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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
143,519 miles

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2003 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 242013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 261,558 miles


On June 25, 2013 @ 11:00am I called Mazda corporation (reference call number: [xxx]) about recalls associated with my Mazda Tribute 2003 and was told that the recalls were not assigned to the VIN number of my vehicle. The Mazda representative stated that only the seat beat adjustment has been assigned to my vehicle and that I do not qualify for the recall. Mazda will not honor the recall. I bought the Tribute in 2010 from a dealership; thus, was not aware of the recalls. I have been having a lot of problems with the vehicle and have spent a lot of money trying to fix it. I have a 13 and 14 year old girls and am a single parent. According to the recall, the vehicle is not safe. I cannot afford right now to purchase another vehicle. I am only asking Mazda to honor the recalls. Please see the recall notice below from Mazda: 2003 Mazda Tribute recall item affected: Latches/locks/linkages:hatchback/liftgate:lock date announced: 12/23/2004 description of recall: Certain 2004-2005 sport utility vehicles and certain 2001-2003 sport utility vehicle having rear liftgate components serviced with 2004 equivalent components fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 206, 'door locks and door retention components.' The rear liftgate latching system does not meet the inertia load requirement in one direction. Action needed to fix it: Dealers will replace the rear liftgate latch release rod, the release rod attachment clip and the door handle return spring. The recall began on March 31, 2005. Owners should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #2

May 192008


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the rear hatch door would not lock. He made several unsuccessful attempts to lock the rear hatch. He called the Mazda dealer in regards to NHTSA campaign id number 04V605000 (latches/locks/linkages:hatchback/liftgate:lock) and they stated that his VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 72,000 and current mileage was 75,000.

- Georgetown , TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 272006

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 97,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to close the rear hatch, the lift gate was difficult to lock into place. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer, who determined the lift gate lock needed to be replaced. There was a NHTSA recall, # 04V605000, regarding the lift gate lock. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

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