Came from independent dealer with worn pads, which were then replaced.
I wrote this so others may find this and spare the trouble that I'll be going through.
The tailgate where the Mazda logo is mounted is rusting at the seams of the plastic overlay. Both corners of the bodylines have a quarter-sized rust patch currently and I understand that this is fairly common, but somehow not well documented. I have yet to attempt dealer service as I'm not too optimistic that they'll help but I will find out.
I'm really surprised and disappointed first, that I bought this car without thoroughly inspecting it and that I'm now going to be stuck with a repair bill. I just hope that these two spots are the only ones and that the whole thing doesn't turn out to be a rust bucket. I have heard reports that the roof has rust issues as well; if you're shopping for a CX9, be sure to look at the tailgate above the license plate and maybe check the roof. Don't be a dummy like I was and presume that a three year old car couldn't rust!
If not for the rust, I really like how the car drives. It handles corners well for such a heavy car and acceleration is good. Gas mileage stinks, but it is a heavy SUV and this is not a surprise. Interior fit and finish are excellent at three years. No squeaks or rattles. For those of us who have come from a previous generation car with metal keys, the keyfob system (especially when combined with a remote starter) can be confusing so be sure to read the book.
There's a lot to like, but the rust issue is really surprising. I've not had to deal with rust since I was a teenager and I never thought that a modern car would have such problems!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th September, 2010