Pam......updated 03/31/15 updated 7/8/2015

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 022013

CX-9 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving slowly and approaching a stop sign. As soon as I stopped I heard a loud noise and my car jerked forward. The front driver side wheel disengaged from the vehicle and was jutting out at an angle. I could not move the car whatsoever. The tow truck driver informed me that my ball joint and axle had broken. This could have caused a very serious accident, especially if we had been driving faster or on the freeway--I'm very lucky my passenger and I were not hurt.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

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