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2008 Mazda CX-9: Crunchy Brakes

July 14, 2008

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No one else has mentioned this before but I noticed over the weekend that the brakes for our 2008 Mazda CX-9 feel crunchy or shudder a bit. The thing is, this wasn't a consistent thing and I couldn't duplicate it if I tried. I had just noticed it when I drove it first thing on Saturday morning. But then it never reappeared as badly as it did in that first hour.

But it happened when I slowed to a stop and then pushed the pedal further to actually stop the vehicle. The flutter was so noticeable that I wondered if there was something seriously wrong. "Uh oh, the CX-9 needs to be taken in!" But then, it never was that bad again. I could still feel that faint flutter but someone else would have to really be aware of it to notice it. Anyway, thought I'd mention it to our vehicle testing assistant and for the record.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 18,857 miles

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