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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,690 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

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2003 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 182016

Tribute

  • 200,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle has so much frame rot that it will not pass state inspection. 200K miles, unacceptable for a 13 year old car. I purchased brand new in '03 and have always taken steps to get salt, etc., off the undercarriage.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #9

Oct 012016

Tribute

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (structure). To replace the part, the dealer would need to maneuver other components to access the location necessary to replace the part. Some parts could potentially fracture to complete the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified and provided no solution other than to cover the remedy in the recall repair. The contact had already experienced the subframe cracking due to extensive rust and corrosion shortly after receiving notification of the recall. The dealer was aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 152015

Tribute

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the entire frame on the vehicle was completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was deemed as unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #7

Dec 082015

Tribute

  • 166,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 25 mph over a bump, a loud noise emitted from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was noticed that the front subframe exhibited excessive rust and corrosion. In addition, the front passenger side wheel was partially detached from the vehicle due to rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 166,000.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 032015

Tribute

  • 91,800 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel veered to the right causing the vehicle to crash into a curb. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger side subframe fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (structure) but the remedy failed to prevent the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 91,800. MA 10/25/15

- Rochester, NY, USA

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problem #5

Feb 052015

Tribute

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. While driving at an unknown speed, the front passenger side subframe disengaged from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the control and subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #4

Aug 062014

Tribute

  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. The contact was informed by the dealer that the entire front end of the vehicle needed to be replaced due to corrosion. The contact stated that the failure caused more damage to the vehicle that is not covered by NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Massillon , OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 052013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 142,500 miles
My 2003 Mazda Tribute subframe snapped after 9-10 years of owning the vehicle. When that happened my wife immediately pulled into a merlin and they informed her we cannot drive the vehicle out of there or it would break all the way through. We were informed we have until the end of the upcoming Monday to have it towed out of there. We had it towed and were given $220 dollars for the Tribute. The subframe completely snapped all the way through while the tow truck employee turned the wheel. I'm concerned because my wife was driving my Tribute with my son in the car. It seems dangerous having the subframe would rust and break within a timeframe that someone would typically own a vehicle. Especially with my wife and son in the vehicle. Is this a freak of nature incident or is this something that would be considered manufacturer error.

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012010

Tribute

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while traveling 20 mph, the rear of the vehicle was crashed into by another vehicle. Upon impact, the hatch opened inadvertently. The contact sustained neck and back injuries. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V605000 (latches/locks/linkages). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 87,000.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 292009

Tribute

  • 92,603 miles
Retaining clip came off of the pin that holds the front driver door in the hinge, causing the door to fall. The pin is inserted from the bottom up rather than from the top down so when the clip came off, the pin fell out.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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