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2008 Mazda CX-7 repairs by problem area

Engine (50%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 131 repairs.
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2008 Mazda CX-7 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (51%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 37 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Mazda CX-7

Engine not specified

Mazda CX-7 in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

92000 mi

US $550
Rear wheel bearing replaced 
Mazda CX-7 in California, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Jul 2015

44300 mi

US $1800
The AC unit just blew up when I was driving. The vehicle immediately stopped working and the vehicle was dead in the middle of heavy rush hour traffic. Terrible AC design by Mazda. Not reliable. 
Dec 2015

47000 mi

US $7500
The turbocharger went out and leaked into the engine. The cooling of the engine is poorly designed and despite normal oil level, the engine will literally cook itself. Poor cooling design for the turbocharged engine. Very unreliable. 
Mazda CX-7 in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2009 - Feb 2010
Jan 2010

46000 mi
turbo went out cluster control panel navagation does not go in to backup mode when in revse sometimes 

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2008 Mazda CX-7 4dr SUV

turbocharged 244hp 2.3L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda CX-7 in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Mar 2012 - Sep 2013
May 2013

33260 mi

$120
Check engine light was on, besides the cooling fan turned on at odd times sometimes staying on for a long time after killing the engine. Coolant temp was OK. 
Mazda CX-7 in Ireland
Mar 2011 - Sep 2016
May 2011

23840 mi

€270
white / cloudy Smoke coming out of exhaust and very low oil. Dealer replaced oil and said no major issue. Smoke due to low oil in Sump over compensating. Advised car should always be topped up with oil every 6 months 
May 2012

29740 mi

€1200
Car needed a new Turbo. White smoke regularly coming out of exhaust when car static or accelerating. Mazda eventually agreed to cover 80% of costs due to issue first being raised within warrenty. The car also received a regular service 
Sep 2015

46500 mi
Drop links 
Jul 2016

49180 mi

€850
Front Suspension Ball Joints worn. Need replacement wishbone 
Mazda CX-7 in Florida, United States
Jun 2010 - Feb 2011
Jul 2010

19000 mi
Broken Passenger's motor mount. 
Dec 2010

25000 mi
Turbo smoke after long periods of idling. 
Feb 2011

25000 mi
Still turbo smoke after long periods of idling when sold. New owner said he noticed it first time he drove it. AC compressor also went out right after he got it. 
Mazda CX-7 in Ohio, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2013
Sep 2010

47000 mi
Leaking oil around timing chain cover.  
Dec 2013

103000 mi

US $200
2 cylinders leaking - needed new engine 
Mazda CX-7 in Florida, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

37000 mi

US $100
EGR Valve failed and was replaced. 
Mazda CX-7 in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Oct 2016
Apr 2012

57000 mi

US $900
EGR valve replacement 
Mar 2014

91000 mi

US $700
Thermostat failed Engine mount replaced 
Mazda CX-7 in Texas, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2014
Mar 2013

75000 mi

US $1500
VVT, Timing chain 
Mar 2014

96000 mi

US $800
Replace window motor Door handle broke Both headlights went out 
Mazda CX-7 in California, United States
Feb 2008 - Sep 2016
Nov 2010

46500 mi
AC compressor was making noise, a known problem & covered under warranty. Dealer ordered the parts to make the repair. Took car back when parts came in. Repair completed that day. 
Dec 2010

48000 mi
Turbo was replaced under TSB/Mazda's extended warranty for known turbo seal issue. 
Jun 2011

55000 mi
I noticed my car running at a higher temperature than usual, and the radiator fan coming on frequently. I took it to the dealer and told them I thought the thermostat was bad. They verified that it was, and replaced it the same day. 
Oct 2011

60000 mi
Smoking from exhaust, TSB followed to remedy the problem. Timing chain replaced under warranty by TSB 
Feb 2013

79000 mi

US $328
Wheel bearings were bad. Dealer noticed when installing new tires, replaced the bearings. 
Jan 2014

87700 mi

US $360
Wheel bearings were bad again after being replace a year before, they found out the hub was bad so replaced the hub, and installed new bearings. Bearings were under warranty from the last repair a year before. 
Jul 2014

91700 mi

US $360
Left side was changed in January this year, ride side hub/knuckle/bearings were changed now. 
Feb 2016

105000 mi

US $150
a transmission mount was cracked, causing the shift from neutral to reverse to be somewhat jarring. They replaced the mount, no issues. 
Mazda CX-7 in Texas, United States
Nov 2009 - Aug 2011
Jan 2010

28000 mi
VVT ACTUATOR REPLACED 
Apr 2010

38000 mi
AC BLOWS WARM AT IDLE. SHOP COULD NOT DUPLICATE. RATTLE FROM RT REAR. RT TAIL LAMP ORDERED. 
May 2010

40500 mi
sop tail light replaced, 
Jun 2010

43000 mi

US $202
air conditioning compressor failed 
Feb 2011

74000 mi

US $102
TIMING CHAIN AND TENSIONER BAD MOTOR MOUNT SWAY BAR LINKS AXLE NOISE, EXTENDED WARRANTY REFUSED TO COVER 
Jul 2011

85000 mi
I fixed the axle myself, lubed where the axle went through the bearing. 
Aug 2011

85000 mi
Left front wheel bearing going out when sold. AC blower motor going out when sold. 
Mazda CX-7 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Mar 2014
Apr 2009

8680 mi
Chrome exhaust tips rusted where they were spot welded. Dealer replaced the muffler under warranty. 
May 2010

19220 mi
Vehicle hesitating when warm, lack of power, engine extremely noisy. Replaced timing chain. 
Mar 2011

27280 mi
Making "squeaking" noise over bumps. Replaced control arm bushings (I think as I didn't receive an invoice yet) and the problem has been fixed. 
Feb 2013

49340 mi
Fixed a couple oil leaks while at dealer for routine oil change. 
Mar 2014

58900 mi

C $450
Front O2 sensor 
Mazda CX-7 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2012
Aug 2009

9000 mi
Center vent louvers would not stay open, replaced. 
Sep 2010

31000 mi
EGR valve replaced after P0401 engine code. 2x front rotors replaced following recurrent vibration on braking. 
Dec 2010

35000 mi
Oxygen sensor bad. Eight engine codes pointing to lean running. Fuel economy went from 22mpg to 15mpg. Bad gasoline smell from exhaust. 
Mazda CX-7 in Texas, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2013
Oct 2011

53000 mi

US $258
EGR valve replaced 
Mazda CX-7 in Florida, United States
Aug 2007 - Oct 2016
Nov 2009

30000 mi
While driving, turned on defrost, heard rattling noise under hood, and smoke came from under hood. A/C clutch and compressor had to be replaced.  
Jan 2012

57700 mi

US $670
EGR valve needed replacement 
Nov 2015

102000 mi

US $2500
Replace timing chain and tensioner 
Jun 2016

109000 mi

US $1965
Ac compressor was replaced. 
Oct 2016

112000 mi

US $75
Sunroof drain clogged so water running into car 
Mazda CX-7 in South Dakota, United States
Nov 2008 - Jan 2011
Feb 2009

13000 mi
The chrome exhaust tips rusted, dealer replaced with no questions. Replacement required an entire muffler assembly with tips. 
Mazda CX-7 in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Oct 2010
Jul 2009

20000 mi
gas cap caused check engine light, replaced by dealer under warranty 
Jul 2010

42000 mi
power outlet plastic replaced 
Oct 2010

46000 mi
CD player skipped, even after replaced. 

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2008 Mazda CX-7 4dr SUV

turbocharged 244hp 2.3L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Mazda CX-7 in Washington, United States
Dec 2007 - Sep 2013
Feb 2012

68000 mi

US $550
ACG valve needed replacing Car smoked when idling for long periods 
Mazda CX-7 in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2011 - Jan 2012
Nov 2011

54000 mi
the turbo was replaced 
Mazda CX-7 in New York, United States
May 2012 - Mar 2013
Jun 2012

69000 mi

US $557
car displayed a power surge under operation. dealer figured out positive batt terminal was damage and battery leaked acid out into engine bay engine shaking a lot. dealer found engine mount 3 broken. possible other engine mounts may need replacement due to normal wear and tear. 
Feb 2013

76000 mi

US $805
car required new spark plugs and wires. CEL went away for 1 week only to come back and display additional misfires in all cylinders dealer performed a full Dyno testing and compression testing of engine. Damage fuel injectors, turbo needed rebuilt, damage VVT and cam shaft, oil in engine. stretched belts and misalligned pulleys 
Mazda CX-7 in New York, United States
Aug 2013 - Jan 2014
Sep 2013

52000 mi

US $130
Dead battery. Was original to the car and simply at the end of its life. Neighbor gave me a jump and had it tested and replaced at local mechanic. 
Mazda CX-7 in Oregon, United States
Oct 2014 - Sep 2016
Mar 2015

79800 mi

US $1500
VVT was replaced on recall at 67,000 miles and now they say it needs to be replaced AGAIN at 79,800 miles!! I call BS!! They either didn't really repair it the first time, or fixed it with crappy parts. I am taking it for a 2nd opinion! 
Mazda CX-7 in Washington, United States
Feb 2009 - May 2013
Dec 2009

13000 mi

US $570
Noticed uneven wear of tires. took to dealer. Mazda dealer diagnosed vehicle alignment issues. Vehicle realigned warranty. Because tires weren't rotated sufficiently tires were replaced at owner cost. Tires replaced at non-dealer store 570.00 cost 
Mazda CX-7 in Texas, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2016
Dec 2014

92000 mi

US $400
The ac compressor was not working properly 
Jun 2016

144000 mi

US $1500
It is was a blown head gasket that needed to be replaced 
Mazda CX-7 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Mar 2015
Apr 2011

38400 mi
Noticed oil drops on a garage floor. It was transfer case seal leak. Mazda replaced it under warranty. 
Jul 2011

41120 mi
blue/white smoke from exhaust when idle or at lower speeds. ventilation kit replaced under warranty per SSP84. 
Oct 2011

41540 mi

C $112
CEL was on. Mass air flow sensor clogged. mazda cleaned it under warranty. 
Apr 2012

44640 mi
CEL light is back on. Have been told EGR valve needs to be replaced. Went to my mechanic and he thoroughly cleaned it up and it works fine now. 
Mazda CX-7 in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2016
Jun 2013

59000 mi
Loud AC compressor noise. Dealer unable to solve stating it's normal. Moisture getting inside passenger side headlight assembly. Mechanic dried and re-sealed the headlight assembly. 
Aug 2014

69000 mi

US $477
Check engine light on. Third cylinder misfire. After full Engine Diagnostic ($99.99), the ignition coil needed to be replaced($208.99). Also replaced the spark plugs as part of the maintenance ($138.96). 
Nov 2015

81000 mi

US $1000
AC Compressor locked up, had to be replaced. AC had to be recharged afterward. Extended warranty covered AC Compressor ($750), recharge is out of pocket ($250). 
Mazda CX-7 in Virginia, United States
Jan 2009 - Sep 2016
Jan 2013

24000 mi

US $50
Replace battery. The orginal one (from when the car was new) was replaced. 
Jul 2015

34700 mi

US $1200
Brake calipers, pads, and rotors were all replaced. They were corroded significantly. 
Mazda CX-7 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2008 - Sep 2016
Jan 2011

41580 mi

C $248
Check engine light = EGR Valve replaced under warranty. Cost at dealer was for 48 month maintenance visit-$248.00 
Nov 2011

61380 mi

C $500
Rear passenger side wheel bearing  
Feb 2014

106020 mi
Spun main crank bearing. Dealer trying to get Mazda Canada to assist in repair. They have taken the top end apart, submitted pictures. The top end was extremely clean. 
Jul 2014

106920 mi

C $2500
Engine replacement: due to spun main bearing. Mazda stepped up and supplied a $6000 motor and dealer covered $1500 of the labor. 
Aug 2014

107880 mi

C $1220
Brake pads & Rotors rear worn Replace worn Tie-rod ends both left & right. 
Feb 2015

112220 mi

C $375
Replace upper oxygen sensor 
Mazda CX-7 in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

38000 mi

US $10000
My Mazda CX-7 had a new turbo engine put in. I had to pay $10,000 of which I really could not afford.The dealership blamed me for the sludge in the engine although I faithfully changed my oil . I know in the future I will file a lawsuit. 
Mazda CX-7 in Washington, United States
Apr 2009 - Aug 2010
Oct 2009

3000 mi
 
Mazda CX-7 in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2008 - Jun 2015
May 2009

9920 mi

C $561
Right rear axle shaft seal discovered to be leaking when vehicle taken in for 12 month maintenance service. 
Oct 2009

14260 mi
Driver's side rear axle seal leak. 
Jan 2011

25420 mi
Fuel sensor failed. Under warranty so it was replaced. 
Mazda CX-7 in Manitoba, Canada
Nov 2008 - May 2010
Mar 2009

9920 mi
Block heater was leaking, so they replaced it under warranty. Great service though... 
Mazda CX-7 in Delaware, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2016
Nov 2011

35500 mi
Broken EGR Valve tripped Check Engine light. Decided to reset and see iif it occurs again. Repair was quoted at $610. 
Mazda CX-7 in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dec 2009 - Jan 2012
Jun 2009

2480 mi
Clutch repairs, the official explanation was the material used to fabricate the clutch was faulty ??? 
Sep 2010

24180 mi
Right forward axle replaced. Old one gave rattling sounds and clicks. 
Dec 2011

29760 mi

$1200
Xenon lightbulbs controller unit damaged, had to buy a new one 
Mazda CX-7 in Virginia, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2016
Dec 2010

29000 mi

US $50
White smoke was noticed while engine was running (for heat) in parking lot. Vehicle driven several blocks and laid down smoke screen. Smoke stopped after a few blocks. Did not drive for a month. Took to local repair shop and no cause found 
Jun 2013

58000 mi

US $720
Coolant hose behind engine was leaking and car was smoking due to faulty turbo seals. After getting car back from supposed repair, check engine light (CEL) came on the next day (P0016 crankshaft/camshaft position sensors). Counterman at dealer said it was just a coincidence that the CEL came on after they had worked on it. 
Mazda CX-7 in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2007 - Sep 2012
Oct 2010

36500 mi
AC compressor seized. Replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2011

48000 mi
Transfer case leak. Repaired 
Jul 2012

65000 mi

US $460
Emission code indicated replace Leak Detection Pump. Detection Pump replaced. Cost including labor was $388.89. Mysterious clunk in the rear. Checked suspension and found nothing wrong. Cost $45.00. 
Mazda CX-7 in Ohio, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2015
Mar 2011

32000 mi
Transfer case was leaking. Dealer replaced seals under warranty. 
Mar 2012

42000 mi

US $100
leaking oil, appeared to have been coming from transfer case. Issue turned out to be a loose hose from the turbo. 
Sep 2012

58000 mi
Smoking turbo and loose timing chain. Turbo and chain replaced under warranty 
Nov 2012

60000 mi

US $194
Tie-rod worn and loose. 
Jun 2014

78000 mi

US $900
Transfer case leak. Resealed 
Aug 2014

82000 mi

US $800
Caliper seized on rotor Wheel bearing worn 
Mazda CX-7 in Romania
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

3100 mi

$50
Check engine light came on due to a loose gas cap. 
Mazda CX-7 in New Zealand
Feb 2009 - Sep 2013
Mar 2011

16740 mi
Left front wheel was making noise which grew louder as speed increased. Dealer replaced left front wheel bearing. Problem solved under warrantee. 
Jul 2011

20460 mi
Discovered headlight was not functioning. Took to dealer next day and light was replaced in less than an hour. One week later, second headlight malfunctioned. Took to dealer and was replaced within an hour. 
Jan 2012

25400 mi
Battery could not hold charge due to bad cell just past warranty period. Darn it. 

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2008 Mazda CX-7 4-door

Engine not specified

Mazda CX-7 in Belarus
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

13640 mi

$120
Xenon light went out, probably due to water penetrating inside 

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2008 Mazda CX-7 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 4WD

Mazda CX-7 in Ohio, United States
Jun 2010 - Apr 2011
Jul 2010

79000 mi

US $3100
AC compressor went out causing problems with the harmonic balancer, and other problems. 
Aug 2010

80000 mi

US $1232
Timing was still off from July 2010 repair. They replaced timing chain/tensioner, valve cover gasket, front crank seal, engine mount. Reassembled engine. Replaced oil filter. Cleared code. 7 hrs of labor. 
Sep 2010

82000 mi
Previous problems continuing. Belt Tensioner was seized and threw the drive belt. Replaced drive belt tensioner and drive belt. Charged battery, topped off coolant. 
Mar 2011

106000 mi
A/C went out again, bad smell in car during out-of-town trip. Towed to dealership. Same problem had occurred again with the A/C unit that had happened twice already. Repairs were done and car was operable to drive back home. 
Apr 2011

106000 mi
during regular maintenance check, an oil leak was noted but rather than repair after other problems, we sold it. 

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