Mazda CX-9 Common Problems
The Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV combines the signature handling characteristics that Mazdas are widely known for and the lavish, spacious interior of an SUV. Sharing the basic architecture and the 273-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine of the Ford Edge crossover, the CX-9 stands on its own with better superb driving dynamics and a more athletic driving feel despite having a larger profile than its competitors.
The CX-9 is a well-designed automobile that comes in three types of trim and is available in 4WD and AWD configurations. But in spite of its improved design, it still has been known to have a host of problems and flaws, particularly with more recent models. The following are some of the most common of these Mazda CX-9 problems that have been reported by owners.
The 2010 models of the CX-9 have been reported by owners to experience premature brake wear, often signaled with excessive noise when braking and a sharp drop in braking response. The root of the problem is mostly due to the freezing of the brake calipers, causing the pads to remain constantly in contact with the rotors. Because of the danger imposed of this fault, it is highly recommended to replace the brake rotors, calipers, and pads as soon as possible.
Another noise-related problem that is found in 2007-2009 CX-9 models is that of a chirping or squeaking sound located in the front of the vehicle. The sound is particularly noticeable when the vehicle is going over bumps and other types of rough terrain at low speeds. Such problems often occur due to faulty strut mounts, which will require replacement.
The sunroof drain of the CX-9 is quite prone to clogging, leading to water dripping into the windshield, the dashboard, and into the car’s body control module BCM itself. This can lead to a variety of further problems, including alarms going off randomly; the parking brake light, TCS lights, and other instrument lights turning on and off; and the A/C unit functioning intermittently. A water-damaged BCM must often be replaced, although such cases can be prevented by regularly checking the sunroof drain for debris and declogging it when necessary.
I just recently purchased my Mazda CX-9 but have no garage to park it. What can I do to do keep it safe from theft and to prevent scratches and bumps?
If you are forced to park your car in the streets, avoid dark corners and choose well-lit areas. If it is possible for you to park on an attended lot, then make that effort. As you park, it is best that you set your wheels into the curb and make sure that you have set the manual-shift in low. If you have to leave important objects for business or travel, install dark tint on your windows. Safety gadgets abound when it comes to car security, the more it is evident and visible, the more it serves as a warning for thieves not to go near your car. Audible alarms are commonly used; a siren can be heard a block away and can make the criminal panic and back-off. Other gadgets you can also look into are wheel locks, steering-wheel lock bars and kill watches. Since you will be forced to expose your CX-9 to the elements, invest in a paint protection film. This will not only seal your car against rain or the sun's rays, but it will also be a great help in protecting your car from small chips and dents caused by road debris. Not to mention, it is a great protective coat from scratches.
It was reported that the Mazda CX-9 received not so favorable results in the crash tests. What are the devices that would increase my driving safety?
For starters, you can clamp a 180 degree field of view rearview mirror on top of the current one. It is not only extra helpful in providing reflection of the adjacent vehicles but also helps reduce headlight glare by 50%. There are a plethora of driving safety-enhancing gadgets in the market, among them are anti-sleep pilot systems, thermal night vision camera systems and even cellphone signal blocking devices (to help you refrain from using your phone while driving). Interestingly, there are alarming devices used to alert your own driving habits and skills. Other alarm devices are used to detect proximity with pedestrians, cyclist, bikers and other vehicles.
I love that despite the fact that the CX-9 is a full-size crossover pickup, it is still very responsive and agile to drive. How do I keep it this way?
Keeping your CX-9 consistently in full throttle is simply by having your car regularly tuned-up and checked. There are plenty of factors that affect driving responsiveness. Sometimes car becomes slower to steer because of clogged fuel lines and filthy spark plugs. So make sure to always check these. You can clean the spark plugs yourself by using a wire brush. Mazda recommends changing oil every 7500 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first. If frequently engaged in rough use, then change the oil every 5,000 miles. It also helps if you check the engine sensors if they work well as they should.