Mazda CX-9 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda CX-9 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Mazda 9 - Will we ever see a successor to the 929?

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Apr 2021

Mazda is unlikely to introduce a sedan larger than the Mazda6, due to the declining sales of larger sedans globally in favour of SUVs.

However, with Mazda marching upmarket and its ties with Toyota strengthening, a joint-venture project with Toyota or even Lexus, using Mazda's new rear-drive platform and inline six-cylinder engine range, may make a model-sharing luxury flagship – a modern-day 929 in other words – a possibility.

But there are currently no plans that we know of pertaining to such a model, sadly.

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Are there plans for a new Mazda CX-9?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Mar 2021

Mazda introduced this version of the CX-9 in mid-2016. There have been a couple of facelifts since then (including some specification and model shuffling, as recently as late last year) but there probably won’t be an all-new CX-9 for at least another few years. Based on the previous model’s eight-year lifespan, you could figure on 2024 or so for an all-new CX-9 and you might be getting close.

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How much should I pay to replace the transfer-case on my 2010 Mazda CX-9?

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Feb 2021

I’m not in a position to guide you around the financial aspects of this problem, Joseph, but it remains that the transfer-case in this model Mazda has, indeed, earned a very patchy reputation. It seems that Mazda never specified an oil-change interval for the transfer-case and, over time, the oil can break down and lead to high operating temperatures and internal wear of the mechanical parts. This can include metal fragments breaking off and damaging other components, as well as the high temperatures causing fusing (damage) to the metal parts. In some cases, that can also damage the spline shaft that joins the transmission to the transfer-case and, if that happens, the transmission will also be severely damaged. This has been known to occur in cars with as little as 70,000km on board.

The reason the transfer-case oil wasn’t changed when you had the car serviced is simply because that task is not listed as a service item for this car. Which was, remember, the problem in the first place. Most workshops now agree that the CX-9’s transfer-case oil be changed every 60,000km or so, but sadly, it seems that’s all a bit too late for you. There was a Special Service Bulletin issued for this problem in the USA, but don’t assume that this will also apply to Australian Mazdas. That said, I’d still be having a chat with Mazda Australia’s customer service department.

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Mazda CX-9 2015: Broken seat heigh adjuster.

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Mar 2020

This is a classic case of the dealer quoting you the factory price for the factory part. Which means the part will be brand-new and identical to the one that’s broken. The problem with parts like these is that they don’t tend to break very often, so there are no cheaper brands of replacement parts available.

The first thing to do would be to try an independent workshop, maybe even a Mazda specialist, who is very likely to be able to carry out this job for considerably less money (and I agree; $2000-plus to replace a manual seat base in a five-year-old car is getting up there).

Your second option is to do what older-car owners having been doing for decades and hit the wrecking yards. You’re looking for a crashed CX-9 which an undamaged seat base. Which, if it’s the same model and trim level, should bolt right in with few hassles. Make sure the replacement base you’ve found hasn’t been bent, twisted or otherwise damaged in the crash that led the car to the wrecking yard in the first place. But all things being equal, it would be a simple job for a competent mechanic and could save you many hundreds of dollars.

To be honest, like you, I’m a bit surprised at the quoted price for a new seat base, given that the adjuster is a manual one and not electrically-powered, which should mean it’s a pretty simple device.

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What are the best 7-seat SUV's?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Aug 2019

A better option for someone with a tribe to transport would be a peoplemover, such as the Kia Carnival, Hyundai iMax, or VW Transporter. They’re made for that purpose and much more practical than an SUV.

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Does the Holden Acadia 2019 have enough space for three baby seats?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Aug 2019

The Acadia doesn’t boast a diesel engine, so economy could be an issue for your daughter; also it’s only a little longer than the Kia Sorento, so space could be another problem. A better choice would be the Mazda CX-9.

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Mazda CX-9 2009: Are there any recalls for this car?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Aug 2019

There is one and it’s an important one. It affects the Takata airbags in the car. To get more info call Mazda on 1800 931 024.

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What is the most expensive Mazda?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Jun 2019

The most expensive new Mazda is the CX-9 Azami LE listed at $68,232. For more info on the latest models check out our pricing and specs page, and you'll find all Mazda reviews and news here

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Mazda CX-9: Replacement key cost

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2019

It's difficult to know without a bit more information, as prices for key fob replacements vary between dealers - the year the car was manufactured can also impact the price. For more information on replacing your key fob, read this article.

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Toyota Kluger: What SUV would have less cabin noise?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Nov 2018

So many things affect road noise, which makes it difficult to fix. There’s the road surface itself, the tyres, and the noise insulation in the vehicle. The Honda CR-V might well be quieter, but could still be noisy on the roads you drive on. If the road noise is the thing that is making you switch vehicles, then it might be worth talking to a tyre dealer about a tyre that might be quieter than the ones on your Kluger. If you want to go down that road, you could try a Mazda CX-5 or CX-7, a Kia Sorento or Sportage, Toyota RAV4.

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