Mazda Turbo (Turbocharger) and Engine Problems

October 19, 2012
By: LemonLaw

According to the calls coming in, Mazda CX 7 and CX 9 drivers appear to be having turbo (turbocharger) and engine problems, and to make matters even worse, the manufacturer is trying to point the finger back at the consumer.

Our clients have experienced a number of Mazda engine problems, including illuminated engine warning lights, oil burning, excessive smoke from the tailpipe and/or a foul odor (especially during a cold start). Many are having repeat failures with their Mazda turbocharger being replaced numerous times. Others are reporting oil consumption problems and severe engine noise.

Even when under warranty, Mazda dealers are asking consumers to present all oil change and service receipts prior to service to confirm they are maintaining the vehicle according to warranty prior to fixing any Mazda turbocharger problem. Failure to produce proof of service could result in Mazda denying warranty coverage. Kimmel and Silverman Founding Partner, Lemon Law Attorney Bob Silverman has seen this in many of the cases he has handled and feels this type of conduct is outrageous and a clear breach of warranty.

We are also seeing Mazda dealers fail to properly include the customer’s complaints on the repair orders in an attempt to “cover up” the turbocharger issue. As we have reported before, every time you take your car in for repair, it is essential that you receive a repair invoice which outlines the problem and the dealer’s fix. Keep these invoices in a safe place, along with oil change and service receipts. You never know when you are going to need to provide proof of service.

If you are having Mazda turbocharger or engine problems, it is important for you to fight for your Lemon Law rights. If your Mazda turbocharger or engine problems results in your car being in the shop repeatedly or for an extended period of time, or if you are being denied warranty coverage, contact us to find out about your rights under State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Statutes. The only thing you have to lose is your Lemon.

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127 Responses to “Mazda Turbo (Turbocharger) and Engine Problems”

  1. #1 Dustin Pitts says:

    Is there a lawsuit pending with Mazda regarding engine failure? I might not be the best candidate, as I didn’t keep any records of my oil changes. I only had it serviced once by a professional, and the others were done by me. But, at the end of the day, my car’s engine blew at 105K. I assume these isn’t much I can do… but, according to the dealership, the VVT (known issues) failed and caused the chain to slip which caused the loss of compression

    • #2 Ashley says:

      My turbocharger failed at 18000kms!

      • #3 tracy russell says:

        I have thrown a rod at less than 55k. I have most of my records but not all. They are fighting us every step of the way. Since I have purchased my cx7 in May of 08. I have had my ac compressor changed twice, VVT replaced and now this. If I have all records except for year 2011 shouldn’t that be enough?

        • #4 Belinda Knight says:

          my cx 7 is a 2008 and my car is in the shop as i type this today. 38,000
          miles on the car. The dealer is replacing the turbo. As I read all the complaints, i must say that this car is a nothing but a pile of junk. What is the next step of getting help related to this car

          • #5 LemonLaw says:

            @Bellinda: You need to reach out to a lemon law lawyer. Visit to find one in your state.

            • #6 Tracy says:

              After a lot of leg work Mazda replaced mine. Not to crazy about having a rebuilt but i figured it cant be any worse than the original one. It took 3 weeks to get it back but seems to more power. The scary part is warranty only good for 8 months.

              • #7 Jim says:

                My 2007 CX-7 has roughly 160k on it. It smokes badly when you try to accelerate quickly (floor it). In the first year I had it, the dealer did all of the maintenance since I had the insurance coverage for maintenance. They replaced the turbo, motor mounts, A/C (twice), an various other parts. I had an issue, once with my Bose system radio/CD changer on/off button. The dealer told me it was an easy fix and they would only charge me $25 to do it. When I got the car back, the satellite radio no longer worked and the CD player no longer worked (with CDs stuck in it). I took it back and was told that they couldn’t have caused the issue and it would be $700 to fix it. After I complained vehemently, they reduced the price to $250. That was the last time I took it to a dealer. I wrote many letters to Mazda with no resolution. I even called the dealership and was put on hold for an hour before someone just hung up on me. My CD player/changer still doesn’t work. They also did all the oil changes for the first 20k. Last year, I got a letter stating that there was a recall, for what I can’t remember, it may have been brakes or drive train related. I called Mazda to set up a time to have it addressed. I was told that since my car has so many miles on it, it was not covered and if I wanted the recall addressed, I would have to pay. This car has been a piece of crap since I’ve gotten it.

                • #8 Marisa says:

                  My engine light came on in my 2007 CX7…took my car to the dealership on Sept 9th 2103… 2 months later, I still don’t have a car. Turbocharger/ Engine are shot. I purchased an extended Warranty in 2010 when I purchased the car for $2,500.. Only for them to refuse to pay for the damage to my turbo/engine. Can you guess why they denied my claim? Yup… Negligence on my end.. due to lack of maintenance/oil changes. They say that the excessive sludge in my engine is my fault, and I need to produce 3yrs worth of proof of oil changes. Yea… Let me ask my husband for those receipts.. We appealed the Warranty co’s decision.. and was denied again. The past two months have been Hell.. and it’s absolutely ridiculous that Mazda isn’t owning up to the fact that they have a malfunction in their CX7 Engine’s.

                  • #9 Heather says:

                    Yes! Add me to that! I am getting ready to pick up my car from the shop….gettings it’s 2nd turbo replacement! I have 104k on it. 2007 model. I have oil records though but, by the time they extended the warranty I was just outside the mark. My mechanic just told me that it might be a good time to look at getting rid of it! grrr. I would LOVE to get in on a lawsuit against Mazda. I should have pushed further the first time I took it in and asked about the pinging in the engine years ago….the response from the dealershp was “They all sound like that!”

                    • #10 Jeff oakley says:

                      Had the 70 mile check up… Had to point out to them to replace the stretched timing belt which I had asked them to check twice already. Asked them to check everything that the warranty covered. They said they did and everything was fine. Come to find out they didn’t replace the turbo sensor relay or several other things that are included in this check up. Oh and did I mention once I started taking it to the dealership for oil changes I had to go back each time to get something they failed to put back in or on…. Like 4 of the 5 or 6 bolts that hold the skid plate on. Anyway, I have their paperwork showing everything was fine. Around 4-6k miles later the turbo went out. This was a minor noise I had questioned 3-4 times already. Now they have had it over a month and they still haven’t returned my last 6 messages.
                      I can show a trend of incompetence at the local dealership.
                      Only now its at the Irvine office and I’m waiting. I want a replacement, compensation for 4 weeks of inconvience and I just got on disability and the stress is making several of my des eases flare up more frequently.
                      I bought it used… Called the local dealership to let them know u had it so any recall or issue notices could be sent to me.
                      I was getting ready to trade it for a new 6 model but, after this customer service I will never own another and u am going to spead the word as much as possible.
                      This is a serious mechanical issue that should have been a recall not a 5k mile warranty extension. Not toy mention what percentage if customers have been notified that thus vehicle needs to be parked and run for 4 minutes prior to turning it off. It’s my understanding this is the only way to have a chance at the issue not burning up the turbo.
                      This is gross negligence and they have misrepresented their vehicle
                      PLEASE HELP

                      • #11 Barbara Butler says:

                        Replaced turbo 6 months ago, car sounds horrible. Oil leaks, told roughly 1200 to fix as the entire engine needs to be lifted. Not to mention the poor quality paint.

                        • #12 Meg Munson says:

                          Bought my 2007 CX-7 used in 2011 with 84,000 miles on it. Time chain assembly was to have been replaced prior to my purchasing the vehicle, as it was the first thing I heard on my test drive. Sales person told me “Thats what an engine sounds like, hun” as I had my head stuck in the engine compartment. My response was not pretty.
                          I drove it without issue for 2 years, and I now have 135,000 miles on it. Just before Thanksgiving 2013, guess what goes? The timing chain assembly. I took it to the Honda dealer I had purchased it from, and they promptly had it towed to Mazda, stating they “didn’t want to open a can of worms”. Great.
                          So, Mazda dealer comes into play. They replace my timing chain assembly to the tune of just over $1,000. Yay. I should be good, right?
                          Car dies the day after I pick it up. Thank goodness it died at work in my parking lot. AAA is able to get it jumped. Mazda tests my battery and its “just fine – just needs a good charge.”
                          Next evening on my way home from work, notice my headlights are flickering. I brought it directly to Mazda. They replace the battery this time. $150.

                          Two weeks go by, I’m feeling pretty good. We’re getting ready for a 600 mile treck north for Thanksgiving with the family. My turbo blows. Luckily I was right down the road from the Mazda dealer when it happened. Service managers face was priceless when I drove it into the garage. Turbo replaced. Just over $3,000. Anyone else keeping track of this? Because I am, as I watch the money bleed out of my account. And all of this while trying to recover after being out of work for a year.

                          That brings me to today. I brought my car in for an oil change and to have the check engine light checked out. Turns out, the thermostat was bad. Ok, I said – replace it. $330! Cheapest fix (other than the battery) so far! Yay! I can do that.
                          I pick my car up tonight. Drive about five minutes down the road and notice I have no heat. Odd. So I turn around, ready to bring it back in and kindly request that they check my car out first thing in the morning. As I’m heading back to the dealership, the car overheats. FABULOUS! It wasn’t doing that before! I was not kind when I went back in. This vehicle has been nothing but heartache and trouble for the last three months, and has drained my finances. I’m not in the position to replace it, unfortunately and I’m feeling a bit stuck to say the least.
                          I have a loaner (very cute CX5 that they couldn’t say enough nice things about until I reminded them that it was still a Mazda), but I am at my wits end. Are there any paths for those of us who purchased one of these vehicles used?

                          • #13 T Burroughs says:

                            Bought my 2007 CX7 new in Oct 2006. Absolutely loved it ….then starting hearing the ticking noise in the engine on cold starts around 56K. Went to the Mazda Forum and read up on all the complaints and nightmares with the turbo, VVT and sludge. Then I had an “uh oh” moment ….maybe mine is about to go, too. Also read, just this week, that the 2007 CX7 Turbo was #1 on the WORST used car list at wholesale auctions as the majority of them have engine problems. Did some further checking and read that Mazda is blaming the customers whose engines have blown even though the customers provided maintenance records from Mazda dealerships. The extended warranty, from what I understand, is useless in these cases. I also spoke to a friend that owns an independent shop who was a former Mazda service manager ….he suggested to get rid of it while I can. I was thinking about a CX9 to replace it, but after hearing of all the nightmares with Mazda warranty, I traded it just this week with a competitor. They gave me $7500 for my CX7 which is near what some customers are quoted for engine replacement. I loved my CX7 ….but didn’t want to get stuck with ridiculous repair bills even though I had another year on my extended warranty. Mazda … you lost a customer. Shame on you for not taking care of your CX7 owners. I’m glad I dumped mine while I had the chance.

                            • #14 Kathy Butler says:

                              My 2007 CX-7 had all of the problems above. We HAD all of our oil changed but a couple done AT THE Dealership where we purchased the car…but because I didn’t get my oil changed exactly at 3K miles every time, they refused to make good on the smoking tail pipe issue…because it was ‘out of warrany’ by a couple of thousand miles EVEN though they serviced the car every time and should have watched for those issues. I paid out of pocket for that repair…NOW…last night the turbo went completely out in the car.
                              It has 116,000 miles and we have taken very good care of it.
                              This issue with the turbo needs to be a recall on the 2007!! I love the car and in fact, bought a 2012 CX-7 too. Now…I wonder if that issue was fixed or if it’s just a matter of time for that car too.
                              Anyone get any help from the Lemon Law people?

                              • #15 sergio moura says:

                                Well, dear friends, despite being very sorry about the problems you all are having, I have reasons to be happy.
                                I was in love with a used but as good as new 2008 cx7. After reading all of the above complains, I’m completely dispointed about Mazda, so that’s not acceptable in such a brand.

                                I wish the best luch for all of you guys.

                                • #16 Tricia says:

                                  I own the 2007 Mazda CX7, purchased it in Feb 2008. Mine was the showroom model car and it has been nothing but trouble for me for the past year. I am on my 2nd air conditioning compressor, and Mazda will not honor the letter they sent me in 2010 for replacement. The first compressor went up in May 2013, 2nd just replaced May 2014. Have had to replace the ignition coils for multiple random mis-fire’s. Now for the past 2 weeks nothing but white smoke coming from tail pipes when I drive. after reading everything on this list I am hopeful to get this car out of the shop for the 5th and final time in 4 weeks and take it right to the dealer for a trade. I loved this car, but it has become an unreliable vehicle. All maintenance work was done by the dealer up until 2 years ago, now I take it to my local trusted mechanic. I have all my receipts for oil changes and services. Just fed up with the issues.

                                  • #17 cherish Batts says:

                                    I have a 2007 CX7. I have had the air conditioner compressor changed out twice. This is the 3rd Turbo and I got it back from the Mazda dealer and the next day my check engine light was back on. Took it back and they said it needed a system upgrade. Got it back and the next day the check engine was back on. Now they say I need a new engine and provide all my oil changes; which I did three weeks ago with the 3rd turbo being replaced. This is ridiculous. I have 89,000 and it expires in Aug or 95,000.

                                    • #18 tegan says:

                                      Hey I’m about to buy a Mazda cx7 2008 has anyone had problems with the mazda cx7 2008 models being a single mum I need to know before I waste my money

                                      • #19 Ang says:

                                        I had a 2007 Mazda CX-7. I got rid of it in 2011 when it only had 33k on it. It was constantly in the shop, always having loss of power, had smoke constantly blowing from the tail pipe, we called it our own smoke screen. No matter how often we took it to the dealership they NEVER found anything wrong with it. They could never “reproduce” the problem. I think once they blamed the place who did the oil a month before and they replaced the O2 sensor a few times. They always swore they was no engine or turbo issues. However it got around great im the snow, other then that it was the biggest piece of junk I ever owned. I will Never buy another Mazda.

                                        • #20 Tommy says:

                                          So, we have a 2007 cx7 grand touring…..approx. 125000. We had the timing chain replaced, and had 2 turbo replacements. The CEL light was on and we had the dealer check it recently when we took it in for the recall for the emissions. We were told the CEL was because it had “low oil pressure” and that we needed to “replace the engine”. Talked with a few other people in the know …..So, we then went to Auto Zone and purchased a approx. $11 bottle of Seafoam. Put 1/2 in where you put the oil in and the other 1/2 in the gas tank…….within a day… more CEL light and runs like new! Were told that a screen had probably gotten gunked up (due to the engine issues, etc) and the seafoam cleaned it off and sealed up anything else that might have been there. This is now (thankfully) and extra car in our family that we don’t have to rely on but, it is paid for and we are happy that it seems to be working right again. Might be worth a try for others of you.

                                          • #21 Chris C says:

                                            Purchased a 2010 Mazda CX-7 Turbo in 2012. Turbocharger just went out at 81,000+ miles. I did all my own oil changes and will find out tomorrow if Max Care warranty will cover.

                                            • #22 Cheri M says:

                                              I have a 2007 CX-7 that I bought from Mazda. The timing chain has already been replaced about 2 years ago, and I now have smoke coming from the tailpipe, and the check engine light is on, which won’t pass emissions here in TN. I took it to Mazda today only to be told that the turbo needs to be replaced! $3000!!! I bought the automobile with maybe about 42,000 and now have 127,000. So today I paid them $128 to do NOTHING but tell me I need to spend another $3000… OH, they did try to get me to talk to a salesperson! NO THANK YOU MAZDA!!!!

                                              • #23 Angie says:

                                                Same story … Single mom of 3 boys. Just recovering from surgery and find out I need to replace the Turbo charge on my Mazda CX-7. I still owe $10,000 on it. Wish I never bought this car.

                                                • #24 Mary says:

                                                  I brought an cx7 2008 in May of 08 my car is now with the smoke at 29,000 miles and every time I take it in they can’t find anything wrong it’s so depressing when people flAging u down because it’s that much smoke for them to tell me nothing’s wrong I haven’t kept none of my oil change and service receipts it’s sad that we are going through this and at this time I can’t afford no repairs recently lost my job and I been reading 5 and 10 thousand dollars I need help what can I do

                                                  • #25 Katilyn says:

                                                    Same story here. Brought my 2009 cx-7 in to the dealership 3 separate times due to smoke from the exaust. Was told each time that they couldn’t reproduce the problem and had no clue what it could be. The last time they even told me that because I do my own oil changes and they aren’t “documented” that they would have to change my oil before proceeding after which they again told me that they couldn’t reproduce the problem. 2 days ago my oil was due to be changed again so I figured id have them look at it yet again and to everyone’s shock “a large amount of smoke was coming from my engine and oh yeah now it’s knocking too.” I was furious that these problems had not been brought up to me until I personally looked into forums and posts such as these to discover the problem. I am now told I need a new engine that it is too far gone to try to fix with a vent kit. I bought this vehicle brand new in 2009 upon returning from a deployment to Afghanistan with the idea that it would last me through college. I guess that was a false hope. 5 year old car with 80,000 miles needs a new engine?! Simply crazy to me. If anyone has any advice id appreciate it. It’s a shame mazda is acting this way. Was a huge fan… As of now will never purchase a mazda again and I’ll be sure to let as many people as possible know how irresponsible they are as a corporation.

                                                    • #26 Econdude says:

                                                      2007 Mazda CX-7 – at 57,000 timing chain broke, Mazda did NOT stand by warranty, they wanted $9010 for new engine, had engine rebuilt for $4200, at 67000 turbo failed under warranty, Mazda did NOT honor warranty…they claimed they found sludge in engine, even though it was pristine after rebuild and we have changed oil 5 times (full synthetic) in last 10000 miles. I do not feel Mazda was honest. I’m in on a class action suit against them…..

                                                      • #27 Roger says:

                                                        Has anyone had success in their quest for Mazda to replace the turbo at 80,000? Right on cue my daughter, a single mom, bought a used 2010 CX-7 in 2012 to have more room for her baby. Coming back from the hospital this week, her turbo went out. After reading the comments, this is ridiculous! Any word on a class action suit started?

                                                        • #28 David says:

                                                          I have a 2011 mazda CX 7 . At 30,000 miles it starts reving up in park to 5000 RPM. They told me my throttle body was dirty. I told them no thats not the issue because it only does it in park. They reprogramed it and it lasted for 20,000 miles again. This past week sitting in the drive way waiting on the kids it reved up to 5000 RPM. Time and time again. I cleaned the trottle body this time. There was no build up. I checked for vacuum leaks as it was reving up nothing. I’m at a lose. There for mazda tryed to give me the run around again thelling me its my fault that the throttle body was dirty and how the system works. I got news for them. I have pictures before and after i cleaned it. Mazda is not helpful in any way. Ov course im paying for all of this.

                                                          • #29 Rob Corcoran says:

                                                            Mazda CX7 had to replace engine now Turbo is going out.

                                                            • #30 Lindsay Smith says:

                                                              2007 Mazda grand touring cx7 with 86500 miles on it and the Turbo just blew yesterday. I’ve taken good care of the car but the $3500+ to fix everything wrong with it turns me completely upside down it. This is just enraging. Of course I’m supposed to be moving next week just to ice this cake… I was hoping Mazda would work with me but after reading through various forums it doesn’t sound like I should be too optimistic.

                                                              • #31 Olga says:

                                                                Same story here left on foot with no of 3 and I work,it is so much fun trying to get to and from work without a car. I live in Florida and public transportation is not fun.I have a 2007 Mazda cx7 and once again the turbo has failed. I have only had this car for 1 year and 2 months worst car I have ever invested in.mind you I just replaced an oil leak a few months ago that cost me $580 and just replaced the compressor 3 weeks ago $760.00 and I still owe money on this car. Mazda has to do something about this this is unexceptable. They need to admit that this is a LEMON car.

                                                                • #32 Christopher Wrobel says:

                                                                  I bought Mazda CX-7’07 in 2014. It had 82k miles and the turbo and the timing chain replaced. The previous owner spent over $3k for that repair. I thought I would have a good car for another 100k miles. Unfortunately, after 10 k miles the engine started vibrating and the Mazda dealer said the timing belt was stretched and replaced it. Since that I realized the engine was nat manufactured well and should be recalled. I started to measure oil level every 100 miles and noticed that the engine burns more oil that normal. I hope there is an attorney who will take Mazda to court.

                                                                  • #33 Cristina Hernandez says:

                                                                    Hello –
                                                                    I own a 2008 Mazda CX7. I have had numerous expenses as well on my car. I had my AC replace on warranty because it went out on a trip and then continuous problems with the check engine light on b/c of the ERG valve, and then the thermostat went out and had to replace that. Now I have compression issues with the Turbo engine, and now they are looking at the VVT valve to see if it’s that. I just finished paying off the car and it’s not at 100,000 miles yet, but I have a precertified vehicle and Jim Ellis Mazda is currently looking at it today. If they can’t fix anything under warranty what should I do? Please help, I don’t want to put anymore money into this car, it’s cost me a fortune.
                                                                    Thank you, Cristina

                                                                    • #34 Cristina Hernandez says:

                                                                      By the way – I was also told that I had a $2800 repair to replace my turbo engine as well.

                                                                      • #35 Roger Spawn says:

                                                                        I didn’t do my research before buying a 2007 Mazda CX7 and after my test drive from my used car dealer the P0012 CEL came on. I took it by Mazda and they told me that the timing chain, VVT and other timing devices needed replaced. I contacted my dealer and they use Firestone to do their work. The mechanic they had do it did it by the book and they found the issues online for me. I’ve had the car since May 22, 2014 started with 111K on it and now it has 120K and been fixed once and then 2 days before Christmas 2014 the car started making noises. Since the car was fixed within 2 months of purchase and paid for parts and I paid $275 labor. Now I had my mechanic look at it for me and it’s not only the CEL P0012 still and it never went off but I’ve talked to Firestone and dealer many times and even without threatening to take the dealer to court did I get any response for them to look it over again at of course Firestone who did the work. My mechanic gave me a statement on the issues and the turbo is whining and now I find this site. I hope the dealer will uphold the original contract with the “check engine light” and the knowledge of this site will trade/swap my car out with me.

                                                                        • #36 Jerome O'Connell says:

                                                                          FORD MADE THE ENGINE !!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                          My 2007 CX 7 Grand Touring Mazda which I bought at CarMax with only 2000 miles on it in August of 2007 ONLY has 56,500 miles as of today, December 30, 2014 and is UNDRIVEABLE according to Carmax who gave me this “wonderful” news when I took it there to sell it on December 26, 2014. They offered $4000 for the car, $2000 less than the previous month. I slowly drove back home praying all the way that the values and rods would not break and cost me several thousand more dollars on top of the $2000 estimate.

                                                                          One month ago, I took this car to Finger Mazda in Greenville to have two software issues done which was covered by Mazda. I have an inspection check off list from that Mazda dealership which says I need new rear brakes and rear tires……..EVERYTHING ELSE WAS OKAY including the ENGINE. That same day, I decided to go to Carmax down the road to see what they would give me for the car. They said $6000 and NO ENGINE issues were discussed. Knowing that this car was a ticking time bomb, I made arrangements for someone to follow me to Greenville and give me a ride home before the Carmax 1 week offer expired. I KNEW I had to take that enormous LOSS because of the problems CX 7 owners have documented and the behavior of Mazda toward the owners.

                                                                          I live 70 miles away from Greenville. Unfortunately, my ride home cancelled on me at the last minute, and I could not make other arrangements before the one week $6000 offer expired. That is a low bid for the car under any circumstances.

                                                                          On December 26, 2014 I took the car to Carmax one month later which was last week. Now Carmax says the engine is broken and not to even RISK driving it off their lot !! They offered me $4000. I just learned that it will cost me $1400 to $2000 to have the timing chain issue fixed. The Carmax appraiser did say that if I got it fixed they would give me the $6000. I thought that was mighty generous of them. ?? I get it. Spend $2000 and now get $6000 for the car. What a nice guy!!
                                                                          Thank you Carmax. I paid more for the car when I bought it from them because of their “125 point inspection” took out the risk of buying a LEMON !!!!!! And now Carmax does not want to touch this car with a TEN FOOT POLE. I do not have to tell you where that “pole” is sticking today. Bend over Carmax and Mazda owners.

                                                                          56,500 miles on a car I now own outright which I BOUGHT from Carmax and financed through them. They owned the car until last year. I was the registered driver and got the title mailed to me after my last payment from Carmax.

                                                                          Mazda says they mailed me the bulletins. I never got them because mail is NOT delivered to my house and the DMV does not have my p.o. box. And besides, legally, Carmax finance owned the car. You would think that EVERYONE would have been notified.

                                                                          However, in reading about the excuses Mazda makes up for not honoring that extended warranty, I seriously doubt that they would have paid a dime.

                                                                          I am totally in for any class action lawsuits.

                                                                          I do not use the a/c because I live in the mountains at 3500ft so that may not be working either. I did notice that when XM was offering free broadcast for a week that I could not receive any signal. So far the turbo seems to be working except……..well…..I cannot drive the car. So there is sits in my driveway. I do not have the money to get it fixed.

                                                                          Words cannot adequately express the anger I feel right now.

                                                                          • #37 Rockne DeFrates says:

                                                                            I purchased my cx-7 at 140000 miles and the turbo disintegrated at 142,000 miles!

                                                                            • #38 Kerry Cardiel says:

                                                                              This year we have had so many problems and repairs we have a CX-7 2008 as soon as the car is paid for and is time for my 16yr old to start driving poof…..$ 1.500 vvt, another $ 900 a few weeks later for a engine light another seal gasket, then the timing chain another 1.000 or so and now that my daughter got her DL the car needs a steering wheel pulley and the turbo charger another $1.500…..Mazda is a very lucrative Company in selling parts and service for their POS automobiles. The sad part is that no class law suit….. And people that don’t know about the problems that Mazda knowingly produce(their autos) thinking that is a Japanise car ( expensive) but worth the owning…….yeah right! What is our government doing to protect us from Mazda and other crooked foreign companies that are taking advantage of the Americn People?

                                                                              • #39 Rockne DeFrates says:

                                                                                How many complaints are needed before anybody does anything? !

                                                                                • #40 daybreak says:

                                                                                  Purchased the cx-7 in July 2012 with 36000 miles on it. Fast forward to February 2014 85000 miles took the car to the dealer after receiving recall notice, issues with smoke emitting from tailpipes, and acceleration issues. I was told that I needed timing belt adjustments and a new turbo. I had the car towed to spouse job because repair was over 4k and I had just returned to work due to a medical disability. Needless to say a 1.5 months later finally had car towed back to same dealer to make the repairs since now it had been 7 months of paying for a car that was not drivable.

                                                                                  To my surprise I needed a new engine and the repairs would be $9600. They guys explain to me, “I’m not sure how me missed a blown engine the last time. I was offered $500 for the car as an alternative o selling it.
                                                                                  Needless to say, this experience has left me without a car while legally binded to continue to make almost 500 in payments.

                                                                                  • #41 daybreak says:

                                                                                    Forgot to add…. yes we had scheduled oil changes and no we didn’t have receipts because often my son, worked at Jiffy lube, did them for me or took the car to work when he didn’t have time to do it at home.

                                                                                    • #42 D Harvey says:

                                                                                      My husband and I owned a 2007 CX-7. The first major issue was the HID ballasts for both headlights failed, within 1 year of each other, which cost $400 each to fix. Next came the timing belt followed by the turbocharger several months later. Both happened right after the warranty expired and were very expensive to fix. After the turbocharger failed we finally made the decision to sell the car. We will never buy another Mazda. They have known about these issues for years.

                                                                                      • #43 Dee says:

                                                                                        I Have the exact same problem with my CX 7. So disappointed in Mazda.

                                                                                        • #44 Dee says:

                                                                                          Please let me know if there are any pending law suits, I am currently having the same problems.

                                                                                          • #45 Dee says:

                                                                                            I called the dealer I purchased it from and he told me they would have changed the turbo for free if it would have been before 11/04/14, ridiculous since my car is having the exact same issues and is a factory defect. Why punished the consumers when Mazda put faulty parts in their vehicles. I will participate in a class action law sues against Mazda for these faulty parts.

                                                                                            • #46 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                              @Dee: I tried to email you but the email bounced back. I am curious if you brought this matter to their attention prior and if so, how many times. Give us a call at 1 800 LEMON LAW and if you qualify age-wise (2009 or newer in PA), we will be happy to discuss the situation and see if/how we can help.

                                                                                              • #47 Seymour says:

                                                                                                I just purchased a 2009 Mazda CX7 today. During the test drive the car did have any signs of an issue. After I got the car home ( 7 -10 mile drive) I noticed a clicking sound coming thE engine. I called the local Mazda dealer and the service rep said it’s needs a timing chain and lots of other misolanou parts. Over the phone he told me it will be no less then $1000 and can be as high as $3000. I’m in the process of trying to return the car but the problem is I purchased the car from a private owner with a certified cashiers check. Please help.

                                                                                                • #48 Ron says:

                                                                                                  I have only had my 2007 Mazda CX7 for appx 11 months. Sounding much like a broken record, my turbo charger went out at 67,000 miles. I haven’t even had the vehicle long enough to build up service records, only oil changes. I find this completely ridiculous. If I had the vehicle 3 even 4 years, I wouldn’t complain. Even if it was 120,000 miles, but 67,000 miles?! That is insanity. I am interested in any type of action against Mazda, because clearly this is an issue.

                                                                                                  • #49 Chris M says:

                                                                                                    2008 CX7 bought used had to purchase motor at the cost of 3800 for motor only plus labor if there is anything class action wise I’m in thanks

                                                                                                    • #50 Hank D says:

                                                                                                      I purchased 2007 CX-7 for my daughter, drove great from the dealership, a month later….issues….took it to Sandy Sanding in Pensacola and they told me the Turbo was gone, thankfully we bought a warranty. They replaced it and a week later, the engine light is back on. Took it back and they want to sell me some type of ventilator to keep it from burning oil. Mazda should pay for this part, not me. So frustrated. I will never own a Mazda again.

                                                                                                      • #51 casey says:

                                                                                                        Bought a 2009 mazda cx7 in may 2013… turbo blew in march 2014. Come to find out the previous owners had it replaced in march 2013 right before I bought it and never informed me. Well mazda covered it since there was a parts warranty on the turbo and it blew at exactly 1 year from the first time. So, now march 2015, turbo blows again! I have an extended warranty. .. 3 weeks later, they deny my claim, I contact mazda and mazda says it blew 12 months and 5 days from the second replacment and it is only a 12 month parts warranty! So, NO ONE WANTS TO PICK UP THIS TURBO REPLACEMENT. I have provided receipts for my last oil changes as requested, proved that I maintain the car, even the mechanics told me that there was nothing I could have done to prevent this since I have done every possible maintenance on this car! They were shocked that my claim was denied by my extended warranty and by mazda! Isn’t there a problem here if in 2 and a half years this car has blown 2 TRANSMISSIONS AND 3 TURBOS! ! that is more than coincidence. . And they are trying to blame the owner, but that’s impossible because I have done EVERYTHING by the book to avoid these problems! What do I do now? I want to get rid of the car, but I can’t afford to, I also can’t afford to fix it!

                                                                                                        • #52 Daniel R says:

                                                                                                          I have owned 2 of these vehicles, a 2007 and 2008. The latter blew the turbo and Mazda denied the claim, so i took it to my friend and we ended up replacing the Ventilation Kit, the turbo seals and the Oil feeder Bolt; all of this ended up costing me $600 in parts and a whole day of work, i had the Repair Manual and since my mechanic friend was there, we replaced the whole ordeal of parts and now its running like a champ.
                                                                                                          Just make sure you do your regular oil changes and use premium fuel, simple.

                                                                                                          • #53 Edward says:

                                                                                                            I just got hit with a turbo failure problem. After reading all these stories, you can bet I will get rid of this vehicle just to stop the bleeding pain. The car does have over 200k on it but not put on by me.

                                                                                                            • #54 Belinda V says:

                                                                                                              Same problem as most with my 2007 CX-7. Took my car to dealership when check engine light came on. Car was still under warranty, but I didn’t realize an extended warranty was issued for the Turbo. They did not inform me of this when the car was in for the check engine light. I believe this to be fraudulent. My car put me down in heavy traffic in a very inconvenient side of town during rush hour on a Friday evening. It’s in the shop now to have timing chain tension tighten as it was hitting the cover. How can we the consumers file a class action suit against Mazda Corp?

                                                                                                              • #55 Paul C says:

                                                                                                                I think there is a law suit filed in Aug 2014 in NJ seeking class action status regarding engine problems in CX-7. Last week my 2007 CX-7 at 82k miles also experienced timing issues and suffered internal engine damage. It is currently not drivable and it would cost $8k to replace the engine with another one from a salvage yard. Here is another data point that these engines have inherent flaws and us consumers were not notified and nothing was done to prevent this kind of frustration, inconvenience, and outrageous out-of-pocket expenses; no one expects a modern engine like this to just suddenly self-destruct like that.

                                                                                                                • #56 silviu says:

                                                                                                                  From canada with love.Since canada does not have a lemon law,my problems with the cx 7 will be more complicated to be dealt with
                                                                                                                  After mazda updated the emission software,for free and under warranty,I found that the oil level in the engine was an inch above maxx level on the dipstick,after only about 300 km after the oil change.Mazda admitted that there is a problem and tried to fix it under the replaced the fuel pump fix. replaced the fix.replaced the engine .no fix.since than the refused to do anything else saying that is not a problem with having a high amount of fuel mixed with the lube oil.i also offer to pay for the repair,but they declined admitting that they do not know what is going on.When i inquired about buy back they offer me 6000 dollars for the car(5 years old car,only 60000 km and according to them with no engine issue)Now that I know that more I drive this car,mor of a fire hazard it is,mazda refusing to help me with this unresolved issue,canada not having a lemon law,i am just asking for some professional advice.i am absolutely sure that there are many other cx7 owners that they were turned down by mazda for brocken down engines and turbos,and I think that this is a good reason for a classs action. Cheers!

                                                                                                                  • #57 Asiwome says:

                                                                                                                    I had a second hand CX-7 from the US. Am in Accra , Ghana. One problem to the other… Turbo, excessive smoke, Fuel and oil consumption… I have been blaming my mechanic for all these years and here I just found out that am not alone! I may not be able to join this class action but I trust this works for you guys!

                                                                                                                    • #58 Paula says:

                                                                                                                      I have a 2009 purchased is new in July 2009. Last week CEL comes on. Took to dealer and they told me I had no oil in car and need new engine for $8300. I had regular maintenance and oil changes with all receipts. How can Mazda not back up their product? I took to private shop and engine is not blown “yet”. Gonna replace VVT and turbo but I wonder how long they will be good for?

                                                                                                                      • #59 Clark says:

                                                                                                                        I have a 2008 cx7 with 106000 miles the turbo just went out my daughter is 400 miles away in the car and I don’t have the money to have it towed back home this has been the worst car I’ve ever owned

                                                                                                                        • #60 Becky says:

                                                                                                                          I purchased my 2007 Mazda CX-7 from Berglund Ford-Pontiac-Mazda new June ’07. 1st recall 10/07/07 4907H to reprogram PCM & recall 4807H to replace intake shutter valve. I took care of my car but noticed a rattling noise when starting it & occasionally the white smoke issue. Received recall notice 01/2012 for heavy white smoke & L3T engine variable valve timing noise & Timing chain noise. I think I had less than 40,000 miles on the car. I was refused the recall repair due to missing a couple of oil change receipts. I questioned the dealership as to why I had to have all the receipts & was told flat out no recall repair without the receipts. Needless to say, Jan 2015 with less than 61,000 miles the engine blew. I now have a $30,000 yard ornament or $6,000 out of pocket expense to replace the engine. My Zoom-Zoom doesn’t even putt-putt. Absolutely sick! I would happily join any class action lawsuit!! I loved my car. 1st brand new car I ever owned & can’t afford another one.

                                                                                                                          • #61 P. Joseph says:

                                                                                                                            Being no stranger to the vehicle repair industry, I took it upon myself to repair my 07′ CX-7 when she gotta CEL (P0401) low air flow thru EGR valve, read a couple of forums & performed a service & cleaned the EGR & air tube, went well until the test drive knew these lil’cars had issues with the timing chains/VVT also, ran her down the freeway to reset the trans shifting points, when I received another CEL, went home with the car now stumbling like lack of fuel, read the OBD & now it’s saying the code is a (P0016) no correlation between the cam & crank sensor, very disheartening considering we like the lil’car, she has a 96k on her not having sum of the other issues alotta y’all seem to be having, but just the same she is rattling like a tank when it’s started up & don’t know how much more $$$ we’d be willing to pour into this car! Very disappointed with Mazda of No. America for not backing up their product, as the wife & I are very loyal too the Ford Motor Co. & would have been considering a new Mazda 6, But at this point I wouldn’t even think of purchasing a Mazda EVER AGAIN after this Non-acknowledgment. Sorry to all y’all out there with worse issues don’t support this product!!! Tanx, P.

                                                                                                                            • #62 Tracy S says:

                                                                                                                              Well you can add us to this unbelievable list!!!.. 07 CX-7, we have had probs with acceleration and “Spark plugs”, you name it for years. Lost the transmission at 65K.. Anyways, it died for good this week, yep , you need a new engine!!! $7k!!.. I am absolutely getting all my records together and going after Mazda.. this is in unreal.. The car salesman tried to SELL ME A NEW car and admitted that the CX-7- Turbos have problems but that was our problem not theirs.. Oh but they would give me $500 !!! in trade in for my Now busted CX-7.. OMG.. talk about being screwed over by a car manufacturer. It is clear from all the blogs and articles I have read that Mazda is very aware of the issues with their cars. I will NEVER own another Mazda, ever. And I will most certainly let the world know it.

                                                                                                                              • #63 Greg says:

                                                                                                                                I have had to replace engine following a timing chain replacement then had to replace the turbo reason documented as being a corroded oil supply tube (pipe, hose??). All symtoms consistent with everyone else. I am in Ontario Canada…is there a lawsuit here?

                                                                                                                                • #64 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                                                                  @Greg: At this time, we do not handle claims in Canada.

                                                                                                                                  • #65 Lissette says:

                                                                                                                                    I would like an attorney regarding this matter as my engine and turbocharger matters have now blown at 90k. I have done every single maintenance with the local dealer. Please have someone contact me bc I’m ready to sue! They are telling me I am responsible and have to pay over 10k to fix.

                                                                                                                                    • #66 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                                                                      @Lissette: You can find a lemon law lawyer in your state by visiting

                                                                                                                                      • #67 Pat says:

                                                                                                                                        Thx everyone for your feedback. Because of it I traded my Mazda CX-7 in for a Gmc. Last week.
                                                                                                                                        I too started to have turbo engine problems,timing chain and Rusting!!!

                                                                                                                                        • #68 Fredrick Heard says:

                                                                                                                                          I have replaced 3 turbo chargers, one transfer case, and real seal since my purchase date, Dec-2014 until present Aug- 2015. Is their a class action lawsuit on these 2008 Mazda cx7 vehicles?

                                                                                                                                          • #69 Fredrick Heard says:

                                                                                                                                            I was told today that I now need a replacement engine due miss firing in piston #3. The Mazda dealer misused my extended warranty replacing and or repairing everything but engine,and that I need a engine theirs not enough money on the extended warranty to cover a new, used, or rebuilt engine. A second opinion at independent certified service center confirmed that I need a new engine with the same findings as the Mazda dealer found. One guess as to who pays that bill. HELP US TAKE MAZDA DOWN.

                                                                                                                                            • #70 Theresa says:

                                                                                                                                              I am a 2nd owner of a Mazda CX7 2008 model. the 1st owner had the turbo replaced at 42,000 miles he had all maintainance records. the 2nd replacement of turbo/engine was at 73,000 miles with all records. Now at 117,000 miles another turbo, and here is the kicker folks, since this a very high repair item-THERE ARE NO TURBOS AVAILABLE FOR MY AREA TO REPLACE IT WITH!!!!!
                                                                                                                                              Class action law suit needs filed on this company.
                                                                                                                                              I have owned 3 previous mazdas and they were reliable and well maintained.
                                                                                                                                              NEVER AGAIN WILL I OWN A JAPANESE CAR AGAIN.

                                                                                                                                              • #71 cheryl says:

                                                                                                                                                I bought a used 2008 cx7 in oct 2014, in december 2015 brought in to dealer I bought it at, they had the car 2 weeks had to replace timing chain roughly 90 k miles, now 2 oil changes I have been told it is leaking oil, we are trying to trade it in no dealer wants to get it with the engine/turbo issues. I want to get rid if it asap but we still owe $9000.

                                                                                                                                                • #72 Suzette says:

                                                                                                                                                  As I read all these posts I am having dejavu. I have had ALL these turbo engine problems and MORE with my 2007 cx-7!! A Class Action suit aginst Mazda NEEDS to happen! Mazda needs to take responsibility for this defective car they sold to thousands of innocent onsumers! Count me in!!

                                                                                                                                                  • #73 Sunny says:

                                                                                                                                                    I have so many issues with mine I can’t even explain all of it. I’ve spent so much money on fixing this piece of junk and have been banned from my local Mazda dealership bc they “fixed” my car after $3,000 (VVT, Sensors, etc) when it turned out to be spark plugs after it still wasn’t running right. I can go on and on. 6 months later and another $3000 my turbo went out. And there is more going back to about a year after I bought it. I’m going on 8 years… Just waiting to pay off my husbands truck or that it completely does before I buy a new car that’s not Mazda.

                                                                                                                                                    • #74 Joe says:

                                                                                                                                                      Bought a used 07 CX7 not even 6 months ago and the turbo has failed at 70k miles

                                                                                                                                                      • #75 Donetta G says:

                                                                                                                                                        Omg I’m having the same problems with my 09 Madza Cx7 bought it 2yrs ago and i ask the sells man why do it sound like that when it start up(noise) he told me that’s the way it should sound cause its a turbo engine. Now my timing chain is going out at 96,000 miles.Went to the dealer they said its not in my warranty but my warranty cover the engine and transmission but just not that part..yea OK now I have a oil leak in the oil cooler not cover and the warranty. Repair for the timing chain 1450 cheapest) oil cooler 600 I was thinking bout getting it fix but as I c it too many ppl having the same problem and I got want to b stuck with 3,000 or more for repairs. I would love to sue Mazda I stay in milwaukee wi would any of u knw WHR I can go for a lawsuit!!

                                                                                                                                                        • #76 Angie says:

                                                                                                                                                          I have a 2007 CX-7 and have had so many problems with the engine and the oil leaking. One morning it would not start so I replaced the battery. The car started and thought it was fine. The next day it won’t start even though it is trying to turnover. After a few attempts, there is no compression in my engine. My mechanic said he has never heard of a car losing compression so quickly. He says my timing chain slipped so he bought a new one from Mazda, which he said is very flimsy and not worth the money. He also said the intake valves need to be replaced and the head gasket. Replaces these, which he said were impossible to remove, and still won’t work. The car has only $85,000 miles and he is telling me the turbo charger might need to be replaced. He also said when he looked under the hood, it seems like half of my car parts are new as if the former owner replaced these parts already. Trying to dump the car but owe more than it is worth. Mazda should pay for making such a worthless piece of metal.

                                                                                                                                                          • #77 melissa says:

                                                                                                                                                            I have the 2007 cx-7 also with the same problems as above! I had to replace the turbo a month after purchasing it around 90000 mile. I haven’t drove the car much due to all the issues! It’s been sitting for months now. It smokes bad and I believe the turbo is out again. It only lasted 9 months

                                                                                                                                                            • #78 Michele says:

                                                                                                                                                              On July 11, 2013, I bought a used 2010 Mazda CX-7, and I also purchased the Extended Warranty, along with the Certified Used Car Warranty. At the beginning of 2015 – the Oil Cooler needed replacing because of a “gasket” that couldn’t be replaced. Mazda knew of this prior to selling it – but failed to inform me. I ended up spending $600 to replace the oil cooler through my mechanic. Just changed the oil at 69,000 miles in January, and March 7, drove almost 100 miles to a funeral – checking all my fluids prior to hitting the road. On my way back – I hear a whistling from the engine – and the next day – my car starts smoking – white smoke from the tail pipe. My mechanic says it’s the turbo. Mazda wants to charge me $130 to put it on diagnostic machine – and IF it’s covered by the Certified Used Car Warranty – they would reimburse me and paid to fix the turbo. But it’s not something that covered by the “Extended Warranty” – neither was the oil cooler! WTF?!?!?! I work for a law firm that leads in Class Actions – I am sending all this information to our Consumer Fraud Unit!!!
                                                                                                                                                              This is UnFriggingBelievable!!!!

                                                                                                                                                              • #79 Nick says:

                                                                                                                                                                2010 cx7… same thing, first turbo and vvt goes by 49k and then again I’m told along with engine at 87k…all maintainance followed. I had intake manifold and oil cooler done as well. The service folks have no clue how to fix these cars because they can’t be fixed. Worst car I’ve ever owned…couldn’t manage to get it to even work long enough to cut my losses and trade it away and now it’s totaled. A loss of at least $15k Really would love to know how to hold Mazda accountable?

                                                                                                                                                                • #80 Ted says:

                                                                                                                                                                  I now feel like the biggest idiot in the world for buy a used 2007 Mazda CX7. I had a little voice in my head telling me I should take a peek at Consumer Reports before I bought this piece of crap for my daughter to drive while she is in college. I got in a big fat hurry and didn’t do it. I assumed it was another decent car like a Honda or a Toyota, both of which we have had good luck with. Of course it has a bad timing chain and turbo; I will take a total loss on this car. I will never even consider buying a Mazda again. Any possibility of recourse, even if I bought it used?

                                                                                                                                                                  • #81 Jeff J says:

                                                                                                                                                                    Our 2011 Mazda CX-7 has just over 100,000 miles and the turbo is going out. This is the second time the turbo has gone out in 11 months. We have only had this vehicle for two years and it’s been in the shop, on average, every four months. This car is an absolute lemon. Continual problems and an utter disappointment. We traded in an Expedition to get a more economical vehicle and it was great for about 5 months, then the shop came to know us on a first name basis. We’ve had the mass air flow sensor go bad twice in a year and a half, ac needing service twice in two years, driver side window motor go out, fuel injector go out, belt replaced, turbo go out twice in the last 11 months. Now, they won’t replace the current blown turbo that’s still under warranty because, in their words, there’s sludge build up and the car is overdue for an oil change. They want all maintenance records for the last year, which I don’t have, and have stated if I cannot produce them the vehicle warranty is void. The cost to replace the turbo, mass air flow sensor, oil feed line, and labor is approximately $3500. I don’t have that kind of money lying around to spend on a car repair that’s hardly worth it and should still be under warranty. I’d love to trade it in, but I owe too much. Don’t have any idea what I should do. This is a complete ripoff and injustice, but these people don’t care. Open to suggestions.

                                                                                                                                                                    • #82 LAW says:

                                                                                                                                                                      Same to all your comments. Bought used. Dealership said nothing about any past issues, which now I am certain they knew about. I replaced the turbo at 90,000 uncertain whether it had already been replaced. The problems keep on coming though. Still goes through oil constantly, makes odd noises when accelerating. When I start the car cold the whole engine rattles. The car is worthless now, however, so it is pointless to trade it in. I owe more on it than it is worth. Mazda appears to have no problem selling lemons to people.

                                                                                                                                                                      • #83 Cye says:

                                                                                                                                                                        Has there been a recall on this turbo engine? Ours is having issues too and now Mazda stopped making them. hmmm I feel that this is a problem on their part and how many people need to complain before a recall??

                                                                                                                                                                        • #84 Bob says:

                                                                                                                                                                          I purchased a 2008 CX7 from the Mercedes dealership in Naples FL this past Feb. At the time of purchase the dealership at the vehicle listed at 80800 or so miles. However the odometer indicate 60800 or so miles. The vehicle now has under 65,500 miles on the odometer. This past Saturday 07/09/2016 the engine developed a skip and the check engine light came on. Drove the vehicle this way for about 2 miles until I got home. I also noticed that the vehicle had lost quite a bit of power. I have a code reader and found the fault code to be P0302, misfire in cylinder 2. Changed all the spark plugs and #2 coil. Made no difference. Monday I drove the vehicle to a local repair shop to diagnose and repair the problem. Late this afternoon the shop owner called me and provided the following information. The #2 cylinder had low compression. Without taking the engine down for an inspection, he believes that the timing chain may have slipped out of proper timing and that a valve in the #2 cylinder either bent as a result or is burnt. Checking with Mazda, the head for this engine is on back order for another 2 weeks. a new complete engine is not available. If the block is okay, the cost of placing the timing chain and head would be in the neighborhood of $3,000. I contacted the local Mazda dealer and spoke with a service rep. After explaining the symptoms I was told the following. That the 08 2.3 engine has been known to have this problem. That this was the initial production of this engine being equipped with a turbo and that the engine components would eventually fail due to this pressure. To replace the complete engine, parts and labor would be about $8,000. That is what I paid for the car before tax and tag. Monday the upper portion of the engine will be disassembled. If the block has not been affected, they will purchase a new head when available and timing chain components. Hopefully these parts have been improved on and that the cost will not exceed $3000. Lesson learned, my first and last Mazda. I would rather own a VW even though they are guilty of mileage tampering. At least their vehicles do not suffer from major engine failure.

                                                                                                                                                                          • #85 Cougar Tubbs says:

                                                                                                                                                                            Well I’m having the same issues as everybody else. I would really like to know if there is anything, that can be done as of today, and would really appreciate any help. I have been doing my own maintenance on the car. In a week and a half I’m going to be replacing the timing chain, turbocharger, and water pump. If there’s anyway I can hold Mazda accountable for what they have done, or even simply be reimbursed for parts and labor. I would be happy. I’m in the car has a total of 67 recalls so it is a pain, but cars aren’t made to last forever they’re made to breakdown. The Mazda did take it a little far this time… Also if anybody would like to know, there is only one recall out of the 67 that is still active today. That is what they informed me of any way. It has to do with the evaporative emission control.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Well, again if anybody can shed some light or help out I would greatly appreciate it. Anyway, god bless and Hi Hope everything works out for everybody. I do appreciate the time y’all have taken to read this… God bless, and thank you again!!

                                                                                                                                                                            • #86 vince lee says:

                                                                                                                                                                              Turbocharger Replacement and also engine rebuild

                                                                                                                                                                              • #87 John Knorr says:

                                                                                                                                                                                Bought brand new CX-7 GT in March 2009. Shortly after buying, I experienced white smoke from the exhaust when idle, which I was told was “a turbo seal leak” and a “known problem” with the turbo engine… Their solution was free synthetic oil changes. At 3 years (~30,000 miles), the transmission died and needed to be replaced under warranty. No other major issues until this year, when it had a big oil leak and the repair costs me ~$900. Now, I notice idling issues where the care feels like it’s about to stall. Took it into the shop and they did a diagnostic noting “dark oil with metal shavings in it indicating internal engine damage”. Recommending flushing the fuel system, but referring me to a dealer… Hopefully this isn’t my engine going now. Has anyone successfully had Mazda cover these seemingly known issue outside of warranty?

                                                                                                                                                                                • #88 daniel bisase says:

                                                                                                                                                                                  I bought a mazda cx 7 last year in Feb it is a 2010 turbo 4 cylinder but now I am having problems I don’t know if it is the engine or the turbo and I still owe $15,000 on it what should I do please?

                                                                                                                                                                                  • #89 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                                                                                                                    @Daniel: I am not sure if your car would be under warranty at this point. I would have it diagnosed asap.

                                                                                                                                                                                    • #90 Wilford McGee says:

                                                                                                                                                                                      @ Daniel, i think you severely overpaid on that car, unless it was decked out w/ options and had AWD.
                                                                                                                                                                                      we have a 2010 cx-7 turbo, and last month it thru a rod at 78k miles. after 3 grand spend on a replacement, they returned it to us last week w/ electrical problems, so i got those fixed at another shop. drove it for two day, got some bad misfiring/hesitation yesterday. today, took it to a fiend who i trust that has a shop so he can tell me what’s wrong so i can know what to say to the people that changed and the engine, i told him to test it out, and the engien

                                                                                                                                                                                      • #91 Wilford McGee says:

                                                                                                                                                                                        the engine THREW ANOTHER ROD!
                                                                                                                                                                                        don’t get a CX-7 unless it’s a lease.
                                                                                                                                                                                        any ideas..?

                                                                                                                                                                                        • #92 Felipe says:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Well guys mazda has apparently claimed to identified the turbo oil leak and failure problem. Supposedly they have came up with a new rerouted venalation kit that cost $2,226 +change in just parts that fixes the turbo problem. And the labor is around $826 which is well over $3,000. Regardless of all the comment I personally love this car but why should I be responsible for this problem mazda own up to your cover up and please come up for a better designed turbo fire the company that designed this poor functional everybody who owns a cx7 07 to 09 let’s start making a big deal and get our voice herd

                                                                                                                                                                                          • #93 rick says:

                                                                                                                                                                                            iv been told that they have a design issue with the turbo and the transfer case I didnt buy mine from mazda i bought by from a personal seller when it was at 52k miles but iv had both the turbo and transfer case go out and also have had so many issues with the motor and the oil sensor dont work. I go threw a qrt and a half a week. and cant get it fixed long enough to trade it in. it’s a disaster. how can they not have recalls on this car with it being such a common issue for owners of this car

                                                                                                                                                                                            • #94 Stella says:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Bought a new cx7 in March of 2007 and I don’t drive that much. It only has 69K miles on it. Has had more CEL’s than I can count; many for minor issues, many under warranty. When I first bought the car, I noticed a noxious odor and black smoke from the tailpipe but was told that was “normal.” Eventually, that stopped but my concerns about the car never have. This week I took it in for a CEL which was P0012. Ended up paying $2K for a new timing chain and oil control valve. I was told that my oil was low even though I just had it changed and only drove approximately 1200 miles afterwards. Also, the battery which is approximately 6 months old had “corroded” battery terminals. I’m not a car person but I did fight the dealership successfully to perform an expensive repair at 38K miles that they claimed was out of warranty because of the amount of time I owned the vehicle. I will say this. I don’t trust this car and rarely drive it over 50 miles from home because I don’t want to be stranded. Considering the low miles, even though this is an 07, it should be in much better condition without all of these repairs. Needless to say, I will never buy another Mazda no matter what the reviews say. The mazda dealership repair people are good guys but I’m sure they’ve been instructed from above to push owners off as much as possible. I hate the idea of selling this car to an unsuspecting person who just wants a reliable used car so if the engine doesn’t blow, and I’m ready to sell it, I won’t ask KBB price. I’m just hoping it holds up another 30K miles which is about 3 more years given my driving needs.

                                                                                                                                                                                              • #95 Art Gilchrist says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have the 2008 cx-7 with 120,000 miles, also with the same problems as above! My motor went out, and now I have no car…

                                                                                                                                                                                                I Well guys Mazda has apparently claimed to identified the turbo oil leak and failure problem. Supposedly they have came up with a new rerouted ventilation kit that cost $2,226 +change in just parts that fixes the turbo problem. And the labor is around $826 which is well over $3,000. Regardless of all the comment I personally love this car but why should I be responsible for this problem Mazda own up to your cover up and please come up for a better designed turbo fire the company that designed this poor functional everybody who owns a cx7 07 to 09 let’s start making a big deal and get our voice herd

                                                                                                                                                                                                I would love to be apart of any Mazda lawsuit!!


                                                                                                                                                                                                • #96 Frederick says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I purchased my Mazda CX-7 in march of 2015. Fell In love with the car rode fine. In December of 2015 as I was going to work the car shut off right in the middle of the express way. I turned it back on and got safely off the expressway and somehow made it to my job, byTurning it off and on. The next day morning I got it towed to Mazda and they said that the timing chain need to be replaced. They replaced it and it cost me roughly $400 . Car ran fine until oct 2016 that’s when the car wouldn’t start. It just clicked and clicked and light flickered. I read to hold the key for 15sec and the car would start and it did. Now tonight as I was leaving dinner with some friends. My check engine light came on and flashed rapidly. The car sputtered and the check engine light remained on. Waiting for road size service right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #97 Kathy Hillard says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blew my turbo engine 2010 CX-7 GRAND TOURING on 2-12-2017.Did not get any warning on the dash no over heated engine lights nothing showing no OIL! Only a weird sound that sounded like my tires and then the thick white smoke. Had my car towed to Mazda dealership in Clarksville and of course diagnosed ” blown Turbo”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ! 2700.00 later for a new Turbo and no guarantee how long the new Turbo will last or how soon this could happen again. Just a 1 year or 3,000.00 mile warranty which ever comes first. And only told to keep using synthetic oil when I get oil changes. Which I have done on a regular basis for 6 years. What should I do now that I see the overwhelming dissatisfied Mazda customer with the same aggravating problem and the fact that Mazda corporation is not acknowledging this serious matter. I welcome any suggestions as to how to recoup my cost or join the customers on a lawsuit

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • #98 Amy McGreal says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am so sad that I didn’t read this website before purchasing my CX-7, which I love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My airbag was replaced due to the recall and my car has never been the same.. The dealership mentions that they KNOW my cars engine isn’t blown because of that .. that it’s something I “must have done”: …

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right.. Now i find this page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      113,000 miles and they want 9000.00 to fix it! Are you kidding me>>!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • #99 michael weise says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        bought my 2008 mazda new from borman autoplex. I have had several issues with the car during the first year and now with 47,000 miles on the odometer the turbo charger has failed. I purchased a new tubo and it will be installed in 3 weeks at a auto service business. There is no way on gods green earth that I will ever buy another mazda or ford since ford owns mazda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • #100 lucesita morel says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hello, i am an owner of a mazda cx 7, 2007, since i have purchased this car from a used dealer i have nothing but problems fist my check engine light goes on and now my car is leaking took it in for service to have an oil change and found the leak it is coming from the turbo chager. i call the mazda to ask for a quote on fixing the problem and they gave me an estimate of $1900 for labor and parts. i can not afford it. so what can i do to get out of this car. i am financing it. Plus the car has recalls that needs to be fix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • #101 Jeff Jones says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our CX-7 is an absolute POS. The turbo has gone out twice, fuel injectors have gone out twice, driver and passenger window motors both have gone out, AC had to be fixed, mass airflow sensor replaced. It is a 2011 model and we bought it used in the Spring of 2014. It has literally been in the shop on average once every six months since we bought it. We have put at least twice as much money into it to do repairs than what it’s worth and I feel like I need to find a tall cliff to introduce it to. Not gonna do that of course, but it’s awfully tempting. Did I mention that I contacted the Mazda rep in my area, Melody Tobert and she denied us on every attempt to get help, but she did offer us a discounted price on a new Mazda. Are you freaking kidding me!!!! That pissed me off more than the actual problems. She’s an absolute idiot and Mazda is a piece of crap vehicle. I’ll never buy another one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • #102 NC says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The turbo on our 2007 CX-7 just went out at about 108,000 miles. We just had the timing chain, variable valve timing actuator, and oil cooler replaced in October 2016. Money pit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • State: WA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • #103 M says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our Mazda Cx7 2007 blew up on July 4th, within seconds of my family stepping out of the vehicle. We have maintained this car very well. All of a sudden, driving 20 miles in from Manhattan towards FDR St Park (on our way to a family BBQ) and the engine light suddenly turns on, we pull over, we step out of the car and it just blew up!! My family could have died.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              This car has never given me problems till a few days ago. I googled Mazda Cx7 and I came across this page. Get rid of your Mazdas before it’s too late!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • State: NY
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • #104 Matt says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our turbo and AC compressor just went out on our 2010 CX-7 at 83,XXX miles. Mazda just told us they won’t cover any of the cost for repairs. $4K+ estimated to fix. Is anything happening with a recall or class action suit

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • State: MO
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • #105 Laurie says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Same complaints here! Constant oil changes, replaced timing chain, turbo just went out! Huge money pit!! Needs to be a recall! Help us.. PLEASE!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • State: PA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • #106 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              @Laurie: Please visit https:/ and fill out the information. We will review the situati9on to determine if and how we can help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • #107 Sheran Redmond says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I purchased my 2007 Mazda CX7 at a used dealer but I’m having troubles and was wondering if the Lemon Law is available for my previous owned car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • State: WV
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • #108 Sheran Redmond says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                If I purchased a pre owned Mazda CX7 would it be covered by the lemon law

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • State: WV
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • #109 Lori Crouse says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never had any signs of oil troubles…engine was losing it’s pep…2 weeks ago I started hearing a howling noise when pressing on the gas. Took it to the dealer I bought it from…they mentioned turbo but told me to take it to Mazda Dealer to get diagnostic testing. The result…told me my engine is “Sludged” and I need a new one. Cost for new $13k. It’s a 2010 Mazda CX7. I still owe $12k. They will give me $500 for a trade. Great

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • State: Maine
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • #110 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                @Sheran: No, but you may still be covered under Federal Law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • #111 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  @Sheran: The age would be an issue sadly, but certain states do have used car statutes so look into them by contacting your attorney general.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #112 I am Nana Yaw says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I bought 08 Mazda CX-7 $6,500. With 125,00miles on it 153,000miles check engine light came on I went to the Mazda dealer and they changed spark plugs and inginition coils for $1350. The light came back 4days after I pick the car I went back they said I have drove the car for 400 miles so anything can happen between that time. And is the same problem they told me they fix. So people out there be Advise now I don’t have car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Virginia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #113 Marleen says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had my car in the shop 2 days ago they told me it was my turbocharger, oil pan gasket, stabilizer links, oil sensor, front brake pads and rotors. I haven’t had this car 6mos and they said nothing is covered under the warranty. When I purchased it last July it was in the shop 4 days after purchasing it cuz there was noise from the rear they said it wasn’t the brakes it was the rotors so they replaced them and that was under warranty. So I’m confused why I have a warranty and they want to charge me $2400 to fix everything this is ridiculous that I”m having this problem and I haven’t had the car this long and nothing is covered. I don’t know what to do now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Oh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #114 Charlene says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bought 2008 CX7 new. Have had multiple issues including the VVT chain replacement. 3yrs ago the first turbo blew without warning while on the Hwy and it caused the engine to fail. A year later the 2nd turbo failed, 3 weeks after the warranty expired on the first replacement. Last year, I had the front differential rebuilt after the housing cracked. Then just recently, I had a gas smell in the cabin, took it to the dealer and they could not find anything. Then again on the Highway, the car starting knocking terribly and the CEL came on. Stopped had it towed, a fuel injector had popped loose. Now the car is back and its making a noise like the 3rd Turbo might be failing. Have all service records for the life of the vehicle. Oil changes, transmission changes. Can’t afford to buy a different vehicle and this one is bleeding my dry. Will never purchase a Mazda product again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Ontario
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #115 Cheryl says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our Mazda CX 7, 2007 was fine two weeks ago (not that we haven’t had our share issues over the years!) – we started to get e-mails every day telling us to bring it in to Mazda Dealer in Naperville IL to get the air bag and front lower arm recalls completed. We have not used this dealership for maintenance because of poor service and lack of trust, however, we do keep our car well maintained and do keep the records. Dealership gave us back a Full Circle Inspection which included leaking oil cooler ($785). Before taking it in for recall service, our car did NOT leak any oil. We get it home and our driveway is FULL of oil drops! Also, the air bag light now goes on while driving the vehicle! We also immediately noticed a high pitched whine from the engine when accelerating which we did not hear previous to service. I made an appointment with dealership for today to bring it back in. First thing they said to my husband is that there would be a diagnostic fee! Nope, not paying that! We just picked it up and they said that they could not find out why the airbag light is now going on – they said they retraced their process and didn’t find anything they had missed, but, they could do a diagnostic check to figure out the issue if we paid them $105!!! The high pitched noise is the turbocharger going out and it would be $1900 to fix that!!! We didn’t even mention the oil leak – why bother? We just picked up the car and now need to figure out what to do next! Is there recourse we can take? Or do they just get away with this? Our car went from perfectly fine, to now having to probably dump it and get a new (NEVER MAZDA AGAIN) vehicle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Illinois
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #116 Melissa says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My turbo haves gone out twice in 2 years and it’s cost about $3000.00 each time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Mo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #117 Amberley says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I’m getting ready to be on my 2nd turbo with 125K on the car, I burn thru oil like there’s no tmrw! I bought it used and it’s been the worst decision ever! Replacing My 2nd wheel bearing this week and getting my recalls fixed. Reading thru here I’m terrified to even let them fix them! What and where do I go to get on the lawsuit? This is ridiculous and we are all outraged! How do they have so many loop holes and we are all screwed?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #118 Heather says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I purchased my mazda cx 7 in April of 2018 from a local auction. I put $4000 down and $220 monthly for 12month. In September my engine blew. Found out that this is the second motor in this car. Still making the payments cant drive the car dont have the money for a new engine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #119 Susan Corey says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My husband had cancer from agent orange and passed away at our home in Massachusetts on September 16,2018. I left our home and went to Florida for the winter because of all the sad memories of him being on hospice and dieing at home. Had just enough money to buy a used car for a used car dealer in Florida. Which he knew what I went though for 3 years of watching my husband suffer. So I purchased a used Matilda CX 7 2007 from him and not even a week later, it’s making all this noice, come to find out, the turbo is gone and leaking oil everywhere. Has been in a repair shop for over 2 weeks now. I am without a car, alone in Florida with no family. I’m completely overwhelmed now. There has to be a some recourse on this horrible action happening with all these Mazda’s and having all these people having problems with Mazda!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Florida
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #120 sharon Ferguson says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    purchased a 2008 CX7 in 2013. Oil is spewing all over took it to a dealership and they told me it was gonna cost over $7000.00 (just for parts not including the cost of the hourly Mechanic )to repair. Didn’t know anything regarding any issue’s with a Mazda. Promise to never purchase another Mazda ever again. Actually i’m unable to purchase any car I still owe on this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Ga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #121 Demesha says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I brought a Mazda CX 7 in 2018 from Brown and Wood here in Greenville, NC. Not once had I been told that there was a turbo charger on this vehicle. I got all oil changes, however never kept receipts. I have since been told that my turbo Charger has went out. costing over $6000 to repair. I had been told from the workers at Brown and Wood that it was because I get my oil change from Walmart!!!! Pure Pathetic!!!!!! I still owe $8500 on this vehicle and talking about a $6,000 repair? smh someone should be able to do something about these people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: NC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #122 Julie Marczak says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our Mazda timer went and then belt shredded went oil leaking everywhere then the turbo went it is 5 years old and serviced with Mazda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    State NSW Australia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: NSW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #123 michael weise says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2008 cx7 brand new bought from dealership in las cruces nm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    main wire harness came off pcm took it in and they re connected it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    turbo went out before i hit 45,000 miles, the ac pump went out at about 50,000 miles , the lower control arms we recalled the engine rattles when i start the car and now i need a new cam sensor and egr valve. All services done at dealer ship except for 3 that i performed myself. the car now has 64,500 miles on the odometer, Cant get a good trade in value because the dealer ships know that this car is a piece of @#$%&&*^!%# crap.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cost me over 25,000 and cant get 2,000 for trade in. and now i know why.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: New Mexico (NM)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #124 michael weise says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WATCH OUT , it looks like mazda is going to bring the cx7 back..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with all the problems with my 2008 cx7 i wouldn’t even give this remake a 1st glance much less a second, Be aware new car shoppers they may have wrapped the same old pig in new paint.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will never buy another mazda i will walk first…..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: New Mexico (NM)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #125 Justin says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don’t buy any Mazda with a 2.3 turbo engine as they are all junk and Mazda needs to own up to the poor quality of this engine and make it right for their customers. I know one thing is I will NEVER own another Mazda as long as I live idc how great a deal the salesman claims it is .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Tennessee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #126 Portillo says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So I bought a used 2009 Cx-7 a few years ago from s family friend and recently have been loosening alot of oil. I have about 122K miles on the car and has lasted really well since I’ve had it. I recently took in to get fixed and went to firestone that said it was either the transmission, belt or gasket leaking. I did the dye test and felt like they could not even figure it out as gave me 3 scenarios of what it could be. About a month later my check engine came on and I took to another mechanic and was told is actually the turbo as the turbo uses and is leaking engine oil and told the smell spreads to the air conditioner and leaves black smoke out of exhaust. Apparently the oil can build up and eventually cause more issues with engine. I was given two options, to trade in or replace turbo. So I am having the turbo replaced but I feel if these are Mazda original parts that they should be a fault especially if causing a smoke smell into the cabin which is being inhaled by the driver. Def our of warrenty though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: IL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • #127 Katie says:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have had nothing but problems with our 2008 Mazda cx-7…. started with ac quit blowing all together, water pump had to be replaced twice, serpentine belt replaced 3 times, several different hoses had to be replaced, alternator replaced twice. It started leaking oil but no one can seem to find where the leak is so its going through several quarts of oil every couple of days. When cranked it sounds like a truck because its so loud…that happened out of nowhere one day and was told its supposed to sound like that. I know what it sounded like when we first got it and no it sounded notjing like that. The fans under the hood started kicking on randomly, while the car is off, and put that with the reason 2 batteries have been replaced and possibly looking at needing a third replacement. The car is not trustworthy to feel secure that it will not leave us stranded, since it has stalled and left us on the side of the road numerous times already. Definitely would not have purchased if we knew beforehand all the issues reported on it and all the issues we would face with it ourselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • State: Louisiana

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