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Mazda Tribute Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer Mazda Tribute problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Mazda Tribute repairs by problem area

36% of the Mazda Tribute repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 11% to the suspension, 19% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 176 repairs.

Mazda Tribute repair cost distribution

Of the Mazda Tribute repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 48% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 85 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

153-horsepower 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Mazda Tribute in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 1000    
38700 150 Throttle cable failed at accelerator pedal. Car was undriveable as connection to throttle did not exist. Replacement cable ordered and replaced along with TSB part on pedal to cable attachement point. 
42300 100 Battery failed. I removed and replaced. All is well. 
59000 170 Accessory drive belt tension pulley rattled. Removed and replaced to quiet noise. 
72000  

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2008 Mazda Tribute 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mazda in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 0    
1000 0 Less than 500 miles and the front brake rotors started to warp in stop and go traffic.Dealer "Re-surfaced" the rotors and informed me if it happened again they would replace the Rotors and Pads. 
 

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2008 Mazda Tribute 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Mazda in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 4960    
6200 0 Electric hatch handle didn't work. It was a problem in the programming. It was fixed as soon I remarked that the hatch becomes working as soon as the delayed interior lamps shut off. Vibration on start at 1200 RPM. It seems to be a normal operation condition. Nothing was done for it 
 

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2006 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

153-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual AWD

Mazda Tribute in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 10540    
13640 0 Replaced horn. 
16740 0 TSB for hydraulic pressure spike in power steering system which could cause a "clunk" in certain situations. New & updated hose was installed and "clunk" is gone. 
39680  

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2005 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mazda Tribute in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 25000    
25000 0 Creaking sound from right front wheel. Replaced control arm and strut under factory warranty Sunroof assembly replaced (not functioning smoothly). Cd player not working. Replaced entire audio unit w/reconditioned model. Part of extended time in shop was due to wrong unit being delivered. Broken motor mount noticed by mechanic was replaced. Replaced as well as shocks for the rear hatch glass and gate. 
41000 150 Rear window hatch glass would not latch resulting in warning light on dash that a door was open. 
51000  

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2005 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Mazda Tribute in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 43000    
61000 2300 Transfer case seal leaked lost oil, gears shot transfer case replaced. 
 

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2003 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Mazda Tribute in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 59520    
62000 300 Front strut replacement 
73160 450 Oil Pan Leak, replaced seal 
73780 350 loss of brake pressure - rear flex cable broke 
74400 200 Outer tie rod end, drivers side replaced.  All brake flex lines replaced due to wear and tear. 
75640 300 replaced rear shoes and drums and parking brake cables 
81840 200 clunking in front end (drivers side) replaced left ball joint left outer tie rod end, sway bar links both sides 
 

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2003 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Mazda Tribute in Czech Republic
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 30380    
37200 100 Replacement of rear differential gear shaft seal. 
56400 200 Broken computer unit. 
68200  
Mazda Tribute in Delaware, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 52000    
52000 1150 Torque converter caused shudder when shifting 
 

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2001 Mazda Tribute 4-door

6-cylinder hybrid automatic AWD

Mazda Tribute in Netherlands
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 111600    
113460 0 Engine-shudder, mostly during driving 50-60 miles/hour, but also a few times when vehicle waitng for traffic light. Check engine light flashed, lighted on and after restart engine stayed off. No error-code listed  
114700 588 Airco high-pressure hose was leaking: a whole unit replaced.  
122140 28 Connector left front light was burned: replacement connector and the defect lightbulb. 
129580 420 Sometimes engine shudder, heavy "bucking", misfires. After excluding other possible causes, decided to replace the front 3 coil-packs. That solved the problem, probably one of them was weak: intermittent problem. 
156860 20 Head- and tail lights and dashboard illumination were flashing weakly after parking the car. Caused by water leakage on relays (electical unit positioned near left door and brake pedal). Dried the electical unit and covered it with a big piece of duct tap 
 

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