2007 Mazda CX-7 Consumer Review: Worst Car I've yet to own!

2007 Mazda CX-7 - Consumer Review

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Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.3L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Worst Car I've yet to own!
By mtbrider1 on


2007 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Hmmm.... let's see.... how many people have had happen the EXACT same thing as I have--Bad VVT causing timing chain stretch?
Started to happen at 62k miles and thus Mazda is not standing behind the car. Luckily I caught it before it caused a snapped chain and ruined engine.
Timing chains are supposed to last MUCH longer, and yet Mazda acts like it is a rare occurrence.

I also struggled with the turbo lag.
At first I fooled myself into thinking that it was normal for a turbo-until I owned a TDI Jetta--not even close.
The unsettling lag and then surge in power at times was almost comical.

The longer we owned it, the less an less we liked this car--sold it off for a new Subaru!

Best Features

Power and AWD drive. Steering wheel controls were well laid out and functional.

Worst Features

FIX the VVT's and TIming Chain situation... with a permanent fix that won't just reoccur. (Much) less lag at the turbo. Decrease rear bumper height/depth... this caused problems with two bike racks (depth). Better carpet--never thought about it when we first bought the car, but this stuff is cheap looking.
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